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Cobh St Patrick’s Day Parade cancelled for 2019



At a planning meeting last night it was regrettably decided to cancel this year’s Cobh St Patrick’s Day Parade.

See You in Cobh have issued the following statement this morning:

The financial projections show a loss of €5000 this year if we continue with the parade. No fundraising event and €1200 more this year for crowd control barriers added to the €2200 that was the loss in 2018 are what makes the difference. See You in Cobh was able to absorb losses on the parade in past years because of a financial cushion built up through the “An Audience With” concerts that were the brainchild of the late Cllr Claire Cullinane.

Financial considerations were just one issue in making the decision however.

A complete lack of volunteers coming forward to help with organising and to act as stewards also contributed to the decision.

The final straw was comparing the list of entries from the 2012 parade when there were 58 entries to that in 2018 when there were just 26 entries and the parade lasted a mere 25 minutes. St Patrick was counted as one of those entries!

Interest in participation has dropped to an all time low with virtually no businesses participating and with a few notable exceptions entries lack a real WOW factor.

The organisers can only do so much. The effort and expense involved in organising a parade that has 20 entries and 100 entries is virtually the same. Providing safe assembly areas, a fully barriered route, a reviewing stand, a PA system and MC, entertainment, a town bedecked in bunting, official road closures, fundraising, extended public liability insurance, an entry form with a carefully considered theme are just not enough when more people in Cobh cannot pull up their sleeves and make a decent effort to be a part of it.

For 2019 there will be no parade in Cobh.

Hopefully there will be people interested enough to reinvent the Cobh St Patrick’s Day Parade for 2020 and many more of the people of Cobh will support their efforts and be a part of it – making that parade something that we can all be proud of.

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul




The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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