It promises to be a busy weekend in Strokestown with the town’s Easter Parade and the County Fleadh Cheoil both taking place there across the Bank Holiday weekend.
It was confirmed last month that the town’s Easter Festival would be held at 3 pm on Easter Sunday despite a clash with the Connacht Senior Football Championship match between Roscommon and Mayo in Castlebar on the same day.
The Roscommon Town Easter Parade committee took the decision to switch their annual parade from the Sunday to Easter Monday in light of the game, but the Strokestown committee made an early decision to stay put.
Strokestown Community Development Chairperson Eugene Murphy confirmed the parade would be going ahead as usual.
“Strokestown Community Development Association wishes to acknowledge Roscommon Town Parade Committee who approached us with an arrangement that might have suited both parades going ahead on Easter Monday,” he said.
“However, because the Roscommon Parade would not be going ahead until 3 pm it would mean Strokestown would have to put its annual parade back to 5 pm and this would be too late.
“We are also having the County Fleadh in Strokestown on the Easter weekend and the two events always work very well together.
“We feel our decision is the correct one for Strokestown as already we have quite an interest in participation in the event.
“As an avid Rossie fan, I will certainly miss attending the match but I’m sure there will be a huge Roscommon contingent on the day.
“For those wishing to find out about the parade, please call Mary at Strokestown Community Development Office on 071-9633759 or 087-1668775/087-1385821”.