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Patrick’s Day across the county

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 1:01am

Grab anything green and head downtown!

Villages and towns across the county are gearing up to rival the city’s St Patrick’s Day festivities with their own local spectacles tomorrow.

Families and community groups will be out in their droves to make this St Patrick’s Day one to remember.

In Mallow, locals will be welcoming Rosemary O’Neill, daughter of Tip O’Neill, a Mallow descendent and former speaker of the House of Representatives in the US, as the Grand Marshall in their parade, which begins at 2.30pm at the West End. This year’s theme is ‘Mallow: A Great Place to Live In’.

Kinsale’s parade starts at 4pm from the New Road at Kinsale Fire Station and will be led by Grand Marshall Sr Mary Donovan, former Principal of the Convent of Mercy and Kinsale Community School. A delegation from twin town Newport, Rhode Island will also be there to experience the parade.

Cobh’s parade theme is ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’. It will set off from the Low Road by Cobh Heritage Centre at 3.30pm.

In Youghal, where the theme is ‘Youghal Going Forward’, the parade starts at 3pm on North Main Street.

Midleton’s parade will start at 3pm and will go up the Main Street, right at the viewing stand, down by Midleton Garda Station and finishes at the viewing stand outside the AIB Bank.

The Carrigtwohill parade will kick off at 1.45pm at Aldi and move up the Main Street to finish at the Community Hall. The main viewing stand, where the judging will take place, will be outside St Aloysius College.

In Ballincollig, this year’s theme is ‘Clash and Spark’. The parade will start on 2.30pm on the Main Street.

The Fermoy parade will start at 11am from Dun Eala on the Cork Road opposite Cavanagh’s Garage.

Macroom’s festivities will feature local pipe bands and the O’Sullivan School of Irish Dancing among others. The parade starts at 2.30pm.

Charleville is holding a mass and parade, starting at 12pm outside Holy Cross Church and making its way down the Main Street.

Attractions at Clonakilty’s parade will include a display of vintage cars and tractors. It begins at Faxbridge at 3pm.

Bantry’s parade will begin at 12.30 pm and will be led by the Ballingeary Pipe Band.

In Carrigaline, the parade starts from the Co-op at 12pm.

TOP OF PAGE: Young members of Kinsale Tidy Towns enjoying last year’s Kinsale St Patricks Day Parade. Photo: John Allen

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