This year's parade was bigger and better than ever despite the
weather. With forecasts of rain throughout, we were extremely lucky
that it stayed dry for the duration of the parade. The theme this
was "Purple and Gold", a celebration of Maynooth's success in
obtaining a Purple Flag and a Tidy Towns Gold Medal in the past
year. The participants took to the theme and were decked out in the
colours of Purple and Gold.
The streets were packed and 2017 saw the biggest crowds yet at our
parade. The day was kicked off by the Vintage Cars signalling that
the Colour Party and the Brass and Reed band were on the way.
There were 33 floats, each representing various community, voluntary
and business groups in our town. It is days like St. Patrick's Day
that we truly appreciate the amount of organisations that we are
lucky to have here.
The parade would not be as successful or indeed run without the
generous sponsorship and help from various people and groups. Our
main sponsors this year were Thornton's Recycling, Brady's Bar
and Lounge, O'Neills Pub, The Roost, Dr. John Merrick, Jim's Shoe
Repairs, Mc Mahon’s Bar and Lounge, Picaderos, Oak Alley,
Donatellos, The Duke & Coachman.
The Community Council Office and the staff there, under the guidance
of the Manager John Doogan were vital once again in the preparations
for the parade and their help was invaluable and I am
extremely thankful to them.
Pat Farrell was on hand the night previous and on the day to get the
town ready. On the day Richard Farrell, Mary Farrell, Shay Corbally,
Sophia Dix, Colm Ó Cearùil, Ger Uí Chearúil and Leon Diop from
Maynooth Students Union were all there to help and thank you to each
of them. Our Master of Ceremonies was Paul Croghan who conducted the
entire affair with his usual good humour and knowledge
of the community groups. Martin McMahon explained the purple flag to
the crowd as a committee member, Tom McMullon Chair of MCC gave us
an update on the work of the Community Council and
Vinny Osbourne provided the sound on the day. The Gardaí were
helpful again with road closures and Kildare County Council provided
us with barriers and sponsorship once again. I'm grateful to
everyone who made the day possible and I look forward to seeing you
all in 2018!
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!
The winners for the parade were as follows;
Best portrayal of Theme:
Best Commercial Float:
Michael Noone Motors
Best School Float:
(Best Portrayal of Irish Culture)
School of Dancing
Community Person of the Year:
We also had a competition for Best Shop fronts and the winners were;
1st: The Barber, Richie Mulligan
2nd: Maynooth Book Shop
3rd: The Glass Doll
The parade is primarily funded through grants from Kildare County
Council which we are extremely grateful for yet again and the supply
of barriers on the day.