Moyne College Scoop major Prize for St.Patricks Day Parade
On Tuesday 5th March the Ballina St.Patricks Day Parade Adjudication Panel held their awards ceremony in the Ballina Arts Centre. The ceremony was attended by participants in the 2016 Ballina St. Patricks Day Parade. All of the winners of the various categories were announced on the night by MC on the night Matt Farrell. Participants waited anxiously to hear whether they were successful with their entry in the parade. The winners from the various categories were announced with the final award been the most prestigious, Overall Best Float Award, left to the very end of the night. The announcement was made that the winner of the Overall Best Float was bestowed upon the entry from Moyne College of Ballina. To say that the students and staff were delighted with the announcement would be an understatement.
The theme for this years float entry from Moyne College was centred on the 1916 Rising Commemorations. The float consisted of a 20ft long replica of the GPO mounted on wheels with students dressed as army personnel carrying their handcrafted guns from the woodwork department. Also accompanying the float was a large 10ft high hand written reproduction of the 1916 Proclamation made by the Art department. 16 students walked behind the float dressed as the Irish volunteers executed during the rising. A tremendous amount of effort went into the float from students and staff particularly 1st & 2nd Years from the Art & Woodwork departments.
The participants were presented with a plaque and the annual perpetual cup by Councillor Gerry Ginty, the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District & Johnny O’Malley, Chairperson Ballina St. Patricks Day Committee, who both commended the students on their hard work and efforts in their float for this year’s parade.
Plans are already afoot for the Moyne College entry in the 2017 Ballina St. Patricks Day Parade and no doubt it will be another masterpiece.