Moyle District Council Chairperson, Cara McShane, said that Saturday’s parade of juvenile hurlers, soccer and camogs was a fantastic spectacle.
In a statment to the Times, Cllr McShane explained that with a little more work next year, the Council should lead the organisation of a St Patrick’s Day parade in the main District town, which coincides with the period in which Moyle Council will cease to exist.
The event on Saturday was organised by members of the Revitalise Group in conjunction with McQuillan’s GAA and Ballycastle United Football Club. The Revitalise Steering Group was set up to help administer Department of Social Development funding to regenerate the historic streetscape of Castle Street and Clare Street in Ballycastle.
The event on Saturday was aimed at bringing people into the town and to showcase the beauty of the area since the streetscape works are almost at completion stage.
Cllr Cara McShane said: “On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of young people from sporting clubs in Ballycastle, The Glens and Loughgiel descended at the top of Castle Street to parade down through the town in their respective club colours. The teams then proceeded into the Quay Road sports complex to participate in mini sporting tournaments.
“This event was aimed at bringing people into Ballycastle on St Patrick’s weekend. It created a real buzz in the town on Saturday afternoon. I would like to pay tribute to the local GAA and soccer clubs who worked hard to ensure this event ran smoothly.
“I will now be pushing for our Council to build on the successes of this weekend, and work towards a larger St Patrick’s Day festival in 2015 which will dovetail with the end of Moyle Council’s existence on 31st March next year. There is now a growing interest through social media for people in this area to pull together and help deliver such an event next year. This could be a huge occasion involving sports clubs; voluntary organisations; schools; businesses; scouts; the Comhaltas and local dancing schools which celebrates the Patron Saint of Ireland, while also creating it as an event to mark the end of an era with the ending of Moyle Council.”