Parade in Galway City today to honour front line workers

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A parade to honour front line workers who have given so much in the past year and a half will make its way through Galway City today.

Today marks National Services Day, a day created to honour all the security, emergency, and other front line services who work to keep people safe.

The event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but is returning this year when it is more important than ever to recognise the incredible efforts front line workers have put in during the pandemic.

Celebrations are taking place in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Monaghan, and Wexford today, with the Galway parade starting at 12:30pm in the Latin Quarter.

Before that a private wreath laying ceremony will be held at NUI Galway to commemorate those who have been lost

The parade will start at the Spanish Arch, crossing over to the west end of the city via the Wolfe Tone Bridge, and heading down Fr Griffin Road and Whitestrand Rd to Salthill.

It will then follow the Promenade out to the Cappagh Road on the western edge of the city, before looping up and back in along the Western Distributor Rd.

The route then heads into the city along the Bishop O’Donnell and Seamus Quirke roads, heads north along the Thomas Hynes road, and back down along Upper Newcastle.

The parade will then cross the Quincentenary Bridge, and head east out to Bohermore, and along the Old Dublin Road until Doughiska.

Towards the end, the parade will complete a loop up the Doughiska Road, turning onto the Monivea Road, and then down the Ballybane road to finish at GMIT.