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Well Holy God, if it isn’t the young novices from Eclipse Stage School all set for Shannon Musical Society’s new production of Sister Act Junior attending the St Patrick's Day Parade in Shannon. Photograph by Eugene McCafferty

GALLERY: Shannon St Patrick’s Day parade ‘the biggest ever’

FOR the first time since 2019 the people of Shannon were able to come out to see their town’s St Patrick’s Day parade.

Derek Clune of the Love Shannon Community Council said that it had been a great success.

“I think it was the biggest parade we’ve had in Shannon and the biggest turnout of spectators and floats that we’ve ever had.

“It was a brilliant day and everything went so well. Everyone was really happy and we got some brilliant feedback. Everyone enjoyed the day, the weather was lovely, so it all went well.”

He said that there was far greater interest given the restrictions that dogged life over the last few years.

“There’s no doubt about it, there was a huge amount of interest because of the last two years. Because of that the turnout was bigger than normal, we were expecting that. Everyone was mad to go, the turnout was huge, bigger than we expected and I’d say that because of the restrictions over the last few years people wanted something to celebrate and it was done in style.”

He said that there were many participants and viewers. “We had 25 groups in total, it was a great turnout. There was a huge spectator involvement, it was the biggest we’ve ever had. I’d say there was upwards of 2,000 to 2,500 people.

“It is hard to put a figure on it, but I’d say there was at least that much, everywhere along the parade route there was people.”

Derek was delighted that those involved and attending were happy with the event.

“It went well, everyone was happy and that was the main thing. There was very positive commentary and feedback.”