St. Patrick's Day in County Wexford
St. Patrick's Day Parade is probably the oldest parade in the country, starting back in 1917 and continuing until the outbreak of World War 2. In 1946 the parade the tradition was re-commenced. The town’s parade has grown over the years, and this St. Patrick’s Day Wexford Town hosts one of the premier parades in the country, a colourful affair is promised with floats and numerous marching bands, along with stilt walkers and face painters.
The parade commences at 11am from the Fisher's Rowe area up to the Maudlintown area and on towards the quays through Redmond Square and concluding at West Gate.
For more information visit: www.wexfordparade.com
In Enniscorthy floats, vintage cars, marching bands, Bui Bolg characters and more will take to the streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade at 2pm. The parade will depart St. Senan’s Church led by the Army Reserve walk along Templeshannon Quay, cross Seamus Rafter Bridge and pass the reviewing stand at Abbey Square on to Millpark Road and continue through Weafer Street through Market Square and back along the quays. The beautiful Presentation centre are running music, dance, storey telling events from March 11th to 25th.
Fun and folklore will be the theme of this year's celebration of St Patrick's Day at Enniscorthy Castle. Local storyteller, Deirdre Wadding will talk to us about Irish myths and Legends. Deirdre is a former primary school teacher with a love of Irish mythology, language and dance. Her flair for story and drama led to a storytelling career and she is becoming very well known throughout County Wexford.
Our younger visitors are invited to find the last remaining snake in Ireland, which is rumoured to be hiding in the Castle. We would like to re-find him and re-house him in a warmer climate. There will also be colouring competitions and other games at the Castle, a real family event.
In Gorey the St Patrick’s Day Parade commences at 3pm, the Parade route commences from the Enniscorthy Road down the Main Street and onto Esmonde Street. Visitors can enjoy music at the Market House from 2pm along with fringe events including tug of war and a barman’s race with entertainment and prize giving on Esmonde Street directly after the Parade.
In New Ross the theme for St. Patrick’s celebrations are suitably U.S. like, the town is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy visiting later this year on June 22 so in keeping with this year of celebrations the theme for the towns parade is “Ask Not” inspired from the famous speech made by John F. Kennedy where he said “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”.
The town is encouraging parade participants to consider the statement in relation to New Ross, incorporating everything from being American to the Kennedy’s themselves right back to the sixties with the message of ‘simply think “Ask Not!” The New Ross town’s parade grand marshal is Olympian Grainne Murphy with activbity getting underway from 2pm travelling from Irishtown towns the towns quayside to the viewing platform at the Dunbrody visitor centre.
Duncannon and Clonroche
The villages of Duncannon and Clonroche has had their own parade over the last number of years both are unique events in their own right and great fun particularly for small children. See local press for details.