THE green, white and gold bunting is in place, the marching band is in tune, grand marshal Diarmuid McCarthy ha his best green tie picked out and it’s all systems go for Kerry’s first St Patrick’s Day parade of the year which will take place in Rathmore this Sunday.
The ninth annual will commence at 1.30pm, starting at the credit union and pride of place will for to grand marshal Diarmuid who is the recently retired principal of Holy Family National School.
Given the many years he spent at the top of the classroom, the fitting theme for this year’s parade is Education – past, present and future.
The Frank Buckley Cup – in memory of the popular local publican – will be presented to the best overall float and other prizes will go to the best vintage vehicle, best commercial float, best organisation or group, best window display, best dressed buggy or pram, best agricultural float and best dressed pet.
The day of celebrations will include street entertainment, face painting for children and live music before and after the parade.
Parade PRO Michael O’Mahony said the road through Rathmore town will be closed to facilitate the parade with a detour in place at Dennehy’s Corner for traffic from Killarney while traffic from Mallow and Millstreet will detour at Shinnagh Cross.
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