The annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade was well supported last Sunday and large crowds lined the route to cheer on the parade and the participants.
Templeglantine Comhaltas kicked off proceedings with a lively session of music in The Square which had the appreciative audience tapping their feet and clapping their hands in time to a variety of jigs, reels and hornpipes. It set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
The parade was led by the ever popular Rathkeale Brass Band who have become something of a St Patrick’s Day fixture in the town in recent times and always receive a warm welcome.
An assortment of floats, vintage cars, tractors, bicycles, motor bikes, musicians and various local and youth organizations followed on in an imaginative display of pageantry and entertainment.
Prize for best float went to FitAll Shopfitting while the best decorated window was won by Kathleen’s Foodstore The youth award went to Tournafulla GAA.
The organizing committee would like to thank the following for their help and support; Main parade sponsors, Twohigs Supervalu, Abbeyfeale, for their generous support again this year. All of the participants without whom there would be no parade. The people who decorated their windows so tastefully. The crowds who gathered along the pavements and offered their support and encouragement as the parade passed by. Everyone who contributed to the recent church gate collection. All Star Deliveries for supplying the stage, and The Fáilte for the loan of the steps. James Kennedy for the sound system. Kathleen Collins of Jack Foley's Bar for supplying food and refreshments. The local Gardai who kept the traffic running smoothly. The various stewards and all who assisted on the day. A big thank you to everyone concerned.