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Sunday 17 December 2017

Parade is first ever in Bannow

Maria PEPPER

IT WAS A green-letter day as Carrig-on-Bannow held the first ever parade in the historic village since St. Patrick came to Ireland.

For years, the Danescastle group from Carrig has entered a humorous float in the Wexford parade, but decided to hold its own inaugural event this year.

And the event was so successful that it is now going to be held every year. 'It was absolutely unreal, especially when you consider we only decided to organise it a month beforehand,' said Shay Hannon, chairman of the fledgling Carrig-on-Bannow St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.

He issued a special thanks to the Áine and the Danescastle Music Group who put together a marching band to lead the parade at very short notice.

St. Patrick, aka Michael Kearns, presided over the event while Fintan Murphy of Ballycogley Drama Group was the adjudicator.

A large number of prizes were presented and the overall award went to Danescastle Music Group. The received a cut crystal vase made by former Waterford Crystal employee Fred Curtis who has set up his own business locally.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed colcannon and pigs' feet al fresco.

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