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With Marty Barry as MC and Eamon Brennan for sound and great support by stewards the Parade went without a hitch. The weather confined many to their cars but there was still a good footfall and the walking groups showed great determination to give of their best.

There are some very good pictures on the school website showing the multicultural marchers


Oldest vehicles – Glynn’s Steam Engines


Walking Groups


Floats and vintage

Viewing platform and prize winners



Best Walking GroupBallon Karate Club
Most TopicalDonald and Melania
Best CommercialGordon Hegarty Agricultural
Best Community EffortBallon Childcare
Most AmusingStrump Construction
Oldest VehicleGlynn's Steam Engine
Best New EntryBallon NS Multicultural
Best IndividualPatricia Murphy
Best Overall Ballon National School
Best Sporting ClubBurren Rangers

With thanks to our sponsors

Michael McAssey

Cheetah Property Maintenance

Kavanagh’s Pub – Jimmy Nolan

Zerafa’s Centra Store

Jimmy’s Take Away

Nolan Tyres

Tom Donoghue for use of the trailer

NGS – Nolan’s Hardware

Michael Martin – Photography and web page

Eamon Brennan for music

Jimmy and Valerie O’Toole for Electricity supply

Ballon/Rathoe Bingo

Cheetah Property Management sponsored the throphies

Ballon Improvement provided the Insurance cover.