Wednesday 7 December 2016

Is this the best St Patrick's Day float of 2016?

Cathal McMahon

Published 17/03/2016 | 17:41

These clever revellers may just have created the best float this St Patrick’s day.

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With just a flat bottom truck and a steel girder these lads have managed to recreate the iconic Manhattan photo from the 1930s.

Photo courtesy of @donnchanuig
Photo courtesy of @donnchanuig
Photo courtesy of Niamh Connolly.
The original image from 1932 Manhattan
Does this bring back memories? Joan Burton in a canoe. Photo: @Gina_inTipp
Air-punching Enda. Photo: @Gina_inTipp
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The float was spotted by Donncha O’Connell at the Moycullen parade in Co Galway.

The original image was captured on September 29, 1932 by photographer Charles C. Ebbets as the group of men took their lunch break atop a steel girder 69 floors up on the Rockefeller Center.

As their worn work boots dangled over the edge, the New York skyline provided the backdrop with Central Park in the distance. The picture would later run in the Sunday edition of the New York Herald Tribune.

Two of the men in the original image were identified recently as Irish emigrants Sonny Glynn and Matty O’Shaughnessy.

We also thought these two characters in the Nenagh parade were worth a mention. Joan Burton and Enda Kenny popped their heads into the town: Joan, in her canoe, was a familiar sight, while Enda was in his cycling gear and, by all accounts, equipped for his fight for government.

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