GALLERY | Huge crowds flock to Lanesboro/Ballyleague parade

Kevin Forde

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Kevin Forde

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The Lanesboro/Ballyleague St Patrick’s day parade saw people arrive on Shannonside to celebrate our patron saint's day in ‘unbelievable’ numbers.

“There was an excellent turnout, we couldn’t believe it,” Chairperson of the committee, Teresa Costello, told the Leader.

The day kicked off with the traditional mass ceremony, which included the talents of the local parish choir, local dancers and Irish musicians. The crowds then swarmed the streets on a sunny afternoon to watch the arrival of the vast array of floats, with a ‘huge number’ of entries this year.

“It was packed. We don’t know where all the people came out of. It was a great day,” Teresa enthused.

There was plenty of competition for the top prizes on the day, though the entry from the Lanesboro Fire Brigade stood out more than most.

Crew members displayed their methodology in recovering a person out of a crashed car, by cutting off a roof of a car and pulling a ‘body’ from the wreckage.

Teresa Costello said: “It was emotional watching it. It was just brilliant.”

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The float winners in each category were announced later that evening at Adie’s bar and restaurant. The overall award and prize of €250 went to the 12th Ballyboro scouts, while Lanesboro Fire Brigade took the award for most original float.

The other winners include Ballyleague tidy towns, best club float, Tommy Harris Hackney and Clarke’s bar, best business float, Brendan Glennon vintage cars, best vintage float, Ballyboro astro turf pitch, best junior float, and Friends of Asthma, best dressed window.

There were also five winners in the raffle, each taking home a prize of €100. These were Bill Murray, Martina Wallace, Charlotte Burke, Colin Burke and Mary McGushion.