Lots of creativity at the Ballyleague/ Lanesboro parade

St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in Ballyleague and Lanesboro again this year with a parade taking place at 2 pm.

 St. Patrick’s Day in the community will commence with Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30 am where music, song and dance will be provided by the Lanesboro Parish Choir.

  The parade will start from St. Faithleach’s GAA club at 2 pm and will make its way through Ballyleague and Lanesboro before finishing at Lanesboro Community College.

  There will be plenty of prizes on offer for: Best Dressed Window, Best Club, Best Junior, Most Original, Best Business, Best Overall and Best Centenary Float.

  Local businessman and community activist, Joe O’Brien, was clearly looking forward to the event when I spoke to him this week.

  “The one to watch out for is probably the scouts, they usually put a lot of effort in. There’s usually lot’s of invention involved. It’ll also be interesting to see the different ideas with the 1916 Centenary celebrations this year,” said Joe.

  Obviously with the 1916 Centenary taking place this year, parades across the country are using that as the theme for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Joe said that that wasn’t the case in Ballyleague Lanesboro but highlighted the prize on offer for the best centenary float. He added: “There’s no set theme, so it’s open season really!”

  That would make you wonder! What exactly have the people of Ballyleague and Lanesboro got up their sleeves this year?