Thousands celebrate St Patrick’s Day across the county

St Patricks dayThousands of people in green are joining in and celebrating in the many parades around the county for St Patrick’s Day. The second Dingle Parade was due to get underway at 12:45 from Ashmount Terrace. Large crowds gathered in Tralee for their St Patrick’s Day parade which got underway at noon. Johnnie Wall one of the organisers says this is the biggest parade they’ve ever had: [audio_player src=””] Listowel’s parade started at 12.30pm from the community centre. Christy Walsh is one of the organisers: [audio_player src=””] In Killarney, celebrations of our national holiday begin at 2 from Mission Road. Michael O’Connor, Muckross, is one of the Grand Marshals at the 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 there was live music on Main Street, Castleisland from noon with the parade, which is being led by the Cullen Pipe Band, starting at around now from the Tralee road. Killorglin’s parade starts at around now from the Fishery and Erwin Kingston one of the organisers is in Killorglin: [audio_player src=””] Those taking part in Abbeydorney’s festivities will assemble from 1 in the complex, with the parade starting at 2. Assembly for Cahersiveen’s parade is at 1.30pm, with the event starting at 2 from Fertha Drive. Ballybunion’s parade begins at 3 from Doon Road  with assembly from 2, while Ballyheigue’s event leaves from the Grotto at 3 o’clock. Castgregory’s Parade will also begin at 3. 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.