The 2012 St.Patricks day in Schull was an outstanding success and is testament to the great community spirit of Schull and the Mizen Peninsula.
The sun shone, the people turned out in their droves and Schull looked fantastic all decked out for the parade.
The parade commence at 2pm sharp from the East End of Schull
St.Patrick (Donal McSweeney) was marched through Schull flanked by two outstanding grand marshalls Mary Murphy Seaview Terrace and Fínin MacCarthaigh Main Street, both of whom did an excellent job and done the community proud. The amazing procession of over 40 entrants made up of local sporting organisations, voluntary groups, schools, vintage cars and tractors along with a number of the local businessess all combined in making the parade a great Community and fun event. John O’Callaghan M.C for the event was as entertaining as ever with a quick witted commentary for all the entrants as they passed by the viewing stand.
The parade enjoyed new entrants such as Lowertown tidy towns featuring the tin lady dancer – they were towed by George Whitleys smashing Massey Ferguson Vintage Tractor.
Michael Collins looked ever so fetching in his babygrow but was quite shy about modelling it while builder Timmy Barnett has a new string to bow in playing the fiddle.
Guests of honour included Fr.Alan O’Leary, Rev. Trevor Nestor and Cllr. Dermot Sheehan.
After the parade Derry Kennedy and Anita Barry both entertained the crowd with a great repertoir of Irish Music. Schull Drama Group also provided wonderful street entertainment throught out the afternoon.
Schull & District Community Council in conjunction with the St.Patricks day parade sub-committee would like to thank all those who took part & helped out in any way in making the Schull st.Patricks day parade a great success. Special thanks to Sgt. Ger Prenderville, the Gardaí and Skibbereen Civil Defence who gave great assistance in the safe running of the parade.