Latest Laois Event: Portlaoise Paddy’s Day Parade returns

Latest Laois Event: Portlaoise Paddy’s Day Parade returns

The Portlaoise Parade is back!! 

Issued on Thursday 9th February 2023. The St Patrick’s Day Committee today announced that the Portlaoise Parade is back!  Due to Covid, the Portlaoise committee have been unable to host a parade for the past three years, but the community can look forward to numerous floats, music, entertainment, trade stands, Irish dancing and much, much more again on Friday 17th March. 

The Parade will be commencing from Laois County Council at 12.30pm on Friday 17th March and going up the Main Street (from the bottom to the top square) and expected to finish at 2.00pm. The Parade will be followed by a Community Event on Main Street, Portlaoise involving Street acts, Irish Music, Trade Stands, Irish Dancing and much, much more.   

All smiles at the Portlaoise St. Patrick's Day Parade.
All smiles at the Portlaoise St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.

The Chairperson of St Patrick’s Day Committee is Dominic Dunne who said: ‘This is going to be a great event and it will be a major boost financially to the town, but of course also great morale for everyone living in Portlaoise and the surrounding areas of Laois’, commented Mr Dunne.   

A fundraising table quiz will also be held in Kavanagh’s Bar, Portlaoise on Friday 10th March to help raise funds for this event. Everyone is welcome to attend.  

The committee thank everyone involved in helping to ensure the parade will be a successful event, with particular thanks to Laois County Council.  The committee are also delighted that Laois Volunteer Centre will help in sourcing volunteers to help with a collection day as well as stewarding on the day of the parade. 

A good vantage point at the Portlaoise St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.

To enter a float or to contact the committee with any queries, contact Chairperson Dominic Dunne at 0868312034 or Secretary, Pauline Flanagan at 0879984574.  

The St Patrick’s Day committee consists of old and new members who meet weekly in Portlaoise Parish Centre.  The members include: Chairperson and Events Co-Ordinator, Dominic Dunne; Secretary, Pauline Flanagan; Treasurer Eugene McDonagh, Paul Downey MC, Christy Bannon MC, Frank Ward, PJ Kavanagh; Wayne Haslam, Councillors Catherine Fitzgerald and Noel Tuohy and will continue to meet leading up to the event in order to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety for all concerned.