he weather forecast for Greystones this morning was ‘occasional rain and drizzle’, and that felt just about right.
It’s Paddy’s Day, it’s Ireland – what were we expecting, a heatwave?
Of course, with just a few more cans of hairspray every day, that could be our future, but for now, the grey skies were no match for the sunny good feelings in the town today.
As we walked down through the Burnaby, we joined a constant stream of green, white and orange as happy families donned flags and silly hats to join the parade and chase those ominous clouds away.
It’s the first Greystones St Patrick’s Day Parade to hit the streets in three years, thanks to those lockdowns, and the first to be taken over by the Greystones Town Team voluntary group, as our local municipal district gang sink ever further into their darkened backrooms.
It was some achievement to get such a big show on the road, even if the strain was clearly showing on the face of Town Team leader Tom O’Mahony. Yowsa!
Our local boxing champs Tadhg O’Donnell and Kaci Rock were grand marshals for the day, looking highly chuffed – and, of course, fighting fit – in their vintage Royal Wave car, joined by an array of marching bands (including Germany’s Schoppeblaser, the Tallaght Youth Band and the Crumlin Community Band), the Wicklow UN Veterans Association, the brave boys and girls of our emergency services, a doggie mini-parade within the parade, and all the bright-eyed schoolkids sorting out our tomorrows, plus all the other wonderful people who help make this town what it is.
It’s their community spirit – and the cheers of the crowd lining Church Road – that make every St Patrick’s Day Parade in Greystones a happy one. And today, despite that drizzle, that town spirit shone brightly.
Even if the parade is never the same without those 327 Noble rubbish trucks of old, but, hey, you can’t have everything.
Congrats to all the organisers – even Tom – and to all those who took part. And condolences to those who trekked down an hour late, expecting the old noon start. Sweet aerial footage courtesy of Greystones’ own droneconnect.ie – more here.
These are just GG’s quick-fire shots from the day – we have all our shots plus over 750 John McGowan photographs right about here.