St Patrick's Day in Templemore: 'Irish tradition and culture' the theme

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St Patrick's Day in Templemore: 'Irish tradition and culture' the theme

Noel Joyce Grand Marshal

The theme for this year’s parade was “Irish Tradition and Culture” in keeping with the fact that Fleadh Cheoil Thiobrad Árann 2018 will be held in Templemore in May of this year. Despite the bitterly cold morning and the clash of J K Brackens playing in the U/21 Co Final, there was a great turnout for the 43rd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Noel Joyce was a most popular Grand Marshal leading the parade through the town past the reviewing stand packed with local dignitaries. The Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the parade especially the children, and particular thanks to all those people who turn out year after year to support the parade.

We are a committee of small numbers, so sincere thanks to all those who answered the call for help on the morning for last minute preparations to the route.

Thanks especially to Centenary Co-Op for use of their truck every year; to Michael Finn for transporting the barriers; to Dan Ward & staff; Myles McMorrow (MC par excellence!), Adrian Foley, all the volunteers, local council members and gardaí for their help.

Congratulations to all the winners on the day, it was great to have so many participants – community spirit is alive and well.
Thanks also to our judges who produced the following winners:
Overall Winners: Our Ladies Secondary School;
2nd: St Joseph’s Primary School
Joint 3rd: Templemore Montessori/ Killea Fleadh Ceoil.
Consolation Prizes went to the following:
Deirdre Sheedy Tots,
Killea NS
Moyne NS
Templemore Active Retirement Group
Webster School of Dancing
Templemore Community Pre School Creche
Roscrea Cheoltas Marching Band
Lisduff Adventure Centre
Best Dressed Window: - Centenary Co-Op.