Sensory sensitive area is back for Athlone parade

The committee of Croí na hÉireann is delighted to announce the return of the sensory sensitive area to Athlone's parade on Sunday, March 19 next.

Chairperson John Henson confirmed that from Flannery's pub/Dunnes Irishtown right down to the Golden Island roundabout will be a designated sensory sensitive area.

This means that parents and children will be able to enjoy the visuals of the parade but all of the participants will be completely silent.

There was a very good reaction to the idea last year, according to Mr Henson, and the group is delighted to see it returning this year for children with autism and their parents.

Athlone's parade kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, March 19. Prior to the festivities, there will be plenty of entertainment at the canopy area, with poetry from 12pm, Aidan Higgins from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and the River Street Brass Band from 3.30pm to 5pm.