By Suzanne Pender
IS WIND and rain on the day of a launch a sign that the day itself will be all blue skies and sunshine?
Well, the organisers of Carlow St Patrick’s Day Festival and Family Fun Day are certainly hoping that’s the case, as the weather stubbornly didn’t get on board at their recent launch in the scenic backdrop of Duckett’s Grove.
Never mind the elements, the event still welcomed local businesses, GAA clubs, entertainers, musicians and community groups to Duckett’s Grove despite the rain and wind.
The committee has been working away since last summer, building on the success of recent St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Carlow.
“We were also delighted to capture some filming for our official St Patrick’s Day launch video, which will be released in the next week or so, said Rowena Dooley from the committee.
“Local film producer Patrick Bramley from Ulab Studio is putting together a short promotional video to highlight all the fantastic community involvement in our Carlow family festival throughout the years and to encourage even more participation this year,” she added.
The local authority, businesses and the public have generously supported this event in Carlow through the years and it’s planned to be an even bigger and better celebration in 2024.
Peter McConnon, head of operations for Carlow GAA, was on hand at the launch to encourage local GAA clubs to participate in the parade. Palatine GAA was well represented with a number junior players, parents, coaches and mentors, along with their mascot, braving the elements. Members of the 5th Carlow Town Scout group also turned out and proudly fulfilled their task as flag bearers, while talented singer-songwriter Justin Kelly along with Mac Rua kept spirits high with some acoustic tunes.
The haunting melodies from Patrick Nolan, a talented piper from Killeshin Pipe Band, was most welcome and really set the tone against the backdrop of the magnificent building that is Duckett’s Grove.
Representatives from LoveCarlow, Carlow Chamber of Commerce and Carlow Older Persons Forum were also were also in attendance, while Jolly O’Rock filmed a piece with Patrick afterwards with her group of African musicians and drummers. All are looking forward to seeing their colourful display and contribution on the big day in March.
Refreshments were kindly provided by The Lazy River Café and were most welcomed after everyone’s stint in the rain and wind.
The scene is now set for a great parade and an afternoon of festive celebrations in Carlow town on Lá Fheile Pádraig, Sunday 17 March.