The town of Strokestown is hoping for a huge influx of people for the Easter Holiday weekend with three major events taking place in the town.
The town welcomes the County Fleadh and a huge effort is been made by the local Strokestown Comhaltas group to make this the best Fleadh every held in the county.
The Strokestown Community Development Association, who organise the Annual Easter Parade in the town, are asking people to join their theme of this years parade, a theme of traditional, music, song and dance to honour the County Fleadh.
“We are requesting all schools of music, traditional school bands, traditional musicians and singers in the region to join in our Parade. This would be a fitting tribute to our County Fleadh and would be an ideal theme to fit the occasion” according to the Chairman of Strokestown Community Development Association, Eugene Murphy.
The official opening of the Fleadh will take place on the main stand in the Square just after the parade concludes.
A number of marching bands will participate in this years Parade and the Community Development Association are appealing to all groups in the region to enter the Parade.
“We have had in the region of 45 floats participating for the past four years and I have no doubt that this years event will surpass that,” stated Mr Murphy.
“There is a deep recession in our country presently but this will not stand in the way of the people of Strokestown and surrounding areas showing a huge community spirit, showing their pride in their town and County and showcasing the amount of activity that is going on in the area,” he continued.
“Our community groups have been excellent for their efforts and the community will again come up trumps this year.
“A major family fun weekend takes place at Strokestown Park House and this should add to the festive feeling in the region for the weekend.
“There will be Easter Egg Hunts as well as some well-known characters which I am sure will get a great welcome for the younger folk in particular. We will be inviting all those characters to join us in the parade – last year they got a great welcome from the crowd”.
The parade commences at 3 pm and will start from Circular Road on to Elphin Street where it will make its way through the Square through Bridge Street and onto the N5, turning back up the town at the Westward Scania premises at Farnbeg. It will make its way up Bridge Street and turn left at the Square on to Church Street and make its way westward to the top of the town.
There is a small charge on commercial floats – €25 – and this will help with the costs of running such an event, but again all voluntary groups are free. A prize will be awarded to the Best shop window display.
Entry forms are available from Strokestown Community Development Association. For further information, contact Mart at 071-9633759, Maureen at 087-1385821 or Eugene at 086-2507590.
The public are asked to obey all Gardai and stewards on duty for the parade. Strokestown Community Devevopment Association would like to express its congratulations to Strokestown GAA on the official opening of their new facilities which will take place later in April.
Issue dated: 30th March 2012
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