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In Pictures: Laois people throughout the county get into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day despite Coronavirus restrictions

It was a St Patrick’s Day like no other.

Because of the global Coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, there were no St Patrick’s Day parades as is tradition on our national holiday.

Right throughout the county parades were cancelled.

But Laois people still marked the occasion – with many dressing up in colour and hosting all sorts of imaginative parades.

The crew in Supervalu in Stradbally went viral with their effort while there were also some other hugely entertaining displays from families in Cullahill, Emo and Ratheniska that came to our attention.

We put a shout out to our readers to send us their photos and we got a huge response from families all around Laois – and some Laois people in different parts of the world.

Right throughout the day, people sent us images – mostly of their children – fully decked out in St Patrick’s Day attire.

From Camross to Graiguecullen, Clonaslee to Killeshin, families – through a mix of patriotism and probably boredom in these testing, worrying times – embraced the day.

You can check out a selection of the images that were sent into us below.


Leona Lynch from Portlaoise
Darragh and Alanna Conroy


Kate and Tom Hoban – sent in by Eimear Hoban
The McGraths from Killeen
Abbie O’Connor – sent in by Kerrie O’Connor
Conor Daly – sent in by Kerrie O’Connor
The Lowry family, Camross
Freya Forbes, Graiguecullen
Lochlan and Sam Farrell from Ballylinan
Jack, Conor and Lilly Nolan
The Kelly family from Cullenagh
Molly Byrne from Portlaoise
Cole and Sonny Comerford from Clonaslee
Cara and Patrick Phelan, Portlaoise
Darragh McDowell from Derry, Lydia Booth from Emo and their baby Clara in Perth in Western Australia
Molly Byrne from Portlaoise
Orry and Muireann Dempsey from Castletown
Pippa and Jason Norton from Sheffield Cross
Robert, Joe and Penelope Miller – sent in by John Miller
Tyler Larkin from Mountrath
The Foley brothers from Vicarstown
Freya Dempsey from Mountrath
Eamon from Killeshin – taking extra precautions this year in his role as St Patrick. Sent in by Aoife Brennan
William and Lillian Miller
The Conroys from Castlebrack
Molly Ryan (right) from Ballyfin and her nana Anne Cummins from Stradbally
Ava, aged 2, from Portlaoise

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