Article By John O’Heney
The St Patrick’s Day Parade was back in Tipperary Town after a four year absence and the Town turned out in force to support it. Thousands lined the streets as local Clubs, Societies and businesses showcased their floats.
The Parade Route started from the Plan, along O’Connell Rd, down O’Brien St and on to Main Street, where it finished at Lidl.
St. Patrick’s Day Music started from 12pm with High Times, Stephen Stokes, and Dee Morrissey all on stage entertaining the large crowd. For those people unable to attend they were able to listen live on 87.5FM.
The evening before the Parade the St Patrick’s Day Committee and the Tipperary Chamber of Commerce made a small presentation to Tony in Wellworths as they closed after 47 years in the Town.
On the day they also honoured three local businesses that won Irish Restaurant Awards recently. Mj in The Junction, Martin in Prime 74 and Kenny & Trisha in O Neills Thomastown. Tipperary Hurler Johnny Ryan was Guest of Honour and the Men’s Shed were Grand Marshalls. Fantastic dancing was also on display by Bridget Whelans School of Fance beforehand too.
Tipperary Town Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Joe Hayes was delighted with ‘the large crowd’ present while St Patrick’s Day Committee Chairperson John O Heney praised the very ‘hardworking’ Committee for making the event such a success, especially those stewarding on the day.
The RTE cameras were also present on the day getting some great footage of the crowds.
Someone was clearly smiling down on the Organising Committee as the rain held off for what was a hugely enjoyable day in Tipperary Town