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FREE PIC*** The Uprising...Deputy Michael Healy-Rae TD, is overtaken by Jack Tangney, Kilcummin GAA Club at St Patrick's Festival Parade, Killarney On St Patrick's Day.Photo:Valerie O'SullivanThere 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.

The biggest crowd ever seen in Killarney turned out today for its annual parade.

One of the Three Grand Marshalls was Killarney town’s oldest citizens 102 years young Michael O’Connor, who took pride of place at the head of the parade.

The day began with the blessing of St Patrick being bestowed upon larger than normal attendances at early morning masses and services in the town, where many of our Irish immigrants were remembered on this day.

For the first time the parade had three grand marshals. Killarney’s most senior citizen at the age of 102 Michael O’Connor, Brendan Kealy, Kerry’s all star goalkeeper, and young Mark Griffin world dancing champion.

The parade was led by an army coloured party, followed by jaunting cars carrying Mayor of Killarney, Chamber President Kate O’Leary and Mayor of Staffon Strop.

Local Schools, cheerleaders, gymnasts, dancing schools, sporting clubs, and organisations, the Milstreet, Tralee Pipers, and the Gleneagle Band, along with Bulgarian drummers; provided the music throughout the parade.

One of the three grand marshals; 102 year old Michael O’Connor was in his element:

Meanwhile 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.

(Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan)