In the eighteen years of the National Children's Day Parade, orgnanisers described the 1980 event as the biggest to date.

Thousands of parents and children lined the streets of Dublin to cheer on the bands, majorettes, dancers, scouts, and eighty five floats taking part in the parade. The route took the young participants from St Stephen's Green along O'Connell Street before finishing at Parnell Square. 

Pride of place went to National Children's Day Princess Caroline O'Connor from Tullamore, county Offaly. The Lord Mayor William Cummiskey and the founder of National Children's Day Tony Barry were among the special guests enjoying the occasion.

The main attraction was the Viking longboat 'The Raven' which had travelled from the Isle of Man to take part.       

An RTÉ News report broadcast 8 June 1980. The reporter is Kate Smith.