PEOPLE taking part in the Ardee St Patrick’s Day Parade have asked to consider giving their costumes and floats an Italian flavour.
The chairman of Ardee Town Council Padraig McKenny, who is also chairman of the town’s St Patrick’s Day organising committee, has asked the people who go to the trouble to make the day so colourful and enjoyable, to consider going Italian in honur of the town’s special guests.
Ardee is twinning with the Italian town of Nettuno which is in the Lazio region in central Italy.
Sevral dignitaries from Nettuno will spend St Patrick’s week in Ardee on the invitation of Ardee Town Council.
A traditional music session is planned for Ardee Castle on St Patrick’s evening.
A major banquet has also been planned which will feature food produced in mid-Louth by local companies.
The food will be supplied by local shops and businesses and the chefs will give their services free.
Other events planned include a civic reception at Ardee Golf Club, a tree planting ceremony at the Fair Green, a clay shoot, an Irish-Italian choir recital at St Mary’s Church.
The Italian delegation will also take part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
They will also visit Dublin sites in Dublin including the Guinness Brewery.
Cllr Jim Tenanty, the main organiser of the visit, is also hoping that some of the schools in Ardee will bring an Italian theme to their floats in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Ardee Community School Junior Council will be invited to some of the civic events over the weekend.
Cllr Jim Tenanty has said the link with Nettuno will create exchanges between Ardee and Nettuno schools and there will also be an Italian summer course package for young people between 18 and 21 which will give young people from Ardee the opportunity to go to Nettuno and learn Italian first-hand.
Cllrs Tenanty was thanked by the council for all his work.