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Leinster Solos Results
Now available on the Results Page.

Leinster Solos
Order of Play for the Leinster Solos Piping & Drumming competitions on Nov 14 is now available on the Calendar Page.

World Solo Drumming Championships
Success for IPBA contestants. See the Latest News page.

Leinster Solo Championships
Syllabus & Entry Form now available on the Calendar Page.

Irish Piobaireachd Society Workshops
The Irish Piobaireachd Society are holding two workhops. More information on the Latest News page.

Results of the All Ireland Solo Championships are now available on the Results Page.

Irish at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships
See the Latest News page for a report on the Irish at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships.

Achievements at RSPBA Majors

2015 British Championships
May 30th Bathgate

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
4th & 2nd Drums

Manorcunningham [2]

2015 U.K. Championships
June 13th, Belfast

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
4th & 5th Drums

Manorcunningham [2]
6th & 6th Drums

Achill PB [3B]
3rd & 3rd Drums
Tralee Pipes & Drums [3B]
St Patrick's Bandon [4A]
5th & 5th Drums

Crimlin BataFada [4B]
6th Drums

2015 European Championships
June 27th, Forres, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
3rd & 1st Drums
2015 European Grade 1 Champion Drum Corp

2015 Scottish Championships
July 25th, Dumbarton, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
1st & 1st Drums
Scottish Champion 2015
Drum Corp:
Scottish Champion 2015

2015 World Championships
August 15th, Glasgow, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
2nd & 1st Drums
Drum Corp:
2015 Wold Grade 1 Champion Drum Corp

Achill [3B]

St Patrick's Bandon [4A]
2nd & 5th Drums

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Keep up to date here with all the latest news within the IPBA.

World Solo Drumming - Glasgow, Scotland 17th Oct 2015

2015 Adult World Solo Drumming Champion is Stephen McWhirter of Inverary and District PB.

Congratulations to Stephen and also to runner-up Michael McKenna of St. Laurence O’Toole PB and also to the Lead Drummer of St. Laurence O’Toole PB, Stephen Creighton, in sixth place.

Special congratulations to the World Champion of the Juvenile Section 2-March,
Josh Horan of Carrigaline PB Co Cork

Well done to all,

F. Connolly, IPBA

Irish Piobaireachd Society Workshops

The Irish Piobaireachd Society will hold two workshops in the lead up to the annual Piobaireachd contest next February.

The first workshop will be held on November 21st. Commencement time 10.45am with a break for lunch at 1.00pm and resume from 2.00-4.00pm. Follow up workshop will be scheduled for the month of January.

Venue for the workshops will be in the band hall of Sean Tracey Pipe Band, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

All levels including beginners welcome. For further details of the workshop and to register, please contact John Reville

Participation fee €10

Closing date for All Ireland Solo entries extended

Please note that the closing date for entries to this years All Ireland Solo Championships has been extended to Friday September 4th.

Finbarr Connolly,
Hon Secretary IPBA.

Death of Stephen Power

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Stephen Power of Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny.

Stephen, a former member of the Scots Guards pipe band in London, was a piper of great ability having mingled with the very best of pipers worldwide in that band. He returned to Ireland in the late 1960s. He thoroughly enjoyed passing on the experiences he had gained to bands and more particularly to individual pipers who wished to excel at the playing of the bagpipe. There are many excellent pipers in Ireland today due to the kindness of Stephen in passing on the knowledge and skills that he had developed.

Our sympathy to his daughter Cathy, son Stephen, son-in-law Shay, grandson Lee and his fiancée Áine, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements:
Reposing at Waterford University Hospital this Wednesday evening.
Removal at 7.30pm to St. Beacon's Church, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny.

Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am followed with Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Finbarr Connolly,
Hon Secretary IPBA.

Irish at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships

Congratulations to Irish bands that excelled at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green.

Northern Ireland bands Portavogie, Major Sinclair Memorial, Colmcille from Derry and Annsborough were the winners of grades 4b, 4a, 3b and 3a and are the 2015 World championships for these grades.

