Dundalk as it Happens
St Patrick’s Day parade in Blackrock cancelled
The planned St Patrick’s Day parade in Blackrock has been cancelled.
News of the cancellation was announced yesterday evening.
Organisers said the event would not be going ahead due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
It is understood that the disappearance of local man Mark Duffy following the Irish Coast Guard helicopter’s crash off the Co Mayo coast in the early hours of yesterday morning was a deciding factor. Mark and his wife Hermione are popular members of the Blackrock community.
As a result of the parade being called off Blackrock Tidy Towns have said they will not be decorating the village with flags like they usually do.
Reacting to the ongoing search for Mark, the Tidy Towns’ group said: “The thoughts of the entire community in Blackrock are with Hermione, her two children, and Mark and Hermione’s families at this sad, sad time. Mark was a great supporter of Blackrock Tidy Towns and many other community groups in the village, and he piloted the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 at the Raft Race display last year. We’re all thinking of you.”
For those looking for a parade, the one in Dundalk will proceed at 1pm through the town centre.
There will also be a St Patrick’s Day parade in Louth Village for the first time in 30 years. It gets underway at 12.30pm.