Decorate your shop or business for St. Patrick’s Day

Pictured at the announcement of the ‘Decorate Your Shop or Business’ competition in conjunction with St Patrick’s weekend in Mallow are St Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Jerry Mullane, Maire Ui Bhriain of the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Gearoid O Ceallachain of Conradh na Gaeilge, and Mallow Chamber President Pat Hayes. Photo, S Murphy.

Mallow Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Mallow branch of Conradh na Gaeilge and the St, Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, have launched a competition for shops and businesses in the town. Traders in Mallow are invited to decorate their shop-fronts and their businesses next week to reflect our Irishness and to link in with the Saint Patrick’s Day events in the town.
Prizes for this competition are sponsored by the Chamber Mallow and Conradh na Gaeilge. There will be a first and a second prize, and also a highly commended prize. Judging will take place between Wednesday, 13th March, and Friday, 15th March. It is hoped that this competition will encourage businesses in the town to create a lovely atmosphere  for this year’s extended St. Patrick’s weekend. For the many people who will be in Mallow on 17th March for the annual Mallow St. Patrick’s Day Parade, having the shopfronts made ‘green’ and colourful will enhance visitors’ experience as they amble along Davis Street.
Grand Marshall Jerry Mullane, attending the launch this Monday, told The Mallow/Vale Star that “it was only right and fitting that the town should look its best on this traditional festive weekend”.
Pat Hayes, President of Mallow Chamber, was also most enthused by the idea of local groups coming together in support of a project which will indeed create a bit of magic in Mallow for both adults and children alike to enjoy. He asked that as many traders in the town as possible should involve themselves in this town project. Gearoid O Ceallachain of Mallow Conradh na Gaeilge said that their organisation is seeking to have the town recognise the importance of being Irish at this time of the year.
There is no entry fee for the shop/business window competition. Traders and shopkeepers who are participating in this competition are asked to contact either Pat Hayes, Gearoid O Ceallachain or indeed Noel O’Connor, Chair of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (087) 273 8222  before midday on Wednesday, 13th March, to ensure the judges visit their business and examine their display. The winner of the first prize will take a special place on the Reviewing Platform on St. Patrick’s Day for the Mallow parade where the prizes will be given out.