Carrigart spruces up for St. Patrick’s Day parade

There was a good turnout on Saturday last for the second in a series of four road clean -ups in the Carrigart district. These events are being sponsored by Donegal County Council in conjunction with the Carrigart Tidy Towns group under the pilot ‘Adopt a Road Scheme’.

There was a good turnout on Saturday last for the second in a series of four road clean -ups in the Carrigart district. These events are being sponsored by Donegal County Council in conjunction with the Carrigart Tidy Towns group under the pilot ‘Adopt a Road Scheme’.

Twenty-eight volunteers of all ages set out on a beautiful Spring morning to remove all the discarded waste from the approach roads. It was heartening to see so many schoolchildren and second level students take part and the Carrigart Tidy Towns group is indebted to the leaders of Carrigart Foróige for their help and supervision of the children. Many of the participants are already looking forward to the next clean- up which takes place on Saturday 14 April. All glass and plastic drinks bottles were segragated from the collected waste and recycled.

The village has been spruced up ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and now that the approach roads have been cleared of waste, the village is ready to welcome its visitors. The members of the ‘Moving Mevagh Forward’ group have been busy planning for what is now accepted as one of the best community based parades in the North-West. The Scoil Naomh Colmcille Banna Cheoil will parade from The Church of St. John the Baptist after the 11.30 am. Mass, arriving at the village square between 12.30pm. to 12.45 pm. where they will entertain the assembled crowd as they have been doing for the past forty years.

The parade of floats commences around 1pm and John Bosco will be at hand to liven up the scene with music for all ages and tastes and as usual he will give a running commentary. Guest of honour for the occasion is none other than recently elected joint Donegal Person of the Year, Anne-Marie Ward.

“We ask you to come out and show your appreciation for an amazing athlete and person who has done so much to put Donegal on the map with her sponsored swim challenges for charity. Carrigart is honoured to have her present on what is one of the great days in the local calendar,” declared Columba Boyce.

Also joining Anne-Marie on his home turf will be Mayor of Donegal, councillor Noel McBride.