Clane parade Chairperson refuses appeals to cancel St Patrick's Day Parade that is clashing with England versus Ireland Rugby Match

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Clane parade Chairperson refuses appeals to cancel St Patrick's Day Parade that is clashing with  England versus Ireland Rugby Match
By Louise McCarthy 14:02 Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Organisers of this Saturday's long anticipated St Patrick's Day Parades will have to 'sacrifice the game' says the Mayor of Co Kildare.

This Saturday, many St Patrick's Day parades around the county are clashing with the  Ireland versus England rugby match in Twickenham. Joe Schmidt's side clinched a third Six Nations title in five years with last  Saturday's 28-8 victory against Scotland.

Chairperson of Clane St Patrick's Day Festival says she has been inundated with calls from rugby fans since Ireland's victory against Scotland last Saturday, and England's defeat against France.

Mary Dunne, the founding Member of the 14-year-old festival in Clane, says she is not willing to change the 3pm start for the parade, just 15 minutes after the Ireland versus England game.

Street entertainers will be performing from 2pm.

Ms Dunne said: "There is nothing that we can do, people have asked us to cancel, unfortunately,  we can't cancel or amend the times as we have performers and street entertainers booked."

Additionally, this year, Clane Parade will start from a different route. This year the parade will start at the Business Park on the Kilcock Road for vehicles and for all walking groups, Dental Options Car Park behind Centra Clane. The theme for the Clane Parade on St Patrick's Day is the swinging 60s.

Mayor of Co Kildare, Cllr Martin Miley Junior, says the parade has been changed from its usual 3pm time to 1.45pm. He will be attending the New York  parade on the day.

He said: "I wish Ireland the best of luck, it would be great to get the Grand Slam. We have tried to accommodate the match, but the organisers will miss the match and there will be a clean-up afterwards, the organisers will have to sacrifice the game."

In Newbridge, the parade will start at 12noon, as normal.

In Dublin city, the parade will start at Parnell Square from 12noon.

A planned Fossett's Circus over a number of nights  will not go ahead in Clane as scheduled due to the condition of the grounds following heavy snow.

This Wednesday, on March 14, Enquiring Minds Childcare will hold a storytelling event with author Emma Jane Leeson, at 5pm.

Music will be performed by harpist Leah O'Sullivan at an information evening, on Wednesday March 14, at 7.30pm.

Also Dr Sarah Gerber, clinical psychologist will talk about ways that parents can raise their children by connection, to bolster emotional resilience for both parents and children.

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