Limerick town to host first St Patrick’s Day parade of 2015

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Kilmallock Athletic Club members march in last year's parade
KILMALLOCK looks set to host the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade of 2015 after organisers brought it forward by four days to accommodate fans travelling to Croke Park on March 17 for the All-Ireland club hurling final.

KILMALLOCK looks set to host the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade of 2015 after organisers brought it forward by four days to accommodate fans travelling to Croke Park on March 17 for the All-Ireland club hurling final.

“It is a good problem to have,” commented Cllr Mike Donegan this Wednesday after it was agreed at a meeting in the town on Tuesday night to reschedule the parade for Saturday, March 14.

“We met with a member of the GAA and what we have agreed is that the parade will go ahead on Saturday starting at 1pm from the church. We are finalising details at the moment and we have to work with the gardai,” he added.

Kilmallock booked their place in GAA HQ on March 17 last Saturday when the overcame Ulster champions Portaferry of Down in the club semi-final. They will now face Kilkenny kingpins Ballyhale Shamrocks in a bid to become the first ever Limerick senior hurling side to claim the club All-Ireland title.

“There is an onus on the community council to have a parade - people are ringing me asking if it’s on. The parade will build up a bit of momentum ahead of the game. We will have the trophies in the parade and we will have someone from the GAA as grand marshal.”

“We would be encouraging people to decorate their homes in green and white and to put up banners to show support.”

Kilmallock last contested the senior club All-Ireland final back in 1993 when they were beaten by Sarsfields of Galway.

As part of their endeavours to boost the training fund, the club has organised a night at the dogs on Saturday, February 21.

A €20 ticket allows entry for two adults and under 16s have free entry.

For further details on the dog night contact Steven on 087-2998469, Tom on 087-9706742 or any committee member.