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All Ireland Solo Piping and Drumming Championships 2017
Syllabus now available on the Calendar page and an important message on the Latest News page.

St. Laurence O'Toole PB at the 2017 Scottish Championships
Success at the Scottish Championships. See the Latest News page.

Arklow Pipe Band Contest 2017 - Results
Results from last weekends Arklow Contest are now available on the Results page.

East of Ireland PB Results 2017
Howth Contest results from June 25th now available on the Results page.

Arklow Pipe Band Contest 2017
Syllabus & Entry Form available on the Calendar Page.

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2017
See the Latest News page.

East of Ireland PB Results 2017
Howth Contest results from June 25th now available on the Results page.

Achievements at RSPBA Majors 2017

2017 British Championships
May 20th Paisley, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
4th & 1st Drums
2017 British Champion Drum Corp

Manorcunningham [2]
7th & 1st Drums
2017 British Champion Drum Corp

2017 UK Championships
June 10th Stormont, Northern Ireland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
3rd & 3rd Drums

Manorcunningham [2]
4th & 3rd Drums

New Ross & District [3A]
3rd & 1st Drums
2017 UK Champion Drum Corp

Wicklow PB [4B]
3rd & 2nd Drums

2017 European Championships
June 24th, Forres, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
4th & 3rd Drums

2017 Scottish Championships
July 29th, Dumbarton, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
3rd & 1st Drums
2017 Scottish Champion Grade 1 Drum Corp


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Irish Piobaireachd Society Event: Saturday 25th Jaunary 2014; Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Event Agenda

Event Entry Form

Death of John Coll
It is with sadness we report the death and funeral arrangements of John Coll.

Saturday 28th December from 5pm to 7.30pm Reposing at Coadys Funeral Home, Castlebar followed by Mass in Crimlin Church at 19.30

Sunday 29th December Departing Crimlin church at 09.30. From 3pm a wake will be held at the Boyle family home in Ballindrait, Bunbeg, Donegal.

Monday 30th December at 1pm Funeral Mass in Derrybeg Chapel followed afterwards by burial in Magheragallon Cemetery.

Go dheis Dei ar a h-anam

IPBA Band re-grading decisions for season 2014

Grade 4b - 4a: Raphoe and, at own request, St. Patrick's Bandon

Grade 4a - 3b: St. Colmcilles' Tullamore

Grade 3b - 3a: New Ross and District

Grade 4a - 4b: Carrigaline

Grade 3b - 4a: Black Raven, at own request

F. Connolly, Hon. Secretary

IPBA Band re-grades for 2014

De La Salle Scout Pipe Band 80th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 14th December 2013

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Leinster Solo Championships

Results now available.


Uilleann Piping festival 21 - 24 Nov and Fred Morrison 23rd Nov

Program of events scheduled.

SAT 23rd NOVEMBER for one night only FRED MORRISON in concert at the old Presbyterian Church GT James St Derry
Tickets £13. DOORS OPEN 7:30 PM

MINI PIPE BAND COMPETITION commencing at 1500Hrs on Sunday 24th in Culturlann theater, Gt James St, Derry.
Format: Open Grade: Max 7 players per band, Pipe majors and leading drummer can
take in as many bands as they wish. Winners will be decided by 50%
audience vote and 50% Fred Morrison adjudication

1st Prize £100 + Fred Morrison sponsored "Brucie" bonus prizes
2nd Prize £60
3rd prize £40

Entry fee £20 per band.
Non playing support £3

Change of Date to November 16th.

Full Festival Details Click Here


World Solo Drumming Championships 2013

Lead Drummer Stephen Creighton and young Michael McKenna, of St. Laurence O‘Toole PB, fare very well at the 2013 World Solo Drumming Championships held in Glasgow on Saturday 19th of October.


Leinster Solo Championships 2013

Change of Date to November 16th.

Entry Form

All Ireland Solos Results

Ashley McMichael of Field Marshall Montgomery PB wins the 2013 All Ireland Senior Piping Championship and Chris McNicholl of Greater Glasgow Police PB wins the Senior Drumming title at the 2013 All Ireland Solo Piping and Drumming Championships, held in Trinity Comprehensive School Ballymun, Dublin, 9.

Full Results

Draw for All Ireland Solos

All Ireland Solos Draw

Draw for Malahide PB Competition

Bands Draw
Drum Majors Draw Updated 06.09.2013

Day 2 of the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships.
Sunday 18th of August

Grades 1, 3A and 4B today.

2013 Grade Champions;

Grade 1: Field Marshall Montgomery
Grade 3A: Coalburn I. O. R.
Grade 4B: West Coast Highlanders


Grade 4B
1st: West Coast Highlanders
2nd: 6/8th Dundee Boys Brigade
3rd: St. Patrick's, Bandon
4th: Letterkenny & District
5th: City of Newcastle
6th: Vale of Clyde
Best Drum Corp: West Coast Highlanders

Grade 3A:
1st: Coalburn I. O. R.
2nd: City of Edinburgh
3rd: Annsborough
4th: Ballybriest
5th: Killeen
6th: RAF Waddington & Halton
Best Drum Corp: Coalburn I.O. R.

Grade: 1 MSR: Field Marshall Montgomery
Grade: 1 Medley: Field Marshall Montgomery
Grade: 1
1st: Field Marshall Montgomery
2nd: Boghall & Bathgate
3rd: Scottish Power
4th: Simon Fraser University
5th: St. Laurence O'Toole
6th: Inverary & District
Best Drum Corp: Field Marshall Montgomery

Special congratulations to all of the above Prize -Winning bands

IPBA Bands 2013 World Champions

New Ross & District (3B) and St. Colmcille's, Tullamore (4A) won grades 3B and 4A at the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green, Scotland today Saturday, 17th of August.

