Elaine Brady

Our Frontline Workers have faced unprecedented challenges over the last few years, demonstrating incredible strength, determination, and courage. In honour of their commitment and contribution to keeping Queenslanders safe, we dedicate our 2022 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to them. 

While the raging bushfires in the early days of the new decade may feel like a long time ago, we acknowledge the brave firefighters, police, emergency workers, and volunteers who placed themselves in the path of danger to control the flames and minimise harm. Even with their unwavering efforts, the impact of these bushfires was significant, with over 17 million hectares burnt across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, the ACT, Western Australia, and South Australia. Nearly three thousand homes and several thousand buildings (including businesses, outbuildings, and houses) were destroyed, and up to a billion animals and wildlife were affected. Inundated with injured animals, wildlife volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty to help our native animals.

With the embers still smoking, a new threat emerged. As COVID-19 spread throughout the nation, our healthcare workers were pushed past the point of exhaustion as they carried the burden of our nation’s health, at significant risk to themselves and their families. The Irish community in Queensland wishes to acknowledge our emergency workers’ sacrifice to keep us safe. These selfless people worked tirelessly, day after day, month after month, masked, gloved and at times in full body suits, not knowing what new challenges the day would bring or when they would get a reprieve from working under such challenging conditions.

Just when things were beginning to settle down, the flood waters rolled in. Our thoughts are with all those currently impacted by the Brisbane floods. Thank you to the emergency crews, services and volunteers out there supporting the community and leading the recovery efforts.

On this St. Patrick’s Day, all parade participants will receive a green heart from parade organisers to wear as a symbol of gratitude and solidarity. This green heart demonstrates our appreciation for our frontline workers and the tireless contribution they make. As you plan your float or parade outfit, we encourage you to get creative and consider how you can show your appreciation and honour our frontline workers. 

Come one and come all to join in the parade on the 12 March so we can say a great big Irish “Go raibh maith agat” to our frontline workers for keeping us safe!