Well what a festive time this St Patrick’s Day has been for Longford.
The county shone with pride and appreciation as the three parades - Longford town, Lanesboro and Ballymahon displayed all the very best of history, culture, song and dance that this county has to offer.
Indeed MC at the Longford town St Patrick’s Day Parade, Joe Flaherty, summed up the importance of the celebrations and commemorations that were evident across the county today when he said, “This is a proud day for Longford”.
Mr Flaherty went on to say that today was a day where Longford people everywhere could be proud of where they came from and he paid particular tribute to all those involved in this year’s parade who commemorated 1916.
Over in Lanesboro there was plenty on offer to entertain the large crowds there.
The Castlerea Brass Band led the proceedings and the Fire Services, local business and schools were all represented in the parade.
In Ballymahon 1916 was the theme and children from the local schools paid tribute to the children who died in the Rising by bearing their names on placards as they marched through the town.
Co Longford Ploughing Association was also represented and McEoin’s volunteers from the North Longford Flying Column also made an appearance!
It was a sun kissed Co Longford that, today. hosted three of the best St Patrick’s Day parades ever seen in the county.
And in the year that is- as we all commemorate those who gave their lives for our independence - today was surely a day when the freedom of Longford and its people was celebrated in true style. More in next week’s Leader.