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 (

Dooagh Pipe Band and Manchester’s’ Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band bands join forces to celebrate 150 years of Piping

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29th May 2022 on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

2022 is the 75th anniversary of Dooagh Pipe Band. As part of that event, Dooagh Pipe Band and Manchester’s’ award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band are joining forces to celebrate this years Home to Mayo Festival in May.
The two bands who are both celebrating their 75th anniversaries are to stage a special joint celebration during the afternoon event on Sunday 29 May as part of the week long Home to Mayo Tradfest which runs from Thursday 26 to Tuesday 31 May. The Tradfest will be touring Mayo and staging events in Attymass, Ballina, Castlebar, Cong, Ashford Castle, Achill Island and Westport.

More information can be found at the links below.

Mayo and Manchester bands celebrate 150 years of Irish piping | Connaught Telegraph (

Mayo and Manchester bands join forces to celebrate 150 years of Piping | mayo manchester tourism and business group

MayoManchester (@MayoManchester) / Twitter

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020 on Achill Island is cancelled

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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

2017 – 70/20 – Site Refresh

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If you visited the site in the last few weeks, the appearance hasn’t been as good as usual. From today, the site has a new theme in honour of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the band. Not to mention that the website has now been in existence for 20 years.

I think that the site is more attractive and easier to use. 

As usual, any comments or suggestions are welcome by email to