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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Milltown parade draws large crowd

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

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Brendan and Tomas Lynch at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Milltown on Monday.
Caoimhe Ferris with her twin brothers Conor and Darragh at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Milltown on Monday.
Nellie Kelliher and Michael O'Shea on the Castlemaine Community Centre float at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Milltown on Monday.

THE St Patrick's Day Parade in Milltown is famous for its early start, but this has never deterred the crowds, and this year's parade proved to be no exception with around 2,000 people lining the streets and taking part in the parade on Monday morning.

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This year's parade in Milltown was one of the largest ever held in the village with more than 60 floats and walking groups taking part. The parade attracted not only one of the largest numbers of spectators in recent memory but also attracted the largest number of participants for many a year.

The success of the event was thanks to months of hard work by the organising committee, led by Tom Murphy and Liam Cronin, who have been meeting regularly since before Christmas to plan the event.

Once again organisers were blessed with mild weather, even occasional bursts of sunshine and the parade got underway shortly after 10am with the parading groups setting off from the Kerry Co-op Mart yard and winding their way through Milltown to finish at the church just in time for the traditional St Patrick's Day Mass.

Kerryman

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