Plans are well underway for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Clonmel and organisers hope it will be bigger and better than ever. We are delighted this year to have Maureen Purcell, South Tipperary Art Group/South Tipperary Art Centre as our Grand Marshall for the day.
The Parade will celebrate South Tipperary Art Group, STAG, which is in its 50th year. It started its life when a small number of enthusiastic amateur artists got together and set up the group. Today, with qualified Art teachers tutoring Art, Craft & Design, STAG has over 40 adult artists and a Junior Branch, catering for aspiring artists from 9 years up to Leaving Cert. These artists have not only sold their paintings, sculptures and artwork locally but they have also painted many community murals, scenery for shows in schools and were involved with local theatre groups and have also designed crests, flags & bunting for Festivals in Clonmel. Many of the artists have gone on to become recognised Artists, Potters, Weavers, Art Historians, Architects, Technician Animators, Art Teachers & Professors.
In addition to celebrating with STAG, The South Tipperary Art Centre (STAC) which has been in operation for the past 20 years has also gone from strength to strength and has strongly supported the development of the arts in Tipperary. The Art Centre has been a main arts provider for the South Tipperary region, serving a population in the region of 100,000. The Centre programmes a mixture of arts and cultural events including local, national and international visual arts, performing arts, music and literature and is a main link with the County Arts Officer, the Arts Council and other art organisations and relevant stakeholders within the community.
Clonmel Bianconi Twinning Committee are again organising the Morning Parade from the Town Hall at 11.30am to St. Mary’s Church for 12noon mass which will be celebrated in Irish. This parade will be led by Banna Chluain Meala and will include Councillors, representatives of Town Organisations and any visitors from Clonmel’s Twin Towns. The day will commence with a flag raising ceremony at St. Patrick’s Well at 8.30am.
Once again, the starting area for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which commences at 3pm on Friday 17th March 2017, is Cantwell Street (Upper Irishtown) and it will follow the same route through the town as previous years to finish in Parnell Street outside the former Town Hall.
Any groups wishing to participate in the Parade can do so up until Thursday March 2nd 2017 by going online to:
completing the form and submitting it to Clonmel Chamber of Commerce.
To keep up-to-date on the Parade, please follow the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page.