Committee thanks everyone for a fantastic parade
GLOR na nGael organisers of the 2013 St Patrick's Day parade have finally had the chance to take stock of the whole day following the busy week and are saying a big thank you to everyone in town who played such a central part in its success.
Already, it has gone down as one of the best St Patrick's parades in town in some time, as clubs and organisations and the people of the town came together in a display characterised by unbelieveable colour and intense local pride.
The Glór na nGael committee behind it all are still reeling from the success.
Fleet-footed Ailísh Walsh wowed the jubilant St Patrick's Day masses of Listowel in a stunning display of her talents a few short weeks before she takes off to Boston to represent Ireland in the World Championships of Irish dancing.
Ailish was one of so many cultural highlights in Listowel on the day, as the cream of the town's talent was paraded through its streets and down by the main stage where judges weighed up the colourful efforts of local groups.
"We were delighted with it, it was a fantastic parade and we had a large and appreciative crowd lining the streets," one of the main Glór na nGael organisers Matt Mooney said.
Prizes were once again handed out to parade entrants for a variety of categories. Listowel Celtic, who are this year celebrating their 40th anniversary, took the Glór na nGael Cup for their fantastic entry. Listowel Emmets won the Jack Leahy Cup and the Seán McCarthy Cup went to Dromclough National School.
Duais na Gaeilge, meanwhile, went to Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail with their entry Fiche Bliain ag Fás in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their foundation and The Moanveanlagh Turfcutters won the prize for the most novel entry.
Traditional musicians Ed Browne, Eamon O' Sullivan and Saoirse Ní Chinnéide along with last year's Scór winners from Ballydonoghue, Kevin O'Néill, Myra O'Connell ,Ciarán O'Connell and Cillian O'Carroll kept the crowds hopping as they performed on the main stage throughout.
MC Billy Keane brought his great wit to bear in a hilarious running commentary of the whole scene and his father's songwriting proved one of the most poignant and popular points of the day as Mary Moylan sang a stunning rendition of John B Keane's Sweet Listowel.
"The Rúnaí of Glór na Gael Breda Dowling and every member of the committee must be thanked for their steadfast application to the preparation of this event-our own great Fiesta," Matt said. He also thanked Christy Walsh's organising of the parade, saying the whole thing might not have taken place but for his work.
"We have to thank our sponsors who stand behind us every year, including Listowel Town Council; Kerry Group; Garvey's Super Value; Listowel Vintners; Oifig na Gaeilge Kerry Co.Co.; Pierse and Fitzgibbon Sols.; AIB,Bank of Ireland; The Garden Centre and Listowel Transport," Matt added.