Parade full of Irish pride
huge turn-out in support of all the local floats and acts
FAVORABLE weather saw to it that practically everybody were proudly wearing the green for the late afternoon Parade on St. Patrick's Day in Millstreet.
With hundreds lining the pavements, dry but chilly conditions allowed patrons button up to enjoy the atmosphere in a joint venture organised from a committee drawn from the Millstreet Development Group and Millstreet Community Council.
Supplementing the programme was entertainment provided by Millstreet Comhalthas Ceolteoirí Eireann in addition to music in the local pubs. Earlier in the day, Millstreet Pipe Band performed Ballydaly and returning in good time for a recital before and after 11.30am Mass in Millstreet and travelling onto Killarney.
The parade proved the top attraction where commercial interests together with sporting, voluntary, school and cultural outlets offered diverse viewing, colourful costumes and floats as did a vintage car and tractor display to add enormously to the enjoyment of the proceedings compered by Cllr. Noel Buckley, Chairman to Millstreet Community Council.
Participants from the greater Duhallow and Mid Cork region broadened the interest with Millstreet Pipe Band fronting the Parade and performing on St Patrick's Day in Millstreet for the 62nd consecutive year with Cullen Pipe Band also participating after a long day of engagements either side of the county bounds.
Reviewing the parade in the Town Square were the organising committee and Community Council officers in the company of special guest of honour, Winter Olympian bronze medallist Brendan O'Sullivan and public representatives Michael Creed, TD, and Michael Moynihan, TD.
Lucey's Transport took the Denny Pop McSweeney Memorial Trophy for Best Commerical fleet. The Best float accolade belonged to Millstreet Community Singers and Laine Bar, Ballinagree.
The premier prizewinners in the Cultural class were Millstreet Macra. Elsewhere, there was prizes in the Vintage for Millstreet Vintage Club with Rathcoole Playschool, Cloughoula and Millstreet Dancers to the fore in the childrens section.
The sports category earned triumph for St. John's GAA and Millstreet Juvenile GAA clubs. The Best Window prize was awarded to Dola Byrne in West End.