Rain and storms fail to dampen the spirits of those attending Saint Patrick's Day parades around the country.
Torrential rain, snow-showers and icy winds lead to the cancellation of a number St Patrick’s Day parades and sporting fixtures.
In Dublin fewer people attended the St Patrick's day Industrial Parade organised by the National Agricultural and Industrial Development Association (NAIDA). The parade was reviewed by the Minister for Justice Charles Haughey at the General Post Office (GPO). More than 80 firms sponsoring 100 floats took part in the parade which was lead by a military colour party and boy scout units.
In Limerick, rain did not deter thousands of people from lining the streets to watch the city’s biggest parade to date. The event featured six bands and more than 100 imaginative floats.
Drogheda held a large St Patrick's Day parade headed by a colour party of An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil (FCÁ), the Reserve Defence Forces. Also taking part were the Drogheda Brass and Reed Band, the Red Cross, Lourdes Boys' Band, Catholic Boy Scouts, Knights of Malta and the Civil Defence.
The parade in Galway was reviewed by the Minister for Defence Gerald Bartley. Those taking part in the parade included Army mechanised units and infantry, Civil Defence, fire brigade, Order of Malta, Red Cross and school children.
In Athlone the planned parade was curtailed because of bad weather. The only units taking part were the FCÁ and Army bands who paraded through the town to the local church.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 March 1964. The footage shown here is mute.