Thursday 27 April 2017

Festivities get going a day early in the capital

From left: Mason Meehan, Rhys Creen, Luke Lawless and Troy Kelly (all 7) from St Laurence O’Toole National Boys School at the parade in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Mark Stedman
From left: Mason Meehan, Rhys Creen, Luke Lawless and Troy Kelly (all 7) from St Laurence O’Toole National Boys School at the parade in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Mark Stedman

Ian Begley

St Patrick's Day was celebrated a day early as hundreds turned out for a parade through the streets of Dublin.

More than 300 spectators turned out in the inner city area to participate in the festivities.

Perhaps one of the most notable guests in attendance was GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail, who came out to show his support.

"Sheriff Street is our neighbourhood," he said.

"A lot of good work has been done between Croke Park, its local areas and this year we're the main supporter of the Sheriff Street parade."

The Garda Band led the parade from Sheriff Street, around the neighbouring roads and ended up back at Saint Laurence O'Toole Church.

Children from the nearby schools and créche added the main colour to the event with help from local artist Fionnuala Halpin.

Local Sergeant Chris O'Shaughnessy said it was "very important" to highlight the positives in Sheriff Street.

"The parade has definitely grown legs since it was first established seven years ago.

"We see more and more people getting involved and it's brilliant to see the amount of organisation and passion that's gone into it," Sgt O'Shaughnessy said.

Irish Independent

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