Thursday 25 April 2019

St Patrick's Day 2019: some two million revellers take to the streets across the country

Performers from Artastic at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Performers from Artastic at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Sarah O'Gorman as Alice and Emma O'Gorman as Cheshire Cat on the Alice in Wonderland, O'Gorman potter float in the Slane , Co Meath. Picture By David Conachy 17/3/2019
Fiona Harrison and Amy Griffin from Durham at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Jack O'Brien and Kayla Harding part of the Lynch’s Bar finding the Jack float in the Slane , Co Meath parade. Picture By David Conachy 17/3/2019
Participants gather for the annual St Patricks Day parade through the city centre of Dublin on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Paul FAITH / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: A reveller poses with a policewoman on March 17, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 16: A kayaker navigates the Chicago River after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's day on March 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Dyeing the river green has been a St. Patrick's Day tradition in the city since 1962. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: A street vendor selling St Patrick's merchandise looks on on March 17, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Erika Buzzelli from Italy at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Little leprechaun Rían MacAogín with his brother’s Connor, 10, Cuan Og, 8 and Finn 8 from Cork at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Lusk Parade Photo: Mark Condren
Lukas Kügerla dn Thomas Strohmeier from Austria at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Parade Grand Marshal’s Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne with St Patrick, Johnny Murphy at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
A boy dressed as 'Uncle Sam' and a girl dressed in all green make their way up 5th Avenue during the annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16, 2019. - The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Eduardo Rosé and Gabriela Guisasola from Argentina at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Marine Ouadefeld and Lucie Schwerin from France at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16 : The 2019 Grand Marshal Dr. Brian J. O'Dwyer marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 16, 2019 in New York City. The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Andre Lima from Brazil at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
A man balances his hat during the annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16, 2019. - The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16 : Marchers participate in the 2019 annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 16, 2019 in New York City. The New York City St. Patrick's Day parade, dating back to 1762, is the world's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
St Patrick, Johnny Murphy with Garda Gemma Collins from Ronanstown at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
The Duchess of Cambridge present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards as she attends the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where he presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
REPRO FREE 14/03/2019, Las Vegas – Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick, continues the organisation’s major first half promotional drive to grow overseas tourism in 2019. The annual initiative sees hundreds of major landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day. PIC SHOWS: The iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pictured are local officials, business people, Irish dancers, Las Vegas showgirls and employees of Rí Rá Irish pub. Pic – Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau (no repro fee) Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087 685 9027
FILE PICTURE…….10.3.2013. Oram is a tiny village in county Monaghan and is hoping this year to host Ireland's shortest St Patrick's Day Parade. The parade route is 55 metres long and will have at least 70 floates and vintage tractors. Oram residents Lisa Murphy and king of country music Big Tom are super excited about this years parade. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.
Michael Fassbender spotted with fellow Irish actor Liam Cunningham & chef Dylan McGrath on Aungier Street
16/03/2019. St Patricks Weekend. Pictured (LtoR) Delia Vicino , St Patrick and Carlotta Chialastri pictured enjoying Temple Bar in Dublin ahead of St Patricks Day. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
16/03/2019. St Patricks Weekend. Pictured pictured. people enjoying Temple Bar in Dublin ahead of St Patricks Day. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
16/03/2019. St Patricks Weekend. Pictured pictured. people enjoying Temple Bar in Dublin ahead of St Patricks Day. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
MANDATORY BYLINE - HUW JOHN, Cardiff 16/03/2019 Irish Fans in Cardiff City Centre for Wales rugby match. Picture one - two of the lads above. Jack Montgomery from Killiney and David Potterton from Dunboyne mail@huwjohn.com www.huwjohn.com M: 07860 256991 Instagram: huwjohn_uk
MANDATORY BYLINE - HUW JOHN, Cardiff 16/03/2019 Irish Fans in Cardiff City Centre for Wales rugby match. No names mail@huwjohn.com www.huwjohn.com M: 07860 256991 Instagram: huwjohn_uk

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THE THREAT of showers and shiver-inducing temperatures failed to deter large crowds from 'wearing the green' at more than 150 St Patrick's Day parades across Ireland.

