There are fantastic celebrations taking place around the county this afternoon for St Patrick’s Day. Parades around Kerry are enjoying large crowds as people bask in the fine weather. Large numbers gathered in Tralee for their St Patrick’s Day parade which got underway at noon. In Killarney, celebrations of our national holiday began at 2 from Mission Road. Michael O’Connor, Muckross, is one of the Grand Marshals at St Patrick’s Festival Parade in Killarney. Michael was born in Glencar in south Kerry in 1913. Michael left Ireland as a young man, and followed a career as a radio operator during World War II. The former Merchant Navy man, travelled the world. He returned home after the war where he met and married his wife Joan, and they had five children. Elsewhere, Cahersiveen’s parade got underway at 2pm also, from Fertha Drive. Catherine Cournane is one of the organisers: Audio: ‘Catherine Cournane’ [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/54303/medium/”] Ballybunion’s parade begins around now (3pm) from Doon Road, while Ballyheigue’s event leaves from the Grotto at 3 also. Castlegregory’s Parade will also begin around now. Those taking part in Kilflynn’s celebrations will assemble at 3.30 from St Teresa’s National School, with the event beginning at 4. Waterville’s parade also starts at 4. In West Limerick, Abbeyfeale’s St Patrick’s Day celebration starts at 4pm at Mount Mahon, opposite the church, with assembly beforehand.