St Patrick’s Day 2011 – give us yer links

Photos from wherever tagged for the day on Flickr:

Some places you might get stuck in traffic or have some craic.

Twitter comment

RTE updates

And for those looking a hardcore traditional Irish experience, Belfast has a concert with Lemar and Stacey Solomon.

The All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling and Football finals on TG4

O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) v Clarinbridge (Galway) 2pm

St Brigid’s (Roscommon) v Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 3.45pm

BBC2 have the MacRory Cup – St. Colmans Newry v St. Patricks Academy Dungannon & then RBAI v Campbell College in the schools rugby

Adds: Loyalists will also enjoy the celebration of Ireland’s patron Saint but for their own reasoning. With one of their parades receiving it’s usual attention.

  • Quincey

    For reference… the largest parade in terms of active participants in Northern Ireland today is a ulster marching band parade in Killylea County Armagh. Starting at 7.30pm, over 40 bands (1600 minimum bands men and women) will take part. A similar parade will take place in Coleraine with over 30 bands. In terms of music and active parade participation (as opposed to just dandering along in a wig, or sitting on a paper mache snake on the back of a lorry) these events match any in the entire Island. And wheres the coverage you ask…………………….. so do we.

  • Mark McGregor

    Quincey,

    I’ve checked and even the organisers aren’t pretending those parades have anything to do with St Patrick and Irishness. Why on earth would I link loyalist band gatherings on a St Patrick’s blog?

    And why on earth do you think anyone is going to note yet another loyalist parade given it’s St Patricks Day?

  • Mick Fealty

    It’s what you asked for Mark!!

  • Mark McGregor

    Mick,

    If you think I’m going to claim those are St Patrick’s events when the organisers and Quincey don’t….

    They are Loyalist band parades staged on the 17th March.

  • Mick Fealty

    All you asked for links to the day… It’s on the day, and it was offered in response to your request… Just not sure of the grounds for your refusal…

  • Mark McGregor

    Mick,

    What link, he didn’t provide one? I searched for them and discovered it was just another loyalist band parade albeit a large one.

    If you want to label it a St Patrick’s event feel free to search out and add the link in the comments yourself. Its not like I’ll delete it.

  • Quincey

    Lol. Course they are St Patricks day events, its St Patricks day!!!!! lol

    Both events are deliberatly on this date because of the date! They change day of the week every year because the day of the week of St Patricks day changes!!! Not rocket science.

    They are St Patricks Day band parades because they are band parade held on St Patricks day, and deliberatly so!!!

    The Killylea one is now in its 6th year! They choose to hold it on St Patricks day!!

  • Quincey

    Still laughing to myself the pedantics of Marks response. lol

    The parades are on St Patricks Day and they are held because its St Patrick day. They are St Patricks Day parades under any definition!! And as i have said they rival the largest other parades and overshadow most in terms of scale.

  • Mick Fealty

    Links would be handy though Q!

  • Mark McGregor

    There you go. Links to Loyalist parades on the 17th now added.

  • Mark McGregor

    Quincey,

    Pity the reasoning for the date you wrote yourself is different:

    Cormeen Rising Sons of William chairman Mark Gibson explains that the bands original motivation for the parade came more out of necessity than anything else. “The band season is very busy, and when trying to find a date for our parade it was difficult to define one that didn’t clash with other bands locally”.

  • Bit of an obvious question but What flags will they be flying?

  • Quincey

    Mark, i wrote that piece so im well aware of it, thanks for highlighting it to others!! lol.

    Some other points people might find interesting (it was in the Newsletter last year). http://www.bandparades.co.uk/protestantism-and-st-patrick-a-green-and-orange-union/

    The parade is on St Patricks day and was deliberatly scheduled for St Patricks Day. Its held on that date every year irrespective of the day of the week. Its a St Patricks day parade!!! lol

    Your trying too hard Mark.

    Moochin, the bands will be wearing, carrying and playing what they normally do any other time. (a fair amount of bands carry the St Patricks Cross incidently)

    Its a band parade and its on St Patricks Day. Are we not allowed or something???? I dispute the label ‘Loyalist too. Its no more ‘Loyalist’ than some other events are Republican.

