Everyone’s a winner at the St Patrick’s Day parade awards
By Brendan Grehan
COMMUNITY spirit was the big winner as this years Clondalkin St Patrick’s Day Parade awards ceremony at the Green Isle Hotel on Tuesday night, April 24.
Tinseltown took home the best performance award, the Clondalkin Youth Band won best float.
Mayor Paul Gogarty at the awards with Tinseltown Stage School who won Best Performance
Scoil Rince Nic Liam won best dance group and Round Tower GAA Club were named best walking group.
St Joseph’s Pipe Band won best newcomer and Jamie Reddin won the Greyhound Volunteer Award.
Robert O’Neill took home the art award.
LD Dance School, Friends of the Camac, Newlands/Castle Park F.C. and Frank Cousins all won merit awards.
Chairperson of the Clondalkin St Patricks Day committee, Councillor Francis Timmons said he felt very proud for all the winners and all who participated.
He told The Echo: “Clondalkin St Patrick’s Day parade 2018 was yet another great community spirited and led event. 29 Groups (approximately 900 people) participated and over 6,000 cheered on enthusiastically along the streets despite the extremely cold weather.
We would like to thank our sponsors South Dublin County Council, Brian McIlroy Funeral directors , Greyhound, Clondalkin Credit Union, K&G funfair, Roma Takeaway, Massey Brothers, The Green Isle, Q Bingo, Happy Pear, The Laurels, The Purty Central, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Marcos Takeaway , Playtime and Greyhound.”
He added: “We would also like to thank Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Clondalkin Guards, South Dublin Volunteer corp, for all their assistance on the day. Newlands Garden Centre for decorating the main stage, our media partners The Echo Newspaper and all those who donated prizes for our advertising campaigns.”
Cllr Timmons also thanked all the stewards and volunteers, the Grand Marshall Mary Dardis and Judges Kathleen Gill and Maeve O’Sullivan.
He added: “While the organising committee bring everything together, this is truly a community event and without the support of the community it wouldn’t happen so our thanks goes out to all the people of Clondalkin for their continued support.
“Clondalkin is often in the news for the wrong reasons this event is good news for Clondalkin.”