Bands lined up for Tullamore St Patrick's Day Parade

Four major bands have confirmed their attendance for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Tullamore. Those attending include Clara Town Band, Athlone Pipe Band, Mullingar Town Band, and Athy Pipe Band.

Parade Secretary Sean O' Brien said: "We are delighted to have four bands confirmed and we are still seeking further bands. Many parades find it difficult to get bands as there are fewer of them and many make their way to the parades in the cities."

"This week letters are being sent to all community groups in the area and also to schools. As this is the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the parade we are asking all groups to make a special effort to take part in what will be the biggest parade so far."

The parade takes place on Friday, March 17, starting at 11.30am. The assembly point is the car park of the Bridge Centre and the route will be High St, Bridge St, Colmcille St, over the Kilbeggan Bridge onto Arden Road and finishing at the GAA Centre. The Review Stand will be located at the junction with Harbour St and Colmcille St.

The work of the Tullamore Tidy Towns Committee will receive a big boost as their work in the community will be highlighted by the theme of this year's St Patrick's Day Parade. The official theme of the parade this year is 'Tidy Towns-Our Community Effort- Is Feidir Linn Le Cheile.' All entries are asked to reflect this theme in their entry.