From Ireland's earliest St Patrick's Day parade in Dingle to Ireland's only parade where a rescued horse was the star of the show in Kinsale, huge crowds gathered to celebrate Irish history and culture.

An estimated two million people attended parade's and St Patrick's festivals nationwide.

Festivities at Ireland's largest parade in Dublin kicked off after midday, with thousands lining the streets of the city centre.

Grand Marshal duo Jason Byrne and Deirdre O'Kane kept crowds laughing despite a windy start to the day.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring also received a great reception from revellers, who came in flocks from Ireland and abroad.

"Once again Dublin had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Great crowd, great atmosphere, great bands and pageants.  It was amazing to see so many people out enjoying the spectacle," Mr Ring said.

"A rich part of our history, culture and heritage, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is simply just part of what we are and part of what we do best – celebrate.

"From sitting on my Dad’s shoulders to standing on a ladder to watch the Parade I have many fond memories of it.  This year I was able to go in the Lord Mayor’s coach and review the Festival Parade from outside the historic GPO. Still pinching myself!"

A family beginning a new story in Dublin, the Chhikara’s from New Delhi, India, marvelled at the party atmosphere at the parade.

Fiona Harrison and Amy Griffin from Durham at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin.
Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Fiona Harrison and Amy Griffin from Durham at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019

Father Arun Chhikara, 34, wife Anjali, 34, and children, Kanishihk, 7 and Kiara, 3, have recently moved from their homeland to Clarehall in the north of the city and they’re already soaking up the Irish culture.

“I moved to Ireland to work as a project manager but that’s not the main reason we moved here,” Mr Chhikara said.

“I wanted to bring my children to Ireland, as it’s a country with clean air and water and with a friendly people and rich culture.”

The parade marked a special family event for Dubliners, Michelle Green, 32, husband, Terry, 39, and children, Sean Anthony, 11, Sienna, 7, and Louis, 5.

This years Grand Marshall’s, Jason Byrne and Deirdre O’Kane at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
This years Grand Marshall’s, Jason Byrne and Deirdre O’Kane at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019

The family from Donabate, north Dublin, were enjoying the parade as a treat which is especially vital for Louis, who has Worster-Drought syndrome, a form of cerebral palsy.

“This is a big deal for us as,” Mrs Green said.  “We’ve never been to the Dublin city parade. We always went to our local one but we made an extra effort to come today for the kids.”

Jill Behnke, 36, husband Bob, 38, daughter, Ryleigh Barratt, 18, and son Colton, 2, had only just arrived in Dublin at 4am after a flight from Chicago but despite getting no sleep, the family hit the streets for the parade.

“We’ve been up for 24 hours,” Mrs Behnke said. “But we’re running on adrenaline and having a great time.”

He added that attended the parade was “another part of us learning about Ireland’s culture”.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019

Dublin Fire Brigade's mascot Cú the Irish Wolfhound was a hit among parade-goers, but unfortunately picked up a paw injury during the parade and had to make an early exit.

The theme of the parade this year was storytelling- Scéalaíocht agus Seanchaí- which was evident through the colorful costumes and performances from all the groups taking part.

Marching bands from Ireland and across the world enthralled the audience with familiar tunes, with bands coming from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, California and Germany.

Performers from Artastic at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin.
Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019
Performers from Artastic at the 2019 St Patricks Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Tony Gavin 17/3/2019

The Forests of Fado float showcased children dressed as flowers and trees coming to life while Charlotte Catholic high school marching band from North Carolina entertained the crowds, along with the University of Iowa Marching Band.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina were spotted watching the spectacle from the Grandstand at the GPO. The couple attended a service of remembrance at St Mary's Pro Cathedral for victims of the New Zealand attack before making their way to the parade.

Speaking about the Festival Parade this year, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, Susan Kirby said; “the calibre of pageants and marching bands at the Parade each year is superb, and this year it was spectacular.

"The Parade is a wonderful and proud reflection of the abundance of artistic talent that we have here in Ireland and also an incredible global showcase of our rich culture and heritage as the Parade is streamed live internationally.

