The weather forecast during the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day 2018 was not good.
The weather man talked of heavy snow, chilly east wind and freezing temperatures.
The so-called “son of the beast from the east” was coming our way.
We naturally wondered ifanyone would show up for our parade.
This year’s theme was “Young at heart . In our attempts to dress as teenagers we donned
our wooly hats, scarves and warm jackets. We put our rucksacks on our backs, and complete
with ear phones and smart phones (in typical teenager style) and all our colourful tricolour
gear , 30 brave warriors set off to join the parade.
I must say “good thinking” to the lady who carried her hot water bottle and well done to
Catherine who came along on her bike and had all her slogans written in our native
We were frozen to the bone but we felt it was all worth while as we won 3 rd prize in our
category and gratefully received €100 cheque.
We quickly thawed out in Gullane’s Hotel afterwards with very welcome hot soup, rolls, tea
There was an exciting finish to the day as we watched our Irish Rugby Team beat England in
the grand Slam.
Thanks to all our members who brave the elements and come out year after year to do their
bit for the community and our Active Retirement group.
Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O) March 2018