Friday 26 April 2019

Great turnout for this year's parade

Charlie and Elizabeth Kelly with their dog, Papalups
Charlie and Elizabeth Kelly with their dog, Papalups
Gorey Hockey Club get ready for the start of the parade

Brendan Keane

History was acknowledged in this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Gorey when the role of Grand Marshal was given to Nicky Stafford, the Chairperson of Naomh Eanna GAA club.

The club brought county title club championship success to Gorey for the first time in its history and the excitement and pride the team's achievement created around the town was phenomenal.

The Naomh Eanna club received a significant number of nominations in the run up to the event to be crowned Grand Marshal which was reflective of the impact the club's historic hurling victory had on people within the community.

However, there was an equally vibrant buzz about this year's St Patrick's Day parade which had a wide variety of walking groups and floats participating.

Cllrs Malcolm Byrne and Minister Michael D'Arcy acted as MCs on the day and the overall theme of this year's event was Gorey 400.

The organisers worked very hard to ensure the parade was one of the best ever and the local community really got behind the event with numerous different groups participating.

It was visually, a very colourful parade and in addition to sports clubs and vintage organisations there were also dancers, performing artists and members of local theatre groups involved.

Music always plays a prominent role in the parade in Gorey and this year was no exception with the likes of St Michael's Pipe Band, Bloco Gharman and Maracatu Alcateia drumming group all involved.

As usual there was a number of prizes handed out for various categories this year both for marching groups and floats.

The overall list of winners was composed of: Overall winner: Naomh Eanna GAA club; Gorey 400 award: Giant steps; Colm O'Reilly Trophy: SKC Providers; Vintage: 1 - Colnagloose Steam Display; 2 - Matt Whelan; 3rd - Colin Kavanagh; Commercial: 1 - Pirates Cove, Courtown; 2nd - Amber Springs Hotel; 3rd - Darcy Landscaping; Sporting: 1 - Craanford Boxing Club; 2nd - Courtown Hibs; 3rd - Gorey Boxing Club; Group: 1 - Gorey Youth Needs; 2nd - Gaelscoil Moshlíológ; 3rd - Gap Arts Festival.

The organisers congratulated all of the winners and they also complimented all of the other parade participants who helped make the event a great success and a very enjoyable day out for visits and locals who arrived in the town to view it.

The Gorey parade has been growing in stature year-on-year and this time around the eclectic nature of the participating groups was brilliant to see.

The organisers were also thankful that the weather on the day was good as the forecast in the run up to it wasn't great.

The parade began at 2 p.m. and moved down along the main street before going in front of the review stand in Esmonde Street following which the groups and marchers dispersed.

The parade drew people in not just from in-and-around Gorey town but also the surrounding catchment areas which also pleased the organising committee.

They thanked those who took part for a great day out.

Gorey Guardian