John Burke to lead Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade

John Burke to lead Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade


John Burke arrives back in Shannon following his Everest conquest – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017


Everest mountaineer and Elevate founder, John Burke has been named Grand Marshal of this year’s Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Mayor of Ennis Councillor Paul Murphy today (Thursday, 01 February 2018) said that John is receiving the honour in recognition of his efforts to bring wellness programmes to young people in Clare as well as his achievement of becoming the first Clare person to summit the world’s highest mountain in 2017.

John will join Mayor Murphy in leading the parade in a horse-drawn carriage, which will be followed by approximately 50 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare.

Mayor Murphy commented, “During my term as Mayor, I have committed to promoting positive mental health initiatives and individuals and groups who are working in the area. John through his own remarkable personal achievements and through Elevate is playing a key part in ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are protected and supported. That is why I am delighted he has accepted my invitation to be this year’s Grand Marshal.”

More than 10,000 people are expected to line the streets of the Clare County Capital on March 17th for the annual event. 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.

The theme of 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.

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.