Friday 26 April 2019

Wild Goose crew come back home

Hubert Murphy

The 2019 St Patrick's Day parade brought thousands of people onto the streets of Ardee - and they had the weather to smile about too.

And one group maybe smiling a bit more than the rest was the crew of Wild Goose Lodge, the hit movie that has its sights set on China!

Co-Producer and Director William Martin disclosed that the promotion of the film could hit the Orient now, having been heralded in various other parts of the world.

It has claimed major awards in Britain and Australia already.

'It's wonderful to bring it all back homefor St Patrick's Day,' William remarked, as the crew, including Fair City's David Duffy, marched in unison.

The day proved an outstanding success for the organisers with Grand Marshal Candy Holten delighted with the honour afforded her.

As ever, the award winning Ardee Concert Band led out the parade from the Fair Green before passing the reviewing stand at the castle.

Numerous local groups took part, from the likes of Ardee Celtic and Square United to the rugby club and the local archers.

St Mary's Ardee were as colourful as ever with Glyde Rangers and Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire again backed the day with their entry.

The Showbiz Kidz looked the part and the Syddan Foroige group put on the Greatest Showman.

The Ardee Brigin were buzzing and the Sunday Bingo went all out.

The Order of Malta also turned out in force.

Bands from Drogheda and Co Down added to the occasion and there was the usual large entry of agricultural and commerical vehicles, North East ATVs from Collon, the Mid Louth Garage and Meade's supporting the event with the Ardee Collon Tractor run, King's Well drilling, Conachy's Garage and the Dee Vintage club who had a strong showing of old style vehicles.

The Village Saloon in Dromin were promoting their Mayfest weekend from May 9th.

The event took up to an hour to pass the reviewing stand with many acts stopping to perform.

The organisation of the day was superb with local gardai assisting as well.

Drogheda Independent