Larkin to gather them in for St Patrick’s Day

Former Kilkenny hurling captain, Eoin Larkin will bring order to Kilkenny’s St Patrick’s Day parade as he has been revealed as this year’s grand marshall. City born Eoin is a very popular left wing-forward for the Kilkenny senior team.

Former Kilkenny hurling captain, Eoin Larkin will bring order to Kilkenny’s St Patrick’s Day parade as he has been revealed as this year’s grand marshall. City born Eoin is a very popular left wing-forward for the Kilkenny senior team.

Larkin made his first appearance for the team during the 2005 championship and immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen. During that time he has won six All-Ireland medals, seven Leinster medals and four National League medals. He has also won two All-Star awards and was Hurler of the Year awards in 2008. At club level Larkin is an All-Ireland medalist with the James Stephens club. In addition to this he has also won two Leinster titles and numerous county championship winners’ medals in both hurling and Gaelic football. The hurler is also known outside the hurling field; last year he returned to sit his Leaving Certificate at 27 years of age. Eoin took nine months off from the Irish Army to study for his Leaving Certificate after regrettably dropping out of secondary school as a teenager.

Malcolm Noonan, Chairperson of the Parade’s Organising Committee said: “He is a fantastic role model for kids both on and off the pitch. We are delighted that Eoin Larkin has accepted our invitation. He is a terrific sportsman who takes great pride in his city and we look forward to welcoming him on March 17.”

Eoin is thrilled to be this year’s grand marshall for the parade in his beloved city. “I am honoured to be asked to led our city’s great parade. I know the committee have being working hard to make this weekend bigger and better, especially with the introduction of the first ever TradFest, which promises to pack the city with music and craic for whole weekend,” he said.

This year’s theme for the parade is The Gathering - Celebrating all that is great about Ireland and the Irish and will start at 2pm on Sunday, March 17.

There will be prizes for most creative, best community group, best young people’s group, best rural entry, most entertaining. no fee for community groups, €100 entry for commercial. Entry forms for all those eager to take part in the parade, are now available from: http://thegathering.kilkenny.ie/download-st-patricks-day-parade-application-form/. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 8. Entry forms to be dropped into or posted to the Town Hall or emailed to tradfestkilkenny@gmail.com.