Our Lady’s students line out for St Patrick’s day parade in Templemore

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Our Lady’s students line out for St Patrick’s day parade in Templemore

Our Lady's Templemore who took part in the St.Patrick's Day Parade

On 17th March over 30 students and several members of staff braved the cold and took to the streets of Templemore to participate in the annual St.Patrick’s Day Parade. This year we decided to celebrate Ancient Ireland. Ava Cosgrave who kindly volunteered her own horse for the parade was enchanting as the Pirate Queen Maeve with Marie Roche as her lady in waiting. David Higgins and Sean Jordan were the embodiment of young Setanta and the legendary Cuchulainn. But it didn’t stop there, students from every year group donned their costumes, put on their dancing shoes, took out their musical instruments and celebrated our patron saint.

Although our participation in the parade was over in less than one hour, there was massive work behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the parade. From Ms Flannery’s initial vision to Mr Shortall’s designs of the castle, the float began to take shape. But the work could not have been done had it not been for the enthusiastic help of our Transitions years particulary Shane Lowe, Jack Cullen, Kevin Maher and James Devaney, Lorna Hayes, Kyah Scully, Sophie Keane and Ciara Whelan. While Daniel Dooley and Donnchadh Barry in 5th year were always there to lend a hand.

The construction was just one part of the project. Many 2nd years and Transition year students really show cased their talent when it came to decorating the float. 2nd years Katrina Hangonyiova, Akvile Reinyte , Coby Murphy and Liam Gaynor worked on through their lunch on Friday to finish painting the float, while several Transition year students, Shane Lowe, Darragh Doyle and Jack Cullen took time away from their work experience to assist on Friday. 3rd years Adam Patton, Jack Foyle and Tony Cahill were only too willing to do any work on Friday that was required to see the float to fruition.  

Ms Byrne and her art students were always on hand to assist and to give authenticity to the set, while Ms Johnston’s talented musical students were, as always willing to assist. There were so many students involved on the day and behind the scenes that it’s impossible to name them all, without them we could not have participated in the parade. Thanks to Ms Flannery, Ms Larkin, Mr Shortall, Ms Johnston, Ms Butler, Ms Byrne, Mr Bourke, Mr Fogarty and Ms Higgins who took the time to make this float a reality in the parade. A massive thank you to Mr Liam Flannery for lending his truck and driving for the day. All the effort was made that bit sweeter when we won 1st place in the parade!