The greening of Killarney is now complete

KILLARNEY is leaving every other town in the country green with envy in the lead-up to St Patrick’s Day as the town embraces the national feast day with an enthusiasm that is unmatched anywhere else.

The St Patrick’s Festival is in full swing and the town has come alive as the countdown to the big parade on Sunday is well and truly underway.

Public buildings, hotels, pubs, retail stores and monuments have all been illuminated in various shades of green for the big occasion and any overseas visitors to the town will be in no doubt that, when it comes to celebrating St Patrick’s Day, Killarney has no equal.

The deer monument at Courthouse Green

Despite the big exodus on the day itself – with thousands of people flocking to Croke Park to cheer on Dr Crokes in the All-Ireland Club final – the town is expected to be packed throughout Sunday, with the festivities getting underway early in the morning and, all going according to plan, there will be cause to add a splash of black and amber to the various shades of green tomorrow night when Crokes are crowned champions.

The judges for the best green building and best shopfront competitions have been busy with the adjudication process over the last 24 hours with Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry, and his team preparing a shortlist for the prizes up for grabs.

The photographs have been recorded by official festival photographer Valerie O’Sullivan and the public is invited to Like and Share this post and leave a comment as to who they think should be deemed the winners.

Voting will close at 11.00pm on Sunday by which time the Andy Merrigan Cup should be back where it belongs.

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