2006 Parade Photos
BOB THE BUILDER
MC - CIARAN McCARTHY
JUDGES FOR 2006
KEITH SHANLEY (KFM RADIO)
DR. ANDREW RYNNE
SUZANNE WALSHE (PURE BEAUTY AND RTE AFTERNOON SHOW)
BERNA LEE (A NATIVE OF CLANE) RECITED THE FOLLOWING POEM WHICH SHE WROTE HERSELF ABOUT CLANE.
THE ROWAN TREE
They call it now the Rowan Tree
A toy shop where our parlour used to be.
It’s neighours are no longer those
Who shared the village and the life we knew.
Coming home from school in winter’s gloom
To tea in a warm-fired kitchen,
Or lunchtimes, listening to “Mrs. Dale’s Diary”
On the wireless on the press in the corner.
Sitting round the fire at night,
Women knitting and chatting;
The clicking of the needles ceased
When it was time for tea and sandwiches.
Children old enough to stay up late
Waited for the grownups to finish
Before diving for leftover treats.
Waking up some nights
To the sound of bogmen’s turf carts,
Their wheels cluck-cluck, cluck-clucking
Through the village on their way to Dublin.
When they were gone,
There was the reassuring, slow tick-tock
Of the old clock in the kitchen below.
Nothing since has matched that for comfort and security.
Mam was there at the heart of it.
Eight of us lived in that small village house
For a few brief years, but when I was a child
It seemed it would last forever.
The family is scattered now,
We’ve gone our separate ways.
But last time I was in Clane
I bought a trinket in the Rowan Tree -
An excuse to be once more
In the place where once our parlour used to be.