IPBA band St. Laurence O’Toole (Grade 1) while winning the best Drum Corp prize, finished in 2nd place to Scottish band Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia. Special congratulations to band Pipe Major Alen Tully and Drum Corp Lead Drummer, Stephen Creighton on these excellent results.

Congratulations also to the other Irish Best Drum Corp champions at the World 2015 championships:
Bleary and District (Gr.2), Annsborough (Gr.3a), Marlacoo & District (Gr.4a), McDonald Memorial (G.4b).

Other Irish band prize winners at these World Championships were: St. Patricks Bandon (2nd 4a,)
Achill (5th 3b), Closket (3rd 3a), Aughintober (5th 3a), Bleary and District (Gr2 2nd),

Well done also to the following qualifiers:
New Ross and District: Qualified for the 3A Final
Clontibret PB: Qualified for 4b Final:
Gorey PB: Qualified for 4a Final:

Well done to all who participated at the event.

Finbarr Connolly.

St. Laurence O'Toole PB win Grade 1 Band and Drum Corp. at the 2015 Scottish Championships

Congratulations to St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, of Dublin Ireland, winners of the 2015 Scottish Grade 1 Band and Drum Corp Titles at Leven Grove Park, Dumbarton, Scotland on Saturday, 25 July 2015. Well done to PM Alen Tully, DS Stephen Creighton and all members of the band.

Congratulations also to the following Northern Ireland bands on winning their own grades at the 2015 Scottish Championships:

Bleary and District (Grade 2)
Closkelt of County Down (Grade 3A)
Colmcille of Derry (Grade 3B)
Marlacoo and District (Grade 4 and also Drum Corp)

Congrats to all.

F. Connolly

Malahide 2015 Contest - Postponed.

Due to bands withdrawing at short notice it has been decided to cancel the contest on Saturday next July 25th.
We hope to reschedule for a later date.
Will keep you informed.

Finbarr Connolly

Pipe Tune Composition Competition.

The RSPBANI Branch and the IPBA decided at the Joint Association Meeting in February to hold a pipe tune composition competition to celebrate the 70th year of the All Ireland Championships.

The tune can be in any time signature and the prize will be a Silver McCallum Practice Chanter.

Two well-known respected piping personalities will be the adjudicators.

Entries close on the 30th June and the winner will be announced at the All Ireland Championships in Omagh on the 4th July.

Please send your entries to Unit 34 Crescent Business Park, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT28 2GN or by email to

The 70th All Ireland Championships

The 70th All Ireland Championships takes place on Saturday 4th July at Omagh Rugby Club, Co. Tyrone. The Entry Form & Syllabus are now available below:

1). Entry Form

2). Syllabus

Finbarr Connolly,
Hon Secretary IPBA.

Death of Owen McCrohan

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Owen McCrohan of Caherciveen, Co. Kerry. Owen was a great friend to all in the Pipe Band world.

Waking in Fitzpatrick's funeral home, Caherciveen on Thursday Feb 5th from 6pm to 8pm, followed by removal to Knightstown church, Valentia Island arriving at 8:30pm. Requiem mass on Friday Feb 6th at 11am. Burial afterwards in Keelavarnogue cementary, Caherciveen.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Finbarr Connolly,
Hon Secretary IPBA.

Death of Margaret Lynch, Emerald Girls Pipe Band.

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Margaret Lynch, founder member of the Emerald Girls Pipe Band. Margaret passed away peacefully on 9th of January, 2015. Reposing in Stafford’s Funeral Home, North Strand, Dublin, 3 tomorrow (Wednesday) evening from 3pm to 7pm.

Removal on Thursday to St. Agatha’s Church, North William Street arriving for 10 o’clock Funeral Mass, followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Finbarr Connolly,
Hon Secretary IPBA.


Reminder of IPBA AGM on Sunday next, 18th of January, at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise commencing at 2pm. Preceeded by a Special AGM re proposed Band Registration procedure amendments at 12noon.

Finbarr Connolly,
Hon Secretary IPBA