Cuala Mini-All-Ireland Parade
It was great to be asked by Cuala GAA - the best sports club in Ireland according to the Irish Times - to photograph their annual Mini-All-Ireland on 25 June last. The Mini-All-Ireland is the end of season tournament for their Academy players between five and eight years old. The day starts with a parade from the Sue Ryder Foundation through Dalkey's Castle street and finishes as the Club's grounds at Hyde Park. The shots in this post give a flavour of the parade and the the following two posts will focus on the players, and then the people at the event. All my shots from the day and previous Cuala events can be seen here.
It was great to have a fine day as everyone assembled in their teams and age groups at the start point.
Sponsors are vital for voluntary activities such as the GAA.
As are the Gardai to clear the traffic!
And a piper to lead the parade!
This why the streets have to be cleared!
Spectators old and young - but there's no escaping the political events of the week!
Moving pictures as well!
Parading on Castle Street
And here's the Castle!
Another of the Cuala Academy's sponsors.
Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD.
Heading down Hyde Road.
Of course I had to get Cork in somewhere . . . our day will come again . . . won't it . . . surely . . . please??
Brothers in Arms
Lining up in Hyde Park
Hammering in the flag poles.
Raising the flags.
Trophies for everyone!
I'm sticking with Cuala!
Playing the National Anthem - Amhrán na bFhiann.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amhr%C3%A1n_na_bhFiann
Check back over the next few days for parts 2 and 3 of this blog post - the players and the people.
Keywords: Co. Dublin, Cuala, Dalkey, Dublin, GAA, John Coveney Photography, Mini-All-Ireland, parade, www.johncoveney.ie
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