Parade shines brightly in the rain
Charleville marked St. Patrick's Day with a parade that started at Holy Cross Church and processed through the Main Street, watched by a large crowd who braved the rain that started as the parade moved off.
The participants included community groups and sports organisations, commercial vehicles, Charleville fire brigade, vintage cars, trucks and tractors and decorative floats, all led by St. Patrick's Brass and Reed Band.
The G.A.A. entry informed everybody that the local Association was marking 125 years in existence and aspiring singer Keith Hanley used the event to garner votes for his impending appearance in the live show of The Voice of Ireland on this Sunday on RTE1 television.
Parade marshal Ian Doyle was delighted with the turnout and he thanked all the participants for their contribution to the event, preparing floats and vehicles and the young members of the sporting organisations, the G.A.A., A.F.C., Rugby and Athletics clubs along with the scouts and girl guides.