Wexford well represented in London St Patrick's parade
The annual Mayor Of London's St Patrick's Day Parade took place uner sunny skies on Sunday, March 13, attracting a large and enthusiastic gathering of the Irish abroad.
The Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall and his wife Greta and other invited dignitaries led the parade from Hyde Park Corner at midday and made its way to Trafalgar Square which showcased a lot of London's Irish sports clubs, Dance Schools, Marching Bands, Vintage Vehicles, Community organisations and pageantry, A conservative estimate of 100 thousand spectators lined the streets of London to view and cheer on the spectacular parade.
The London Wexford Association entered a float which was kindly sponsored by Justin Ffrench from Clonroche. On the float was some music supplied by Celtic Crunch Band and a wonderful display of Irish dancing from The O' Connor School of Irish Dance. It was beautifully decorated with the purple and gold bunting and a 1916-2016 banner commemorating the rebelion on Easter Monday in Enniscorthy. A big thanks goes out to Michael Sills, Tommy Harrell, Phil Roche, Paddy Doyle, Justin Ffrench, Siobhan Talbott and Breda Weller and Martin Harrell for supplying the PA System.
A representative of Wexford County Council Cllr Robbie Ireton travelled from Gorey at the invitation of the association to attend the event. The Wexford banner was carried proudly by Nicholas McGrath and John Ellis along with members and supporters of London Wexford Associationand Fr Murphy's Ladies GAA Club were honoured to carry the Council Of Irish Counties (CICA) Banner in the parade.
Cllr Ireton said he was overwhelmed with the turnout and to see representation from all Irish counties and to see the cultural and colourful aspect of the parade. He congratulated all the Wexford participants in the parade and said he will look forward to his return next year.
More pictures of the parade, taken by PRO Lucia Butler which can be viewed on the website www.londonwexfordassociation.com
On Good Friday, members of the Association are to travel over to Enniscorthy to take part in the 1916-2016 Easter Rising celebrations.