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St Patrick’s Day Parades on the Beach & More in county Wexford!

St Patrick's Day beach parade Wexford Ireland vintage tractor
The beach parade in Wexford in 2013. Duncannon’s Parish Priest Fr. Nolan is in a tricolour wig and shamrock Elton John shades aboard one of the best vintage tractors. Pic by Mark Graham

 Paddy’s Day fun throughout county Wexford.


It all kicks off with Ireland’s Only ‘Beach Parade’ this St. Patrick’s Day in Duncannon!

St. Patrick’s Day in county Wexford is one of the biggest days of the year, with celebrations and parades taking place in Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Gorey and even on a beach in the pretty seaside village of Duncannon. Have a look and see what is on when:


Duncannon beach will host the country’s only Beach Parade this St. Patrick’ Day. The parade will start outside the church in Duncannon at 12.30pm travelling down the Main Street and from there it will go travel along the beach. The parade will be made up of local scouts, girl guides, local sporting clubs, vintage vehicles and top tractors. The Duncannon Sandsculpting Festival will have a float in the parade, as will the local businesses. Entertainment will be on offer after the parade with an obstacle course on the beach and a bungee trampoline for the kids.

 Musical entertainment will be on offer at The Green for the afternoon. According to Cathy Dowling, Parade committee member, St. Patrick’s In Duncannon is a real occasion. “We have been hosting the parade along the beach with the last four years and it is always a fantastic day, we have such a stunning beach here in Duncannon, it’s the ideal place to host the parade for everyone to get a good view of the action. The Grand Marshall this year will be the winner of the GAA Top Farmer competition which will be held in Duncannon the night before St. Patrick’s Day.” Cathy said.


Wexford Town

This St. Patrick’s Day Parade is probably the oldest parade in the country starting back in 1917. This year the parade will commence at 11am from the junction at Fisher’s Rowe, William’s Street and weave it’s way through the town to pass the reviewing stand at the Quay Front adjacent to the Bridge. This year’s parade will see many floats and numerous marching bands and will be one of Wexford’s best parades. Groups will assemble from Fisher’s Rowe up to the Green in Maudlintown at 10.15am sharp, while the floats will assemble at 10am from the Mace Service Station in Trinity Street on the right hand side of the road, towards The Talbot Hotel.



There will be music at the Market House from 2.30pm along with fringe events including ‘Tug o War’ and ‘Barman’s race’. Entertainment and prize giving will take place on Esmonde Street directly after the Parade. Starting at 3pm, the Parade route commences from the Enniscorthy Road at Grattan Street, travelling down the Main Street onto Esmonde Street. 



The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at 2pm. Floats, vintage cars, marching bands, Bui Bolg characters and more will take to the streets departing from St. Senan’s Church led by the Army Reserve walk along Templeshannon Quay, cross Seamus Rafter Bridge and passing the reviewing stand at Abbey Square.


New Ross

The town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will get underway from 2pm travelling from Irishtown down the town’s quayside to the viewing platform at the Dunbrody visitor centre. Filled with marching bands, floats and entertainers it’s one not to be missed.


So get out your shamrocks, fuzzy tricolour wigs, & maybe even your swimsuit if you’re brave in Duncannon, and have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day in county Wexford!

For more on St Patrick’s Day, present & past, check out these posts.

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