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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

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 20 June 2014 7:52 PM

Not long to go before the Lurgan contests, eveything is in place thanks to all our workers for the great setup. As Secretary I would like to wish all bands an enjoyable and successful day in Lurgan Park.

I am happy to report we are doing very well in our charity drive for the Children's Hospice.

Thank you all so much.

Enjoy your day.

Mervyn Herron Secretary.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 15 June 2014 2:37 PM


The Children's Hospice draw is still taking individual donations or ticket sales for the bagpipes donated by R G Hardie & Co Ltd Glasgow.

Please send in the advanced ticket form attached to this notice. This is the one time you can all help with this major  charity support event.

On behalf of the Section we do thank you all, local businesses, bands and our supporters individual contributions the list goes on without your help we would not be able to help our charity. Please apply today for tickets to:

Mervyn Herron
9 Ballydown Meadows
BT32 4QX

Please click here to find out more about the work of the Hospice.

Thank you all.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 10 June 2014 10:52 AM


I have attached a form  bands can complete and order their tickets in advance of Saturday the 21st June. I wish to thank you all in advance we can make our target for this worthy charity.

Mervyn Herron

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 9 June 2014 5:25 PM

The wrist bands for all competitors have been mailed out today. Please do not forget yours it will be checked at the gates.

This event starts at 11 40am Drum Majors Dress will be at 11am


In respect of the Charity Prize Draw the section have been thankful for the donations and pledges already made towards the NI Children's Hospice these donations will be given entirely to the charity our thanks goes to all these people and we will thank them on the day.

If there are any other companies who wish to support this please get in touch.

Mervyn Herron 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 9 June 2014 11:29 AM

The RSPBANI County Down Section is working with the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice as it's nominated charity this year.

The Section is delighted to announce that R.G. Hardie & Co. Ltd of Glasgow have agreed to donate a set of Peter Henderson bagpipes, (value £1200:00) for a prize draw to be drawn at the finale of the Craigavon and District Championships on the 21st June 2014. The Section would like to express their sincere thanks to Alastair Dunn and the Directors of R G Hardie & Co. Ltd for their very generous support.

This is a fantastic opportunity to win a set of quality bagpipes so please purchase tickets and support this very worthy cause. Ticket cost is only £1:00

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 June 2014 1:40 PM

                                       Lurgan Park will be in the swing.

The County Down Section  promotion in Lurgan Park on the 21st June will have an added dimension with the inclusion of three traditional music groups on stage during the afternoon. Scheduled to start at 1pm appearing first will be Violeen followed by The Upducky Band and finishing of the sessions will be Blackthorn. All these musicians have attained great success during their musical journey and we welcome them all to Lurgan Park.


So during the afternoon come along to the music stage area beside the Lurgan Park monument to hear some toe taping music. The compere will be our own Mark Wilson Champion drummer and broadcaster.

This promises to be a fabulous day of music for all.


We also have a children's play zone supplied by Craigavon Borough Council.


Mervyn Herron



Posted by Ian Burrows on 19 May 2014 3:45 PM

Craigavon Borough Council in conjunction with the RSPBA Co Down Section will be staging the Annual Championships in Lurgan Park on the 21st June from 1130 am until 6 pm. As well as over 40 bands and drum majors their will be a music stage within the park with prominent trad. music sessions from 1pm to 4pm the host will be Mark Wilson well known judge and TV presenter.

There will be a childrens entertainment zone and the usual stalls. Motorhome parking will be permitted at the designated area.

See local press for details of music sessions.

Mervyn Herron Secretary