Kerry's cheerleading troupe, who plan to compete in Florida this year, put on quite a display this St. Patrick's Day.

The Killarney Scorchers Cheerleaders are the first Irish troupe to have been invited to compete at the Summit, in Florida. They're currently training hard, seekng sponsorship and crowdfunding to make sure the Kerry team makes it to the US!

You can read more about the below, but first a history lesson...

Who the patron saint of Ireland - Saint Patrick

Patrick was a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. It is believed that he was born England in the fourth century, into a wealthy family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church.

At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave Ireland and legend has it that he spent six years working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God".

God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Legend also says that he drove "snakes" out of Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people attending mass – wearing the shamrock (a small 3-leaved plant that was used by St Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish); people attend parades around Ireland and the world and wear green clothing and accessories.

The Theme for the Killarney St Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 was “Killarney You’re Looking Good”.   This was a particularly suitable theme for the parade as Killarney always looks well! It is famous around the world for its National Park, The Lakes and Mountains as well as the wonderful buildings – The Cathedral, Muckross House, Killarney streetscapes.

Killarney Scorchers in front of Muckross House

Killarney Scorchers in front of Muckross House

The quest for sponsorship continues

Killarney Scorchers’ journey in search of sponsorship and funds continues
Sponsors are invited to make contact with Barry or Brian our Sponsorship Co-ordinators by emailing scorchers.sponsorship@gmail.com if anyone wishes to assist our Summit Team to compete in Florida.

Killarney Scorchers have also set up our crowdfunding page for anyone who wishes to give the team a donation to help them on their way to the USA. 

If you think you can help the Killarney Scorchers All-Stars email Margaret Dineen, their Fundraising Co-ordinator at margaretdin@gmail.com. For more information visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

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Killarney St Patricks Day Parade 2018