Kilkenny to host National Service Day Blue Light Parade and Static Display

A blue light parade and static display will take place at Kilkenny Castle on Saturday 3 September as part of National Service Day.

Since 2013, National Service Day has hosted events to recognize the important work that frontline, emergency, essential and security service personnel do to ensure the safety and well-being of the public. It is above all an opportunity for the services to thank the public for all their support. In 2018, then-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defined the government’s commitment by officially designating the first Saturday in September as National Service Day.

For 2022, parades and celebrations are planned across the country and this year the city of Kilkenny is no different. Kicking off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, the city will see its first National Service Day blue light parade and static display.

Entering the city from Castlecomer Road it will be a sight not to be missed as dozens of emergency and essential vehicles will pass the Newpark Hotel, McDonagh Junction, John Street, Rose Street and then onto Castle Parade where they will then enter the field. Kilkenny Castle for a static display until 6 p.m.

It will be a great opportunity for young and old to meet the men and women of national services and discover all the exciting equipment and vehicles they have to offer.

National services participating in this event include: Defense Force, An Garda Síochána, Kilkenny Fire Brigade, National Ambulance Service, Irish Coastguard, Irish Prison Service, Civil Defence, Mountain Rescue South East, the RNLI, the Revenue Commission, HSE, Community First Responders, The Red Cross, the Order of Malta, BUMBLEance, Blood Bikes, Kilkenny Sub Aqua, Irish Water Safety, The OPW, Kilkenny County Council and Waterford Search and Rescue and The Irish UN Veterans, ONE and the wonderful St. Patricks Brass and Reed Band.

National Service Day is a day of remembrance and celebration, so come out on September 3 and show your support for frontline, emergency and security service personnel.

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