Maynooth St Patrick's Day 2018
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"As we enter into a new season, we can now look forward to one of the biggest events in the Maynooth Calendar – the St. Patrick's Day Parade. This is the 33rd annual parade to take place in Maynooth and we are continuing with the tradition of having a theme. This year's theme is – Medieval Maynooth. The town that we all know and love was once the capital of Ireland during Medieval times under the Fitzgerald Clann on behalf of the British Crown.

What's most interesting about the Fitzgerald’s was that they were apparently “more Irish than the Irish themselves”. The biggest landmark in our town is Maynooth Castle and over recent years it has become more of a focal point for the local community with our Summer Festival and free tours provided by the OPW. In preparing for this year's parade, we ask that all groups consider dressing up in Medieval costumes and really taking the theme to heart. There is an award for the best portrayal of the theme along with other awards, such as Best Commercial Float and Environmental Awareness. The organisation of the parade is done by a committee of Maynooth Community Council CLG and by the office staff as part of their training on a Community Employment Scheme. While the preparation for the event takes months of behind the scenes work, we always need some extra hands on the day. The average attendance at our annual parade is approx 5,000 people and with this we need people to volunteer as stewards. If you are available for two hours on the day, please get in touch with the office.

Events such as this cost money and we are very lucky to have sponsorship from Kildare County Council and our local businesses, without which we could not operate. We are thankful for every donation we receive and we encourage people to support these local businesses. As always, the parade starts at Greenfield Shopping Centre at 11am, making it's way towards the Main Street and finishing in Tesco car park. The awards ceremony takes place afterwards at 1pm in Manor Mills Shopping Centre where there is a Family Fun Day organised by the centre with dancing, face painting and music. I look forward to seeing you on the day.

Beir Bua, Naoise Ó Cearúil - Parade Organiser


Our Sponsors

Kildare County Council

Brady's Bar

John Merrick Dental Surgery