Emma O’Driscoll to lead Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day parade

March 10th 2009

Emma O'DriscollGlamorous Celebrity Bainisteoir contestant and Den Tots presenter Emma O’Driscoll will lead the 2009 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan, announced today (Monday) that the 26 year old bubbly children’s TV presenter would lead the parade at the official launch of the 2009 Limerick St Patrick’s Festival.

The theme of the St Patrick’s Day parade is Go Green and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrates all that the Riverside city has to offer.Emma O’Driscoll said she was delighted and honoured to be the Grand Marshal.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to the parade, it’s always been a super day out and I still can’t believe I’m the Grand Marshal this year!” said Emma.

 “With the Go Green theme, I’ll have my Celebrity Bainisteoir team from St Patrick’s GAA club dressed in their green colours for support so I’m hoping that everyone turns out to give us a huge Limerick welcome,” she added.

Limerick Leprechauns leap with joy at the launch of the St Patrick's Day Festival in O'Connell Street on 8th of March 2009

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival starts on Sunday, March 15th with the popular International Band Parade now in its 39th year beginning at 12 noon.

Limerick plays host this year to a number of international, Irish and local bands including a group from the Wilcox High School Band based in Santa Clara, California who will make the city their home during their Irish visit. The Band Competition, led by the Army Band, will start in O’Connell Avenue and end in Arthur’s Quay Park with a free concert to the public.

Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade looks set to be the largest parade in the country outside of Dublin with a huge number of colourful entries for 2009.

Limerick Leprechauns leap with joy at the launch of the St Patrick's Day Festival in O'Connell Street on 8th of March 2009

Highlights of the St Patrick’s Day Parade 2009 include:

  • A number of unique “Green Themed” Entries including Love Limerick, Don’t Litter, Clean Ireland, Recycling floats and giant litterbugs
  • A special section for Limerick’s proud Green Schools
  • The addition of a new Junior Marshal who will be driven along the parade route in a 1970 Munster red MGB roadster just like secret agent James Bond
  • A special Celebration of Limerick Rugby Section where young fans and their parents will don their Munster colours and represent the Red Army in the parade
  • Limerick Military Parade led by the 12th Infantry Battalion from Sarsfield Barracks down the traditional route of O’Connell Street past the Reviewing Stand to Merchant’s Quay
  • Limerick’s talented skateboarders from the city’s new Skatepark will perform for spectators
  • The GAA will celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a special “Aussie” themed entry looking forward to the hosting of the Ireland v Australia International Rules Test at the Gaelic Grounds in the Autumn 
  • Special new features and effects

The Irish Chamber Orchestra based at the University of Limerick will also take part in the Parade as will the Irish Polish Cultural and Business Association, the Munster Harley Davidson club and many other sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations who will give the parade a great splash of colour.
The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2009 is 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.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr John Gilligan, who launched the festival appealed to everyone to participate in the festivities.

“I’m delighted to launch this year’s festival and with so many groups taking part, it promises to cheer us all up,” he said. “This is an opportunity for a great family day out with lots of colour, music and fun and despite all the doom and gloom, I urge everyone to come out and enjoy themselves,” he added.

Futureama Productions managing director Fran O’Donnell who is organising this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival said: “We’re delighted with the amount of entries to the Parade this year and they’re still coming in!

We’re asking everyone to banish the blues, go green or red to join the Red Army and come out and support the Limerick parade. We have a variety of new entries this year and welcome back some great supporters like Tony Connolly’s menswear who always enter a wonderful float. We’re also very grateful to the generous support of our sponsors.”

Eoghan Prendergast, Regional Director, Shannon Development said:
“Shannon Development is delighted to be involved with the Limerick St Patrick’s festival which is a major attraction for the city and embraces the best that Limerick has to offer."
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

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