Grade 3B
1st: New Ross and District
2nd: Vale of Atholl
3rd: Tullylagan
4th: Syerla and District
5th: Thiepval Memrial
6th: Toronto Police
Best Drum Corp: Syerla and District

Grade: 4

1st: St. Colmcille's, Tullamore
2nd: Newtongrange
3rd: University of Bedford
4th: Caramount
5th: Tralee and District
6th: Glengarry
Best Drum Corp: Newtongrange

Congratulations to both bands and also to;
Thiepval Memorial: 5th Grade 3B and
Tralee Pipes and Drums: 5th Grade 4A and
Cullen PB Grade 2, on achieving qualification for the grade 2 Final but just missing out on the prizes.

Grades 4B, 3A and the Grade 1 Final, for which St. Laurence O'Toole qualified today, takes place tomorrow. Good to all bands tomorrow.

Results from the Ulster Pipe Band Championships 2013
The Ulster PB Championships were held in Ards, Co. Antrim on Saturday August 10th. Below are the results:

Results from the Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2013


Celtic Weave-San Patricio concert in New Ross on 9th of August

Mexico's only pipe band St Patrick's Battalion PB will be visiting New Ross for 4 days in August. New Ross & District PB will be holding a joint concert with the Mexican band on August 9th. St Patrick's Battalion PB, who have recorded with the Chieftains on the San Patricio album, will be competing in the Worlds in 4B and all proceeds from the concert will go the band in an effort to defray their expenses.

Read more about the San Patricio story here and for further details on the background to the trip to Ireland see the following website

Invitation USA: “Savannah, Georgia, St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014"

Please see the enclosed invitation from the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee in Savannah Georgia USA, to participate in the 190th Savannah St Patrick's Day Parade in 2014.


All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2013 Results

European Pipe Band Championships 2013 Results

East of Ireland Pipe Band Championships Draw

Howth 2013 Draw

2013 Co. Tyrone Pipe Band Championships Results
Below are the results of the 2013 Scottish Pipe Band Championships held on Saturday June 22nd 2013.

Tyrone Pipe Band Championships (.docx)

All Ireland Bands and Drum Major Draws
The All Ireland Bands and Drum Majors draws now available on the News page of the RSPBA Northern Ireland Branch website

2013 Craigavon & District Pipe Band Championships Results
Below are the results of the 2013 Craigavon & District Pipe Band Championships held on Saturday June 15th.

Craigavon & District PB Championhips 2013 Results (.doc)

2013 Mid Ulster PB Championships Results
Below are the results of the 2013 Mid Ulster Pipe Band Championships held at Cookstown on June 8th.

Mid Ulster PB Championhips 2013 Results(.docx)

2013 Scottish PB Championships Results
Below are the results of the 2013 Scottish Pipe Band Championships held at Bathgate on Saturday May 25th 2013.

Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2013 Results (.docx)

Results from the 2013 Lisburn & Co. Fermanagh Championships
Results from the recent Pipe Band Competitions held in Northern Ireland are now available below:

  1. City of Lisburn Chanmpionships (Saturday 11th May 2013): Results (.doc)
  2. Co. Fermanagh Chanmpionships (Saturday 18th May 2013): Results (.doc)

Scottish Power Pipe Band at the Waterfront

Fellow pipers and drummers,

ScottishPower Pipe Band, fresh from performing at the Celtic Connections 20th Anniversary concert in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall will take to the Waterfront stage on Saturday 27th April 2013. This is an opportunity to see one of the Worlds’ best just weeks before the 1st Major Championship.

The band will undoubtedly put on a fantastic show as they drive towards major honours in 2013, it's going to be quite a season! This concert will appeal to a broad audience as the band continue to push the traditional boundaries of piping and drumming with some of Ulster's best orchestral musicians joining the band on stage, making it a a truly eclectic night of top quality music.

Tickets are priced at £18 and £20 and are are available from the following outlets

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• A limited number are available directly from Aughintober Pipe Band (Tel Glenn on 07736060290)

This event is being organised by Aughintober Pipe Band and Wonderland Productions NI so come along to get the piping juices flowing again, catch up with friends and enjoy a really good night.

See you on the 27th April,


Glenn Ferry
Aughintober Pipe Band

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Workshop by Thiepval Memorial Pipe Band

on Saturday 23rd February 2013

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Annual Concert for Thiepval Memorial Pipe Band

Annual Concert featuring Fred Morrison and Matheu Watson "Mesmerising pipes, whistles and guitar" on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 8pm in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

Compere: Robert Ramsay and also appearing Trevor Loughrey

Tickets: including supper and draw - €10 / £8
Prizes - 1st - €100 2nd- €75 3rd-€50

For tickets or more information or

Cullybackey PB Tenor Drumming Solos
Cullybackey Pipe Band is introducing Tenor Drumming Solos as part of their annual Piping and Drumming Solo competition on Saturday 6th April 2013.
This is an excellent opportunity for Tenor Drummers from all age groups and grades to compete and help make Tenor Drumming solos a success.
The judge for the event is Fiona Wilson of The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band. For more information contact Nicole at or post on the band website.

Piping Recital at the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
Saturday 26th January 2013.