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Posted by Mervyn Herron on 10 June 2015 10:36 PM

The Battlefield Band. Real music legends in the Scottish Traditional Field will be appearing on stage at Lurgan park on the 20th June as part of our cultural music event. The popular Crooked Jack Backthorn and Sioda will also appear.

We have included a special performance from the Ulster Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band the rising stars of the future. The band will also be on stage in Lurgan town. Times for all acts will appear tomorrow. Ths year we have incorporated the stage into the area around the cricket Pavillion so you will not miss a thing.

More updates tomorrow

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 8 June 2015 5:27 PM

The much awaited Lurgan Park event is almost upon us. Together with Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council we have been working to bring you the best we can get in terms of Champion Pipe Bands and Drum Majors. Together with great music on stage with the

Battlefield Band Crooked Jack and Sioda. They will be joined by The Ulster Scots Agency Juvenile Band and other musicians. There will be music in the town centre and other entertainments for Children. Food tents and the usual hot food outlets will be available.

Again this year we have taken the work done by the Childrens Hospice to our hearts and with the monumental efforts of R G Hardie of Glasgow supplying the bagpipes, and a great team from the Hospice we hope to do well in this our charity event.

Stay tuned for more information on what is on offer at Lurgan Park on the 20th June.

Mervyn Herron

Honorary Secretary 

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 13 April 2015 3:58 PM

As you will all be aware the County Down Section will be supporting the Children's Hospice on the 20th June at Lurgan Park. Starting from today and over the next few weeks we are inviting our bands and supporters to join us in raising much needed funds for our charity. Please take time to read the attached letter from Lorraine Ronaldson our President.

Download the attached request for tickets for the prize draw for a set of bagpipes donated by R. G. Hardie of Glasgow with the support of Allister Dunn.

Many thanks

Mervyn Herron

Honorary Secretary  

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 12 April 2015 7:41 PM

We have arranged parking for motorhome owners at Lurgan Park from Friday the 19th June. Please apply to me including a stamped address envelope A5  for your pass a fee of £10 is payable...

Mervyn Herron

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 29 March 2015 2:35 PM

The RSPBA NI County Down Section are delighted to announce that we are supporting the NI Childrens Hospice at our contest on the 20th June at Lurgan Park. The fund raiser which will be in the form of a prize draw with a set of bagpipes donated again by our supporter Alastair Dunn from R G Hardie in Glasgow. There will be various forms of giving by purchasing tickets for the prize draw, By donating directly on line to the Childrens Hospice giving page,or simply by putting money in the collection buckets. Register now for your tickets by sending details to me at mervynherron@hotmail.com

We would ask each band to accept 20 or more tickets to sell for this charity event.

Whatever way you choose we will be delighted to recieve your donations and support a very worthy cause for the second year. Many thanks watch out for more announcements on how to purchase you tickets form mid April onwards.

Thank you on behalf of the charity.

Mervyn Herron


Posted 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 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 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