Friendliest Place theme for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Friendliest Place theme for St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Photo: Gary Collins

Clare County Council is inviting groups, businesses, societies and clubs from all over Clare to take part in the 2018 Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place on Saturday 17 March at 11.00am.

In excess of 10,000 people lined the streets of the Clare County Capital during last year’s parade, which featured 50 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare.

The theme for this year’s Parade is ‘Ennis – Ireland’s Friendliest Place’, which the Local Authority says provides participating groups, organisations, bands, schools and members of the public an opportunity to celebrate the recently awarded status.  There will be an overall prize of €400 for the group that best represents the parade theme while all parade participants will be included in an open draw for one of four prizes of €150 each.

Among the international visitors to Ennis for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a group of musicians from Langenfeld, Ennis’ German twinning partner.

In welcoming the theme of this year’s parade, Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Paul Murphy, said, “Clare County Council, through Local Enterprise Office Clare, and Ennis Chamber are working together to promote the development of a vibrant and competitive retail sector in the town. These efforts have been recognised by Retail Excellence Ireland who recently named Ennis as ‘Ireland’s Friendliest Place’. It is important we acknowledge this achievement through the town’s largest annual public event which is all about celebrating community.”

Application forms are available from or from the Ennis Municipal District office on 065 6846542.  Alternatively, see Facebook ( and Twitter (@ennisparade).

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.