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Launching this year's St Patrick's Festival 2016 at Killarney House, where the theme of this year's festival is 'Ireland - Past, Present and Future 2016' helping to launch this years St Patrick's Festival, were from left, Niall O'Donoghue, Paul O'Neill, Acting President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Cllr Bobby O'Connell, Mayor of Killarney Municipal District, 'The Present', Finn Lenihan, Star Wars - 'The Future', Annemarie Kennelly, Chair St Patrick's Festival, David Rae, Celtic Steps, 'The Past'. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan‘Ireland – Past, Present & Future’, is to be the theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Day in Killarney.

The festival parade was launched at Killarney House, a place organisers say “encompasses the theme perfectly”.

Acting president of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce Paul O’Neill, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Bobby O’Connell and Niall O’Donoghue were on hand to launch the event.

Speaking at the launch, parade chair Anna-Marie Kennelly said 2016 was a time to reflect on the past and also to imagine the future.