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Posted by Ian Burrows on 14 March 2020 8:32 PM

Please see below statement from McDonald Memorial and McDonald Academy Pipe Bands.


"Due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 situation we have decided to postpone our Spring Into Summer Concert.  We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to reschedule later this year.  Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date or can be refunded by request.”

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 14 March 2020 8:30 PM

The purpose of this document is to advise RSPBA Employees, Members, Volunteers and Band Members how to stay safe online and also protect your online and professional reputation.

The document can be accessed here

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 March 2020 1:31 PM

Due to the increasing Coronavirus risk, Augharan Pipe Band are postponing their upcoming concert on Friday 20th March 2020 in Tullanisken Parish Church Hall.

The health and safety of our local & wider community, supporters and the general public is a priority for the band and committee.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Public notice will be issued regarding a future date when the risk within our country decreases.



Alastair Brown ( Band Secretary)

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 March 2020 12:25 PM

Please see flyer for Tamlaght O'Crilly Pipe Band 'Music and Dance' concert.

May be subject to cancellation due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 March 2020 12:07 PM

The RSPBA has postponed their AGM due to be held in Glasgow tomorrow. Please see the link,

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 12 March 2020 5:29 PM

We are currently monitoring the situation in regards to Pipe Band College Exams and the upcoming Ulster Solos,

This is a fluid situation, and will change daily and we will therefore follow guidance from the Goverment

Posted by Ian Burrows on 10 March 2020 1:12 PM

Fingal is set to host the 75th All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2020 in the stunning grounds of Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate in July. The Championships will take place on Saturday, July 4, are organised under the joint auspices of the Irish Pipe Band Association and Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch.

Supported by Fingal County Council, over 60 pipe bands from all over Ireland and overseas will descend on Newbridge House grounds to compete for the coveted title of All Ireland Champions, in piping and drumming in six different grades. It is expected that an audience in the region of 3,000 will attend.
As well as piping and drumming over 50 Drum Majors will compete for All Ireland titles.

The Championships is the showpiece of piping and drumming in Ireland and is well worth a visit.
The All Ireland Pipe Band Pipe Band Championships began life in 1946 when the famous Eddie McVeigh from Northern Ireland was visiting Dublin heard the sound of the then famed Fintan Lalor Pipe Band practising in a Trade Union Hall in Parnell Square.

A friendly discussion took place about who had the best bands Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic, at that chance meeting it was decided to hold an All Ireland competition in Dublin the first Saturday in July of that year. The championships have been held ever since.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 March 2020 5:57 PM

RSPBANI Branch Competition Dates 2020

9th May, Ards and North Down Championships, Bangor

16th May, County Fermanagh Championships, Enniskillen

30th May, Mid Ulster Championships, Cookstown

6th June, Antrim and Newtownabbey Championships, Antrim

20th June, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Championships, Moira

4th July, All Ireland Championships, Newbridge House, Swords, Dublin

8th August, Ulster Championships, Ballymena

22nd August, Champion of Champions, Newcastle

Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure a competition in Portrush this year. We hope this competition will be back on the calendar as soon as possible.