Ready for St. Patrick’s Day 2023!

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Hey there, you lucky leprechauns! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, the best day of the year for anyone who loves Ireland and all things green.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place throughout lower Achill on March 17th, 2023. The parade will be starting bright and early at 8:00 am from Molly’s (link is to the map location) in Keel West and will proceed through Dooagh village to Pollagh Church, where the band will play before and after mass at 9:00 am. The band will join the other bands and march through Keel and then onto Dookinella Church for midday mass. The band will play before and after mass with the other pipe bands from lower Achill. The band will then march back through Pollagh, Dooagh and Keel West and parade through the whole village, where we will perform some of our favourite tunes. The band will stop off at the pubs along the way back to Molly’s where the parade will end sometime around 5pm (17:00). We invite you all to join us in celebrating with music, dance and craic.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. If you want to join us in celebrating our Irish heritage and culture with our famous bagpipe tunes.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations highlight the exodus from rural Ireland (

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A related article to the one posted in the Mayo News with some new photos of the day. The Irish Times looks at other stories of the exodus of young people and the return for St. Patrick’s Day. Link to the article is below the image.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations highlight the exodus from rural Ireland (

No place like home for returning piper – Mayo News

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Good article in the Mayo News about returning to Ireland to play in the band.

“No matter where you are in the world on Paddy’s Day, your mind is at home. If you can’t be home, you’re picturing the band rehearsing, the day itself. The pride in the band is huge,” he said.

No place like home for returning piper (

75th Anniversary Fundraiser


Fundraiser by Tomás Ó Gallóglaigh : Dooagh Pipe Band 75th Anniversary (

In 2022, St. Patrick’s Pipe Band, Dooagh, Achill will celebrate 75 years in existence. To celebrate this significant milestone, the pipe band have established a steering committee to organise a number of events and to put in place some lasting memorials. 

Each year the pipe band relies on the generosity of people in Achill on St. Patrick’s Day to meet the significant cost of running the pipe band and we are eternally grateful for that.

We know the disappointment that many have felt over the past two St. Patrick’s Days and that is why we are determined to make 2022 a real celebration of history, music, culture and pride our unique traditions. 

We hope that you can give whatever you can in order to make St. Patrick’s Day 2022 a memorable one for all.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.