Moville hosts St Patrick’s Festival

Moville celebrates its 25th annual St Patrick’s Day Festival this year. Geographically, it is the most northerly parade and festival in the country and as usual it will provide a fantastic mix of Irish culture including music, dance and language with a little bit of ‘country’ music thrown in as well.

The entertainment begins tomorrow night at 8pm when Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock’ is performed in St Eugene’s Hall by Moville Drama Group and it will also be performed on Sunday night at 8pm. Admission is €7 at the door. The Saturday performance is being performed on behalf of Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail and a big crowd is hoped for.

The entertainment moves up a gear on Sunday with the traditional music night and Irish dancing in The Corner Bar to give a good lead into the big day itself. All Irish music fans and especially those gifted with a tune or two on fiddle, box, whistle or any other instrument are most welcome. Beidh ceol den chead scoth ann ó Clodagh agus a cairde.

The St Patrick’s Day festivities get going early in the afternoon and anyone travelling from Derry to Moville or Greencastle or further into the parish is advised to get to Moville before 2pm. The parade starts at 2.30pm sharp and as floats gather, there will be no through traffic for sometime. The Gerry Guthrie Showband will be entertaining the crowds from 2pm onwards in the Square and until 5pm after the parade passes.

There will be marching bands from Derry and Donegal in the parade itself. All local groups, clubs, organisations and businesses are welcome to take part in the parade and there is no fee or registration. Assembly is on the Glencrow Road from 2pm onwards.

Spectators are requested to obey all instructions from Gardaí and stewards on the day for health and safety reasons. We also hope for your support for our Lucky Shamrock Flag Day which has a big prize at the end of the parade. thanks are due to local businesses who support our parade every year and also a big ‘go raibh maith agat’ to all who purchase tickets for our annual draw.

Urging a big turnout for all the St Patrick’s weekend events, a spokesperson for the organisisng committee said: “Moville, like many other towns in the county has suffered a huge loss of business due to the recession and the austerity imposed by those who will not even be in this country on St Patricks Day. Therefore we appeal for your support for local businesses who need the occasional big day to keep them going. We look forward with hope for better times when the next parade rolls around. Míle buíochas ó chroí ón coiste agus bainígí sult as an bhFéile.