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Posted by Danielle McCartney on 27 July 2022 11:42 AM

Augharan Pipe Band
‘Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC103145’

Trip to "Worlds Glasgow" 2022

1 Person Place Available

Coach, Ferry & 3 Nights Bed & Breakfast at Premier Inn Charing Cross Thursday 11th August to Sunday 14th August22

Ferry: Stena Belfast Sailing 11th @ 11.30am and return Cairnryan Sailing 14th @ 15.30pm

Cost per/person £330

To reserve this place contact Alastair Brown (Band Secretary) 07989536545

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 19 July 2022 8:31 AM

McDonald Memorial have spaces available on a bus to Ballymena for the Ulster Championships on 23rd July

Pickups in Banbridge (8am leaving no later than 8.15am) & Dromore (8.30am, leaving no later than 8.45am).  Arriving in Ballymena for 9.45am.

If you're interested please get in touch with any band member or Vikki on 07718914024

Posted by Michelle Shilliday on 18 July 2022 9:14 PM
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are pleased to announce the launch of the Heart o' Down Pipe Band Championships for 2022.
This year's event will again be held in the familiar surroundings of Donard Park in Newcastle which played host to the Ulster Championships in 2019. The event will take place on Saturday 6 August 2022 and will start at 10am. 
This event takes place just one week prior to the RSPBA World Pipe Band Championships which is taking place in Glasgow the following weekend. As this will be the final local championship of the 2022 season, the event will also incorporate the RSPBANI Champion of Champions prizes at the conclusion of the day. This championship will feature contests for Pipe Bands from Grades Four B up to Grade One with upwards of 35 bands and an expected total of over 50 band performances across the day. Over 30 drum majors are also expected to compete as well as highland dancers. 
The Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Michael Savage commented;
“I am pleased to welcome the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) to Newcastle for ‘The Heart o’ Down Pipe Band Championships’. Undoubtingly, Donard Park will be full of music and colour as Pipe Bands, Drum Majors and Highland Dancers return to the seaside town. This cultural and musical event has proven to attract many visitors who are sure to enjoy an abundance of music and competitions which feature the best bands and dancers throughout the country.”
Vice President of RSPBANI, Mr Lowry Ferguson, said:
"I am so happy to welcome our bands, drum majors and highland dancers back to compete under the spectacular Mourne Mountains once again. This contest is always a firm favourite of our bands as well as spectators in the lovely seaside town of Newcastle. A great venue and always a great day for everyone."

Parking will be available at Donard Park, with specific areas for Disabled parking. 
Visit and use the contact link if you require further information.
Posted by Danielle McCartney on 7 July 2022 11:23 AM

The band draw for the Ulsters has now been updated on the website

The Drum Major draw for the Ulsters has now been updated on the website

Drum Majors Dress will take place at 11:00

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 7 July 2022 8:36 AM

Please note that the syllabus for Grade 3 and Grade 2 at the Heart of Down contest in Newcastle on Saturday 6th August has been updated to mirror the syllabus of the Worlds final as there are no heats for Grade 3b, 3a or 2

Updated syllabus attached to this post for reference

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 20 June 2022 9:00 AM


Advice for Bands and Individuals Attending the All-Ireland Pipe Band Championships in New Ross


Travelling by Coach from Northern Ireland

  • If travelling by coach, please apply for a Coach Parking pass (Free of Charge) at
  • The easiest way to travel to New Ross is to travel via the M1 (Motorway Toll near Drogheda which only accepts Euro but drivers may tap their debit cards or credit cards ) as far as Dublin ; then take the the M50 around Dublin (automatic toll)  and continue on to the M11 and N11 until you see the exit for the N30 to Enniscorthy and  New Ross. All major towns south of Dublin are now bypassed so it’s a straight run.
  • There are two motorway stops north of Dublin (Castlebellingham and Lusk) and two south of Dublin (Coyne’s Cross near Wicklow and Gorey) .
  • New Ross itself is now bypassed so follow the bypass route as signposted as far as the N25. Exit 3 at the roundabout brings you via the R723 into the Quays area of New Ross where carparks and coach parking are situated.

Coach Parking

  • Apply for a Coach Parking pass (Free of Charge) at
  • Coaches may park freely in the Dunbrody Coach Park- right across the road from the Dunbrody Ship and Interpretive Centre.
  • Stewards will be on duty to assist with parking.

Car Parking

  • Minimum parking costs vary from 60 cent to €2 depending on their location.
  • Drivers should purchase one minimum price car park ticket and leave the ticket on display on their car dashboard. This ticket will cover the car for the full day.
  • There will be a traffic warden on duty all day but his mission is to assist with traffic flow and to prevent illegal parking.

Disabled Parking

  • There is limited disabled parking immediately beside the Town Park.
  • To apply for a pass, e-mail

   First come-first served.

  • A steward will be on duty at the disabled car park area.

Camper Vans

  • Camper Van parking is adjacent to the town park .
  • Camper Van Parking is Free for Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Please apply for a permit via
Posted by Danielle McCartney on 16 June 2022 2:40 PM

The band draw for Antrim has now been updated on the website

The Drum Major draw for Antrim has now been updated on the website

Drum Majors Dress will take place at 11:00

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 8 June 2022 7:11 PM
All Ireland Championships 2022
We are running a coach to New Ross Saturday the 2nd of July.
Departing at 6.30am from Sprucefield.
Seats currently available at £30.00 return per person.
Contact Jonny Cousins 07938483676 for booking details.