Gerry and the Queen visit Durrow

DURROW stands out from the crowd none more so than in the way the community celebrates our national day.

DURROW stands out from the crowd none more so than in the way the community celebrates our national day.

This year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations formed just one part of Durrow’s new Arts and Irish Festival which ran all week with great success. But the parde organisers topped everything attract an unlikely pair to the parad.

With craft and food stalls, bouncy castles and wheelbarrow racing the big day itself had plenty to offer to to the big crowd that descended on the village for unique non-motorised parade which led off the FCA and Civil Defence and St Patrick.

The Harps Camoige given pride of place and MC Martin Lalor heaped deserving praise on the girls describing the as “the pride of the parish”. Juvenille Harps also marched and made plenty of noise.

The Little Oak Parent and Toddler group were followed by the Durrow Samba Band, who were at home on the sun-drenched green. Durrow’s souts scooted and biked their way around and a great welcome was given to the Ballyragget scouts.

The Happy Day’s creche won first prize for their big effort for their human powered bus, while the ‘jellyfish’ brought a twirling splash of colour.

Gerry Adams and the Queen, aka Hugh and Kay Sheppard, won first prize in the adult section of the parade with their two-wheeled ‘Queen’s mobile’ which was described by Martin Lalor as: “The Adams celebrity coach hire”.

There were all sorts of two wheel trick tricks from the Cullohill Mountain Bike club while Darragh and Oisin Conroy made for two convincing junior rubber bandits.

The Durrow Community Council, put on a fine spread of tea and cakes with their ICA 150th birthay float. They contrasted with the crew Bob’s Bar. With their cigars and suspenders, the gangsters and molls from the landmark were very a convincing outfit.

Hiding behind his shades Michael G Phelan was the “lonesome boatmen on tour” with the Woodenbridge paddlers. South Laois Tourism was also well represented and the Durrow Vintage Club.

The prizes were sponsored by Oliver and Marie Clooney of Kyle Farm.