Lockdown celebrations for Irish-born Fifers on St Patrick’s Day
Thousands of Fife residents born on the island of Ireland will celebrate another St Patrick's Day hampered by the coronavirus lockdown this week.
Charity Irish in Britain said the March 17 celebration, which will take place without much of the usual festivities, is still an opportunity for everyone to honour the values of kinship and community.
The organisation's analysis of 2011 census data shows there were 1,032 people in Fife who were born in the Republic of Ireland – and a further 2,233 from Northern Ireland.
This means people from the island of Ireland made up around nine in every 1,000 residents in the area at the last official count – below the Scotland average of 11.
Brian Dalton, chief executive of Irish in Britain, said: "This year’s celebrations have made us seek new ways to stay in touch and honour the values of kinship and community.
"To friends, colleagues and Irish people wherever they may be, “Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit."