St Patrick’s Day parades – and live music in bars – make welcome return!

Towns and villages across the county are gearing up for what promises to be a busy St. Patrick’s Day following two years of Covid-19 restrictions.

  Lecarrow will see the revival of the village parade from 1 pm on St. Patrick’s Day including novelty and trade floats, a vintage display of cars, tractors and implements and the world premiere of ‘Paddy’s Mechanical Ass’! 

  Later on, Cootehall will play host to the Ardcarne St. Patrick’s Day parade at 2 pm featuring well-known grand marshals, Roscommon senior footballers Enda and Donie Smith. 

  The organisers of the parade have confirmed the appearance of the Irvine Memorial Pipes and Drums Band and there will be a Dog Show at Cootehall Barracks starting at 1.15 pm with food and an ice cream van. There will also be prizes for the Best Float and other categories. 

  Ballaghaderreen’s parade kicks off at 2.30 pm this Thursday from the Sligo Road. There’s €1,000 in prize-money up for grabs in the various categories and the theme for this year’s parade is ‘100 Years of Irish Independence’.

  A total of three parades will commence marching at 3 pm. The Ballintubber parade is celebrating its 10th anniversary and always attracts a large crowd while Elphin and Cloonfad will also be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style this year. 

  The final parade on St. Patrick’s Day in Roscommon will start at 3.30 pm in Boyle. There will be face-painting with Lisa from 2 pm to start the celebrations as well as prizes for Best Floats in a number of categories on the day.

  Meanwhile, Glenamaddy will once again host its popular parade from 1 pm. A large crowd is expected to turn out and there will be live music and other entertainment on the street as the parade makes its way from the local community centre. 

  Finally, the long-awaited return of St. Patrick’s Day festivities will continue into Friday, March 18th as Arigna plays host to its own parade this year. 

  Following two years of Covid-19 restrictions, communities across Roscommon will be back with a bang this St. Patrick’s Day!

Timeline of local parades…

St Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17th)

1 pm: Lecarrow

1 pm: Glenamaddy

2 pm: Cootehall

2.30 pm: Ballaghaderreen

3 pm: Ballintubber

3 pm: Cloonfad

3 pm: Elphin

3.30 pm: Boyle

Friday, March 18th 

3.30 pm: Arigna