Saturday 24 March 2018

Green Day

Pat Fouhy from Castlelyons on horseback in Fermoy.
Pat Fouhy from Castlelyons on horseback in Fermoy.


THOUSANDS of people of all ages and nationalities took to the streets of towns and villages across Cork this Monday to celebrate St Patrick's Day, with parades and events taking place to mark the national holiday.

Thankfully the weather remained mild for the day, and bar the odd spells of light drizzle nothing rained on Cork's parades.

While Fermoy's own Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley was Grand Marshal for the city's legend-themed parade, dozens of events were held across the county for the day that was in it.

Fermoy's impressive parade lasted an hour, with huge participation from local schools, clubs and organisations.

Local quizmaster Jim Lysaght was the popular choice for this year's Grand Marshal, while retired Garda chief superintendant Kieran McGann was Master of Ceremonies from the viewing platform in Pearse Square.

Amongst the many impressive displays was a tremendous "War Horse" inspired full-size horse puppet made from copper, wood and other materials.

The entry, from Colaiste an Chraoibhin, was the most unique entry and drew widespread congratualtions.

Elsewhere, the bumblebees and ladybirds of Gaelscoil de hIde, the vocal young sports stars from Fermoy, Grange, Watergrasshill and the various scouts, dancing groups and other youth clubs proved that the future of Fermoy's festivities are in safe hand.

Not to be outdone, Mitchelstown likewise came out in force to mark the day. Organised with aplomb once again by the Festival of the Galtees committee, William Piggott was Grand Marshal and was assisted by the King of the Galtees, Michael Creed.

The parade, which set off from George's St at 1pm featured a colourful turn out from Kilbehenny Cycling Club, quad bikers, vintage vehicles, karate kids and more, while the Thomas Kent pipe band provided the soundtrack to a lively afternoon.

See our further parades coverage on Pages 26-31, and in local news pages.