Thousands line the streets for St Patrick’s Day Parades in Clare

Thousands line the streets for St Patrick’s Day Parades in Clare

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Pakie Wall (97) from Kilmihil, Grand Marshall in this year's Ennis St Patrick's Day Parade. Pic Gary Collins
Pakie Wall (97) from Kilmihil, Grand Marshall in this year’s Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade. Pic Gary Collins

Thousands of people too the streets of towns and villages across County Clare on Thursday for St Patrick’s Day Parades.

They were parades today in Ennis, Shannon, Kilfenora, Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Killaloe, Doolin, Tuamgraney/Scariff, Tulla, Kilrush and Sixmilebridge.

ENNIS

The biggest parade took place in Ennis where more than 10,000 people lined the streets of the Clare County Capital for the annual Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

97-year-old Patrick ‘Pakie’ Wall from Ballydineen, Kilmihil, was front and centre of this year’s Parade when he assumed the role of Grand Marshall.

Patrick was selected following a nomination process through Clare County Council for the oldest living Patrick in Clare to join Mayor of Ennis Pat Daly in leading the Parade in a horse-drawn carriage, which was followed by approximately 50 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare.

Patrick McMahon (94) from Feakle, Patrick Malone (92) from Corofin, Mayor of Ennis Pat Daly (who turned 60 today), Patrick Wall (97) from Kilmihil and Chris Droney (92) from Bellharbour pictured after today's Ennis St Patrick's Day Parade
Patrick McMahon (94) from Feakle, Patrick Malone (92) from Corofin, Mayor of Ennis Pat Daly (who turned 60 today), Patrick Wall (97) from Kilmihil and Chris Droney (92) from Bellharbour pictured after today’s Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade

Ahead of the Parade, a Certificate of Recognition was presented to Mr. Wall outside the offices of Áras Contae an Chláir. The presentation was made by Anna Whelan who is a 5th class pupil from Ballyea National School where Pakie attended from 1923 to 1931.

5th class from Ballyea N.S. went on to win ‘Best Parade Float/Group’ for their showcase of their All Ireland winning Irish Drama “1916-Eirigh amach na Casca”.

All pics by Gary Collins.

Pat Foudy celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with his two granddaughters, Miss Clare and the Clare Rose in Ennis. Pic Mary Warren
Pat Foudy celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with his two granddaughters, Miss Clare and the Clare Rose in Ennis. Pic Mary Warren

SHANNON

Pics by John Meyler

CARRIGAHOLT

Carrigaholt on the Loop Head Peninsula is laying claim to the smallest Patrick’s Day Parade in all of Ireland, and most possibly the world.

Becky O’Farrell’s video of the two-person Parade can be viewed below.

https://www.facebook.com/becky.ofarrell.5/posts/1123591191007039

MILTOWN MALBAY

https://www.facebook.com/Williamwinderrainbowfoundation/videos/982333051847067

TULLA

https://www.facebook.com/theclarechampion/posts/704131719729240:0

SCARIFF

https://www.facebook.com/ScariffIrishDance/posts/1080532085343532

KILRUSH

https://www.facebook.com/PatBreenTD/posts/1042623499128968

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153354465472120&id=370260752119

LIMERICK

Spectators also soaked up the spring sunshine and carnival atmosphere of Ireland’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City today.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Liam Galvin and Parade Grand Marshall Myles Breen joined members of Limerick City and County Council and invited guests to witness more than 4,000 participants from 100 different community groups, companies, bands and sports clubs from across Limerick and Ireland take part in the Limerick parade which celebrated the carnival theme of ‘Spring’. The theme of this year’s Parade was ‘Commemorate’ celebrating Limerick’s legacy, its peoples and its places.

Among the participants in this year’s Parade were pop duo Jedward and Figdet Feet Ariel Dance Company which performing a crane show over the city centre streets.

Public buildings also have been lit up in green to mark Ireland’s National Holiday. They include the Clare County Council HQ at Áras Contae an Chláir, Bunratty Castle and Quin Abbey.

Ireland and Britain with the Aurora Borealis as photographed from the International Space Station.
CdwqjP8WAAABjBT.jpg largeAstronaut Tim Peake captured Ireland from the ISS on St Patrick’s Day

Ireland from space

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