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Posted by Ian Burrows on 16 March 2018 8:07 PM

The venues and dates for trophy returns are

  • The Branch meeting on the 31st of March, Trinity Halls, Lisburn, 2 pm to 4 pm.
  • The Ulster Solos, Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn, 21st of April, 10 am to 4 pm.

Please do not return Major Championship trophies to the Northern Ireland Branch, they must be returned to Headquarters.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 March 2018 2:22 PM

Please see attached tender documents for Caterers and Pipe Band suppliers for the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2018.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 March 2018 11:10 AM

Please see details of the 2018 Leinster Pipe Band Championships.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 March 2018 11:07 AM

Ballybriest Pipe Band host Inveraray & District as part of their 70th-year celebrations

Inveraray & District Pipe Band ‘Live in Ballymena’

Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena

                                   Friday 4th May 2018

As part of their 70th-year celebrations, Ballybriest Pipe Band will host an event ‘Live in Ballymena’ at the Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena on Friday 4th May at 7.30pm featuring current World Champion pipe band Inveraray & District.  This will be the first time that Inveraray has put on a concert in Northern Ireland and under the direction of Pipe Major Stuart Liddell and Lead Drummer Steven McWhirter (who recently won his eighth World Solo drumming title) this will be a not to be missed event.

Admission is £20; for ticket info email:  inverarayconcert@gmail.com

Posted by Ian Burrows on 9 March 2018 9:42 AM

Please see attached entry form and syllabus for the 2018 Leinster Solo Piping and Drumming Championships.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 3:51 PM

A charity event ‘Kids with Cancer’ held at the Royal Hotel Cookstown on Saturday 17th February raised £9,000 for the Children’s Cancer Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  Organised by Upperlands (Maghera) man Gary Smyth (Leading Drummer of Quinn Memorial Pipe Band), the fundraising event was attended by over 250 pipe band enthusiast and friends.  An impressive line up of pipe bands, pipers and drummers took part including former Ahoghill man Steven McWhirter, who recently won his eighth World Solo drumming title. Steven, a former member of Cullybackey Pipe Band, is now Lead Drummer of current world champion pipe band, Inveraray and District (Scotland).

Also taking part was: Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE and a mini band of fourteen members of eleven times world champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band Drum Corps, Tullylagan Pipe Band Drum Corps and Bernagh Folk Group.  Pipers included:  Senior Ulster Solo Piping Champion (2017) Ashley McMichael, Glenn Ross and Ryan Cupples-Menendez (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) and Ian Burrows (Drumlough Pipe Band).  Snare drummers included:  Steven McWhirter and Chris McNicholl (Inveraray & District Pipe Band), Stephen Creighton and Michael McKenna (St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band), Gareth McLees (Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band), William Glenholmes (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band), Daniel Lynn (Cullybackey Pipe Band), John Scullion and John Lappin.  Tenor drummers included:  Jordan Bailie (Inveraray & District Pipe Band) and event organiser Gary Smyth’s son Calum (Quinn Memorial Pipe Band) from Magherafelt.

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 Pictured at the ‘Kids with Cancer’ charity event at the Royal Hotel Cookstown on Saturday 17th February is event organiser, Upperlands (Maghera) man Gary Smyth (Lead Drummer of Quinn Memorial Pipe Band) with Killyleagh man Richard Parkes MBE, Pipe Major of eleven times world champion pipe band Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (left) and former Ahoghill man Steven McWhirter, Lead Drummer of current world champion pipe band Inveraray and District Pipe Band who recently won his eighth World Solo drumming title (right).

Article and photo by John Kelly.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 3:45 PM

RSPBANI President’s Charity Concert - ‘A Touch of Tartan’ on the Ulster Tatler website.

Please click here to view the article. 

Photo credits, Brian Hasson.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 March 2018 3:11 PM

Please see attached entry form and syllabus for the 2018 Cullybackey Solos.