    Another ‘incidently’ for you. In the Sligo St Patricks Day parade there are 10 bands taking part today. All 10 are from Fermanagh and all 10 are ‘Loyalist’ under your definition – i.e. big bad prods.

  • Mark McGregor

    Quincey,

    lol, i know you wrote it lol thats why lol i’m lol pointing out lol what you wrote then lol is different lol from what you lol say now lol

    The article makes it clear the motivations are flakey and changeable.

  • Quincey

    Pity Northern Irish Nationalism wasnt as open as their Southern counterparts…

    Flute band strikes chord in the Republic
    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/local/flute_band_strikes_chord_in_republic_1_2443259

    The secret to a fair and equitable future in Ireland is accepting people for who and what they say they are. And their right to think it.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Don’t forget us deefers

    http://www.sportsnewsireland.com/rugby_irish/10828/

    Biffo’s alma mater getting badly beaten up.

  • Quincey

    Mark, its on St Patricks Day BECAUSE its St Patricks Day!!! Its a St Patricks Day parade!!!! lol.

    Just because they dont have green beer, a big banner proclaiming what a great fella Patrick was, guys in lepracaun suits and the aforementined paper mache floats, doesnt make those facts not true!!

    They could have had it last Tuesday, next Thursday, the following Monday. They dont. They are having it on St Patricks Day!!!

    I would have thought you would welcome that! lol

    What this highlights (apart from the obvious issues) are the fundamental misunderstandings between our two communities on hte nature of parades. Yous guys just dont get it! lol

  • Mark McGregor

    Easy win for Clarinbridge over O’Loughlin Gaels.

    Lets hope for a better match in the football. In this case being a fan of the underdog I’m hoping Rangers lose 😉

  • Zachariah Tiffins Foot

    And I thought that the Downpatrick thread was surreal at times! A parade on Saint Patrick’s Day is not a parade on Saint Patrick’s Day because……………

    Well done Quincey for (accidentally?) smoking out a tasty bit of bigotry.

  • Mark McGregor

    There you go, another link to this Loyalist 17th March event

  • Quincey

    Thanks for the link Mark. You can see my own wee outfite here 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUUYB7rgGls

    On a general note… because you dont understand, appreciate or even except the validity or musicality of a cultural practise, does not negate the fact it still is a cultural and muscial practise. And in realtion to the band scene in Northern Ireland, it happens to be one with twice as many bands as GAA clubs, over 24000 active musicians and is administered totally on a voluntary basis.

    Had the talk at length with a prominent GAA rep recently. The answer to all our problems is simply acceptance for what we are. Stop trying to interprete or change, just accept. Anecdotal references to bands, parades, GAA, and every other element of this society are just that. Anecdotal. They dont represent the true picture, and some people try too hard to make them.

  • joeCanuck

    Things have never been the same here since that bloody welshman came over .

  • Chris Donnelly

    Pity Northern Irish Nationalism wasnt as open as their Southern counterparts…

    Flute band strikes chord in the Republic
    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/local/flute_band_strikes_chord_in_republic_1_2443259

    The secret to a fair and equitable future in Ireland is accepting people for who and what they say they are. And their right to think it.

    Quincey
    You must be careful to avoid indulging in too much self pity here.
    I think it’s great loyalist bands were invited to play in Sligo and also that some wished to hold parades on St Patrick’s Day.

    But your jibe at ‘northern Irish’ nationalism is a bit much to stomach.

    As you point out, accepting people for what they are is important, and on this day it is apparent that many unionists continue to find difficulty accepting Irish nationalists for what they are, wishing instead to continue resisting the legitimacy of the Irish nationalist tradition in the north of Ireland- a tradition as valid as your own unionist one.

    btw Hope you enjoyed the day.

  • John Ó Néill

    Went to the Lá ‘le Pádraig parade in Gorey (Wexford, don’t you know).

    *uummmm*

    Nothing to report.

    Mark – on the plus side – the whole gig kind of began 250 years ago (this year) in New York among Irish-Americans trying to preserve their Irish heritage. I wouldn’t get too put out – there’s something Freudian in that for loyalism to think about, maybe?

  • Alf

    Anybody got any links to the St Patrick’s day footballers and their families beating the shite out of each other?

  • Chris Donnelly

    Alf
    Looks like sore losers after my alma mater claimed a double in football of two codes during the day.