St Patrick's Day Parade 2011

25/03/2011

Paul and Jason

Following the great success of last year’s St Patrick’s Day, a Children’s Parade was held in Inistioge village. The route was from the National School, around the Square, past the reviewing stand.  The three people reviewing the floats were Anita Foley (Principal, Inistioge NS), Una Kavanagh (Secretary, Inistioge NS), and Jim Brown (Member of the School’s Board of Management).  The parade was followed by live music in the square, from local band Four Penny Rock.

Floats

Led out by our very own Joe Wolfe, setting the pace

1. It’s a dogs’ life for the first float - Martina Gantley’s playschool in “101 Dalmations”

2. Children from Ms Sheehan’s classroom in the “Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales” float.  A wonderful array of characters from the world of fairy stories and nursery rhymes, with Miss Muffet and her Tuffet and Rapunzel still stuck up that tower!

3. Nore Valley Athletics Club’s  float, wonderfully turned out in colour

4. Children from Ms Ryan’s classroom in the “Irish Legends” float. A scary looking lot!! - Irish warriors, Celts, Vikings, I think there was a few of our old Irish celebrities in amongst them - Fionn mac Cumhaill, Queen Meadbh and Grainne Mhaol. (A wonderful central Float of a Viking longboat)

5. Rower-Inistioge GAA Camogie and Hurling float “Its Helmets or A&E!”– A hospital bed packed with players - seems that this season there’s a few injury worries, but never mind – the club now has its very own field hospital!!

6. Children from Ms Flynn’s classroom in the “Horses and the Wild West” float. There are cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, sheriffs, Calamity Jane lookalikes and that stagecoach float was one sure way of getting around the high price of petrol!

7. Children from Mr Brennan’s classroom in the “Celebrities” float – keep your eyes peeled – you never know who’ll come down the red carpet when there are Oscars up for grabs!

8. Children from Ms Foley’s class in the “Hippies” float – the recession doesn’t bother this lot – it’s all flower-power and peace man! A wonderful hippy van with music from the 60s completed the display, with large colourful butterflies accompanying them

Thanks 
- Firstly and most importantly to all the children who took part – they have given us a wonderful parade. 
- To all the groups and clubs who organized their floats.
- To the parents and teachers who helped design and put together the costumes
- To the volunteers who helped build and decorate floats
- To the parade organizers, the Gardai, volunteer stewards
- To our parade reviewers and all of you who have come out to support this great event
- Last, but not least, to Shem O’Neill and his family, who once again have put huge effort into constructing floats for the parade.

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