Fermoy St. Payricks Day

Fermoy 2018 Grand Marshal
Dr. Tom Cavanagh

The Parade Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Tom Cavanagh will the Grand Marshal for the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Dr. Tom started his career in the motor industry and established a number of major dealerships which continue to this day. His business interests grew to encompass the hospitality, pharmaceutical and financial service sectors.

A graduate of University College, Cork, he was a member of its governing body for 22 years. Tom founded his first philanthropic trust in 1987 and later the TOMAR Trust in 1992. For over 30 years, Tom has tirelessly sought to support local community initiatives, sports and educational disadvantage.

In 1986, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate for services to the community.

In 1996, he founded Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), out of a conviction that a clean environment is fundamental to our continued economic prosperity, notably in the tourism and food export sectors.

Dr. Tom served on the Boards of AIB, Conrad Hotels and Woodchester Finance.

An international athlete in his younger years, he later continued his interest in sport in an administrative capacity and was Chef d'Equipe of the Irish Team at the world Student Games in Moscow.

Last year about 1,700 people marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, representing about 50 groups, clubs and societies from greater Fermoy Area. Behind all those groups are amazing volunteers who share their time, experience and talent to help us raise our children and enhance our quality of life. Thousands came out to watch and applaud these volunteers who are philanthropic with their time.

However, the success of our clubs and societies would not be possible if we didn’t have the philanthropy of Dr Tom Cavanagh who helped us put the infrastructure in place — the all-weather pitches, the floodlights, the swimming pool and community centres, to name but a few. He has done so much good for the town and always with the utmost modesty. Asking him to be Grand Marshal gives Fermoy an opportunity to say thanks to Dr. Tom and we are very grateful that he has accepted.

We hope that there will be a large turnout for the Parade to show Dr. Tom Fermoy's appreciation.

Donal O'Lochlainn, Secretary