Seán Mathews Irish Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter
Something special happened in Drogheda on St Patricks Day this year. Drogheda Festivals Committee organised a St Patricks Day parade that resurrected the experience people had when they went to the Parade years ago. During the Drogheda Fleadh in 2018 I got to talk to a well known Sean-nós singer from Wexford who said "My God didn't Drogheda hide West Street well. It is by far the finest promenade I have ever seen and I have been at every Fleadh since 1956". Did they hide it again? No they didn't! West Street shone again thanks to the Drogheda Festivals committee.
With every committee in every area in the world there is always a time for turnover, renewal and for new ideas. And for every committee there is always a time when things are really ticking over nicely, like how St Nicholas GAA club took on innovative fund raising during the pandemic. St Patricks Day was a signal from a group of people showing they are ready to dedicate themselves to enriching their hometown. I've said it in many blog posts before, no matter where you are - Culture is your greatest currency.
I was honoured that "Days of our Prime" from my debut Album, "Dreaming is Allowed" featured on the highlights video for the parade. You can see the video from the link below: