Fingal is ready to welcome a return of the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parades with events set to take place across the County
Fingal is ready to welcome a return of the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parades with events set to take place across the County. In addition to the parades being held in Balbriggan, Blanchardstown and Swords, Fingal will also be introducing a parade in Malahide this year. Community groups in Rush, Lusk and Skerries will also host celebrations on 17 March.
As always, everybody is welcome to come along and enjoy the various festivities taking place. For this year, locations and starting times are as follows:
- Swords – 11.00 am
- Balbriggan – 12.00 pm
- Rush – 1.00 pm
- Blanchardstown – 1.00 pm
- Lusk – 1.30 pm
- Malahide – 2.00pm
- Skerries – 3.00 pm
There will be over two hundred groups taking part in festivities on the day, with key buildings across the County also being illuminated green to mark the occasion.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony said: “Saint Patrick’s Day offers a fantastic opportunity for Fingal residents to come together to celebrate our heritage and our history. It is a day for everybody to enjoy, and I’m delighted to say that we will have additional needs areas at our four parade locations this year.”
In order to facilitate the parades, residents are advised that road closures and diversions will be in place at various times on Friday 17th of March. Full details on the routes and road closures are available on the Council website.
Residents can download the Fingal Connect app (Android, Apple) to view the parade routes and maps on a mobile device.
Fingal County Council wishes to remind members of the public that there will be Temporary Road Closures in Blanchardstown, Balbriggan, Swords and Malahide, and also in Skerries, Rush and Lusk on Friday 17th March to facilitate St. Patrick’s Day Parades across each of the towns.
*Some minor diversions on Thursday evening to allow for construction of viewing stands at some locations.
Diversions will be signposted from early on Friday and motorists are asked to follow the diversions and any instructions from a member of the Gardaí or parade marshalls in relation to diverted traffic. Road closures and diversions will be lifted as early as possible at the end of the parades.