Moville geared up for St Pat’s

There was a big crowd out for St Patrick's Day in Moville last year, and organisers of this year's parade are hoping for even more on Saturday.
There was a big crowd out for St Patrick's Day in Moville last year, and organisers of this year's parade are hoping for even more on Saturday.

MOVILLE St Patrick’s Day committee is gearing up for another fun filled weekend as March 17th approaches.

On the go since 1990, Moville’s St Patrick’s Day parade quickly became the social event of the year for people throughout Inishowen, as well as the Northern visitors.

However much more than a parade, this year’s ‘Paddy’s Day’ celebrations will stretch across four action packed days for all the family.

It starts with a Grand Variety Concert on Thursday night in Caiseal Mara hotel, involving all local schools in the parishes, and finishes on Sunday afternoon with live music in the Square from 4-6pm with Keltic Knights and the presentation night in the Corner Bar at 9am for the presentation of prizes for the winning floats.

Chairperson of the St Patrick’s Day Committee Eamon McLaughlin, who along with Gerard Sona [Secretary] was a founding member of the committee, is hoping for another great day in Moville.

“We have so much happening on St Patricks’ Day itself. We have music before and after the parade by GaelForce 10 and a bouncy castle for the kids in the square so that gives parents the chance to listen to the music while the children are being entertained.

“There really is something for everyone and although it is the Moville St Patrick’s Day parade it’s important to say it is not just for people in Moville. It is for anybody and everybody who wants to come along, join in on the fun or even compete in the parade. We have six marching bands, most of which are from the North, like Limavady and Craigbane, so they always bring people with them too.”

An important part of every St Patrick’s Day parade throughout the country is the weather on the day, and Moville’s trusty Child of Prague will be out to ensure the town gets the best deal.

“We’re don’t need Met Eireann,” laughed Eamon. “We’ve our own Child of Prague and it will be out the night before and hopefully the weather will stay dry for us.”

The parade kicks off at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon. Motorised floats should assemble at Glencrow just below the co-op. Bands and walkers should assemble at Corner Bar at Quay street. For more information on the parade itself contact Eamon on 0749382327 or email eamonmclaughlin@gmail.com