It was a big undertaking, but undertaker Leo Tector's out-of-this-world float featuring a CareDoc unit won the top prize at this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Clonroche.
A record crowd turned out on a bitterly cold day Saturday afternoon for the parade, which started at 1 p.m., and celebrated all that is great about Irish village life, including some close to the bone jokes. With free beer on tap in the Clough Bawn for an hour and tasty ice cream being served up, the crowds were kept happy as they watched the parade and the Ireland V England rugby match afterwards.
One of the organisers, Leo Tector said he was honoured to win the prize.
'It went very well and was bigger and better than ever,' he said of the parade. 'I had a 1953 Morris Minor with CareDoc on it, driven by Jim Murphy. It went down awful well. I also had a house of storytelling with a thatch roof on top based on the house in Askamore with characters like Connie Power on it.'
The GAA star duo of Paul Carton and Seamus Flood were very well received, as were all the local groups and organisations and the free beer.