Colourful Clara St Patrick’s Day Parade does not disappoint

WITH all the pageantry, colour and excitement revellers have come to expect, the Clara St Patrick’s Day parade did not disappoint.

WITH all the pageantry, colour and excitement revellers have come to expect, the Clara St Patrick’s Day parade did not disappoint.

Nobody can deny that the town’s parade has become a firm favourite with people and according to its chief organiser, Bertie McMahon, it continues to go from strength to strength.

The St Patrick’s day concert began in the Square at 11.30am with dancing, music and singing. The official opening of this year’s parade had a sporting touch as long time hero of local GAA, Michael Sheridan, who was joined Joe Stanley, master of Clara Soccer club for many years and Jimmy Flattery, the town’s longest servicing postman.

With almost 100 entries, marching bands, dancers and a variety of groups and organisations began snaking their way along the parade’s usual route, starting from Charlestown bridge. MC for the event was Rahan’s Joe Monaghan and he was aided by Barry Flynn and Michelle Coyne as they welcomed everyone to the 2012 event.

See this Tuesday’s Offaly Express (March 20) for full report and plenty of pictures from the Clara Parade. On sale now