CO. MONAGHAN HAD A UNIQUE IMPACT ON LONDON’S FESTIVE PARADE

19 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THERE was a distinct Co. Monaghan impact upon this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in London,   as local Fine Gael Dail deputy and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, joined Clones native and boxing legend, Barry McGuigan, at the head of the colourful Thames-side city parade.

The parade, which took place last Sunday, concluded a four- day trade mission for Minister Humphreys,   in which she attended a wide range of events.

The Minister addressed the parade at end of her   four- day trade mission. She joined Grand Marshal Barry McGuigan,   as part of the government’s ‘Promote Ireland’ programme.

Incidentally, Minister Humphrey’s London trip was in advance of another unexpected Irish national representation at the St. Patrick’s parade in New York, where she was invited at short notice, to deputise for Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan, who had to return from Canada and was unable to travel to the U.S. city, owing to the death of his mother, Mrs Mai Flanagan, 93, at her home in Mountmellick, Co. Laois.

The London St Patrick’s Day parade and festival, which was being held for the 14th year,   and attracted more than 100,000 people, showcased the…

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