Tipperary Town St. Patricks Day Parade

The CJ Kickham Band presenting a banner and plaque to the Marching Mizzou Band after a wonderful performance in the Tipperary Town St. Patrick's Day parade 2024

Rain did not deter a jubilant crown at the recent Tipperary Town St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on Saturday, March 16th. The event was held a day earlier than usual to facilitate the visit of the University of Missouri ‘Marching Mizzou’ who thrilled the huge crowd with an exhilarating closing performance on Main Street.

Mistress of Ceremonies Dee Morrissey brought great energy to proceedings as the event got underway at 11 am with the ONE Tommy Halligan Branch Colour Party and the local CJ Kickham Band leading out a colourful town parade that had over 30 groups participating from Irish Dancing Groups, Sports Clubs, Community Groups, Businesses, Mountain Rescue and the local Fire & Rescue Services.

Guest of Honour Cara Darmody chose Moorehaven & Doon Vintage Rally and Irish Trikes and the Rock Marshals M.C.C. Motorcycle Group as joint winners of the ‘Best Float’ award. The Committee also recognised Julies Childrens Wear on Main Street as the best Window Display.

The highlight of the day was the performance of the 300-strong ‘Marching Mizzou’ who marched five across from Tipperary Town Plaza to Main Street before performing several of their signature songs including ‘Every True Son’ which is to the tune of the world-famous ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ accompanied by the CJ Kickham Brass & Reed Band. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the performance, which created a real carnival atmosphere in the town.

The Mizzou expressed an interest in visiting Tipperary during 2023 and plans were finalised in January 2024 when the Tipperary Town St. Patricks Day Committee, Tipperary Town Revitalisation and Tipperary County Council agreed to work together to make the event happen. The Band Director Dr Amy Knopps was presented with two handmade hurleys provided by Shanahan Hurleys to commemorate the event, along with commemorative scrolls designed and printed by Fitzpatrick’s Printers and jerseys presented by local teams Arravale Rovers and Clanwilliam RFC.

The organising committee have expressed their sincere thanks to everybody involved in the event including all of the fifty volunteers and stewards who helped on the day, An Garda Síochána, Tipperary Coop, Tipperary Racecourse, Tipperary Town Plaza, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Tipperary Credit Union, MJ Ryan. Pádraig Culbert and all of the local businesses who made generous donations towards the running of the day, along with the local clubs and schools who made their car parks available to facilitate the event.

Cathaoirleach Declan Burgess expressed a warm welcome to the Mizzou and added that Tipperary Town would love to host the band again on their next trip to Ireland.

Photos curtsey of Caitriona Kenny Photography and Caleb Barrett

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