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Posted by Alistair McCleery on 17 July 2016 11:25 AM

On Behalf of the Co.Antrim  section I would like to thank everyone who came and supported us at the wonderful location of Glenarm Castle for our championships. We are aware that it is a difficult date for some, however we will continue to work  closely with Dalriada festival organisers for the continued improvement Of the championships.

Yesterday, an estimated 18000 people attended the festival, the majority  of those people do not belong to the pipe band 'family' so this is a wonderful way to let others see and hear what we do.

Thank you to all of the pipe bands, drum majors ,judges & spectators for your support.

Alistair McCleery 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 July 2016 11:49 AM

Drum Major dress time for the County Antrim Championships will be at noon and will take take place on the Castle Lawn, Glenarm.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 30 June 2016 4:07 PM

Spectator concession tickets priced £5.00 for the County Antrim Championships at Glenarm on the 16th of July will be on sale at the registration tent at the All Ireland Championships in Malahide this Saturday. If spectator tickets aren't purchased in advance they will cost £15.00 on the day of the County Antrim Championships at Glenarm.

Bands will also be issued with wristbands for Glenarm this Saturday.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 24 July 2015 6:50 PM

Click here to view a slideshow of pictures compiled by Newsletter ‘Tartan Talk’ columnist Andrew Cromie which can be seen on the Newsletter website.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 12 July 2015 10:43 PM

Please note that all camp sites for camper vans at Glenarm are now full and there will be no overnight parking for camper vans that arrive on the day.

Posted by Admin on 9 July 2015 12:06 PM

The draw for the Co. Antrim Championships can be viewed here.

The Pipe Band And Drum Major Championships are being integrated as part of the Highland Games and general programme for the overall event. Below is the Main Arena Programme for the Saturday. This promises to be a great day where we can showcase what we do to a large audience that may never have been to a competition before. More details will be circulated over the next few days.

11.00am – Opening Ceremony
11.15am – Highland Games – 16lb Stone Putt
11.50am – Highland Games -  22lb Stone Putt
12.30pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 4B
1.10pm – Highland Games – 56lb Weight for Height
1.50pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 4A
2.35pm – Highland Games – Hammer, 28lb Weight for Distance
3.15pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 3B & 3A
4.00pm – Highland Games - Tossing the Caber
4.30pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 2
5.00pm – Pipe Band Championships - FINALE
(Above timings are subject to change)

Posted by Ian Burrows on 30 June 2015 11:42 AM

There is still some campsite parking available for the Dalriada Festival, please click here for further details.

Competitors will be issued with wrist bands for this competition, discounted tickets for pipe band supporters will be available to purchase at the All Ireland Championships in Omagh.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 June 2015 3:05 PM

It is with great excitement that the County Antrim Section of the RSPBANI launches ticket sales for their annual championships.  This year we join forces with the World Renowned Dalriada Festival to create a spectacular event.

The Co. Antrim Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships will be held on Saturday 18th July in the magnificent grounds of Glenarm Castle.

The Co Antrim Section has worked closely with the Festival Committee to ensure significantly discounted ticket prices for Pipe Band supporters.  Bands and drum majors who have entered the contest will receive complimentary wristbands prior to the event.

Buy your tickets in advance!

In order to get the best value for money it is vital that family, friends and supporters of the Championships buy their tickets IN ADVANCE through the Co Antrim Section.  Otherwise you will have to pay the gate price on the day.  For example a 1 day adult pass bought online, prior to the event, will cost £10; Senior Citizen £7.50 and 12-15 year old £5. (On the day prices will be even higher than this!!) Buying through the County Antrim Section/RSPABNI will cost an adult £5; Senior Citizen £3.50 and 12-15 year old £2.50.  These prices have not been set by the County Antrim Section, nor have the age categories, but we have worked hard to negotiate the significant reduction for our supporters.

You may also consider buying a 2-day pass.  The Strong Man competition and many other events will be running on Sunday 19th July.  A 2 day pass, bought through the section, will cost an Adult £7.50; Senior Citizen £5 and 12-15 year old £3.50.

There is a concert being held on the Saturday night featuring the Bay City Rollers, Bagatelle and Hot House Flowers.  Tickets for this are also available from the County Antrim Section for £25 but buying through us will save you paying the online booking fee.

Please spread the word to other family and friends who you think may be interested in attending the Festival, whether they are pipe band fans or not.

Tickets will be available in the RSPBA Registration Tent at Stormont (13th June), Lurgan (20th June) and the All Ireland (4th July). 

Pictured at Glenarm Castle are:  Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) and Co Antrim Section office bearers Councillor Tommy Nicholl MBE (President), Councillor Beth Adger MBE (Vice-Chairman) and Alistair McCleery (Secretary).

Photo credit - John Kelly