The 9th Annual Carnew St. Patrick’s Day Parade succeeded in being the biggest and best yet with a great turnout to see the parade and 40 fantastic floats taking part. Even the weather cooperated to make the day a great success with the rain holding off until well after the parade ended. Edward Dowse, who is a member of the Carnew Ploughing Society and the Chairman of the County Ploughing Association was the Grand Marshall and was accompanied but a selection of Nuffield tractors which he himself restored over the years.
The competition for prizes was very tough this year with many groups putting a massive amount of thought and work into their floats. Among the winners were Scoil Aodán Naofa who won the Best Youth Group Prize while promoting the theme of Healthy and Active lifestyles showing off their Active Schools flag.
The youth of the locality were well represented in the line up of winners with the Kilrush/ Askamore Coiste na nÓg winning the Best Walking Group while ‘Trump’s Budding Builders’, presented by a group of young friends won the prize for Most Topical Float. Another bunch of young friends gave us an idea of what ‘Carnew’s New Nursing Home’ might be like but warned that patients would have to bring their own beds! Correll’s were the winner of the Best Window Display Prize. The Winner of the Best Overall Float taking home the Pat Doran Cup was Carnew Musical Society with their ‘Sister Act’ themed float.
Carnew Credit Union entered a float in celebration of their 50th Anniversary while South Wicklow Drama Festival had signposts signalling that all roads would lead to Carnew for the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in 2018. Carnew TDC shared some ‘Alternative Facts’ and showed Donald Trump being presented with a cabbage by Enda Kenny. Some great dancing talent was displayed by ‘Carnew Dancing with the Stars’ featuring local personalities. St. Patrick himself and even the Pope made an appearance.
The presentation of prizes took place in Coláiste Bhríde after the parade and refreshments were served to the large crowd in attendance by Caroline Young and her team of volunteers. Irish music was played by the talented trio of Toni & Sophie Doran and Richard O’ Toole followed by a display of Irish dancing from the Hennigan School of Irish Dance.
The committee would like to extend a big thank you to all of the local businesses who supported the parade and to Carnew TDC and South East Security & Safety for their help with the organisation of the parade.
Photos taken by Revd Ruth Elmes and Lorna Doran McEvoy