Carnival atmosphere for colourful parade

Mary Fogarty

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:22

Aleesha O'Toole and Jennifer Chapman.
Aleesha O'Toole and Jennifer Chapman.

The good weather brought out the festive atmosphere in Greystones for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

The streets of the town were thronged as the many clubs, groups, bands and businesses made their way along Church Road and through the centre of the town.

This year's was the last parade under the banner of Greystones Town Council. It was particularly colourful and full of music with a total of four bands helping to entertain the crowds.

Also enjoying the day's festivities was a group from Holyhead, Greystones' twinning partners, led by Mayor Ron Williams. The Holyhead group included representatives from Holyhead Sea Cadets who later presented Deputy Mayor Cllr Chris Maloney for Greystones Town Council with an impressive framed photograph of the Wicklow Mountains as seen from Holyhead.

A similar photograph was presented to Cllr. Kathleen Kelleher for her work with the twinning process.

The visitors were especially impressed with the wide variety of groups that participate in the life of the town.

'Great tribute must be paid to all those in the town who support the various clubs and youth groups,' said Cllr. Kathleen Kelleher. 'Their dedication to our youth cannot be overstated. These people work very hard to help our young people grow and develop and they deserve our thanks.'

Cllr. Kelleher added that there would be no parade without the support of a range of sponsors including Jim Wood, Heaton's, Sisk and Mrs. Robinsons, as well as Tesco Greystones, Pineto, Joker's, Centra Greystones, AIB and Greystones Credit Union.

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