A traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration

achill-island-tourism-11St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on 17th March every year and is a national holiday in Ireland. More than that, it is an occasion celebrated by Irish people all over the world. But for traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day festivities there’s no place like Achill on the rugged west coast of Ireland.

achill-island-tourism-12In many villages on Achill there is a tradition of pipe bands, and on St. Patrick’s Day these colourful and compelling bands play a central role in celebrations. From a 6am reveille, the bands march for most of the day – surely one of the longest St Patrick’s Day parades anywhere. For visitors, a thoroughly enjoyable day can be had following the Achill pipe bands, pausing for refreshments of course and taking time to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Achill Island. In the evening, traditional and modern entertainment is offered in many of the local hotels and pubs.

More YouTube videos of St. Patrick’s Day on Achill Island:

Dookinella Pipe Band and school band arrive at Dookinella church, 2011

Keel Pipe Band arrives at Pollagh church, 2011

Pollagh Pipe Band arrives at Pollagh church, 2011