Cllr. Noel O C onnor, Chairman of the Committee, spoke to the press after the Parade and said,”A crowd of nearly 15000, yes fifteen thousand people, lined the streets of Mallow to see this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. It was a nice bright Spring day which enhanced the amount of conviviality that engulfed Mallow on the day. There was a great sense of community spirit with people from the neighbouring parishes, joining their Mallow town neighbours, in strolling about the town with their families and friends. It has been a tough winter and this was an occasion to put the blues of the winter and the blues of the country’s economic difficiculties, to one side ,and, to meet friends and neighbours on the streets of M number of allow. We often talk about giving the streets of our town back to the people of Mallow and of North Cork. Well, that is exactly what happened on this St. Patrick’s Day in Mallow.”
Continuing Cllr. O Connor stated ” There was a bigger entrants in this year’s parade than ever before. Many of the participating groups took up the theme of this year’s Parade, which was, Sport and Healthy Living—Mallow 2011, especially the schools, whose young students reflected on healthy eating habits, and physical exercise, in their floats and presentations. Mayor Willie O Regan and Grand Marshall Stephen Murphy reviewed the Parade from the Reviewing Platform along with many other dignatories, including the national and local politicians from the area.”
“The following are the winners of the differing categories in the parade. However every one who participated was , in reality , a winner.
Community and Voluntary 1. Mallow Scouts 2.Hope Friendship and Peace Movement/Hannon Equestrian Centre Group 3.Mallow River Search and Rescue Unit. Education 1.St. Patrick’s Boys National School 2.Mallow No. 1 National School 3. Davis College Transition year Students–Missing People Project Industrial and Commercial 1. Barry Group Costcutters 2. Nagle Fireplaces 3. Kelleher’s Electrical/’Expert’ Sport and Leisure 1. Killuvullen Vintage Tractors 2. Mallow Acro-Gymnastics 3. Dorada School of Dance