Sneem, the village where I live, has had a parade on St Patrick's Day for yonks. Also on this day there is a substantial market and people flock here from afar.
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As you can see the weather was gorgeous, which made for a great atmosphere.
My mum, boasting a black eye* and green hair. Paddy's day, well and proper.
And the parade.
The flags that represent Ireland's counties.
The Men's Shed float.
The kids are always the best.
A reference to the 1916 rising.
Ah ! The film crew from Star Wars. Yes, this area seem to be held in high regard for the film industry. A smidgin of The Force Awakens was filmed on Skellig Michael , and island off the coast here.
The Lobster was filmed almost entirely in Sneem.
Tahila Ladies Club
The Beekeeper's Club.
Making a point of what the people think about the last election and in particular the formation of a government.
The parade wouldn't be complete without the contribution of a few farm animals.
And that's it for another year. Sneem has given the start signal for the upcoming tourist season. Let's make it a good one, with great visitors, a decent amount of sunshine and the best hospitality.
* My mum fell last Sunday and collected herself a bruised cheekbone. We both got a bit of a shock (I more so than her), but as you can see in the pictures above, she was in good spirit on St Patrick's day. She's now back home in Belgium.