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Posted in Mid-Ulster News by Ian Burrows on 18 October 2017 11:03 PM

Please note that the annual general meeting of the Mid-Ulster Section will be held on Wednesday, 25th October, 2017, commencing at 8.00 p.m., in the Royal Hotel, Coagh Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.

It is very important that all bands within the Mid-Ulster Section are represented at this meeting.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Dessie McLaughlin

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2017 3:33 PM

McDonald Memorial Pipe Band & McDonald Academy Pipe Band will be holding a fundraising Tractor Run on Saturday 21st October 2017.

It will commence at 12 noon from Magherally Church of Ireland, Kilmacrew Road, Banbridge, BT32 4EP.  The cost is £10 per tractor and £5 for each passenger which includes a burger and drink.

If you require any further information email or phone 077 18914024.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2017 3:31 PM

Readers of the News Letter's Tartan Talk column should note that it has been moved from Saturday to a Friday spot.

Bands / RSPBA NI Branch sections etc. wishing to have items included in the column in respect of fundraising, concerts, recruitment etc. should e-mail the correspondent Gilbert Cromie at

It is preferable that items are submitted at least a full week in advance and by the Wednesday to enable the column to be prepared and submitted to the News Letter on the Thursday morning for publication on the Friday.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 9 October 2017 2:24 PM

A Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 28th of October 2017 at 2pm

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 25th of November 2017 at 11 am. 

Both meetings will be held in Trinity Methodist Halls, Ballymacoss Ave, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 2GX.

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting.

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 20 September 2017 3:15 PM

Please note that the date of the next County Down Section meeting has been changed to the 18th of October at 8.00 pm in the Millbrook Lodge, Ballynahinch. 

This meeting will be the AGM.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 18 September 2017 12:25 PM

Attached are the results of the All Ireland Solos 2017.

Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ray Hall on 16 September 2017 8:22 PM

The Annual General Meeting of the County Fermanagh Section, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch will take place in the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen on Monday 18th September 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Section looks forward to a good turn out of band representatives to the meeting.  Refreshments will be served.

Ray Hall,

Co Fermanagh Secretary

Posted in School News by Admin on 15 September 2017 3:08 PM

It's Back to School time again at the NI Branch School. Our Saturday Centres will be back up and running again on Saturday 23rd September at 9.30am.

Please Note: The Enniskillen Centre has a new venue at The Bridge Centre, 16 East Bridge St, Enniskillen BT74 7BP.

New for 2017
Two 'Pop-Up' Centres. These centres will accommodate the first 2 levels of Piping, Snare Drumming, Bass/Tenor. These are ideal for anyone starting off on their educational journey with the School. The first is located in Broughshane House (70 Main Street, Broughshane, BT42 4JW) This will start on Saturday 23rd September at 9.30am. The second is located in Discover Ulster-Scots Centre (1-9 Victoria St, Belfast, BT1 3GA). This Centre will commence on Thursday 28th Sept at 7.00pm.

Term fees are £30 and also a reminder that our Household and Young Student Discounts will run again this year. Details below:

Household Discounted Fees
Multiple Students attending the School from the same household will be subject to the following Fees:
2 Students - £25 each
3 or more students - £20 each

Young Student Discounted Fees
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 6 or 7 or lower will be £25.
The fees for students attending the School who are in Primary 5 or lower will be £20.

We welcome students of all ages and abilities so why not give it a go.

Register Online
To register with the Branch School please Register/Sign in to the Branch website (, Go to the School Page (Green Button) then click on the Yellow Register with Branch School Link at the top. You can also register directly in the Centres on the first day of term.

If you already have an account on the system (Have competed as a Drum Major/Soloist or have attended the School previously) but can't access it please contact us at please do not register another account.