Glorious weather and high-spirited citizens were the stars of today's St Patrick’s Day parade.
Grand Marshall Rob Heffernan said we were lucky to get the beautiful weather we got and said it was a great honour to lead the 2,500 strong parade along South Mall, onto Grand Parade and St Patrick’s Street before finishing on Merchant’s Quay. Lord Mayor Mick Finn, also took part, pedalling an electric bike through the streets.
“I remember watching the parade as a young fella,” Rob said, “craning my neck to see it all and to be the Grand Marshall now is just a proud moment.”
Lord Mayor Mick Finn said it was a fantastic day for Cork. “It’s a great event, it is one of the biggest events in the social calendar in Cork. It’s great to have Rob leading out as Grand Marshall, one of Cork’s most famous sons!”
Mr Finn said that the parade has a very important role in highlighting the ongoing work of organisations across the city as well as showcasing the diversity of the rebel county.
“The parade is about highlighting what goes on in a voluntary nature in Cork all year round as well as the diversity of the city, when you see the Mexican floats and everything else from all corners of the world, so it’s great.”
The Lord Mayor said he was looking forward to seeing the visiting bands as well as his own home GAA club, St Finbarr’s.
“I've been told to look out for my own club, St Finbarr's GAA who are marching this morning and of course the visiting bands, I’m looking forward to seeing them as well.”
Mark McNulty and Amanda McCarthy, from West Cork, were in the crowds enjoying the buzz of the day for their very first Cork City St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Mark and Amanda recently bought a house in the city suburbs and came into the city to see the colourful celebrations firsthand.
“The weather is fab, we were worried about the weather, we thought we were going to be cold!”
Angela Cummins, originally from Yorkshire, has been living in Cork for the past 22 years and comes to the parade every year.
"It is just a lovely celebration of St Patrick’s Day and I have three grandchildren that are walking in the parade this year,” Angela said, “It’s just great to see everyone coming together to enjoy the amazing atmosphere.”
Amy Savage, seven, said this was her seventh parade.
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“I think its really good," she said. "I liked the music and the big yellow bird and the big dragon thing.”