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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

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