If ever there was a reason to celebrate our Irishness, this weekend in far off Paris when Ireland clinched a thrilling match left us no excuse.
It is indeed a weekend to be proud of being Irish well this was it - we saw a last minute gasp at Cheltenham bringing us home a good share of the spoils and then in Paris in a match that would test the strongest of hearts, Brian O’Driscoll got a fairy tale send off as the French capitulated to the sheer spirit of the Irish. What a start to our national holiday.
Back home the weekend saw a number of Parades take place before the big day itself.
Glenties was first out of the blocks on Saturday afternoon with their colourful display and a great involvement of the local children from the surrounding national schools.
On Sunday there were equally enjoyable events when as usual the community of Ardara put on a great display with the inimitable Noel Cunningham leading up the parade after ensuring that the customers back at Harvey’s Point were all enjoying a great lunch!
Through the Gap the Twin Towns hosted yet another colourful event which was very much a great day out for all the family.
Today we will see parades taking part in practically in every pert of the county and we have listed them as follows for your convenience;
Monday 17th. March
Sligo; 12.00 mid-day
Grange;. 2.00 pm
Donegal Town: 3.00pm
Carrigart ; 12.30 pm
Gweedore ; 2.30pm
Manorhamilton; 6.00 pm
The biggest and most established St Patrick’s Day parade in south Donegal will again take place in Donegal Town at the traditional time of 3pm.
Hundreds of participants will take up their positions and fill the streets with music, colour, fun and beautiful displays for your entertainment.
This year the town will get a unique opportunity to witness the amalgamation of the previous Donegal Town Youth Band and the more recently formed Donegal Town Community Band as they join forces to entertain the thousands of spectators who come to see the fabulous displays.
With our every faithful Ardaghey Pipe Band as well as many others, this year’s parade promises to be a musical extravaganza with something for everyone.
This year Bundoran is looking forwards to one of it’s most vibrant and colourful parades in recent years .
In addition to the many marching bands, businesses and community floats, this year premieres a stagecraft production of “St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. This will feature over 50 young persons in an impressive carnival style performance.
Meanwhile just a few miles away in Ballyshannon a wealth of colour and music will take to the banks of the Erne at the Annual St. Patrick’s day parade.
The viewing stand located at Saimer Court will play host to MC “Gerry Singer” and the Assaroe Ceili Band.
Letterkenny are really pulling out all the stops today with a huge number of visitors and residents expected to take to the streets.
The popular parade brings colour, vibrancy, carnival, music and a huge local pride in what Letterkenny has to offer to the visitor.