BUNCRANA is to be the first town in Ireland to turn green in preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The brainchild of the St. Patrick’s Day committee, the town has already turned the ‘Bun Cranncha’ at the Railway road roundabout green to honour our patron saint.
Plans are also at an advanced stage to light up the iconic Crana Bridge in the town green also.
Mayor of Buncrana, Nicholas Crossan, said they have so far been delighted with the results.
He said it was a ‘simple’ idea by Kieran Henderson at Inishowen Tourism, which the committee ‘just ran with it’.
“Kieran approached me about the idea of features throughout the world such as Niagara Falls lighting up so he thought it would be great if we could do something similar in Buncrana for St. Patrick’s Day. I took it to Donal Walker, the town engineer, and we took it from there.
“We turned the sign as you come into the town green and we couldn’t believe the results, it was so simple but effective. We’re doing our best to get everyone excited about St. Patrick’s Day and create a buzz and excitement about the holiday.”
Despite attempts to turn Crana Bridge green, the committee has to go back to the drawing board as their first attempt to turn the local landmark green didn’t create a big enough impact.
“We tried to light up the Crana Bridge but our lights weren’t strong enough so it wasn’t as effective as the Bun Cranncha sign,” explained Cllr. Crossan. “But we’ll go back and get stronger lights and it will be green too before you know it. We’re hoping other businesses in the town follow suit and change over their lights to green in the week running up to St.Patrick’s Day. It’s easy and cheap to do.”
A lon- serving member on the St. Patrick’s Day committee in the town, Cllr Crossan said there has been great interest in the parade itself this year.
“The phones haven’t stopped ringing about people wanting to join the parade, it’s free to join and you just have to turn up at the shore front car park on the day. I always say St Patrick’s Day is the first family day out of the year, and more and more it seems to be a meeting place for people who haven’t seen each other from world to the next.
“Everyone is invited to come along and join in on the fun, get dressed up and have a bit of craic.”
The Buncrana Mayor is also calling on people to give up an hour of their St. Patrick’s Day to help out by becoming a steward.
“It would be much appreciated if people could help out, but we’d also like to thank the businesses for their ongoing support throughout the years. Without them the parade couldn’t take place.”
Organisers of the parade can be contacted on 0868435031, 0863669905 or 0866002155 if anyone is interested in becoming a steward on the day itself.