Five local groups were this week presented with cheques following their participation in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ennis.
All participants in the parade were entered into a draw that yielded four winners of €150 each. There was also a competition for the best overall float or group in the parade and a prize of €400 was up for grabs. The prizes were sponsored by the Ennis Municipal District of Clare County Council.
The four groups who won €150 each were presented with their cheques by Mayor of Ennis Councillor Johnny Flynn at Áras Contae an Chláir. Ennis and Clare Samaritans, the Over the Hill Crew, the Pantaloons and the Polish Irish Community were the winners. The Willy Wonka float by the Ennis National School scooped the overall best float prize.
Presenting the cheques Cllr Flynn said “I am delighted to present the prizes today and would like to thank everybody who took part in the parade. This year’s parade in Ennis was a truly community event and brought out the best of what we have on offer here in Ennis. Our diverse community was very evident during the parade and I am delighted that the prizes were won by a cross section and truly representative example of life in town. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is always a great occasion in Ennis and it is always heartening to watch the participants proudly representing their groups and embrace the celebration of our national day. 2016 will be a special year for Ennis so I am already looking forward to seeing what we can do to celebrate it. I would encourage people to look ahead and give some thought to participating in next year’s parade”.
The winning groups will be investing their winnings in promoting and developing their groups and projects. The Over the Hill Crew who participated in the parade for the first time this year will be donating their prize money to the music project at the Clare Youth Service.