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The number of entrants in this year's St. Patrick's Day parade in Fermoy exceeds last year's record of 41 entries. Some stalwarts of the parade hadn't yet registered at the time of going to press, so the number marching this year is expected to set a new record.
Ruderclub Germania Duseldorf are welcomed back after their absence last year. They opted instead last year to go on a two week rowing trip of the Shannon-Erne Waterway and river Shannon and kept Fermoy and the Blackwater until last, so they weren't around for the parade. They're expected to get a great welcome as they march down the town this year.
Some new community groups are marching as well this year and should also get a great reception from the crowd, namely The Men's Shed, Fermoy Family Coordinating Group, Fermoy and District Active Retirement Association, Watergrasshill Soccer Club, Glanworth School Around the Corner Childcare and 'Drive to Survive', based in Anglesboro.
The committee is extremely pleased with the number of entrants from the neighbouring communities and villages. This year's grand marshal is Christy Kennedy of Fermoy Soccer Club. In recent years Fermoy Soccer Club has enjoyed great competition success and has also been successful in attracting youngsters to the game. Credit for that goes to the coaching provided by the club where Christy is to the fore.
The parade will begin at 11am from Cavanagh's garage, Cork Road, finishing in Patrick Street. The reviewing stand will be in Pearse Square. People coming into town for the parade are asked by Gardai not to cross the bridge to find parking.
The St. Patrick's weekend celebrations don't end with the parade though. In fact they don't start with the parade! On Saturday evening people are being invited, at around 8pm, to take a stroll down town in Fermoy and catch up on all the news on who's home for the first long weekend of the year. People are being invited to put on their 'Sunday best', their best 'bib and tucker' and head out, if only to view the style.
Whether you chose to visit a restaurant or pub, share the news and have a bit of craic. Music is being offered in a number of the town's pubs for the occasion. Above all, the message is, to come out and enjoy a pleasant evening in the local community.
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