St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the city
Extract from the Connacht Tribune 18 March 1916
The Celebrations in the City
The procession will start at 12.45 p.m. from the Square, in the following order: –
Eyre Square North-Industrial School Band; Galway Urban District Council: Galway Board of Guardians; Students of University College; A.O.H.
Eyre Square East- The Monastery School Fife and Drum Band: U.I.L.; Town Tennant’s League; Galway Woollen Manufarctureing Co., and the Irish National Foresters.
Eyre Square South- St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band; National Volunteers; Educational Section; and the Galway Worker’s Union.
Eyre Square West- The Pipers Band, the Irish Volunteers and St John’s Ambulance.
The procession will start from the north side of the Square, will proceed around it, and then pass down through Williamsgate st., Shop st., Mainguard st., Bridge st., Dominick st., William st., West along by the Crescent and the New Line and Francis street, returning again to the Square, where its constituent parts will disperse.
It is generally anticipated that the Volunteers should make a brave show. The Galway City Corps of the I.N.V. will parade to the number of about 100, and the expectation prevails that the outside contingents will swell the total to 300 or perhaps even far more. It is believed that consignments from Moycullen, Renmore, Athenry, Spiddal, Barna, Claregalway and Craughwell, etc will give a representation to the body known as the Irish Volunteers of about 500. Many of those contributory sources will provide bands.
It remains but to add that the Very Rev. T. A. Fitzgerald, O.F.M. Guardian, the Abbey, Galway, has been appointed Grand Marshal of the procession. The various sections will respectfully provide deputy marshals.