Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Announced

World Champion, five times Olympian and proud Corkonian, Rob Heffernan has just been announced by Cork City Council as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade which is attended annually by  up to 50,000 people, will start at 1pm on Sunday March 17.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mick Finn said

“We are delighted that Rob is bringing his ‘Story of Cork’ to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are immensely proud to be the hometown of Ireland’s only five-time Olympian and medallist. His three golds at World Championship level, his European successes and his multiple national records for race-walking bring such pride to the city he so obviously loves. I look forward to welcoming Rob and his family to the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. On the day when Ireland is celebrated the world over, it is fitting that Cork celebrates the story of one of our most internationally successful citizens.’   

Rob, as one of Ireland’s most successful athletes, is a wonderful ambassador for Cork and Ireland. He was crowned World 50km Race Walking Championship in Moscow in 2013 becoming Ireland’s third ever gold medallist at World Championship level. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, and in 2016 he became the first athlete to represent Ireland in five Olympic Games having competed at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Rob Heffernan is the current Irish 10km, 20km & 50km National Record Holder and holds eight national records on track and road including his stunning 3.37.54 national 50km record.

Rob Heffernan said

“I am the only Irish male athlete to hold a medal from three major championships- World, European and the Olympics. I am very proud to be from Ireland but even prouder to be from Cork. Throughout my sporting career, I have always promoted how wonderful Cork is and I am very honoured to be the Grand Marshal of the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year.”

Beginning at 1pm on Sunday March 17th, Cork city will be a carnival of colour and pageantry with over 2000 participants from more than 50 groups taking part in the Parade.

The theme of this year’s parade is Stories of Cork and participants from community groups, arts groups and sporting groups from all over Cork will take part in the Parade. A selection of these include the United Filipino Irish Association, Cork City Judo Club, the Rainbow Club Cork Centre for Autism, Rebel Wheelers, Mayfield GAA Club, Mexican Community in Cork, Blackrock Rowing Club and Cork County Cricket Club.

See www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie for further details of the Parade and information on travelling into and around the city on the day.

Cork’s RED FM and the Echo are the media sponsors of the Cork St. Patrick’s Festival 2019.