Well, thanks be to Jaysus for the 327 Ultima Oil trucks at the end – otherwise, you’d never know the Greystones’ Paddy’s Day Parade 2016 had come to an end.
Come back, Noble Dump Trucks – all is forgiven!
The weather was kind, the kids were smiling, the parents were licking their lips for a well-earned pint in the afternoon, and the Mayor of Kilcoole turned up on his tractor. Nice.
And even if that backdrop of an attempted overnight robbery on the town’s Permanent TSB branch brought a little Love/Hate to this Paddy Love-In, it certainly wasn’t enough to spoil the good vibrations permeating through Greystones on this fine March day.
It was a day when people would stop to talk to a dog, just because he was the size of your average show pony. Where the Greystones First Responders – always ready to jolt your heart back into action – strolled up the town celebrating their 10th anniversary with The Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive blasting out of their stereo.
That’s the spirit!
It’s the spirit of Greystones in a nutshell, in fact. Help one another, make your day better, and have a little fun in the process. And make sure you have a few legends like Danny Hatton in the mix too.
All that was missing was Mrs Mooney – Greystones’ Person Of The Year 2016 – being carried shoulder-high through the streets, but, hey, the woman needs her rest right now. We’ll give Bridie her own parade in the summer.
The winning floats for 2016 were…
Most Original Entry: Do Mi So Music School and The Greystones School of Music & Drama
Best Musical entry: Crumlin Community Band
Best Social/Cultural Entry: Lakers
Best Commercial Entry: Titans Swimming Club
Best Traditional Irish Entry: McLoughlin School of Irish Dancing
Most Entertaining Entry: Greystones Classic & Vintage Cars
Most Colourful Entry: Greystones United AFC
Best Uniformed Organisation: Stackheads Boomerang Band
Most Topical Entry: Kilcoole Camogie Club
Overall Parade Winner: Greystones Educatre Together N.S.
Best Window Display: La Touche Wines
Thanks to goldfish.ie for the perfect VIP viewing window for the parade Take that, Bray People! Take that, Newtownmountkennedy Bugle!.
So, take a high-rise ringside seat to Greystones’ Paddy’s Day Parade 2016, starting and ending with a little video fun…