Midleton & Area Chamber and Tourist Office has been advised that there may be no St Patrick’s Day Parade in Midleton in 2019.
This may come as a shock to the general public but the Chamber believes that the circumstances are entirely understandable. The Midleton St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been run by literally just one or two people for several years now and the organisation and management of the parade has become a serious burden, especially when there are so few people to help organise it.
It should be noted that there is no committee involved in the organisation of the parade and it is unfair to leave the matter to one or two people each year.
Midleton & Area Chamber has arranged with Midleton Library to hold a public meeting to organise an independent, stand alone, Events Committee to run events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 6.30pm.
Anybody who is interested should come along to this meeting because there may be further opportunities arising from it.
Fáilte Ireland promotes St. Patrick’s Day as part of the nationwide St. Patrick’s Festival and encourages communities all over the country to run events to mark this. St. Patrick’s Day is, of course, the traditional start of the tourism season in Ireland and it usually gives local tourism a boost, which benefits local businesses too.
The Midleton St. Patrick’s Day Parade was always run by an independent body. Midleton & Area Chamber does not and has never, run the parade in Midleton, because it lacks the resources to do so. The Chamber is willing offer whatever support the parade organisers request.