Nenagh parade watched by estimated crowd of 5,000

The Portroe GAA Club float in Nenagh's St Patrick's Day parade
An estimated 5,000 people lined the streets of Nenagh to watch this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade as it made its way through the town.

An estimated 5,000 people lined the streets of Nenagh to watch this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade as it made its way through the town.

The four-deep crowd was in good humour, no doubt helped by the warm sunshine as over 40 floats, community groups and sports clubs entertained the attendance during the 90-minute parade from Summerhill, along Pearse Street and finishing at the end of Kenyon Street.

Every vantage place was taken long before the local fire service got the parade off to a rousing start with their sirens blaring. While the official start is done by a colour party from the local ONE branch which takes the salute at the reviewing stand, the fire service is allowed sneak in ahead of them as many of its members are on call on St Patrick’s Day.

Among the colourful participants were the vintage tractors and farm machinery exhibits from the Irish Vintage Engine and Tractor Association, with models dating from the 1920s to the 1970s. Not to be outdone in the nostalgia stakes were the entries from Borrioskane Vintage Club, always one of the main attractions at the Nenagh parade, with their old cars and pony and traps.

Full report and pictures in next week’s Tipperary Star