"Many thanks to all of those who came along to enjoy the day and we hope many more will enjoy the full programme of events over the remainder of the Festival.”

Cork again boasted the largest parade outside Dublin where former Olympian and world champion race walker Rob Heffernan was the grand marshal.

Participants are seen during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Galway, Ireland March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Participants are seen during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Galway, Ireland March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

"It's a huge honour - I'm absolutely thrilled," the athlete admitted.

The former world champion was cheered on as he led the parade by his wife, Marian, and four children, Tara, Reagan, Cathal and Meghan.

More than 2,000 community groups and floats took part in the Cork parade which was again boosted by a special St Patrick's Day festival complete with Irish artisan food village.

An estimated 100,000 people attended the Cork parade and festival which was further boosted by the official debut of the city's newly refurbished St Patrick's Bridge.

The parade featured numerous US marching bands including the Mandan Braves from North Dakota, the Arvada West High School Band from Colorado, the Knights of Columbus Pipe Band from New York and the Columbus East High School Band from Indiana.

However, the popular tourist town of Kinsale threatened to steal Cork's thunder thanks to the viral sensation, Paddy the Horse.

17/3/2019, Tadhg Westwood Farman, aged 5 months at the Rathcoole St Patricks Day Parade. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
17/3/2019, Tadhg Westwood Farman, aged 5 months at the Rathcoole St Patricks Day Parade. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

Paddy was rescued by Kinsale RNLI just minutes before he seemed certain to drown on February 17 - and footage of his rescue earned headlines worldwide.

The lucky horse yesterday proudly lead the St Patrick's Day marchers in Kinsale. Paddy was being washed down by his owner, Paul Crowley, in the Bandon River when his hoof became wedged in a submerged oyster bed.

With the tide rising fast, Paddy faced certain drowning.

However, RNLI volunteers Jonathan Connor and Michael O'Sullivan defied the cold and conditions to enter the water and successfully free Paddy.

"We asked Paddy straight up did he want to take part in the local parade - yay or nay," Jonathan joked.

"He didn't neigh so we took it as a yes."

Glounthaune featured Ireland's shortest St Patrick's Day parade while Fermoy boasted Irish rugby hero Mike Ross as the grand marshal. It was a proud homecoming for the rugby star as he attended St Colman's College and started his career with Fermoy RFC.

The first St Patrick's Day parade on Sunday was once again in Kerry.

Dingle kicked-off the celebrations to honour Ireland's national saint at 5.45am with the Dingle Pipe and Drum Band leading marchers through the town.

In Killarney, an estimated 10,000 people took part in the parade which, as is traditional, boasted a very strong American participation and this year featured a circus-theme with 'The Greatest Show'.

Tralee's parade boasted not one but two grand marshals - Ryan Kelliher (8) and Rose of Tralee boss Anthony O'Gara.

Ryan was specially honoured for his brave battle against muscular dystrophy.

In Tipperary, the Clonmel parade had St Vincent de Paul President Kieran Stafford as grand marshal and featured the unveiling of a special plaque to commemorate the four Premier County participants in the first Dáil, 100 years ago.

In Galway, more than 30,000 people celebrated the St Patrick's Day festival with the city set to proudly serve next year as European Capital of Culture.

Boasting a new parade route, Galway's 117th parade had the theme 'Diversity' with the marchers proudly fronted by the Young Ensemble from local theatre group, Macnas.

In Limerick, the St Patrick's Day parade had University of Limerick graduate and the woman who hopes to be Ireland's first astronaut, Dr Norah Patten, proudly serve as its grand marshal.

The parade was again boosted by participants attending the local 49th International Band Championships.

More than 1,300 participants will take part in the prestigious Limerick competition which begins on Monday.

Waterford's parade again honoured the fact that the entire St Patrick's Day celebration was the brainchild of local man Luke Wadding.

He came up with the idea in the 17th Century that St Patrick should be honoured with a special Church holiday in Ireland.

Local couple, Des (84) and Mona (83) Monahan served as the Waterford parade grand marshals.

The honour was bestowed in recognition of how their remarkable love story went viral worldwide and earned them TV appearances across Ireland, the UK and US.

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