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'Dream Come True' Kellie Harrington and Ellen Keane to lead Dublin St Patrick's Day parade

The national St Patrick’s Day parade will make its triumphant return to the streets of Dublin City on March 17th for the first time since 2019.

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Kellie Harrington with her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

Kellie Harrington with her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

Kellie Harrington with her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

Olympic boxer Kellie Harrington and Paralympic swimmer Ellen Keane will lead this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin.

The inspirational athletes, who both took home gold medals in Tokyo last year, have been chosen as Grand Marshals for the 2021 parade, leading dozens of floats and groups through the streets of Dublin on March 17th.

Organisers say that Ellen and Kellie’s sporting achievements represent the very best of Ireland - strength, perseverance and generosity of spirit.

Speaking about the exciting opportunity, Kellie said: “I think everyone knows how much I love my country and my beloved city.

“I carry our nation’s flag around the world with great pride and I can’t wait to be leading the magic through the streets of Dublin and to see so many smiling, happy faces on March 17th.”

And Ellen said that taking part in the parade is a dream come true.

“I am so excited to be a Grand Marshal alongside Kellie for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” she beamed.

“When I was younger and watching the parade in Dublin, I always wanted to be one of the children taking part and now I cannot wait for my childhood dream to come true!

“I am so honoured and grateful for this opportunity and I know it is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.”

After being postponed for two years due to the Covid pandemic, the national St Patrick’s Day parade will make its triumphant return to the streets of Dublin City from 12pm on Thursday March 17th, with a route stretching from Parnell Square to St. Stephen’s Green.

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The parade will also be broadcast live on RTÉ One and globally available on the RTÉ Player for those who can’t attend in person.

Brand new to the 2022 festivities is the Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, which will be home to a magical day-to-night urban Festival from March 16th to 20th.

Festival Quarter will also host the Irish Food and Craft Village, a daily showcase of Ireland’s incredible produce, arts and crafts and a space for all to relax and connect.

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