Sunday 19 November 2017

Perfect weather for Graig crowds

David Looby

ST PATRICK'S Day was celebrated on Sunday in Graiguenamanagh to accommodate the Mount Leinster Rangers team as they had an important date at Croke Park in the All Ireland club hurling final.

A huge crowd turned out to watch the colourful parade wind its way through the picturesque Kilkenny town. Featuring more than 60 floats and clubs, it was one of the biggest parades in Graiguenamanagh for some time.

Parade committee chairman Michael Carey said: 'It was absolutely brilliant; we hadn't seen crowds like that for many years. The fact that it was on a Sunday people thought it mightn't draw a good crowd but the crowds came. The weather was perfect too.'

Mr Carey said the organisers wanted to acknowledge the success of teams from neighbouring areas so Mount Leinster Rangers and Inistioge and The Rower were invited and they paraded their cups through the town.

'It was to show solidarity with our neighbours who enjoyed great success this year. We had the trophies placed in front of the adjudicators and had the club colours on the stand, along with the flags for St Patrick's Day,' Mr Carey added.

New Ross Standard

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