In March 2013, Air-IT helped sponsor Nottingham’s 14th annual St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, a series of events that helps bring Nottingham’s Irish population together for several days each year.
After sponsoring the event in 2012, we were asked to lend our support again this year by Richard Hayden, Chairman of the Festival Committee and Managing Director of Air-IT client, Rayden Engineering Ltd – and we were delighted to oblige.
Each year, the St Patrick’s Day Festival offers a packed programme of Irish-themed events and activities, ranging from film nights and live music to art exhibitions and storytelling for the children.
The festivities come to a head with the colourful St Patrick’s Parade on 17 March, which sees more than 10,000 people lining the Parade route and gathering in the Old Market Square.
This year saw another fantastic turnout, despite the cold, wet weather. The parade began at the Forest Recreation Ground at around 11am, before making its way down Mansfield Road and into the Market Square. This year, County Kerry led the procession, headed up by Chief Marshall Donal Murphy, who hails from Kerry but now lives in Nottingham.
Mr Murphy was followed by a parade of floats representing the various Irish clubs and societies that are based in the city, including the Nottingham Branch of Comhaltas Ceoiltiri Eireann, the Nottingham Irish Golf Society, Celtic Supporters Club, Golden Shamrock Club and Nottingham Irish Studies group. Two local schools were also represented whilst four bands provided a rousing accompaniment to the march.
On arrival in the Market Square, parade participants and spectators were treated to a day of fabulous family entertainment, including Irish song and dance, a selection of themed market stalls and, of course, more music from the bands. And the fun continued into the night with venues across the city serving special menus and playing Irish music.
Commenting on Air-IT’s sponsorship of the events, Managing Director Todd McQuilkin said:
‘It was a pleasure to support the Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade for the second year running. As a Nottingham-based company, we’re always keen to support local events, but as several of the Air-IT staff have Irish connections, the Festival is especially close to our hearts. It’s also a great family day out – not to mention a valuable opportunity to find out more about Irish history, culture and traditions.’
Air-IT first started working with Festival Chairman, Richard Hayden, in 2012 when Rayden Engineering Ltd joined us as a support client. Rayden Engineering now benefits from our Support-IT package, which offers access to unlimited remote and onsite support from our dedicated Help Desk team and field-based engineers as well as regular system maintenance and 24/7 system monitoring.
Since we started managing Rayden Engineering’s IT, we’ve also made a number of improvements to their infrastructure, to provide a more secure, resilient and stable IT environment that will better meet the future needs of the business.
This included implementing a virtualised Microsoft Hyper-V server environment with remote desktop services; implementing a robust backup solution and disaster recovery plan; workstation upgrades; and deploying the latest industry-leading security solutions across the network.
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