Monday 19 February 2018

Great buzz for town parade

Community groups make supreme effort on St Patrick's Day

The Thomas Kent Pipe Band from Fermoy heads down the hill in the St Patrick's Day parade, closely followed by Fermoy councillors. Photo: Dermot FitzGerald
The Thomas Kent Pipe Band from Fermoy heads down the hill in the St Patrick's Day parade, closely followed by Fermoy councillors. Photo: Dermot FitzGerald

Huge crowds lined both sides of the road from the starting point at Cavanagh's in Cork Rd to the reviewing stand which was Under the Clock in Pearse Square, all scrambling to get a good view of their favourites in the Parade as it journeyed on its way to Patrick St. whether it was because it was Sunday or what?

There seemed to be an even bigger crowd assembled than in previous years and they were not to be disappointed.

The Parade was led this year by Fermoy Soccer club's most secret star Christy Kennedy, who was strongly supported by a large group of supporters from the club who were acknowledging the fact that Christy's work with the juveniles and youth of the club over many years is borne out by the high standing the club now holds in Munster and Cork Soccer circles.

Music for the Parade was provided by the Thomas Kent Pipe Band and the Fermoy Concert Training Band and the Mini Mozart's, at the head of the Parade were local TDs and Councillors including Minister for State Sean Sherlock TD, Sandra McClellan TD and Tom Barry TD, County Councillors Frank O'Flynn, Kevin O'Keeffe, Pa O'Driscoll, Noel McCarthy, Collette Dolan-Moore, Tadhg O'Donovan and John Murphy, Rev Fr P J O'Driscoll CC, Garda Supt Tony O'Sullivan and the very capable MC for the occasion was none other than former Garda Chief Supt, Kieran McGann who also happens to be the recently appointed Cork Co GAA Board's Cultural Officer.

If his performance on Sunday is anything to go on, he should prove a most successful Board officer in 2013, Well done to Kieran, in fact the Co Board was doubly represented because its Youth Officer Diarmuid Gowen of Fermoy is a member of the Parades hard working organising Committee.

While maybe an odd group or so decided to take a year off, there were also quite a few new entries so much so that I gave up counting at about 45 and there were a few more after that, Ireland's strongest man was found pulling a truck down McCurtain St and I noticed that the Watergrasshill United Soccer club were also newcomers to the Parade.

The Fermoy Pre-School Playgroup once again did a huge job of work in turning out 180 children in full colour as did the pupils of Gael Schoil de hIde with yet another major effort.

The UN Veterans Ass, led by the 24th Infantry Batt as usual were in fine form as was one who is a great supporter each year M/s Mary Duggan with Pierre.

Scouting and beaver clubs from places such as Rathcormac, Glanworth, Kilworth and Fermoy were very well represented as were sporting clubs such as Fermoy Mini Rugby, Fermoy Soccer club, Grange GAA and Grange/Fermoy Athletic Clubs, Fermoy Karate Club, Castlelyons Camogie Club, Fermoy Ladies football club complete with St Patrick, Fermoy GAA Club Complex and a huge turnout from Fermoy Rowing Club along with their Rowing Club friends from Germany.

In fact at the end of the day, this group won the overall prize for their efforts.

There was great appreciation shown by the large crowds towards the members of Fermoy Sub-Aqua Club and the Fermoy Fire Service as they passed by.

Both of these groups do marvellous work inside and outside the area. The Fermoy Men's Shed (Dublin Road) and the Fermoy Active Retirement Group under its chairman John O'Mahony and the Fermoy Family Co-ordinating group were also new to the scene while another one of Fermoy's older Groups The Musical Society (formerly known as The Choral Society) were very well turned out and in good voice for the day.

Another who we hope is in good voice this week is Kelly Mongan, the local girl who is competing on RTE's Voice of Ireland competition.

We all hope that the occasion will be availed of by all who saw her on Sunday as she sat in her low backed car, by voting for Kelly every chance you get in the coming weeks. Blackwater outdoor activities based in Castletownroche and under the guidance of Fermoy boys Brian and Conor McCarthy was another first timer, so was the "Glanworth School Around the Corner", "Drive to Survive" from Anglesboro, indeed all first timers and indeed all the old timers and everyone who took part are to be congratulated for their time and effort in preparation for the day.

At the conclusion of the Parade, Mrs. Breda Kennedy spoke on behalf of her husband Christy and the Kennedy family and sincerely thanked the organisers for selecting her husband Christy and all who had sent messages of congratulations etc to him on the run up to this day.

She also thanked his colleagues in the Fermoy Soccer club for their wonderful support also. John Murphy Chairman of the Organising Committee expressed great satisfaction with the massive turn out and he thanked all his colleagues without whom the Parade could not have been as successful as it was.

He also thanked all who turned out and who in any way helped the occasion. He paid tribute to the great work of the members of Fermoy Gardai in traffic control during the Parade without which they could not have held it.

The Presentation of Awards resulted as follows, Best Overall Prize to Fermoy Rowing Club, Best Club Award to Fermoy Karate Club, Educational Award to Fermoy Concert Band, and Youth Award to Fermoy GAA. Best Original to Rathcormac Scouts and Beaver Club, Special Awards 1 to Blackwater Outdoors, 2 to Fermoy Sub-Aqua club. Best Premises Hickeys Drapers, Patrick St Fermoy.


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