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Posted in Mid-Ulster News by Ian Burrows on 28 May 2017 2:04 PM

Please note that overnight parking for motor homes is not available in the grounds of Cookstown High School for the Mid Ulster Championships being held on Saturday, 3rd June, 2017. 

Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ian Burrows on 28 May 2017 11:08 AM

The President, Chairman and members of the Fermanagh Section RSPBANI would like to thank all the Officials, Bands, Drum Majors, supporters and public who came along yesterday in Enniskillen to the Fermanagh Championship. The weather was very unkind after the marvellous spell of wonderful weather we have all been enjoying, (the sun is shining once more again this morning) but despite yesterday’s weather conditions all of the bands performed superbly.

The March Past was excellent with the bands entering the arena quickly one after the other, we are indebted to our centre bands for performing their duties splendidly. A special thanks to RSPBA Director Arlene Graham and the Branch Stewards who coordinated the finale marvellously, to Danielle for helping out the Section, acting as Trophy Officer and Brian who came along to take photographs and record the prize giving.

Thank you also to our Chieftain, William Elliott who has been a lifelong supporter of pipe bands and who for many years has enabled our Fermanagh Championship to go ahead through his generous sponsorship and also his wife Kathleen who handed out the prizes.

The Fermanagh Section looks forward to next year's contest and perhaps a change of fortune with the weather.

Ray Hall


Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 May 2017 5:25 PM

The draw for the Mid Ulster Championships is now online and can be accessed here

Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ian Burrows on 25 May 2017 4:55 PM


While there are spaces for a large number of cars to park within the grounds of the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen for Saturday's forthcoming contest, it is expected that these spaces within the will fill up early, some spaces in the grounds have been reserved for disabled users.  The Fermanagh Section and the Council have however once again been able to secure the Wellington Road Car Park as the main free Contest venue car and bus park.  This is situated beside Enniskillen Castle and directly opposite the normal contest venue.   This car park will be open from early Saturday morning.  There is also free car parking available in the area in front of the Royal British Legion.  There ae a number of other car parks close to the venue,

The Section has also arranged free alternate parking for Motor Homes and overspill cars in Stuart's Car Park on Sligo Road, Enniskillen.  This is a five-minute stroll from the contest venue and there will be a shuttle bus available from 1130 back and forwards.  No motor homes are allowed into the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum grounds overnight and they should not be parked in the Wellington Road Car Park overnight either.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 24 May 2017 5:18 PM

The Tartan Talk column which ran for decades in the News Letter resumed on Saturday 20th May 2017 and during the RSPBANI Branch season, there will also be a Monday column featuring the results/pictures from the previous week.

Tartan Talk is for all of the pipe band community so if your band is celebrating a significant event, honouring a member, organising a parade or fundraiser or if you would like to share a photograph or memory from the past please contact  Gilbert Cromie on 028 90448028, 07492740378 or e-mail

Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ian Burrows on 23 May 2017 3:23 PM

The dress time for Drum Majors for the County Fermanagh Championships is 11.00 am.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 May 2017 8:38 PM

Congratulations to all our prize winners at the British Pipe Band and Drum Championships in Paisley today.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 17 May 2017 5:23 PM

The inaugural Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music takes place on the 31st of July to the 4th of August, 2017, in venues around the Cathedral Quarter. Bagpipes and Bagpipe Snare Drumming are included in the programme, the invited tutors are Allan McDonald and Steven McWhirter who will be hosting masterclasses and performances.

To sign up for the masterclasses and for further information please visit the Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music website which can be accessed by clicking here.

Please note that classes are limited to 10 pupils per class.