Sunday 21 January 2018

Twins old and new are stars of parade

Kevin Keane

The whole town was seeing double -- with some even seeing triple. And if you looked hard enough in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, over the weekend, you would have seen quadruple.

Led by a band from the Black Forest in Germany, 252 sets of twins, triplets and quads marched through the town for the second annual Lions Club Twins Parade.

The local Lions' spokesman Paddy Gollogly, himself a twin, said the parade was all about having fun.

"Both myself and my twin, we came in on a tandem to get the crowd going, we are not identical but we were dressed the same," he said. "It's a unique day and it's great for twins to get together and have a chat."

The parade was run as part of the Carrickmacross Summer Festival in aid of local people with Alzheimer's disease.

Most of the twins at the festival came from Ireland, but there were also siblings from England and Spain.

The oldest set of twins present were 84 years of age while the youngest were just five weeks old.

Two of the country's most famous twins, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, were guests of honour at the parade along with their mother Angie.

The 18-month-old boys, who were born conjoined, have made a remarkable recovery since a successful operation to separate them, in London, just over a year ago.

The family took part in the parade in a horse-drawn carriage. And their mother promised that they would be back when the boys had learned to walk.

Irish Independent

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