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St. Patrick's Day in Monaghan 2018

Lots of the usual razzmatazz for this day every year with the parade in the afternoon, called forward an hour to this year to facilitate other events of wide interest. This year the weather was colder than usual with a biting wind coming in from the East but that did not prevent big numbers coming out to support the parade and enjoy the offerings from various clubs, organisations and businesses. The number of Marching Bands in the parade was disappointing but that shortfall was made up by the enthusiasm and energy displayed by the clubs from the county. The Drumbriston Furniture float added fun and a laugh as they passed by with St. Patrick giving a poor Leprechaun a difficult time or was it the other way round. More of this would add to the attraction of the Parade. However all participants must be congratulated for making the effort and for the very distinct and colourful displays. These do not happen without planning, preparation work and willing hands. On the platform were members of the Council and Gardai but one of the best receptions went to Daire Gorman - the 2018 Grand Marshall. It was fantastic to see him there and he seemed to enjoy every minute of his time in the public eye. Well done to him and his family. Thanks to the Council and the army of volunteers who assisted with stewarding and helping where needed. The entire event was streamed Live on the internet for the world to see thanks to the work of Murphy Video Services.