It seems that anyone with a lorry, truck, car, motor bike, bicycle, quad-bike….. takes part in the Bunbeg procession. It was amazing! Just decorate your vehicle with shamrocks, flags and balloons, and you’re in!
I think I was expecting it to be rather like our Beltane parade in June, where there are masses of floats each with a theme, perhaps something locally, nationally or internationally topical. Oh, there were a few –
A local issue was the Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, campaign against a proposed new Irish tax on Septic tanks – very unfair to rural communities. Mrs Brown’s Boys featured on a couple of floats, and the local Flower shop/garden centre produced a pretty nice mobile garden.
…. and US! I don’t know if anyone in our group knew we were actually to take part in the procession, but we had been asked to take blue and white saltire flags, and kilts, so I suppose we should have known! Stewart was very popular for photos as he wore his kilt proudly. However we all joined in, some of us wearing some tartan, and waved our flags as we brought up the rear of the marchers. It was good fun, and afterwards we repaired to the pub for some more great music sessions! Again the youngsters were there, including young
Cathal – what a player!
He’s going places I am quite sure! This is the sort of sound they made.
Next morning we were up early for the journey back to Belfast and the ferry. It was sad to be leaving, we had all had such a good time, but we hope to see Noelene and some of the others in May when they come across to the college Celtic Festival.
Talk again soon.