In 2021, there was no parade due to the circumstances in the world. However, the members of Dooagh Pipe Band on Achill Island played from their own houses all around the country and submitted their videos where members of the band put this video together.
This year with the crisis continuing in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day on Achill Island will be held as a virtual event.
Click on the following link to join the event on Wednesday.
Here is the agenda for the day.
Don’t forget to join us this coming Wednesday for our #virtualstpatricksday from Achill Island.
9:00 Happy St Patrick’s Day – A look at the customs and traditions of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Achill since 1882.
11:00 Live bi-lingual mass from The Church of the Assumption, Dookinella, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Dookinella Pipe Band memorial for deceased members.
14:00 Reeling in the Years – A look back and photos and videos from previous years.
18:00 Ceol Agus Caint. We will be chatting with Achill natives around the World by video link and talking about their memories of St. Patrick’s Day and what they are doing this year to mark the occasion. This will include members of Dooagh Pipe Band, Achill, Pollagh Pipe Band and Tonragee Pipe Band. Tommy Barron will be dropping into our studio to tell as about the history of the keel pipeband as they mark their 75th anniversary this year.
19:30 St. Patrick’s Day Sing Song with Gary Vesey Music
21:00 Live St. Patrick’s Night session with The Achill Lads
22:30 Benediction with Fr. Gerard Quirke Please join in at anytime during the day. All times GMT. You still have time to send your video greetings to us which we will feature during the day. Please share.
The pipes did sound on St. Patrick’s Day in Achill in 2020. Here’s my Dad, brother and niece playing at acceptable social distance levels to mark the day.
The strangest St. Patrick’s Day in living memory. It’s strange not to be following the bands to the churches and enjoying the craic.
Enjoy the day as best that you can and stay safe!
Joint Statement from the Pipe Bands of Achill
Following on from the outbreak of COVID-19 and the advice from Government, the pipe bands of Achill met last Tuesday and again today, Thursday (12th March) and have taken the difficult decision to cancel our traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The Pipe Bands have not taken this decision lightly, but in the interest of public health and safety, we feel it is a responsible and necessary one to make.
St. Patrick’s Pipe Band, Dooagh
Pollagh Pipe Band
Keel Pipe Band
Dookinella Pipe Band
Tonregee Pipe Band
New video of the band marching through Pollagh on St. Patrick’s Day.