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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.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 9 July 2017 7:59 PM

There is no overnight parking allowed in Castle Gardens for motor homes at the Ulster Pipe Band Championships. Parking is 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 5 July 2017 6:22 PM

Drum Major Dress time for the County Antrim Championships at Glenarm is noon.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 5 July 2017 4:11 PM

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

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 3 July 2017 3:13 PM

Lisnamulligan Pipe Band have seats available on their Coach for the Scottish Championships in Dumbarton on the 29th of July. 

Outward journey: Leaving 4 pm Friday, 28th July staying at the  Erskine Bridge Hotel, breakfast included. Return journey: Sailing, 11 pm on Saturday 29th July.

The cost is  £100.00, if interested please contact Ally Kerr or any member of the band.

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 30 June 2017 9:41 PM

The RSPBANI Branch County Down Section recently held a prize draw for a set of Peter Henderson Bagpipes which were kindly donated by R.G. Hardie and Company, Glasgow. The draw raised £1000.00 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

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Lorraine Ronaldson (President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Co. Down Section) and the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Alderman Gareth Wilson (Chieftain of the Day) pictured presenting a cheque for £1000 to Diane Cherry (NI Children’s Hospice) at the Craigavon & District Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships in Lurgan Park on Saturday 17th June 2017.  The money was raised in a prize draw for a set of bagpipes and looking on is Richard Parkes MBE (Pipe Major of Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) with the set of bagpipes which were donated for the prize draw by R.G. Hardie & Co from Glasgow.  Photo by John Kelly.

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Alastair Dunn, (Managing Director of R.G. Hardie Bagpipes) presents the pipes to the winner of the prize draw, Robert Smith from Ayrshire.