THE crowds were out in force for the Annual Clara St Patrick’s Day Parade which was officially opened by Fr Paddy Kearney PP of St Brigid’s Catholic Church and Rev Canon Gerard Field of St Brigid’s Church of Ireland.
Seven bands featured in the parade providing great entertainment for the crowds decked out in green lining the streets of the town.
The entertainment got underway at 11.30am with the parade starting at 12.30pm with the National Anthem sung by Clara’s own Barbara Dignam.
Organiser Bertie McMahon would like to thank all the team who helped on the day as well as all the sponsors, the Gardai, Civil Defence, stewards, FAS workers under Michael Doolan, Community and Family Resource Centre, Father Keary, Paul Fitzgerald, Celsus Doolan & Laverner Gibbons, Johnny Condron of Mount Temple and Clara Scouts.
The presentation night will take place in the Mill House on April 1 starting at 9pm with the presentations at 10.15pm. There will also be entertainment on the night.
1 Killeigh Comhaltas; 2 Brosna CCE; 3 Boher Gun Club; 4 Joe Cleary; 5 Moate Vintage Society; 6 Pat Cleary; 7 St Carthage’s Boxing Club; 8 Dun na Shi, Moate; 9 Charleville Castle, Tullamore; 10 Clara Swimming Pool; 11 Charlie Duffy’s Float; 12 Sean McGuinness, Horseleap; 13 Ernie Hatton Lord Mayor Float; 14 The Travelling Roadshow; 15 The White Carraige.
Midland Vintage Club Cars; Tom Scally, Mullingar; Jim Guinan, Moate; Jack Egan, Ballycumber; Joe Clancy, Tullamore
See this week’s Offaly Express for two full colour pages from the Clara St Patrick’s Day Parade.