The club took part in the Gorey annual St Patricks day parade last thursday. It was the first time the club took part in Gorey for 4 years. With over 70 floats, easily 30k people lining the route to see the parade itself take approx 1.5 hours too pass in full, it has to have been the most successful parade to date.
Alot of people played their part , big and small to get the float ready. A big thank you to Richard Young and his brothers truck who kindly donated the truck for the afternoon. Also Richards carpentry skills where excellent… as so were mine. So impressed was Richard with my cutting of a ‘straight’ line… he asked me around to his house to hang some shelves…
With early starts and most of the prep work done, I was niave to think it’ll all slot together like a jigsaw, well it did I suppose, but just a few pieces missing,as with all jigsaws.With 20 mins to spare we took our place in the parade , position number 40, we were nearer Camolin than Gorey.
Our float was simple idea… 4 lads on rollers having a race, complete with white picket fence (supposed to be white, but the local hardware had light grey paint on clearance) with grass verge and a finish line… with all sprinting towards the finish. Also our club sign proudly outlining our achievements to date. Also the team car cleaned up with a few bikes on top to crown it off… our simple float looked good and was affective.
Special thanks to El Presidente, Willy murphy, who showed true political skills by been in two places at the one time, he was with us all morning prep’ing the float, till half 2 but still managed to be in Arklow for the Arklow parade to see he’s granddaughter..
Richard Young, for the truck and great help in putting it altogether, during the parade , Richard was offered homemade organic bread from the people of Duffcarrig on their float… don’t think he liked it, as soon as he digested it, I saw him wolf down a pack of cheesey puffs to get the taste of his mouth… I also eat the same bread but didn’t have the luxury of a pack of crips to help with the taste.
Also our cyclists, Niall Heffernan and Gary Walsh from Gorey, and Reece and Elliot Young from Arklow who all pedaled as hard as they could for the 2 hours!!….
Many thanks to all….
P.S … I wanna give a special mention to Michael O’Neill from Arklow, who I was speaking too during the week and claimed he never gets a mention on the web site… well congrats.. ya just did!