Irish soccer stars named Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day parade

The Irish Women’s National Team has been chosen as Grand Marshal to take part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin.

Irish soccer stars named Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day parade.

A number of top soccer players from the Irish Women’s National Football Team have been selected as Grand Marshals for the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, the Irish capital.

Vera Pauw, Diane Caldwell, and Paula Gorham will lead the team out on 17 March this year. Not on the field but on the streets of Ireland’s fair old city.

The Irish National Women’s Team’s recent successes – official announcement

Irish soccer stars named Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Credit: Instagram / @stpatricksfestival

The St. Patrick’s Festival official Twitter page announced the news: “We are delighted to announce the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Football Team, represented by Team Manager @verapauw, as Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2023!”

The Irish Women’s National Football Team qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, marking the first time the team has reached the finals.

They made history alone when they made the play-offs for the World Cup for the first time after a 1-0 victory over Finland in September 2022. They followed this with an incredible victory over Scotland in Glasgow to secure their spot on the global stage.

The National St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin – what to expect this year

What to expect at the National St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin.
Credit: Instagram / @stpatricksfestival

The official St. Patrick’s Festival has described the 2023 parade in Dublin as “the most ambitious ever, featuring breath-taking new artistic, interactive and aerial elements”.

All participants to the parade, who will come from all over not only Ireland but the world, are invited to “come together on Friday 17 March to collectively celebrate, share, laugh, perform, participate, and remember that ‘MAR A CHÉILE SINN’ (WE ARE ONE)”.

Grandstands are located at Westmoreland Street, Christchurch, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Parnell Square. Tickets remain only for the last option, so act quickly.

Details of the parade – where to go and what to do

Where to go and what to do during the parade.
Credit: Ireland’s Content Pool / Allen Kiely

If you want to get sight of the Irish soccer stars as Grand Marshal, take note.

The route will go through Dublin city centre, running along Parnell Square, down the iconic O’Connell Street, and over O’Connell Bridge. The parade concludes at the Cuffe Street/Kevin Street junction.

The parade will run from 12 pm to 2 pm. This leaves plenty of the day to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and bask in all that Dublin has to offer on this day.

The stars who will act as Grand Marshal – leading Ireland to glory

Irish soccer stars named Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Credit: Instagram / @irelandfootball

The Irish Women’s team manager, Vera Pauw, won the Manager of the Year Award at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2022. Pauw is the first woman to win the award.

This came off the back of many achievements, such as leading Ireland to the World Cup. Moreover, Pauw has overseen Ireland’s highest ranking, and the setting of a new home attendance record.

Diane Caldwell has represented her country 93 times and stands as a strong and solid part of the Irish defence. Paula Gorham is an Irish Women’s Team legend. Gorham scored a hat-trick on her debut as a 16-year-old in a 3-2 win over Wales in May 1973.

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