The atmosphere is building for a great St Patrick's Festival in Sligo.
The Sligo Town Parade is confirmed to take place next Saturday 17 March starting at 12 noon on Mail Coach Road.
This year, Sligo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is celebrating The Year of the Woman.
In line with the 100 year anniversary of women being granted with the right to vote and stand for election (with Countess Markievicz being the first woman elected to the House of Commons), the theme for this year celebrates the women of Sligo and the world. The Parade sees entries from schools, local businesses, community organisations and sports clubs taking part in the spectacular event.
On the day, Ireland, winners of this year's Six Nations Rugby Championship travel to Twikenham (London) to take on England for the Grand Slam.
A campaign is currently being highlighted on Facebook to create a Fan Zone in the Stephen St Carpark and erect a big screen so those attending the parade will not miss this historic clash.
It is hopeful that more positive news on this initiative will be known shortly.
This year, the St Patricks Day Parade Committee have advised that the bucket collection proceeds will be donated to Sligo Social Services. Every year the Sligo people have generously supported the collection and this year the collection is supporting a very worthy local organisation.
Sligo Social Services is a unique organisation that has contributed positively to the lives of many children, families and adults in Sligo and Leitrim for almost 50 years.
The services provides a number of homeless services including homeless hostels for single adults, short-term family accommodation and a tenancy sustainment service for those at risk of becoming homeless at three locations in Sligo: Maryville, Ballytivnan and four family units in the centre of town.
They provide pre-school, afterschool services and also meals on wheels and befriending services for the elderly in the Sligo area.
Members of the
Sligo Parade Committee and Sligo Social Services pictured at the Business
Improvement District office at Abbey St.
They also currently support a Syrian Refugee Resettlement programme, welcoming 20 families and also run over 50 Community Employment schemes throughout Sligo and offer a free Open Access Service, four afternoons per week providing people information, support and advocacy - this is a walk-in service, and is open to anyone who needs it.
It takes the commitment of statutory funders and donors, from staff, dedicated volunteers and supporters to help them to do this vital work in the local community.
Sligo Social Services are "very grateful that we have benefited from such support over the years. Every donation big or small makes a difference to the services that we can deliver and we are delighted to have the support of the committee in the annual St Patricks Day Parade in Sligo."