RETAILERS in Dundalk could be set for a e1 million windfall if shoppers part with just e25 each on St Patrick’s Day, according to Dundalk Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Tosh.
Mr Tosh said that between 35,000 and 40,000 people are expected to attend this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. He added that retailers could benefit from a significant boost if each attendee spent e25 on the day.
“All we need now is for all retail in Dundalk to open the doors like Longwalk and Marshes Shopping Centre and let the 35,000 to 40,000 we expect on the day to spend a few quid each. Nearly e1m for the day is not to be sniffed at,” said Mr Tosh.
“There has been more buy-in from businesses we’re glad to say. Greg Gormley convinced quite a few more fellow publicans to fork out some much needed funding. Meanwhile, Euros and Longwalk Shopping Centre, as a main sponsor, have significantly increased their financial contribution to the 2011 event.”
Mr Tosh said that Paddy Keenan, the Louth All-Star had been lined up to be the Grand Marshall for the St Patrick’s Day Parade, however, he had to pull out when he remembered he had another committment.
“However, I’m told the Grand Marshall is a really big sporting star, and we’ll find out the ID on the day. I wonder if it’s Kevin O’Brien who hit England for 6 in the World Cup. He hit them for six 6s in fact.”
He added: “I was intrigued to see quite a few pallets of shamrock leaving Willville Nurseries this week for London. It seems that St Patrick’s Day is good for exporting as well as for local celebrations.
“The letter has also gone up the chimney suggesting that a high front be engineered to pass over the town all day on the 17th to keep us bright and dry, well at least dry on the outside. There’s two weeks left to go, so if you want to enter the parade, do come forward and register.”