St.Patrick’s Day in Limerick

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Acrobatic Display at the St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick.

Thousands thronged the streets of Limerick City today in one of the most colourful St.Patrick’s Day ever; the theme of this parade was United Colours of Limerick to showcase the multicultural society we now live in. The Weather was good a slight chill with sunshine which added to the occasion. The Parade began at 12 noon, the Grand Marshal for this years St.Patricks Day Parade was Munster Rugby player Anthony Foley ,captain when they won the Heineken European Cup in 2006.Anthony is set to retire from the game at the end of this season, today was a fitting honour for a great player.

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Irish Army Rangers

 The Minister for Defence Willie O Dea was in attendance and kept a watchful eye on the Irish Army Rangers as the marched by the viewing podium they are due to depart for duty in Chad in Africa shortly. Overhead we had planes and helicopters fly over from the defence’s forces to add to the occasion. The Bands followed some who had been in yesterday’s International Band Parade played again to delighted crowds of onlookers the Corpus Christi Pipes and Drums Band from Moyross, The C.B.S Pipe Band, The Sammy Benson Band, The US Corps of Cadets from West Point N.Y Band, and the Black Forest Quintet from Germany. 

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The Sammy Benson Band

The Rugby Clubs were very much evident in the parade Shannon, Thomond, Young Munster and St.Mary’s .The Clonmel Majorettes added their own touch of class to the day with their dance routines. There were Floats in the parade from the Friends of The Elderly, the Scouts, the Limerick Musical Society,The Mid West Bikers  and many more…

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Your A Star Winner 2008 Leanne Moore

 The Biggest cheer of the Day was reserved for Leanne Moore who had just won the RTE You’re a Star last night in the Helix in Dublin, her  arrival sent the crowd into raptures of applause .Leanne in her speech was very emotional with the turnout she received and also thanked everybody for all the support she received throughtout You’re a Star in the past months.

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The Polish Community

The multicultural Communities from Poland, Nigeria, Latvia and the Filipinos added a lot of colour to the parade with their displays which summed up why this year’s parade was themed the United Colours of Limerick.

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