The St Patrick’s Day Express will once again return to Nenagh as part of this year’s celebrations. Photo: Odhran Ducie

Countdown to St Patrick's Day celebrations in Nenagh

Huge variety of exciting entertainment planned

Tipperary County Council, Nenagh Tourist Office, Nenagh Live and Spain AV are delighted to announce plans for this year’s St Patricks Day celebrations.

As part of the ongoing endeavour to make Nenagh a go-to family destination, this year’s St Patrick's Day celebrations will be centred around Nenagh’s historical district with multiple performance stages, street entertainment, children’s funfair, food and market stalls, live music and children’s entertainment.

The 2024 festivities will begin on Saturday, March 16, with music and live performances in Nenagh Tourist Office and Banba Square. On St Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17, the Nenagh celebrations will feature a large outdoor concert and festival market situated in the Nenagh Courthouse carpark. This year’s celebrations will culminate in a special visit, parade and performance on Wednesday, March 20, by the John F Kennedy High School Band from La Palma, California.

On Sunday, March 17, special guests will include ‘A Whole Lotta Smokie’ - Europe’s No 1 Smokie Tribute Show - while Jacko the Clown and the team from Giggles Entertainment will be singing and dancing live onstage with special guests Lucky the Leprechaun, Bluey, Fireman Sam and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

You will also have the chance to meet the Easter Bunny live in the Nenagh Tourist Office while the St Patrick's Day Express begins its travels at 1pm, taking young and old on a fun-filled journey throughout the streets of Nenagh.

Special guests include Tipperary Fire and Rescue, Collie Hogan and The Rewind, Emma FitzGerald and Tradstorm, Martin Grace, Nenagh Brass Band and many more musical guests, dancers and performers.

We are delighted to announce that proud Nenagh man Conor Fahy (aka Dàwna) will be performing live direct from making his debut European performance with the legendary Gavin James.


Rosemary Joyce, District Administer Nenagh Municipal District, says: “The John F Kennedy High School Shamrock Regiment Band is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their first trip to Ireland in 1974.

“First visiting Nenagh in 2016, they were to return in 2020 to coincide with the Nenagh 800 celebrations.

“However, just as they were about to depart Los Angeles, the trip was cancelled due to Covid. It has taken a huge amount of logistical effort for all involved but we are delighted to welcome them back to Nenagh on Wednesday, March 20. They will parade through the streets of Nenagh from the Railway Station to Banba Square under the direction of Band Director, Dr Joshua Parsons.”

The JFK band parade will start at 2pm and conclude with a short recital.

Victoria Lee, Nenagh Tourist Office, goes on to say: “If you are a local producer, artist or stall holder and wish to take part in our festival market, please contact the Nenagh Tourist Office, 087 187 1932, or email to reserve your place. Please be aware, even with the increased size of the festival site, numbers will be limited.”

Festival Director David Spain says: “Building on the St Patrick's Day successes of recent years, we are delighted to celebrate the talents of Nenagh’s musicians, singers, dancers and performers with a special emphasis on local producers and artists. I want to acknowledge the support we have received from local business, Nenagh Chamber of Commerce and Tipperary County Council. It has been so incredibly positive! Nenagh town and its people never cease to amaze me with their good humour, work ethic and constant support for local community events.”

For those unable to attend the festivities, tune into St Mary of the Rosary Radio on 106.2fm from 1pm.

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