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Druid star Marie Mullen named Guest of Honour for Galway St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mar 14, 2016

Actress and founding member of the acclaimed Druid Theatre Company, Marie Mullen, has been named this week as the guest of honour for the Galway St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Ms Mullen, who founded Druid with Garry Hynes and the late Mick Lally in 1975, will lead off Galway's parade from Fr. Griffin Road through the city to Eyre Square where she will be greeted by Mayor Frank Fahy and will view the parade as it passes the reviewing stand. Marie Mullen is being honoured for her outstanding contribution to Galway's arts and theatre over the decades and for her part in putting Galway's culture on the national and international map.

This year's parade will reflect the energy and dynamism of Galway's bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. Galway 2020 will take the parade by storm this year, and is asking every Galway citizen - from age 0 to 100 - to join the enthusiastic team of supporters, volunteers, artists and musicians in the passionate battle to strengthen the vision of Galway as the thriving, vibrant, creative and cultural heart of Ireland.

With Galway getting closer and closer to this once-in-a lifetime chance of becoming European Capital of Culture 2020, what better day than St Patrick's Day to show all the city and county's support for the bid?

Parade Coordinator Frank Commins and his team have been busy working with all the participants in the parade this year which includes an enhanced participation from An Chéad Chath, the First Battalion at Dún Uí Mhaolíosa Barracks in Renmore.

The parade will feature an array of community, cultural, sporting and international groups. This will include a Pipe Band from Portland, Maine and a delegation from Galway's Sister City of St. Louis.

World-renowned street theatre specialists Macnas will be represented by its Young Ensemble and other theatre and arts groups will join with musicians and bands to add sound and colour to our National Day.

The Parade will take its traditional route, assembling on Fr. Griffin Road at the Fire Station and stepping off at 11.30am will proceed through Lr. Fairhill Road, Lr. Dominick St., O'Brien's Bridge, Mainguard St., Shop St., William St., Williamsgate St. and onto Eyre Square North before finishing at Prospect Hill.( http://galwaystpatricksparade.com/useful-information/the-parade-route.html )

Following the Parade, family-oriented entertainment will be provided at the plaza on Eyre Square including live music, a children's disco and facepainting for until approximately 4.00pm

More information will be available in coming days on www.galwaystpatricksparade.com and on Galway City Council's Facebook and Twitter feeds.