THE village of Spink have preperations well underway for their second ever St Patrick’s Day parade, which will take place at 10.15am after St Patrick’s Day mass in St Lazarian’s Church in Knock.
A number of community groups have come together to make the event even better than last year’s, which was a resounding success. The Spink Brownie Guides are involved as are the local development association, the IFA, the ICA, the Community Alert, Green Schools, the GAA and Spink Comhaltas.
Mary Fitzpatrick from the Spink Brownie Guides told the Leinster Express that last year organisers were “surprised” by the brilliant response from the large crowd who gathered there. “We are trying to keep it small and simple, last year it was a great social occasion - people came together and stayed chatting in the hall for hours”.
The theme of the parade is ‘Times Past’ and this will be reflected not just in the parade, but in the hall afterwards, where traditional Irish foods like scones, apple cakes and soda bread will be served with a cup of tea. There will also be musical entertainment provided by some local artists. “There is great community spirit here”, said Mary. “Everyone is working together to put in the effort. We are doing a bit at the moment trying to get things together and the Brownies and Guides are working on decorations for the hall. We are trying to keep it small and simple”.