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WATCH: Reminisce about St Patrick’s Day parades of old in this great video

Taking part in the Durrow St. Patrick's Day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Ah the memories – this video is certainly set to bring them back.

Stretching back all the way from 2004 to 2019 in Rosenallis, Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Graiguecullen, Killeshin, Mountrath, Durrow, Abbeyleix, Spink, Portarlington, Rathdowney, Stradbally, Timahoe and Vicarstown – there are St Patrick’s Day memories galore here.

Busy builders, sports groups, singers, musicians and of course St Patrick himself.

For years across Laois, we have come together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

However, this year due to Covid-19, and as in 2020, parades and celebrations locally, nationally and internationally are not taking place as we all remain vigilant and socially distanced.

As we approach our second year without parades, Laois County Council are taking a trip down memory lane
and reminiscing on the good times in the past.

Their class video also acknowledges the hard work of Parades Committees, and also the musicians, singers, dancers and all that have participated in the parades in Laois in all weather conditions for so many years.

A spokesperson said: “We want to take this time to congratulate the people of Laois for their outstanding community response to this pandemic, and the generosity of spirit in supporting the elderly, and the more vulnerable and isolated within our communities.

“We have compiled some memories for you and look forward to many more years of parades in Laois.

“Remember to Keep Well and stay connected while staying apart this St Patrick’s Day. Happy St Patrick’s Day from Laois County Council.

“This KEEP WELL Campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland, an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare Fund delivered by Pobal, administrated by Laois County Council.”

All pictures featured are taken by Alf Harvey, Michael Scully and Sandra Thompson.

Check out the video by clicking here.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.