FERMOY'S FIRST OLYMPIAN TO LEAD ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Denis Rice, the first ever Fermoy native to compete in the Olympics, has been selected as Grand Marshal for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade.
Mr Rice, who represented Ireland in rowing at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, will lead the Fermoy Rowing Club at the head of the parade. The local rowing club was chosen to lead the parade in recognition of their 125th anniversary.
Speaking at an event in Fermoy Credit Union to launch the parade Mr Rice said that he was honoured to be asked to lead the parade.
Speaking to The Avondhu Niall Cremen, director of Fermoy Credit Union, said that the institution was happy to help sponsor the event, along with the Fermoy Business Association.
“We are delighted to be able to support the parade, to help in a small way to assist the event. We are a community-based organisation and this is a community-based event. We see ourselves as helping out in the small way we can,” Mr Cremen, who is also MC for the parade and member of the organising committee, said.
“We’re hoping for a bigger and better parade than last year with an emphasis on community groups and having as much of the community and sporting organisations involved as possible. We will be encouraging all interested to turn up on the Cork Road prior to the kick off outside Cavanagh’s garage at 11 am,” he added.
Thursday 5th March 5:57pm