Maynooth St Patrick's Day 2018
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As Maynooth recovered from the Beast from the East, nobody was expecting that St. Patrick’s Day would be subject to even further snow showers. As unpredictable as the Irish weather is, we were forecasted snow! Early Saturday morning didn’t look too well for the upcoming parade at 11am but however cold it was, thankfully the snow and rain held off. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest community event in our town and massive crowds turned out once again to witness all of our local organisations and businesses take part.

The Theme of this year’s parade was “Medieval Maynooth”, reflecting and celebrating Maynooth’s role in Medieval Ireland and how it has shaped the town we know today. So many of the participants took the theme to heart and brought so much energy on the day. We were worried that the weather would mean a lot of people would not attend the parade but the town was packed and buzzing from Greenfield Shopping Centre to Tesco.

The parade was started by local entertainer Barry Smith aka Tony Savino and with a speech by Maynooth University Lecturer Dr. Eamon Darcy on Maynooth’s role in Medieval Ireland. Paul Croghan expertly carried out his role as MC once again. After the IVVC Vintage Cars flew through the town, the ONE Colour Party, comprised of former Defence Forces Veterans introduced the parade into the square, followed closely by the St. Mary’s Brass and Reed band. There were 30 floats this year, each bringing something different and fun to entertain the crowds and as ever our local Fire Service closed off proceedings.

Large scale events like the parade require funding and we were fortunate to receive funding from Kildare County Council and sponsorship from local businesses; Thornton’s Recycling, Brady’s Bar and Lounge, Donatellos Restaurant, Picaderos Restaurant, Dr. John Merrick, Mulcahy Butchers, McMahons Bar and Lounge.
The parade is organised by a committee of Maynooth Community Council CLG with help from the staff on the Community Employment Scheme as part of their training. Their help and assistance was invaluable to the organising committee and a big thank you to everyone on the scheme and mostly to John Doogan, office supervisor, for his continuous support and guidance.

The day itself is extremely busy and there are numerous cogs to ensuring that the parade runs smoothly. It is the volunteers and stewards that help on the day that make life so much easier. Pat (P) Farrell prepares the town the morning of the parade with barriers and safety precautions and his help is always appreciated. So too is that of this year’s Stewards; Richard and Mary Farrell, Shay Corbally, Don Foley, Magz McDonnell, Rory O’Connor, Brian O’Neill, Daniel Keenan, Brian Crehan, Colm and Ger Uí Chearúil and Déirdre Ní Chearúil. Many thanks also to Willie Kiernan our sound man whom I’m sure any of you there on the day would have heard over the PA system, to Séamas Kennedy and Matty Callaghan for the steps, Dr. Eamon Darcy, Barry Smith, Paul Croghan, Tom McMullon, Maynooth Cycles, Inkjet World, The Gardaí, Kildare County Council and anybody who contributed to the day.

My thanks also to Manor Mills Shopping Centre for hosting the excellent Family Fun Day after the parade and allowing us to conduct the awards ceremony there.
Finally I’d like to commend each and every person that took part in the parade from infants to older members of our community. Without you, there would be no parade and we hope that you had as much fun taking part as everybody else did seeing you all.
Until next year, Beirigí Bua!
Naoise Ó Cearúil - Parade Organiser

Community Person of the Year 2018
Josephine Moore (Pictured above with Naoise O’ Cearúil)

Parade Winners 2018
Best Portrayal of Theme: The Glenroyal Hotel
Best Commercial Float: Dino Experience / Reptile World
Best School Float: Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich
Environmental Awareness Award: Maynooth Tidy Towns & Zero Waste Maynooth
Best Band: St. Mary’s Brass and Reed Band
Muireann NÍ Bhrolacháin Perpetual Trophy: The Glenroyal Hotel

Best Shop Front Winners 2018
1st Place: Maynooth Bookshop
2nd Place: The Glassdoll
3rd Place: NCBI Charity Shop


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Our Sponsors

Kildare County Council

Brady's Bar and Lounge

Thornton's Recycling

Donatellos Restaurant

Picaderos Restaurant

Mulcahy Butchers

McMahons Bar and Lounge

John Merrick Dental Surgery