BY BRIAN MOORE
THE excitement is mounting as Skibbereen prepares to welcome home its Olympic heroes, Gary and Paul O’Donovan tonight .
With the homecoming parade scheduled to get underway from Cork Rd at 7pm, all those planning to welcome the brothers back to Skibbereen with their silver medals are advised to arrive early in order to get a good view and to enjoy the party atmosphere.
Parking restrictions will be in place from Sunday August 28th at the Fairfield (Old Mart). For all those travelling into Skibbereen from Clonakilty via the Cork Rd, parking will be available at the Skibbereen Showgrounds.
Meanwhile, for all those travelling in from Bantry/ Schull there will be ample parking available at the Skibbereen Rugby Club, the O’Donovan Rossa GAA grounds, the new Skibbereen Mart on the Marsh Rd, and at Morgan O’Driscoll’s (beside Hurley’s) on Ilen St. The homecoming parade will see Gary and Paul, as well as their coach Dominic Casey, arriving into the town on board an open top bus.
The route for the heroes’ parade will be along North St to Main St and then to the Fairfield where Gary and Paul will be officially welcomed home with their silver medals.
Radio Station 96fm/C103 will be providing music from 6pm and RTÉ’s Jacqui Hurley from Ballinhassig will be MC for the night.
The Skibbereen District Chamber of Commerce is putting out a call for volunteers to help with the marshalling of this historic event. Anyone interested should contact Mary on 086 2388300. Meanwhile, County Mayor Seamus McGrath will host a Civic Reception for the brothers on Wednesday, August 31st at 11am, in the County Hall in Cork.