This year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Galway offers a feast of family entertainment in the city centre in Eyre Square where an outdoor village with vintage amusements, family activities will take place throughout the festival. The highlight of the festival, which is produced and funded by Galway City Council, is the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 17th starting at 11:30am.
In a change from the traditional route this year’s parade will assemble in the grounds of NUIG and begin in the shadow of the Galway Cathedral. Winding it’s way up University Road, onto the Salmon Weir Bridge and turning right onto Eglinton Street it will meander onto Williamsgate Street and past the official viewing stand in Eyre Square before finishing on Prospect Hill and Bóthar Na mBan around 1pm.
In the spirit of this year’s theme ’Diversity’ the parade will host the usual mix of community, cultural and sporting groups and put on another fantastic spectacle for all to enjoy.
Heading up the parade are two guests of honour, Eoghan Clifford and Shane Curran. Paralympic champion Eoghan Clifford announced his retirement in 2018 following a glittering career which has seen him claim Paralympic and World Cup gold medals. Since his international para-cycling debut in 2014, Eoghan has been a dominant force in the MC3 category, both on the track and on the road. The Galway-based rider amassed fifteen podium placings at major event, including a Paralympic title, four World Titles and six World Cup gold medals during his career.
Joining Eoghan is para-athlete Shane Curran, recently returned from the IWAS World Games in the United Arab Emirates in February with a silver medal in the shot putt. As well as being a member of the Galway Speeders, he participates in many other sports including wheelchair hurling & basketball, para cycling and para rowing, having successfully competed recently at the National Indoor Rowing Championships recently in Limerick. He was this year’s recipient of the special achievement award at the Garda Youth Awards.
Throughout the weekend there will be a fantastic line up of musicians on the Plaza Stage in Eyre Square from 2pm on Saturday. On Saturday evening join Baile An Salsa as they blend their Latin American, European and American influences together to create a contemporary twist of traditional tunes with original compositions to create a full, fun and rich sound. Before the parade on Sunday join us from 10:30am at the Plaza Stage in Eyre Square where Mick Casey & Friends will get the crowd warmed up while waiting for the main event to arrive.
Please see Programme of Events below: