Region gets ready to march on St Patrick’s Day

Volunteering is the main theme of many St. Patrick’s Day parades taking place in the North West next week.

He theme has been chosen to celebrate Sligo’s selection as the European Volunteer Capital for 2017.


Parades will be taking place all day on St. Patrick’s Day this year right across the North West region.

Sligo Town kicks things off with their volunteer themed parade at 12 noon. It begins at the Mail
Coach road and is expected to once again attract a large crowd.

The same theme applies in Enniscrone when the seaside town welcomes floats from all around through it’s streets from 1.30pm.

Other parades in Co. Sligo include the second ever Riverstown parade from 2.30pm. From there members of the public can get to Ballymote for a 3.30pm start to their parade.

In Donegal the Ballyshannon parade begins at 2pm and will include the centre of the town being closed to traffic until 3pm. The Bundoran parade then takes place at 3.30pm.

Killybegs and Donegal Town parades are both beginning at 3pm on the day with thousands expected  to line the streets of the South Donegal towns.

In Leitrim there is a late start to the Patrick’s Day celebrations with the Dromahair parade and ball race underway from 4.30pm before Manorhamilton finishes the day off from 5pm.

Gardai in the region have advised motorists to be aware of street and road closures during the time of parades across the three counties.