2013-03-01 14:28:34 - Three well-known Ennis landmarks will be illuminated in green light during St. Patrick’s Week, Ennis Town Council has confirmed.
St. Flannan’s College, the Daniel O’Connell monument and Ennis Courthouse will be joining the Pyramids of Giza, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney Opera House, the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, HMS Belfast in London and dozens of other landmarks and iconic sites around the world as part of Tourism Ireland’s annual ‘global greening’ initiative.
Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Peter Considine welcomed the decision to illuminate some of the town’s best-known landmarks in the days leading up St Patrick’s Week.
“All over the world famous locations will be lit up as part of Tourism Ireland’s drive to grow overseas tourism to Ireland. We are delighted to participate in this initiative and in illuminating St. Flannans, the O’Connell Monument and
Courthouse the people of Ennis will also be able to showcase their national pride to the world,” stated the Mayor.
According to Ger Dollard, Ennis Town Manager: “Clare Local Authorities are delighted to able to support Tourism Ireland’s annual ‘global greening’ initiative, particularly during the year of the Gathering and as a tourism promotional tool to attract visitors to Ireland and particularly through Shannon International Airport.”
Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in Ennis promises to be a major celebration this year with large crowds expected on the streets of the county capital. The centre piece of the day’s festivities will be the annual parade, the theme of which is “Ennis - A Musical Town”. The Parade commences at 11.00 a.m. and will proceed through Club Bridge, Abbey Street, O’Connell Square, O’Connell Street, Barrack Street and terminating in the Market.
The Mayor of Ennis will lead the parade in a horse-drawn carriage, which will be followed by 50 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare. This year’s parade will also feature the 50-strong St Mary’s Catholic School Marching Band from Phoenix who are travelling to the Clare County capital as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Ennis’ twinning relationship with the Arizona state capital.
There will also be artistic, cultural and sporting groups participating in the parade together with schools, boy scouts and a range of community groups. The Mayor of Langenfeld, Frank Schneider will lead a delegation from Germany to Ennis following on from the establishment of links between Ennis and the German town, which lies between Düsseldorf and Cologne.
Special traffic management arrangements will be in place involving road/street closures, restricted access to the parade route and traffic diversions. Gardaí will be on point duty on the day. The co-operation of the public is requested and vehicle owners are asked to observe the road/street closures which will be in place from 8.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.