The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Clonmel was an outstanding success, with the very large attendance enjoying a wonderful spectacle.
A heavy hail shower fell about an hour before the scheduled start but the rain, which had threatened to spoil the celebrations earlier in the day, held off for the duration of the parade as all the floats made their way through the town from the starting point in Irishtown to the review stand outside the Town Hall in Parnell Street.
A feature this year were some outstanding floats from the Shellikybookie street entertainment group as well as the usual sporting and cultural entries.
Everyone agreed it was the best parade the town had seen in years to celebrate the national feast day.
Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Well on the outskirts of the town was thronged on Sunday. It’s believed that this extra interest in the popular religious site and beauty spot was generated by the feature on the Well screened by RTE television’s Nationwide programme on Friday night. Large crowds flocked to the Well, with visitors reported to have travelled from as far away as Dublin and Cavan.
Meanwhile, the Endeavour award presented by the three Clonmel business organisations was won by the Clonmel Tidy Towns Committee. The award was presented at the St. Patrick’s Eve Dinner Dance at Hotel Minella on Friday night. The gala event, organised by the St. Patrick’s Well Society, was also a great success.