Help us create our first Achill Commemorative Calendar. What dates do you think have shaped Achill's story? Let us know here at Achill Oral Histories
8th January 1837
The “night of the big wind” or “Óiche na Gaoithe Móire”
Please let us know any dates in April which are significant to Achill's story.
12th July 2015
First Dooagh Day
29th July 2019
Reunion of people who lived in the Deserted Village and their families.
31st July 1948
Birthday of acclaimed artist René Böll whose paintings feature the cillini (unmarked graves) in Achill.
16th October 2018
First Achill Oral Histories interview conducted by oral historian Dr Angela Maye-Banbury (with Tom Johnston).
Please let us know any dates in February which are significant to Achill's story.
3rd May 2017
New sandy beach returns to Dooagh
12th May 1951
Four members of the 'Shark Island' film crew drowned near Daisy Rocks.
13th May 1895
Mulranny-Achill Sound stretch of railway opened.
1st August 1834
Edward and Eliza Nangle arrived in Achill
3rd August 1999
Seamus Heaney , poet & Nobel Prize winner, visits Achill during Scoil Acla
6th August 1985
Relaunch of Scoil Acla 75 years after it
was initially founded in 1910.
15th August 1910
Paul Henry, acclaimed artist, the 'Monet of Mayo, arrives in Achill,
28th August 1996
Temporary lifeboat 'Helen Turnball' was placed on service at lifeboat station Kildavnet.
22nd November 1995
Ratification of decision to establish lifeboat station in Kildavnet,
31 March 1874
Birthday of Eva O' Flaherty, the Galway born patron of the arts who was a founding member of Scoil Acla and St Colman's knitting industry, Dooagh.
7th June 1935
Birthday of John Twin Mc Namara, Achill cultural ambassador: Educator, Ceoltóir, Historian, Re-founder Scoil Acla
14th June 1894
Drownings Clew Bay claimed the lives of 32 Achill people on way to Glasgow.
16th June 1950
RAF.meteorological plane crashes on Croaghan Mountain resulting in 8 fatalities
21st June 1912
Birthday of Achill born celebrated aviator Nancy Corrigan.
4th September 1887
Michael Davitt opens Achill bridge
7th Septembe 1987
Oarsman Don Allum lands on Achill shores in Doogh after 10 week journey on Atlantic
16th September 1937
Ten young Achill tattiehokers tragically died in both fire in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow.
21st September 1852
Foundation stone laid for Bunnacurry Monastery
30th September 1937
Achill train line closed for goods and passengers
8th Dec 1943
Birthday of Achill born celebrated poet John F Deane
13th Dec 1969
British Oral History Society Founding Event
21st Dec 1917
Birthday of writer and Nobel prize winner Heinrich Böll
23rd Dec 1834
Edward Nangle opened first school in Achill (Slievemore)