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Saturday 19 August 2017

Ready, steady, float for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day parade
St Patrick's Day parade

Blanchardstown will have its first St Patrick's Day parade in 20 years this month and local kids have been busy making imaginative floats.

Children and teenagers from the Blakestown/Mountview Neighbourhood Youth Project are creating a minibus from over 100 five-litre recycled plastic bottles.

"The kids have been making the minibus for about four weeks, from when they heard about the parade. We teach them about recycling and the environment in our eco group," explained Moira Hyland Doyle, from the project.

The parade will start from Scoil Bhride at 2.30pm, according to Fingal County Council, who is supporting it.

About 40 local groups have applied to take part in the parade that will go down the old Main Street, up Snugboro Road and end at Blanchardstown Town Centre.

Sports clubs, members of the D15 African-Irish community and local scout units are all involved.

Meanwhile, there will also be a St Patrick's Day parade in Clondalkin, again the first one in 20 years. It will be in Corkagh Park from 2.30pm.

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