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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 July 2016 4:36 PM

The 65th Ulster Championships takes place in Antrim Castle Gardens. The Gardens provide an absolutely magnificent setting, recently benefitting from a £6 million restoration project.  There are a wide range of beautiful garden features within the grounds as well as the refurbished Clotworthy House, Garden Coffee Shop etc

There are two town centre car parks available with over 500 free car parking spaces, opposite the pedestrian entrance to Antrim Castle Gardens.  An overflow carpark has been organised at Junction One Outlet centre holding 2000 spaces.  Double Decker buses will then transfer folk and equipment to the competition venue, and will run throughout the day from 8.30am.  Once inside Junction One car park follow the white signs to ‘Coach Drop-off Point’. 

Parking for all those with a disabled badge, including disabled Motorhome users is available within the grounds as well as for band coaches. 

In May this year 10,000 people attended the Northern Ireland Garden Show at the same venue using the same facilities, this was a successful event that charged £7 per head.  Our event is free. 

We hope that this clarifies any concerns that may have arisen over the past few days regarding parking facilities.

Posted in School News by Admin on 20 July 2016 12:14 PM

The RSPBA NI Branch School seek expressions of interest for the post of School Principal.

Candidate Essential Criteria:

        1 Have good verbal and written communication skills.
        2 Experience of delivering a project to a budget.
        3 Competence in the use of software packages Microsoft Word & Excel.
        4 Experience in people management
        5 Willingness to participate in, and deliver, training.
        6 Availability for a small number of evening and weekend meetings.


Candidate Desirable Criteria:

        1 Have attained a high level (SCQF6/PDQB4) in current Pipe Band Discipline examinations or equivalent.
        2 Have experience of working in an educational environment.
        3 Have a track record of experience and success in the Pipe Band world.


The post is voluntary but reasonable expenses will be paid and equipment provided.
Anyone wishing to express an interest should contact Ian Burrows in the Branch Office on:
02892670445 or ian.burrows@rspbani.org by noon on Wednesday 27th July 2016.

The Selection Panel reserve the right to shortlist based on any of the essential or desirable criteria.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 July 2016 10:38 AM

Finvoy Pipe band have 2 seats left for their trip to the worlds.

The Itinerary is:- Depart Belfast on Friday 12 August on 07:30hrs Stena Superfast ferry to Cairnryan. Staying 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in the Premier Inn Charing Cross Glasgow. Sunday 14 August return home on 11.30hrs Stena Superfast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast.

Pickups enroute from Ballymoney to Belfast. For further details contact Paul Cameron on 07753405563.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 July 2016 6:31 AM

Drum Major dress time for the Ulster Championships is 10.30 am

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 July 2016 5:01 PM

Motor Homes cannot park in Antrim centre car parks due to height restrictions. Please use the park and ride facility from Junction One Outlet.


As previously posted there is no overnight parking allowed in Castle Gardens for motor homes but a few spaces are still available at the dedicated Lough Shore Caravan park (tel.02894464963). It is a leisurely 10 minute walk from Caravan Park to Antrim Castle Gardens along the river edge.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 July 2016 4:59 PM

Due to heavy rainfall last week no car parking is available in Castle Gardens, Antrim except for coaches and registered disabled parking . Limited free car parking is available in adjacent town centre car parks at Central Car Park and Castle Street Car Park, Castle Gardens being opposite across main road.


A park and ride facility is also available from Junction One Outlet, with a regular bus shuttle service all day to the Championships, this also gives the opportunity for some shopping.

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Ian Burrows on 17 July 2016 4:51 PM

Photos of the County Antrim Championships are available to view by clicking here

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Alistair McCleery on 17 July 2016 5:25 AM

On Behalf of the Co.Antrim  section I would like to thank everyone who came and supported us at the wonderful location of Glenarm Castle for our championships. We are aware that it is a difficult date for some, however we will continue to work  closely with Dalriada festival organisers for the continued improvement Of the championships.

Yesterday, an estimated 18000 people attended the festival, the majority  of those people do not belong to the pipe band 'family' so this is a wonderful way to let others see and hear what we do.

Thank you to all of the pipe bands, drum majors ,judges & spectators for your support.

Alistair McCleery