Sights and sounds of St Patrick's Day in Cork and beyond

Cork City's annual St Patrick's Day parade was led by Grand Marshal and former World Champion race walker Rob Heffernan.

Sights and sounds of St Patrick's Day in Cork and beyond

Cork

Cork City's annual St Patrick's Day parade was led by Grand Marshal and former World Champion race walker Rob Heffernan.

This year's parade featured over 3,000 community participants including sporting groups, dance schools, local brass bands and marching bands from the US.

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Dublin

Elsewhere in the country, parades and celebrations are underway to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Crowds gathered early in the capital with the atmosphere buzzing from early morning.

The parade got underway at midday led by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and Grand Marshals Deirdre O'Kane and Jason Byrne.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are viewing the parade from the GPO Grandstand.

Galway

Meanwhile in Galway, Macnas drummers set the atmosphere and made way for the wild birds and pirates.

Picture: Hany Marzouk
Picture: Hany Marzouk

Picture: Hany Marzouk
Picture: Hany Marzouk

Picture: Hany Marzouk
Picture: Hany Marzouk

Limerick

More than 40,000 people celebrated on the streets of Limerick for the 'One Giant Leap' St Patrick's Day parade.

The parade was led by Grand Marshal Norah Patten who is in the running to become Ireland's first astronaut.

Margie Lenane, Limerick Filipino Community, taking part in Limericks Saint Patricks day parade. Picture: Sean Curtin/ True Media
Margie Lenane, Limerick Filipino Community, taking part in Limericks Saint Patricks day parade. Picture: Sean Curtin/ True Media

International

Around the world, countries have been taking part in the #GlobalGreening initiative.

From the US to England, Italy to Uganda, buildings, bridges and other iconic symbols have lit up green to celebrate Paddy's Day.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. attending the Greening ceremony at the Great Wall of China
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. attending the Greening ceremony at the Great Wall of China

Isola del Liri, Italy illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative. (Tourism Ireland Global Greening/PA)
Isola del Liri, Italy illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative. (Tourism Ireland Global Greening/PA)

The Eden Project in Cornwall (Alistair Heap/PA)
The Eden Project in Cornwall (Alistair Heap/PA)

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