Maynooth St Patrick's Day 2017

This year's parade was bigger and better than ever despite the weather. With forecasts of rain throughout, we were extremely lucky that it stayed dry for the duration of the parade. The theme this year
was "Purple and Gold", a celebration of Maynooth's success in obtaining a Purple Flag and a Tidy Towns Gold Medal in the past year. The participants took to the theme and were decked out in the regal
colours of Purple and Gold.

The streets were packed and 2017 saw the biggest crowds yet at our parade. The day was kicked off by the Vintage Cars signalling that the Colour Party and the Brass and Reed band were on the way.
There were 33 floats, each representing various community, voluntary and business groups in our town. It is days like St. Patrick's Day that we truly appreciate the amount of organisations that we are
lucky to have here.

The parade would not be as successful or indeed run without the generous sponsorship and help from various people and groups. Our main sponsors this year were Thornton's Recycling, Brady's Bar
and Lounge, O'Neills Pub, The Roost, Dr. John Merrick, Jim's Shoe Repairs, Mc Mahon’s Bar and Lounge, Picaderos, Oak Alley, Donatellos, The Duke & Coachman.

The Community Council Office and the staff there, under the guidance of the Manager John Doogan were vital once again in the preparations for the parade and their help was invaluable and I am
extremely thankful to them. 

Pat Farrell was on hand the night previous and on the day to get the town ready. On the day Richard Farrell, Mary Farrell, Shay Corbally, Sophia Dix, Colm Ó Cearùil, Ger Uí Chearúil and Leon Diop from
Maynooth Students Union were all there to help and thank you to each of them. Our Master of Ceremonies was Paul Croghan who conducted the entire affair with his usual good humour and knowledge
of the community groups. Martin McMahon explained the purple flag to the crowd as a committee member, Tom McMullon Chair of MCC gave us an update on the work of the Community Council and
Vinny Osbourne provided the sound on the day. The Gardaí were helpful again with road closures and Kildare County Council provided us with barriers and sponsorship once again. I'm grateful to
everyone who made the day possible and I look forward to seeing you all in 2018! 
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!

The winners for the parade were as follows;

Best portrayal of Theme:

Glenroyal Hotel

Best Commercial Float:

Michael Noone Motors

Best School Float:

Educate Together School

Best Environmental Awareness:

Maynooth Tidy Towns

Muireann Ní Bhrolacháin Award (Best Portrayal of Irish Culture)

Rita Doyle School of Dancing

Community Person of the Year:

Michael Dempsey

We also had a competition for Best Shop fronts and the winners were;
1st: The Barber, Richie Mulligan
2nd: Maynooth Book Shop
3rd: The Glass Doll

The parade is primarily funded through grants from Kildare County Council which we are extremely grateful for yet again and the supply of barriers on the day.

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Our Sponsors

Kildare County Council

Derrinstown Stud

Brady's Bar & Lounge

The Roost Bar & Lounge

O'Neill's Public House

McMahon's Bar & Lounge

John Merrick Dental Surgeon

Thornton's Recycling

Manor Mills Shopping Centre


Oak Ally


The Duke and Coachman