Henry Street to host Limerick St Patrick’s weekend parades

Henry Street will be the main focus of this year's St Patrick's Day and International Bands parades.

HENRY Street will once again be the main route for this year’s Limerick City Saint Patrick’s Day and International Band Championship parades over the bank holiday weekend.

Following consultation between city centre stakeholders and elected officials, a spokesman for Limerick City and County Council said the Henry Street route was chosen “to avail of a more extensive city offering”.

With retail outlets confirming that the Henry Street route will allow them to continue trading on St Patrick’s Day, the decision to continue with the 2022 route was finalised this week.

Starting at the O’Connell Avenue/Roden Street junction at 12 noon on March 17, the St Patrick’s Day parade will go down O’Connell Avenue, The Crescent and O’Connell Street, before turning left on to Glentworth Street and right on to Henry Street.

From Henry Street, it will go on to Liddy Street and Arthur’s Quay Park before turning left on to Patrick Street and finishing at Rutland Street. The reviewing stand will be at the junction of Liddy Street and Honan’s Quay near Arthur’s Quay Park.

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The International Band Championship parade will start at 12 noon on Sunday, March 19 at  the O’Connell Avenue/Hartstonge Street junction, following the same route as the St Patrick’s Day parade to finish at Arthur’s Quay Park.

A jamboree will be held at Arthur’s Quay Park with the bands performing and the competition winners announced. The reviewing stand will be on Henry Street at the junction of Bedford Row and Shannon Street.

Eileen Coleman of Limerick City and County Council said there will be a programme of family fun activities in the city over the bank holiday weekend

“The city will be open for business and we encourage everyone to come out at some stage over the weekend to celebrate and enjoy the best of Limerick,” she added.

The council will continue its partnership with Autism Supporting Diversity (ASD) Ireland to host an area along the parade routes specifically for people with sensory issues.

An autism friendly area, which will be located at the Crescent for both parades, will include a sensory room, covered marquee and seating area. Access will be limited with special wristbands being provided by ASD Ireland.

The festival organisers are looking for volunteers to help with both parades and those interested should email gillnicconmara@gmail.com