Wednesday 16 October 2019

Enniscorthy is green for St Patrick's Day

St Coleman’s Pipe Band leading the St Patrick’s Day parade in Enniscorthy
St Coleman’s Pipe Band leading the St Patrick’s Day parade in Enniscorthy
TheEnniscorthy Ladybirds parade through town

Brendan Keane

There were a number of different prize winners in this year's Enniscorthy St Patrick's Day parade, which was very well supported by the public.

The parade was slightly smaller than in some previous years but that was a common trend across many of the parades this year.

However, there was a colourful array of floats and marching groups involved, with the organisers handing out prizes in a number of different categories.

The organising committee expressed delight at how everything went and with apprehension about the weather in advance of the event everyone was happy that the feared washout didn't occur - although there were some showers as the participants made their way along the route.

Unusually, there were no dancing groups involved this year but that didn't take from the enjoyment garnered from watching the other groups and floats.

St Colman's Pipe band led the parade and the musicians provided a stirring intro to the marchers and floats following in their wake.

From the local active retirement association to the underage sections of numerous sports clubs there was an eclectic mix of groups participating representing a broad section of the organisations active in the Enniscorthy area.

It was a tough task to decide on winners in some of the categories but in the end a final decisions were made and winners were announced.

The overall list of winners was composed of: Best Sporting Group - Slaney Kempo Karate Club; Best Presented Group - Shamrock Rovers AFC; Best Marching Band - St Colman's Pipe Band, Ballindaggin; Most Original Float - Two Wheel Training; Most Colourful Item - Ferns Diocesan Youth Service; Funniest Item - Irish Camping and Caravan Club; Adjudicator's Choice - Enniscorthy Brownies and Guides.

The organisers thanked everyone who helped organise the parade and in particular they acknowledged all of the participants who took part.

Enniscorthy Guardian