Despite the disappointment of not having a funfair in Navan for St Patrick's Day due to a decision by Meath County Council, the Navan Shamrock Festival is determined to put on a fantastic few days entertainment for young and old.
Chairman, Cllr Paddy Fitzsimons, says there will be music at Kennedy Plaza and plenty for young people to do if they come into town.
The theme of this year's St Patricks Day Parade in Navan will be Cartoon Characters.
The parade is one of the highlights of the Navan Shamrock Festival, which involves a week of celebration of our national saint.
The parade starts at 2pm on the Trim Road. Cllr Fitzsimons announced that the Grand Marshal of the parade this year would be Marie Johnson from SOSAD. Marie was involved in establishing the SOSAD group in Navan and this honour is a mark of recognition of the great work she and the group do. Marie will join the Mayor of Navan, Cllr Francis Deane, as one of the judges of the parade.
Navan has been getting into the holiday feeling for the past week or so with bunting already up and businesses dressing their windows for the occasion.
Another major highlight of the festival the annual fireworks display has been moved to Blackwater Park and will take place on Thursday (16th March) at 7pm in Blackwater Park. The festvities began last Sunday with Music by the Fireside in the Central in the afternoon and 'A Mighty Session' in the Solstice that night.
There was a folk, blues and traditional night at Bru on Monday and the Navan Singers Club were due to play at the Lantern on Tuesday night.
This Wednesday there will be a special evening 'Remembering Ledwidge' in St Mary's Church of Ireland at 8pm. It will be an evening of song, history, story and poetry organised by Navan Shamrock Festival and Navan Singing Circle and supported by other various groups. It is a free event.
On Thursday night there will be an ‘Oiche Gaelach’ at Paddy Fitzsimons pub at 8.30pm and a traditional session in Fox's pub at 9.30pm.
St Patrick Day commences with Aifreann Tradisiúnta in St Oliver’s Church at 10 am and the festivities commence with the Gig-Rig - music of all types 12noon – 2.30 pm. The St Patricks Day Parade is at 2pm. There is music in the pubs from 4 to 6pm and then there is another 'Mighty Session' in Teach na Teamhrach (Trim Road) at 9pm.
There will be an open day at Navan Fire Sation on Sunday from 12noon to 4pm -this is an event that is always popular with parents and children.