Granard blessed with blue skies and sunshine for fabulous Easter parade

Kevin Forde

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Kevin Forde

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kevin.forde@longfordleader.ie

The annual Granard Easter Festival took place on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21.

The fun began bright and early at 11am on Saturday morning at Market house, with a talk from Fr Tom Murray on crime and punishment in Granard from 1750 to 1900. This was followed a short-film screening of Angel Guard Thee by Robert Higgins, Patrick McGivney, Jason Gaynor and Tomas Devaney. The film was shot in and around Granard, including Donohoe's pub.

Next up was the 5K fun run, with up to €500 in prizes on offer for the fastest to cross the finish line.

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A large crowd took part and the winners were as follows:

Male

* 1st Niall Smith (18.10)
* 2nd Colin Bades
* 3rd Patrik Prusak

Female

* 1st Fiona Getting
* 2nd Carol McCabe
* 3rd Stephanie Scanlan

U16

* Male 1st Patrick Lynch
* Female 1st Mia Smith

The fun run was kindly sponsored by Durkin Podiatry and the fastest time posted on the day was 18:10.

On Sunday, there was an abundance of entertainment for the younger generations, with bouncy castles , Dinky Diggers, face painting, balloon modelling and more. This was followed by the Easter Sunday parade with prizes for the best float entries on the day.

The best overall float, with a prize of €200 sponsored by Paul Fay Bookmakers, went to Bunlahy Community astro turf and playground. The best entertainment float, with a prize of €75 sponsored by Granard Credit Union, went to the John Dungan CCE.

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Prize for the best school float (Prize of €100 sponsored by JJ Flood and Sons) went to Kileen National School and the best community float (Prize of €75 sponsored by Kearneys Filling Station) went to Rathmhuire Mens Social Club.

After the parade, people equipped their dancing shoes as the John Dungan CCÉ group provided some musical entertainment on a beautiful sunny evening in Granard. To finish up the Easter festivities, children were then treated to a one-of-a-kind puppet show.

A truly magical weekend of entertainment was had by all and ‘eggsactly’ what the town of Granard longed for over the Easter weekend.

PICTURES: Michelle Ghee

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