Congratulations to Margaret Jones, Alison Connors and all the staff at Youghal Pharmacy on winning the 1st prize in the Sona St Patrick’s Day Window Display competition for 2013.
Youghal Pharmacy was asked to enter the Sona St Patrick’s Day Window Display competition for 2013. And so, Margaret Jones went to work on our very large window, which is in prime position at the start of the one-way traffic system here in Youghal and across the road from the main bus stop. Margaret worked her usual magic with the Sona display material and her own unique flair, and the result was stunning!
Youghal Pharmacy are used to receiving compliments about our windows but this time there were more than ever, especially from passers -by either walking or in their cars who were charmed with the lovely bright colours and celebration of our national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day .Youghal Pharmacy are used to receiving compliments about our windows but this time there were more than ever, especially from passers -by either walking or in their cars who were charmed with the lovely bright colours and celebration of our national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. Youghal Pharmacy are used to receiving compliments about our windows but this time there were more than ever, especially from passers -by either walking or in their cars who were charmed with the lovely bright colours and celebration of our national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. Sona have a vast range of vitamins and supplements and are very popular in Youghal Pharmacy and nationwide.
THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2013 in Youghal was a very colourful affair with lots of clubs, local organisations and businesses in the town and surrounding area participating in the the annual event. This year’s parade was organised by the Youghal4All group in association with the Youghal Pipe Band. Thanks to Kieran McCarthy and Michael O’Connell who broadcast the event live on the internet. This was the 6th year that Youghalonline broadcast the parade live to the wider community and to those far away from home. There were prizes for best floats, banners and marching groups. Click on the HD video below to see the whole parade as it passed through North Main Street with the famous Clock Gate Tower in the background, appropriately covered in Green netting while it is being to refurbished. We hope everyone had a wonderful day, especially to our overseas viewers we hope that the video reminds you of home. HAPPY ST. PATRICKS’ DAY!
The parade video is 21 mins in length. If you would like to watch it in HD click on the cog wheel which appears on the timeline ( after you press the play button) to adjust the settings.
ST. RAPHAEL’S CENTRE YOUGHAL held their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade a couple of days early this year (Thursday 14th March 2013). The colourful cast of characters in fancy dress costumes paraded around the grounds of the complex led by St. Patrick himself and piper Christy McCarthy from the Youghal Pipe Band along with players from the St. Raphael’s Art & Drama group.
Bonfire Night is an annual celebration held on the 23rd June (St. John’s Eve). The celebrations take place in towns and villages across the country and centered around the summer solstice.
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The custom dates back to pagan times. Bonfire Night was always celebrated in Youghal with bonfires in different parts of the town but these customs and traditions are largely ignored nowadays. The embers of this long tradition have become a burning or more accurately a non-burning issue. The photograph shows everybody enjoying the annual spectacle of the bonfire in the plot Sarsfield Terrace back in 1983.
St John’s Eve (or Oiche Fheile Eoin (Bonfire Night) is celebrated in many parts of rural Ireland with the lighting of bonfires. This ancient custom has its roots in pre-Christian Irish society when the Celts honored the Goddess Áine, the Celtic equivalent of Venus and Aphrodite. She was the Goddess Queen of Munster and Christianised rituals in her honour (as Naomh Áine) took place until the nineteenth century on Knockainy, (Cnoc Áine – the Hill of Áine) in County Limerick.
During the festival, people would say prayers, asking for God’s blessing upon their crops. They would also take ashes from the fire, and spread them over their land as a blessing for protection for their crops. It was also common to have music, singing, dancing, and games during the festival. The fire was used for destroying small objects of piety (rosary beads, statues, etc.) without disrespecting God. It was also common for people to jump through the flames of the bonfire for good luck.
In Thomas Flanagan’s The Year of the French, the ancient festival of St John’s Eve takes place. The book is set during the Irish rebellion of 1798. Here is an excerpt from The Year of the French:
Soon it would be Saint John’s Eve. Wood for the bonfire had already been piled high upon Steeple HIll, and when the night came there would be bonfires on every hill from there to Downpatrick Head. There would be dancing and games in the open air, and young men would try their bravery leaping through the flames. There would even be young girls leaping through, for it was helpful in the search of a husband to leap through a Saint John’s Eve fire, the fires of midsummer. The sun was at its highest then, and the fires spoke to it, calling it down upon the crops. It was the turning point of the year, and the air was vibrant with spirits. –The Year of the French
Some regions of Ireland follow a custom seemingly inspired by the activity from which this saint takes his title, Baptist (more accurately, Baptizer). They head to the ocean and immerse themselves in its waters. In this, they imitate the original form of baptism practiced by St John, as well as by the early Christians.