Clare County Council is seeking the oldest “Patrick” residing in County Clare to be the Grand Marshall for the 2016 Ennis St Patrick's Day Parade on March 17.

Fiona Whelan of the Parade Organising Committee said “Every year the Parade organizing committee names a Grand Marshall that has made an outstanding contribution to community life in Ennis and County Clare or who has brought great acclaim to the town and county through their respective achievements. This year we have decided to give official recognition to older members of our community who have likewise made important contributions to their community throughout their lives."

She continued "We are calling on family members and friends of any person officially named “Patrick” who is residing in Clare and who they may feel would enjoy the experience and honor of being Grand Marshall for this year's parade to submit their nominations.”

If you would like to nominate someone named Patrick for the honored role you can send your submission by post to to Ennis St Patrick's Day Festival, Municipal District of Ennis, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare or by email to by 4pm on Wednesday the March 2.

This year's parade theme will be “Clare County of Culture." The parade’s theme will be built around the hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis next August, the yearlong celebration and promotion of Clare as a County of Culture during 2016 features a comprehensive programs of cultural activities and events, which includes the annual Ennis Parade.

Clare County Council is seeking to make the 2016 Ennis St Patrick's Day Parade a countywide affair by inviting groups, businesses, societies and clubs from every Parish, village and town in Clare to take part.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held from 11am on Thursday, March 17.

For more information visit call +353 65 6846544 or +353 65 6846259, Facebook (Ennis St Patricks Day Parade) or Twitter (@ennisparades).