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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 28 July 2017 2:48 PM

Mark Wilson be back on BBC Radio Ulster this Sunday (30th July 2017) at 6:30 pm with a new series of Pipes & Drums.

On the show, Mark will be playing recordings from Mannorcunningham, St. Laurence O' Toole and Field Marshal Montgomery pipe bands as well as tracks from Fred Morrison and Chris Armstrong amongst others.

Kick off your build up to the World Pipe Band Championships with some of the best bands and pipers on the planet!

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 July 2017 5:49 PM

The draw for the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Championships is now online and can be accessed by clicking here.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 19 July 2017 5:38 PM

Drum Major Dress time for the Ulster Championships is 11.30

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 19 July 2017 2:27 PM

The 66th Ulster Championships takes place at 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 car park has been organised at The Junction 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 The Junction Outlet 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. 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 16 July 2017 11:55 PM

The draw for the Ulster Championships is now online and can be accessed by clicking here.

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Alistair McCleery on 16 July 2017 9:44 PM
  • On behalf of the County Antrim Section we hope that everyone enjoyed the Festival & Pipe Band Championships yesterday in the lovely setting once again in Glenarm Castle . The weather started of cool and windy in the morning and got slightly better as the day progressed, but as the finale got closer the weather turned for the worst and we had to make some late changes. Unfortunately we had to cancel our new event for the senior Drum majors of Tossing the mace over the high bar ,but weather conditions hindered this great event 
  • The section would like to take this opportunity and thank our sponsors for this event All Things Tartan & The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey.We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way who made these championships successful along side the Dalradia Festival .
  • The section would like to thank all bands ,drum majors,Stewart's,judges,caterers,i personally could not thank the bands and drum majors and judges enough for their support ,and a special thanks to Paula for her help ,a big thanks also to the main man on the day our compere Gary Wilson 👌👌👌👌👍👍👍👍
  • We once again wish all bands,drum majors all the best for the rest of the season and that they bring silverware back from the remaining Major Championships


Alistair McCleery 

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Ian Burrows on 15 July 2017 8:51 PM

Please see attached results from today's Co.Antrim Championships at the Dalriada Festival in Glenarm.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 9 July 2017 9:12 PM

At the recent, All Ireland Championships folding chairs were provided free of charge to those attending the Championships so they could relax, choose where to take their position and spectate around the park.  The provision of these folding chairs proved very popular, particularly for those supporters who find standing all day difficult.  On collection however and after a very comprehensive search, the hire company discovered that a number of these chairs were missing and the Branch had no option but to pay the full replacement costs of those missing chairs

It is very disappointing to have to report that a number of the chairs were not returned,  perhaps not enough information was given out that it was expected that the chairs be given back.  If this popular facility is going to continue however it is essential that no further losses are incurred.