It has been confirmed this week that Strokestown’s Easter Parade will take place at 3 pm on Easter Sunday despite the Connacht Senior Football Championship clash between Roscommon and Mayo at Dr. Hyde Park being on the same day.
Last month, the Roscommon People reported that the Roscommon Town Easter Parade committee had taken the decision to switch their annual parade from the Sunday to Easter Monday, in light of the big game.
In a statement to the Roscommon People this week, Strokestown Community Development Association Chairperson Eugene Murphy said the vast majority of people wanted the event to go ahead as usual.
The statement read: “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.
“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”.