Celebrating 115 years of local government

KILLARNEY'S St Patrick's Day had not one but nine grand marshals and a political twist with the theme of this year's event dedicated to celebrating 115 years of local government in the town.

The parade, which attracted an estimated 7,000 or more cheering spectators out onto the streets, was led by a colour party and joint Grand Marshals, Mayor of Killarney Paddy Courtney and the eight other members of Killarney Town Council, which is due to be abolished in May.

Killarney Town Council also had their own very impressive float which displayed the history of the council and bore the names of every member who has served on the body since 1899.

More than 50 floats, marching groups, clubs, dance troupes and bands took part in the parade which was the second largest to be held in the county on Monday, after Tralee.

As is tradition, the parade kicked off at the Golden Gates at the top of the Ross Road before winding its way through town to finish on High Street. Crowds began gathering early and the town centre was a bustling riot of colour and activity several hours before the parade got actually underway at 2pm with pubs and restaurants doing a roaring trade.

The crowds were kept well entertained as they waited with some brilliant pre-parade entertainment laid on by the five local branches of Comhaltas Ceoiltoirí Éireann who performed several lively sets at Market Cross.


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