The vibrant community of Coppeen is all geared up to celebrate it's 47th St. Patrick's Day Parade this bank holiday weekend in West Cork

This year is our 47th St. Patrick's Day Parade. It began in 1972 when a group of local people decided to hold a parade and for a period of time, it was the only parade in County Cork outside of Cork city. 

To begin the weekend's festivities a Trad Session will be held in An Caipín Bar beginning at 9 o'clock with local musicians takin,g part.

On Sunday, March 17, Coppeen welcomes local girl Aisling O’Driscoll, 2018 Macra na Feirme Queen of The Land runner-up, to officially open the Coppeen St Patricks Day parade at 3pm.

The Parade includes over twenty-five floats representing our local organizations and community groups. Also included in the parade will be a fine display of vintage cars & tractors.

Staying with tradition for the occasion, after the parade, a feast of Irish music song and dance will be provided by Newcestown Comhaltas, Coppeen National School, and Castletown Set Dancers.

Children's entertainment includes a bouncy castle, various sideshows, road running races etc. Teas will be served in the bar function room which gives people a chance to catch up with neighbors and friends. Music in An Caipín Bar that night will round off the weekend's festivities. Coppeen St Patrick’s Day is one of the country’s longest running events of its kind, always attracting large crowds, with a great evenings entertainment to suit all ages.

There is also a vintage run which takes place prior to the parade and the vintage run registration is at 12pm at ‘An Caipín’ bar.

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St Patrick's Day kicks off in Coppeen, West Cork.Getty