60.000 on Limerick streets for the city’s largest ever St Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17th 2009

Gardai estimate that in excess of sixty thousand people turned out in glorious sunshine on the streets of Limerick today for the city’s 2009 St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Glamorous Celebrity Bainisteoir contestant and Den Tots presenter Emma O’Driscoll led the 2009 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade in a horse drawn carriage as Grand Marshal. She was accompanied by her team from St Patrick’s GAA club who joined with her in a rendition of “Here come the Boys” at the VIP Review Stand.

Minister for Defence, Willie O’Dea TD was present with Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan, members of Limerick City Council and invited guests to witness the 91 entrants in the parade which included almost 3,000 participants.

The theme of the St Patrick’s Day parade was Go Green and a spectacle of colour and sound filled the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrated all that the Riverside city has to offer.

Highlights of the parade included:

  • A number of unique “Green Themed” Entries including Love Limerick, Don’t Litter, Clean Ireland, Recycling floats and giant litterbugs
  • The Army Colour Party including a Mowag Armoured Personnel Carrier, a Bofors 40mm gun and the Reserve Defence Force marching group
  • Six year old Cian Casey from Castleconnell, Co Limerick was the parade’s first ever Junior Marshal. He led the hundreds strong Red Army rugby section of the parade in an open top Munster red MGB roadster.  He was presented with his sash and top hat at Sarsfield Barracks by Lt Col Howard Berney, the Commanding Officer of the 12th Infantry Batallion. Every rugby club in the city and hundreds of rugby fans took part in the Red Army which was showered in red confetti through part of the procession.
  • A special section for Limerick’s proud Green Schools
  • Sydney Circus performers including street acrobats
  • Flag ambassadors from the Salesians Girls School carried a giant tricolour 
  • Limerick City Fire and Rescue/Marine Search and Rescue and Civil Defence
  • Limerick’s talented skateboarders from the city’s new Skatepark performed for spectators
  • The GAA celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a special “Aussie” themed entry ahead of the hosting of the Ireland v Australia International Rules Test at the Gaelic Grounds in the Autumn
  • The winning Google “Doodle” for St Patrick’s Day designed by Limerick schoolboy Evan O’Sullivan Glynn was displayed by his classmates from St Munchin’s School
  • The Irish Chamber Orchestra 
  • Several of Limerick’s talented bands including Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band, St Mary’s Fife and Drum Band, Corpus Christi Pipe Band, St John’s Brass and Reed Band, CBS Youth Pipe Band, City Rhythm and International Band Parade champions Sammy Benson’s Brass and Reed Band
  • Giant Power Rangers
  • Munster Harley Davidson enthusiasts
  • Many other sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations who gave the parade a great splash of colour.

Emma O’Driscoll said she was delighted and honoured to be the Grand Marshal.“I had an absolutely amazing day and what a turnout!” she said. “This is one of the best days I’ve ever had in my life and I’m so proud of Limerick city”, she said.

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2009 was generously sponsored by Limerick City Council in conjunction with The Limerick Co-Ordination Office, Shannon Development, Limerick’s Live 95FM, G24i, Clean Ireland, Stryker and Fáilte Ireland.

Futureama Productions managing director Fran O’Donnell who organised this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival said: “This really was the best St Patrick’s Day parade ever, we were astounded with the amount of entries. There were so many imaginative floats, hugely colourful participants who want to so much trouble to show their community spirit. We really are thrilled with the parade which gardai say was the largest ever on the streets of Limerick.”

The winners of the 2009 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade are

Parade Champions
Abundant Life

Best Float
Clean Ireland

Best Musical Entry
City Rhythm

Further information on the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival is available from www.festivalslimerick.ie or www.limerickcoordination.ie

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100
email: laura.ryan@limerick.ie

Last update:19/02/2014