THE Limerick Leader has learned that popstars Jedward are firm favourites to be grand marshals for Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day parade in 2013.
A top level source in Limerick’s City Hall has indicated that John and Edward Grimes - whose Dad hails from Limerick - have been invited, and have accepted, the honorary position for the festival next March, following in the footsteps of founding UL president Ed Walsh who was marshal this year.
However, a spokesperson for the City Manager’s office said that “nobody has as of yet been selected” for the position of grand marshal for 2013. It is likely a decision for new ‘super-manager’ Conn Murray, who takes up his role in mid-August.
The Eurovision popstars, who became a household name after appearing on the X-Factor three years ago, have strong ties to Limerick and have visited regularly.
The twins’ Dad John grew up in Mayorstone and grand-uncle Vincent Feeney served as mayor of the city in 1965-66.
“We love coming to Limerick, our Dad’s from Limerick, so that is really cool. We usually get to meet up with our family and say hi,” Edward Grimes told the Leader last year.
“The last time we were in Limerick we were just normal guys; now we are John and Edward, and we can’t walk down the street without people recognising us, but before this, no-one would have known us,” he added.
As recently as March the twins visited Limerick for the funeral of grandfather Jim, who lived in Mayorstone Park and passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Clarina at the age of 88.
The duo are to perform in the University Concert Hall on August 24.