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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2024 in Ennis

26 February 2024

Clare County Council extends a warm welcome to all to gather in Ennis to celebrate our national holiday on Sunday, 17th March.

St. Patricks Day Parade - Map of route

Grand Marshall for this year’s parade all the way from Nashville, Tennessee, is Ennis’ very own Maura O’Connell of ‘Tumbleweed’, ‘De Dannan’ and ‘A Woman’s Heart’ fame. Two-time Grammy award nominee, Maura released her first solo album ‘Maura O’Connell’ in the early 1980s which was an eclectic mix of genres. Moving to Nashville in 1986 Maura went on to have a very successful career in the US releasing albums with Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck and sharing the stage with many top artists such as Dolly Parton, John Prine, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, John Oates, Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt.

We are also honoured to be joined at this year’s parade by a delegation from Ennis’ twinning town in Germany, Langenfeld. The Mayor of Langenfeld Frank Schneider and members of the city administration and twinning committee will participate in the parade and experience St Patrick’s Day in Ennis.

MC on the stage, which this year will be located in Abbey Street carpark, will be Colum McGrath from Clare FM.Pre-parade entertainment will begin from 10:15am.

  • Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will perform on stage in Abbey Street carpark.
  • Scoil Ui Ruairc Irish dancing school will entertain on stage at Steele’s Terrace.

Participants are being asked to embrace the theme of this year’s parade, ‘Remembering the Past – Embracing the Future’ which leaves loads of room for creativity.

The parade will begin at Áras Contae an Chláir at 11:00am and will proceed via New Road, Newbridge Road, Club Bridge, Abbey Street carpark, Bank Place and Bindon Street.

Additional Parking
Courthouse (until 2:30pm), Waterpark House Campus, Drumbiggle (until 6:00pm).

Disabled Parking
Friar’s Walk carpark and the Courthouse, Lifford.

St. Patricks Day Parade - Map of route

Road Closures
The roads being closed on a rolling basis include Steele’s Terrace/Newbridge Road (from Kelly’s Corner roundabout to the Club Bridge), New Road from its junction with Tulla Road to Newbridge Road, Dr Daly Road from its junction with Lifford Road and New Road, College Road (local access only), Mill Road in an easterly direction from the Maid of Erin roundabout to its junction with Bindon Street, Harmony Row, Abbey Street, Francis Street from Francis Street car park to Abbey Street, Bank Place, Bindon Street, Old Friary Lane. Diversions will be in place and pedestrian access will be available.

Please note that the carpark at Áras Contae an Chláir is a drop-off for parade participants only.

Some Parking and Accessibility restrictions to note:

To ensure safety of patrons attending the parade on March 17th the following restrictions to carparking in this area will be implemented in advance:

  • Friday, March 15th after 9am - some carparking spaces at the river side will be unavailable.
  • Saturday, March 16th after 9am - limited entry and exit points to the carpark.  All drivers are required to exit the carpark by 6pm.  Any remaining vehicles may require contact with An Garda Siochana to remove same.
  • Sunday, March 17th - the carpark will reopen to the public in the afternoon once it is cleaned and barriers have been removed following the parade. 

In addition to the above restricted access, there will be restricted car parking to ensure safety of patrons attending the parade on March 17th ;

  • Saturday, March 16th from 2pm - Sunday, March 17th at 3pm - carparking spaces from the College Road junction to the Marian Avenue junction and Tim Smythe park (South carpark) will be unavailable.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit.

Maura O’Connell.

Page last reviewed: 15/03/24

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