Doubt over St Patrick’s Day parade in Athlone as a result of social media criticisms – O’ Rourke

The prospects of a St Patrick’s Day parade in Athlone are getting tighter with nobody so far coming forward to organise it.

The committee in place stood down after last year’s event after receiving negative comments on social media when they decided to move the actual parade to the Saturday, the 16th of March.

A three day programme of over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday was hugely successful.

Despite an open call on the St Patrick’s Day Festival Athlone Facebook page for people to come forward, no-one has offered to take on responsibility of a formal organising role.

Councillor Aengus O’ Rourke says it’s a good example where the actions of those who criticise from afar have real consequences for the entire community.