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Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 9 July 2014 7:54 PM

Note from Augharan re Worlds

Augharan Pipe Band have seats available on their coach and accommodation for 3 nights Bed & Premium Breakfast for the Worlds Scotland, departing on the Thursday 14th August 2014 Morning sailing and returning on the Sunday 17th August 2014 lunchtime sailing cost £230 per person, for further information Contact Secretary via e-mail a.brown149@btinternet.com or Mobile: 07989536545 or Chairperson on Mobile: 07802520018.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 9 July 2014 6:07 PM

The results of the 2014 All Ireland are attached. A most enjoyable event with good weather until Grade one started then the rains came. After that it was dry again for the Finale.

Mervyn Herron

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Ian Burrows on 4 July 2014 8:20 PM

The County Antrim Championships have now been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 6th of September, the venue will be in the grounds of the picturesque Glenarm Castle.

Further details will follow in due course.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 24 June 2014 2:46 PM

BBC-1 (Northern Ireland) will be broadcasting two shows dedicated to the UK Championships, Belfast on August 4th and 5th at 10.35 pm; remember to set your TV planners.

Posted in Co. Down News by Mervyn Herron on 23 June 2014 4:23 PM


Here is a picture of the winner pf the Peter Henderson Bagpipes donated as a prize in our draw on Saturday. Philip Speers is a piper in Killeen from Co Armagh and he is pictured with the Managing Director of R G Hardie & Co Alastair Dunn accepting his prize.  

Once again we cannot thank you all enough for your support with this charity project.

Mervyn Herron Co Down Secretary. 

Posted in Co. Down News by Ian Burrows on 23 June 2014 3:02 PM

Press coverage of Craigavon and District Championships

Andrew Cromie’s report in the News Letter, click here

Andrew Cromie’s slideshow of pictures, click on here

Ulster Tatler report, click  here

Lugan Mail video click here

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 22 June 2014 7:42 PM

Dual Registration Drummers Clarification – All Ireland Championships

Dual registered leading drummers (RSPBANI), drumming instructors (IPBA), dual registered with Grade 5/4b and 4/4a bands will not be allowed to compete with the band they are leading drumming/instructing in the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships which is organised under JAC (Joint Authority Council) rules.

Posted in Co. Down News by Mervyn Herron on 21 June 2014 10:45 PM

The Annual championships were held in Lurgan Park today. From early morning until around 6pm some 47 bands and drum majors entertained record crowds of spectators in a sun kissed park with the backdrop of Lurgan lake. This was indeed a great occasion for all who attended and the Mayor of Craigavon Colin McCusker praised the tremendous effort put into the event by all involved. The local MP Mr David Simpson also  spoke of his pleasure at being invited to such an impressive event. Diane Dodds MEP also spoke at the finale extending her congratulations on an excellent day.

 A feature of this championships was the inclusion of the NI Children's Hospice as the chosen charity. A set of bagpipes donated by R G Hardie & Co from Glasgow was the star prize and the winner was piper Philip Speers from Killeen. An impressive total of £2,500 was collected and donated for this very worthy cause. This event has to be put into the level of one of the most successful events ever promoted by the Co Down SectIon. Congratulations go to all who helped in another success story for the RSPBA NI.

The section would wish to express their thanks  to Eddie Montgomery Edenderry Print Management for their support and help with the programme.

Another feature performed by Bleary and District was Amazing Grace when all pipers joined in what an impressive sound this was.

Music was also provided by three groups on stage Violeen The Upducky Band and Blackthorn so all tastes were catered for at this event.

Results are attached and here.

Mervyn Herron Secretary Co Down Section