This is the head of the parade, being led by a
colour-party and guard of honour of the army reserves. This was our first outing in our
DPM (Disruptive pattern material)uniforms. Everything in the army seems to have an an
acronym. Word had come from the C.O. in H.Q. the the F.C.A. were to wear the D.P.M.'s. See
what I mean? The man with the flag is our Company C.O., Commandant Joe O' Brien. As he is
due for retirement before next St. Patrick's Day, this turned out to be his last St.
Patrick's Day parade. He had intended to attend the parade in Enniscorthy, but foul
weather later in the day led to it's cancellation. It was fortuitous that he volunteered
to lead our parade.
The beginnings of the floats and commercial vehicles
can be seen in the background. The parade halted in the center of the town for the
blessing of the shamrock and it was then distributed to the leaders of the marching
groups, before we continued on our way around the town.