Kinsale St. Patrick's Day Parades
Posted by Kinsale Newsletter on Tuesday 18 February 2020

The Kinsale St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is all systems go for the 2020 celebrations of our National Holiday!

Monday March 16th sees the unique Maritime Parade in the harbour where you can enjoy the wonderful sight of beautifully lit boats sailing in under the night sky. There will be music, family fun and of course the evening will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display, festivities commence at 7.30pm. Once again spectators are invited to dress up for the occasion with prizes for the Most Brightly Decorated Adult and Child!

Last year the Maritime Parade featured on the RTE Six One St. Patrick’s Day Parades round-up, this was wonderful publicity for our beautiful town at the start of the season.

The committee is delighted that the Grand Marshal for this year’s Street Parade on St. Patrick’s Day is Mr. Paul Shea of Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Mr. Shea has been very actively involved in the Newport – Kinsale Twinning Association since its inception and indeed continues his involvement by organising the Newport/Kinsale Chef Exchange. Many parents in Kinsale and surrounding areas, whose children have travelled to the US on J1 visas, will also know that Paul and his wife Janet have been wonderful hosts and mentors to the hundreds of college students who have travelled to Newport over the years.

We are also honoured that a group of firefighters, who are coming with their partners, from Newport, Rhode Island, will march in our Parade on St. Patrick’s Day, along with Deputy Chief Harp Donnelly lll and Deputy Chief Mike Ferreira. In addition to their attendance at the Maritime and Street Parades, their itinerary for the two day visit includes a Civic Reception hosted by Bandon/Kinsale Municipal District Council and a Memorial Service for their fallen brothers at the 911 Garden of Remembrance at Ringfinnan. Other delegates travelling from Newport include Councillor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Councillor Lynn Underwood Ceglie and Richard O’Neill, Chair of the Newport Twinning Committee.

On St. Patrick’s Day itself the Blessing of the Shamrock will take place at 12noon Mass in the Parish Church. Festivities will then commence around town from 1.15pm with free face painting, balloon modelling and music. Buskers are also welcome to come along on the day. The prize giving for the Children’s Art Competition will take place at 1.30pm in the Tourist Office before the Street Parade, which will start at 3pm from the New Road car park. The theme for this year’s Parade is ‘Inspire Local Change’, participants are welcome to interpret this in a multitude of ways.

The Parade will weave its way along The Glen, Pearse Street, Barry’s Place and the Pier Road to the reviewing stand near the Pier Head. In addition to various prizes for Parade entrants, there will be prizes for Best Dressed Adult, Teen and Child spectators!

Since the revival of the Parade in 2012 it has been wonderful to see the support from local businesses who ‘Go Green’ for the occasion in the weeks before the event. Combined with the wonderful effort the businesses make to decorate their premises, and the flags & bunting erected by the Parade committee, Kinsale always looks spectacular for our National Day. Once again there will be prizes for the Best Dressed Window in advance of the festival weekend.

If you are interested in sponsoring or contributing funding for the many events or wish to help out with stewarding on the day please email

Check out how much fun we’ve had in previous years and come along and enjoy the fun in Kinsale on St. Patrick’s weekend!
Street Parade:
Maritime Parade:

Photos by John Allen Photography


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