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Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows 11 hour(s) ago

Music and Songs of the Trenches Concert to Commemorate First World War

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) has come together with Cookstown District Council to present a Music and Songs of the Trenches concert on Friday 24th October 2014 in the prestigious Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 

Two-and-a-half thousand pipers served in the Great War; men from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Over five hundred of these men never returned home.    Two pipers were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery and many other medals were presented to these courageous men.  The RSPBANI are proud to commemorate the lives of all those who lived, fought and died in the Great War through the music, tunes and songs of the period. 

The programme will feature tunes composed by some of the greatest pipers of 1914 – 1918 including William Ross, William Lawrie and George Stewart McLennan performed by P.M. Ian Burrows and Pipers from Ballybriest, Cloughfin, Matt Boyd and Tullylagan Pipe bands as well as celebrated Uilleann Piper Chris McMullan.

There is great variety in the programme with the songs from the First World War sung by well-known baritone Karl McGuckin, the Willie Drennan Folk Band performing excerpts from their Somme CD  and the local Tamlaghmore Silver Band leading a sing-along as well as playing tunes from the period.

Tickets are on sale priced at £10 per seat and are available from Burnavon Theatre Box Office: Tel 028 8676 9949 or http://www.burnavon.com/

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron 16 hour(s) ago

The 2014 All Ireland Solos are almost upon us. I would ask all competitors make sure they have someone to keep an eye on their grade and check the  approximate start time of the grades.

Drummers should have pipers who are not competing.

Plans are almost in place rooms allocated ,so remember the piping starts at 10am and the drumming at 10 30am. I have allocated rooms to bands as far as they are available so please use the room allocated and leave it clean and tidy after use.

We have almost 100 pipers and approx 80 drummers help us to make it a good All Ireland. The ladies committee will be serving their usual delicious food in the school canteen support their efforts.

Mervyn Herron


Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 September 2014 10:29 PM

Please see starting times for each grade, the draw is also attached.

Junior section one, start at 1.00 pm , 3 players @ 8 mins each

Junior section two, start at 12 noon, 7 players @ 8mins each

Juvenile section one, start at 1.45 , 7  players @ 6 mins each

Juvenile section two, start at 2.30, 3 players @ 6 mins each

Adult section start, at 3pm 3 players playing twice @ 13 mins each

Intermediate section, start at 3.45 8 players playing twice @ 12 mins each

Venue for the competition is Monkstown Community Centre, Cashel Drive, Newtownabbey, BT37 0EY which is only a short walk from Monkstown Community School.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 10 September 2014 10:07 PM

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland)  Branch are really delighted that there has been good interest shown in the Solo Tenor Competition.  To avoid any confusion with the European Major Championships it has been decided that the competition should be renamed the Northern Ireland Branch Solo Tenor Competition. 

Due mainly to the demand for classroom space in Monkstown School the competition will take place in the nearby Monkstown Community Centre, Cashel Drive which is a short 3 minute stroll from Monkstown School from noon to 4.00pm

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 8 September 2014 11:00 AM

Please find attached the running order draw for the forthcoming Solos in Monkstown please note times of grades may change they are only an estimate.

Mervyn Herron

Contest Administrator

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 4 September 2014 6:46 PM

The entry to the All Ireland Solos  is now closed no more entries will be accepted following the extended period until today at 5pm.

The draw and approx grade times will be posted over this weekend. Each and will be sent the draw.

Mervyn Herron

Contest Administrator

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 2 September 2014 4:58 PM

The Belfast Tattoo Ltd is very pleased to announce, in association with their new sister company Dalriada Media Ltd, that  the Saturday performance of The Belfast Tattoo shall be broadcast live from the Odyssey Arena, Belfast via the internet.

This will mean the show shall be available around the world at no additional cost for anyone to see.

Belfast Tattoo would ask you to help them spread the world on this news and share with all of your Facebook friends, tell your families to log on and be part of the audience !!

 In order to see the show they or indeed you, will need to log on to the following site


We hope they enjoy the talents of our performers as much as you will.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 31 August 2014 10:53 PM

Entries for the  solos will be extended to the 4th September at 5pm. If you have overlooked submitting your entry please do so in this extended period.

Mervyn Herron