ST PATRICK may have banished snakes from Ireland but Adare is getting ready to invite one back on a one-day only basis as part of its celebrations on March 17.
And in another nod to fun, the Village Hall Committee is also organising a “Best Dressed Leprechaun” competition.
It is, says committee member Valerie Shine-O’Kelly, all about bringing a bit of community spirit back to the village on St Patrick’s Day. “St Patrick and his snake will “reappear” at the hall at 3pm,” Valerie explains. And the leprechauns will also be gathering there, ready to be judged by Richard from I Love Limerick and Lydia Turley, Miss Spin South West. “This is another first for Adare,” Valerie says, “and it is strongly rumoured that the winner will get a large pot of gold.”
To add to the sense of occasion and to ensure that St Patrick’s Day will be marked in good style, local musicians will play jigs and reels, there will be set dancing and displays of sean nos dancing and the CBS Pipe Band will also attend.
But Adare is also gearing up to lighten people’s lives and give them a reason to laugh when it hosts the A Joke for Limerick Competition on St Patrick’s night.
With just days now left, people young and old are being encouraged to submit their best joke for the competition to be in with a chance of being among the top 20. Jokes can be submitted online to www.limericklaughs.com or get your entry form from any committee member or in local shops. Entry is just €5 and funds raised will go towards providing respite care for special needs children and the upkeep of the hall.
The top 20 will get to tell their joke to an audience at the grand finale and entertainment will include local comedy acts, comedian and storyteller Sonny Egan and musicians from the North Kerry Rambling House. Tickets cost €10.