The annual Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade was well supported last Saturday and, despite the wintry weather, appreciative crowds lined the route to cheer on the parade and the participants. The occasion was greatly enhanced by Ireland’s victory over England at Twickenham and the winning of a historic third rugby Grand Slam.
The parade was led by double world boxing and kick-boxing champion, Kori Goad, who received a tremendous reception as she marched down Main Street displaying her championship belts and trophies.
She was followed by members of the Tournafulla Wrenboys dressed in colourful regalia and led by St Patrick who looks more and more like a youthful Paddy Finucane every year.
An assortment of floats, vintage cars, tractors, bicycles, motor bikes, musicians and various local and youth organizations followed on in an imaginative display of pageantry and entertainment.
Prize for best float went to the Men’s Shed while the best decorated window was won by the local St Vincent de Paul shop. The youth award went to Abbeyfeale Rugby Club.
The organizing committee would like to thank the following for their help and support; Main parade sponsors, Twohigs Supervalu, Abbeyfeale, and all the other sponsors. All of the participants without whom there would be no parade. The people who decorated their windows so tastefully. The crowds who gathered along the pavements and offered their support and encouragement as the parade passed by. Everyone who contributed to the recent church gate collection. All Star Deliveries for supplying the stage, and The Fáilte for the loan of the steps. James Kennedy for the sound system. Kathleen Collins of Jack Foley's Bar for supplying food and refreshments. The local Gardai who kept the traffic running smoothly. The various stewards and all who assisted on the day. A big thank you to everyone concerned.
|Abbeyfeale Men's Shed present Abbeyfeale Community Garden's Margaret McKenna and Marian Harnett with Bird Boxes that they made|
|Presentation of prize for Best Decorated Window being made to the local St Vinent de Paul shop|
Cllr Francis Foley with committee members Raymond Fennelly and Kathleen Collins receiving a cheque from manager, Ramune Ziliene, on behalf of Twohig’s Supervalu, Abbeyfeale, who were the main sponsors of the Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick City. This illustrated lecture will be given by Quency Dougan on 'The Treaty County Orange Men - Historical notes on Orangeism in Limerick'. Many people are aware that Orangeism is very strong in Northern Ireland and that it also exists in other countries such as the United States of America and in the continent of Africa. However, very few know that this institution also existed in some of the counties of the South of Ireland. Limerick was one of these counties and Quency Dougan will throw some light on its very interesting existence here, in what is expected to be a very interesting subject. He is a historical consultant from County Armagh,who has written extensively on Orangeism across Ireland and on the anti Home Rule movement and has a particular interest in the subject matters outside the confines of Ulster. He has authored 'The Armagh Brigade-the formation and sacrifice of the Ulster Volunteers in the Orchard County' (2010), and 'Leitrim and the Great War' (2015). A former columnist for the 'Belfast Newsletter', he currently writes for the 'Orange Standard' (the newspaper of the Orange Institution) and his work has featured heavily in regional papers and publications across Ireland. His work is featured in the March/April edition of'HistoryIreland'magazine.
Registration 10am @ Monastery Reception.
Finish @ 5.15 with option of staying for Vespers @ 6pm
Cost: €85 (including lunch, morning and afternoon tea/coffee) Booking: email@example.com / 061 – 621005.