Irish Wolfhound Fionn, pictured above with Andrea Keogh and handler Pte James Dooley, will be the Grand Marshall for St Patricks Day Parade in Kilkenny.
This was after Lt Col Stephen Ryan from Kilkenny’s James Stephens Barracks accepted the invitation for Fionn, to lead the parade.
Fionn is the newly acquired mascot for the 3rd Infantry Battalion at the barracks and along with members of both the Permanent and Reserve elements of the Battalion, will lead the parade which starts at 1pm from St. John’s Church, down John Street, Rose Inn Street, High Street and finishing in the Market Yard.
Starting with pre-parade entertainment of music, song and dance and a St. Patricks Day breakfast brunch at MacDonagh Junction it promises to be another fun day for the family.
Thanks to Kilkenny Co Council, there will be stiltwalkers, acrobats, gymnasts and entertainers and traditional musicians who will perform before and after the parade. There will another fantastic afternoon of music open air and free to all in Kilkenny Castle Park with Irish band ‘Kila’.
Committee chairperson, Malcolm Noonan appealed to community and sporting groups to participate in the celebration of our ‘Irishness’. Malcolm outlined that the parade in Kilkenny is a community event and relies on local groups to showcase the fantastic work they're doing.
“We are not Dublin or Galway, we just don’t have the funding that these groups have who commission street theatre groups to produce a pageant for their parades”. “Our parade is about displaying the breath of fantastic clubs organisations and businesses that are the lifeblood of Kilkenny and the theme for this year ‘Kilkenny 1916 to2016, Reflect Our History- Celebrate Our Future’ was chosen to enable full participation from all members of our community.” Malcolm explained.
To support the committee’s efforts to showcase Kilkenny on our national feast day James Stephen’s Barracks is having a special ‘Open Day’ at their military museum. The Barracks is home to oldest unit in the Defence Forces, the 3 Inf Bn, knows as ‘The Bloods’.
Parade Application Forms and more information on the St Patricks Day Festivities www.kilkennytradfest.com