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National Services Day 2022 Parade in Limerick takes place Saturday, September 3



National Services Day 2022 parade will feature many hard-working Limerick frontline workers and volunteer groups. The official launch of National Services Day pictured above took place in Dublin Castle recently. 

The parade will remember those who have lost their lives working for the country

By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon

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Limerick Suicide Watch are just one of the fantastic organsisations taking part in the parade.

The National Services Day 2022 parade will take place on Saturday, September 3. 

National Services Day is organised annually by Frontline Emergency and Security Services Éire Forum (FESSEF). Their objective is to set up events to commemorate and remember the work our emergency services do throughout the country and to promote friendship across emergency personnel and voluntary services. Organisations that take part in the parade include An Garda Síochana, the HSE, Order of Malta, the Irish Red Cross and the RNLI.

Parades are set to take place in Limerick, Dublin, Wexford, Mayo and Kilkenny. The Limerick parade will commence at 2pm and will start on O’Connell Avenue. It will go through Lower Mallow Street, Henry Street, Arthur’s Quay Park, and Bridge Street and finally finish by the junction of Athlunkard Street and Island Road.

Shannon Airport’s Rescue 115 Irish Coast Guard Helicopter will be performing a flyover at Arthur’s Quay Park. Many hard-working Limerick frontline workers and volunteer groups will be taking part in the parade, such as Limerick Suicide Watch, Fire and Rescue Services, St John Ambulance Limerick and Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention, among many other salient Limerick services.

As the services get ready for the parade, attendees are sharing their well wishes on social media. A Facebook user commented, “All the best for the parade! Hope the crowds come out in droves to honour all you fine people. Your commitment to the people of Ireland is inspiring!”

National Services Day was set up in 2013 by Seamus O’Neill. The retired school principal said, “We’d had no money in the school and the army and the guards used to play football matches to fundraise for us. So in 2013 I was looking around and there was nothing in the State that recognised the work that the emergency and security services were doing.”

Mr O’Neill set up the group FESSEF, which then became renamed as National Services Day last year.

The National Services Day 2022 parade is especially paramount as it is the first parade since the Covid-19 pandemic and the services will be commemorating the frontline workers that worked tirelessly throughout lockdowns and they will also be remembering those no longer with them.

For more information on National Services Day 2022, go HERE 

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.