Music on Achill Island, Ireland

achill pipeband

Achill Pipeband

Achill Pipe Band was founded in September 2007. The primary reason for the bands establishment was to compete in recognised Pipe Band competitions.

dooagh pipe band achill island

St. Patricks Pipe Band Achill Island

Dooagh Pipe Band was founded on 17th of March 1947 with a membership of 11.  Every year, without fail, the band has paraded on St. Patrick’s Day even through years when the toll of emigration was heavy in the 1950′s and 1960′s.

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Scoil Acla Achill Island

As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Irish language classes – Achill dialect (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Sean nós dancing, Traditional Irish Dancing,and the ever popular and well attended Creative Writing.  

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Des Cafferkey Musician

Originally from Achill Island, Des Cafferkey is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents of the tin whistle, flute and bagpipes in Ireland.