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Magical Day On The Streets Of Roscrea
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The streets of Roscrea were filled with colour and excitement on Wednesday last as the town celebrated its 26th successive Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Not even the disappointment of Moscow Flyer's Fall in the Queen Mother Chase at Cheltenham could dampen the enthusiasm of all those gathered to witness the first of hopefully many big days in Roscrea this year, as the town gears itself up for hosting the Munster Fleadh in July, the biggest event to be held in Roscrea in modern times.

Overall Winner -
Ashbury, Sheehane & Kennedy Park Residents & Roscrea 2000. LtoR: Eileen Kennedy, David Mitchell, Jack Carter, Eileen Quinlavin, Mary Dollard, Clodagh O'Reilly, Niamh McNamara, Emma O'Reilly, Mayor Sean Mulrooney.


Once again many of the towns local clubs and organisations were represented in the parade. Entries this year were of a very high standard, and the judges had a very difficult task indeed when asked to select the best overall prize.

Guest Of Honour at this year's parade was Mayor Sean Mulrooney who also attended a pre parade reception at Damer House. While the crowds were gathering and the expectation building Roscrea Comhaltas provided some wonderful entertainment from Market Square.

Ormand Flying Club - Winner of RCTLC Award. Paula Hendrick, John Lupton (chairman RCTLC), Ann Keegan, Liam Doran, Mayor Sean Mulrooney.

The Tower, Roscrea - LtoR Steve Crofton, Tony Dollard, Edel Farrelly, Mayor Sean Mulrooney and
Lilly Cafferky.

Indeed great music was the order of the day with many of the areas most popular bands taking part in the parade such as the Sean Treacy Pipe Band and the Puckane National School Band. There was also plenty of floats and entertainment to keep all those in attendance enthralled and amused.

The following are the prizewinners from the Roscrea Parade.

Best Overall - Chamber Of Commerce Perpetual Trophy & 225 = Ashbury/Kennedy Park/ Sheehane Residents Association.

Best Sporting - R.C.T.L.C. Perpetual Shield = Ormand Flying Club

Best Local Community Group - Charlie Doyle Perpetual Cup Presented By R.C.D.C. = Free Spirit.

Best Schools Entry - Bernie's Super Valu Perpetual Trophy = Puckane School Band

Fashion Conscious Catherine Conlon

Best Cultural And Traditional - John O'Donnell Perpetual Shield = Peter Rigney & Tony Conroy.

Best Visiting Band - Michael Delahunty Perpetual Shield = McDonagh Pipe Band

Best Local Industrial And Commercial - Lupton & Associates Perpetual Trophy
= Supermacs.

Best Visiting Out Of Town Entry - Tesco Perpetual Shield = Richardson Academy Of Music.

Best Entry From A Local Club Or Organisation Sponsored By Tidy Towns Committee = Taekwondo

Best Fancy Dress Adult - St Patrick's Day Parade Committee (Trophy) = The Tower.

Visitors To Roscrea St. Patrick's Day Parade from Templederry & Birr, LtoR Dearbhla Slattery, Niamh Slattery, Danielle Slattery (Templederry), Edel Hoare, Aoife Hoare (Birr).

Templemore Pipe Band led by Michael Fogarty.

Fancy Dress Juvenile - St Patrick's Day Parade Committee. (Trophy) = William Quinlan

Special Recognition Award (Trophy) = F.C.A.

Special Award - Shop Window Display - R.T.D.A Trophy: = Shaws.

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Magical Day On The Streets Of Roscrea

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