AS KILMALLOCK will be a ghost town on St Patrick’s Day due to the All-Ireland club final, its parade is to take place this Sunday, March 15 – Mother’s Day.
It will commence at 1pm from the church after Mass at noon. It was originally planned for Saturday but as that didn’t suit with many people working it was put forward one day. It is still one of the earliest in Ireland.
Local councillor and chairman of Kilmallock Community Council, Mike Donegan, said it was the best possible problem to have.
“We didn’t want St Patrick’s Day to go by without having a parade.
“There should be a great buzz this weekend with Cheltenham winding down, the Ireland and Wales rugby match, Super Valu are officially opening their new extension on Saturday, Mother’s Day and, of course, the build up to the All-Ireland Club Final,” said Cllr Donegan.
Kilmallock GAA club’s youngsters will have pride of place. And to mark Mother’s Day the parade committee have organised a competition for the best dressed mother and baby on wheels.
“It is open to all and the only limit is your imagination,” said Cllr Donegan.
AIB have donated four tickets for the match so it will be well worth making the extra effort on Sunday to dress to impress. “All local groups, clubs and organisations are invited to take part, just turn up on the day with your people and banner, or in fancy dress, and off we go.
“As we are one of the earliest parades in the country this year there has been some national media interest expressed in filming on the day,” said Cllr Donegan.
The town will look the part as it is festooned with green and white flags and bunting. The club’s colours perfectly match the festivities for our patron saint.
“Businesses have made a huge effort. The town is looking magnificent,” said Cllr Donegan.
The judging of the best dressed window along the parade route and of the best dressed window/house in the parish will take place on Saturday. If you want to be included in the latter please contact Ann on 087 9980734 before Saturday.
The car-free viewing area will again be in place in front of Super Valu and the co-operation of drivers in not parking there overnight on March 14 would be appreciated, say the parade committee.
A big feature of the parade will be a pitched battle in the town courtesy of the Kilmallock Medieval Combat Society.
That will be fitting as the parish’s own warriors prepare to go into battle in Croke Park with Ballyhale Shamrocks on Tuesday.