Donegal celebrates St. Patrick's Day in style

County's parades draw big crowds on a bitterly cold day

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


St Patrick's Day parades

One of the participants in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Ballyshannon. Photo Thomas Gallagher 200318 TG1

Donegal marked St. Patrick's Day with colourful parades, events and celebrations right around the county. 

Despite the freezing cold weather, there were big crowds out around our towns and villages as the county played its part in our national day of celebration.

There might not have been any rain, but the cold weather appeared to have an impact on the numbers out to watch the parades and in some places, flakes of snow fell during the day.

Some of the county's parades started slightly earlier than usual to avoid a clash with Ireland's big rugby match against England at Twickenham.

In Letterkenny, the day began with a sporting theme as well with the annual St. Patrick's Day 5k road race and walk organised by Letterkenny Athletic Club.

Letterkenny's parade is the biggest in the county, and while the crowds were slightly down compared to recent years, a big well done to everyone involved for serving up another entertaining and colourful spectacle.

See this week's editions of the Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press for plenty of coverage from Donegal's many parades. 

Young members of Bundoran GAA Club taking part in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Bundoran. Photo Thomas Gallagher 200318 Bundoran Pats Parade TG1