On the rugged Achill Island St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated on Sunday 17th March.
The island’s traditional pipe bands take a central role in this celebration by marching from village to village since 1882.
Here is the scheduled timetable :
8.00am, Dooagh Pipe Band starts at Molly’s, Keel West.
8.00am, Keel Pipe Band starts at Minaun View Bar, Keel.
8.30am, Pollagh Pipe Band starts at Dooagh NS, Dooagh.
8.45am, Dookinella Pipe Band starts at Achill Head Hotel, Pollagh.
9.00am, Afreann Gaeilge (Mass in Irish) at St. Patrick’s Church, Pollagh.
10 am, All bands play at St. Patrick’s Church, Pollagh.
10.30am, March from Pollagh to Dookinella.
12noon, Mass at Dookinella Church.
1 pm, Bands play first individually and then collectively at Dookinella church commencing the march back to their villages afterwards.
Visitors will enjoy a special day out following the Achill pipe bands, pausing for refreshments of course and taking time to spot the spectacular scenery of Achill Island. In the evening pubs and restaurants will offer live music.
An ordinary St Patrick’s Day Parade with bands, floats and groups will take place at Achill Sound.