Goalies impress parade's judges
A handful of goalkeepers in full body armour helped Enniscorthy hockey club win the 'Best Sporting Group' prize in the town's St Patrick's Day Parade.
The club revealed afterwards that the eye-catching goalies were just five among their contingent of 110 players who took part in the parade.
The full list of winners was: best sporting group, Enniscorthy hockey club; best Irish dancers, O'Brien school of dancing; best presented group, Slaney search and rescue; best marching band, St. Colman's Ballindaggin pipe band; most original entry, rebels v redcoats and the Men's Shed cannon; most colourful, FDYS and Community Workshop's 'Alice in Wonderland'; funniest, Strawberry Festival; adjudicator's choice, Enniscorthy brownies; chamber of commerce shop front awards - first, Evolv, Castle Hill; second, Frizelle O'Leary, Slaney Place; third, Liz's boutique, Weafer Street.
Members of Enniscorthy TC congratulated the town's St Patrick's Day committee on this year's very successful March 17. At last week's council meeting, cathaoirleach Johnny Mythen noted a Garda estimate that 3,000 were out in the streets on the afternoon of the national holiday. 'I wish I could get that for the Blessed Sacrament procession,' said Cllr Frank O'Connor.
* One of the biggest and most colourful ever. That was the St Patrick's Day parade verdict in Bunclody where the number of commercial entries was swollen by a large County Carlow contingent. Rev Michael Stephenson, Fr Laurence O'Connor, Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan and Deputy John Browne all joined master of ceremonies Barbara Anne Murphy on the review stand.
The winners were: shop windows – first, Loftus pharmacy; second, NCBI charity shop; third, Foley's; floats - first, Bunclody day care service; second, Bunclody Vocational College; third, Molloy's Metals; walking groups – first – Girl's Brigade; second, Kilrush-Askamore camogie club; third – Bunclody camogie club.
Liam Sharkey entertained the large crowd both before and after the parade. Bunclody's own Canon Seamas de Vál also celebrated Aifreann na Gaeilge in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.