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Kinsale Maritime Parade Celebrates St. Patrick's Day on Water

17th March 2019
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Water borne festivities for St Patrick's Day in Kinsale Harbour Water borne festivities for St Patrick's Day in Kinsale Harbour

An astonishing array of fishing boats, motor boats and yachts gathered off Charles Fort in Kinsale Harbour at 1930 HRS on Saturday, March 16th writes Dave O'Sullivan. On the command of the Grand Marshall festive lights were switched on and all sailed line astern into the inner harbour where a firework display took place at the waterfront which was festooned with giant flame throwers.

It was a huge community event with many people travelling from far and wide to see the spectacle.

The theme, as always, was green.

Twenty-five boats took part in the parade under the watchful eye of organiser Pat Hegarty and Grand Marshall’s Pam Norris and Catherine Judge. There was also a display by the local Thundercat racing team and formation kayaking by KOEC.

Mary P (N. Prendeville) was the outright parade winner for a stunning light display. KYC Sailability was awarded second place with two boats Fiona (D. Hickey) and Pauline (G. Griffin) participating. Previous winners Baccarat (McCarthy Family) were awarded third place by the judges. A special award was given to Big Buddy Two (S. Twomey) for their most impressive youthful entry.

Special thanks to Kinsale RNLI.

This successful water-based community event will take place once again on 16th March 2020 @ 1930 HRS.

Published in Kinsale
Dave O'Sullivan

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Dave O'Sullivan is Commodore of Kinsale Yacht Club

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