Prayers and parade mark St Patrick's Day in Derby

Prayers and parade mark St Patrick's Day in Derby

DERBY’S Irish community was delighted to come back together this month to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in person.

Parade day began on March 13 with the annual Mass of St Patrick.

A special Mass was held to mark St Patrick's Day ahead of the parade

It was celebrated 'as gaeilge' by the popular Kerry-born priest Father Tim O’Sullivan, of the Nottingham diocese.

This was enhanced by the singing of the Seán O'Riada liturgy by the legendary Irish singer Seán O' Sé, who flew over from Kerry for the weekend.

Seán O'Sé singing the Seán O' Riada Mass as part of Derby's St.Patrick's Festival (PICS: Gerry Molumby)

Guest of honour was Raymond Mullen representing the Government of Ireland from the Irish Embassy in London.

Raymond Mullen from the Irish Embassy in London walks alongside the Ukrainian flag during the parade

The congregation, led by the Birmingham Irish Pipe Band, then paraded to the Irish Centre for an afternoon of music song and dance.