Wishing You A Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day

The late Gabie Keane took part in the parade while she was able. She is pictured here in her parade rigout in 2005 ©Photograph: John Reidy
The late Gabie Keane took part in the parade while she was able. She is pictured here in her parade rigout in 2005 ©Photograph: John Reidy

Wishing all our friends and supporters everywhere A Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

We’re only a whileen away from the 1pm start of the big parade here in Castleisland and the rain is holding off.

If you’re planning to get involved in the parade in any capacity, do wrap up well as there’s a cold, ripping breeze with a south westerly accent. Coats, hats and scarves will be a necessary dress code for the day.

Loads of Vantage Points

There will be loads of vantage points along the route of the parade from Tralee Road to the old library and down the other side of the town.

If you’re planning to drive through the town between 12.30pm and 3pm – you’d be well advised to forget it and use the bypass.

The photograph here of the late Gabie Keane is one I chose to go with this little piece.

Epitomised the Spirit

Gabie epitomised the spirit of the locality and its many voluntary heroes. She took part in the parades and everything else that demanded an artistic flourish here while she was able.

Gabie passed away last January 20th.

But her spirit will live on in the many who will walk in her footsteps today and every St. Patrick’s Day in the future.

Aeneas and Helen

Talking of community activists and heroes: Aeneas and Helen Leane will be chauffeur driven by Declan McGaley in a vintage vehicle behind the Cullen Pipe Band in today’s parade.

Also under the volunteer heroes category: Spare a thought or two for the men who spent hours decorating the town last week ahead of the parade and ages on the phone organising today’s event. They’ll be thirsty this afternoon and will be well entitled to rest their elbows on a counter of their choosing for a while.

Have a great day and celebrate it in whatever way it makes you feel you’ve done your bit.  Bring a coat.

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