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Posted in Co. Fermanagh News by Ray Hall on 29 August 2014 12:54 PM

The Annual General Meeting of the County Fermanagh Section, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch will take place in the Railway Hotel, Enniskillen on Monday 8th September 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

The Section looks forward to a good turn out of band representatives to the meeting.  Refreshments wil be served.

Ray Hall, Co Fermanagh Secretary

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 28 August 2014 10:39 PM

Please find attached entry form and syllabus for the European Solo Tenor Drumming Championships to be held on Saturday 20th September, 2014 at Monkstown Community School.

This competition is being run independently from the All Ireland Solo Championships and is not under RSPBANI/IPBA JAC (Joint Authority Council) control.

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Connor McCleery on 28 August 2014 9:07 PM

It is with great regret that the committee of the RSPBANI Co Antrim Section have taken the unfortunate decision to cancel the proposed championships in Glenarm Castle on the 6th September. 

This has not been an easy decision to make and is tinged with great sadness. 

We would like to thank the drum majors and bands who had entered our rescheduled event and trust that you understand our decision. 

We hope to welcome you all back to Co Antrim in the summer of 2015. 

On behalf of:
Alistair McCleery,
Co. Antrim Section Secretary

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 26 August 2014 10:40 PM

Please see attached regarding Belfast Tattoo performers and their recent successes.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 25 August 2014 2:47 PM

A reminder to all soloists that the above championships will be held on the 20th September in Monkstown Community School. Submit your entry with fees by the 30th August forms are available to download on this site.

Mervyn Herron

Contest Administrator

Posted in Co. Antrim News by Ian Burrows on 24 August 2014 9:37 PM

A reminder that the closing date for the County Antrim Section competition at Glenarm Castle on Saturday 6th of September closes on Tuesday 26th August at 2 pm. 

The support of bands would be greatly appreciated by the County Antrim Section for their rearranged competiton at this beautiful venue.

Posted in Branch News by Mervyn Herron on 23 August 2014 9:35 PM

The curtain came down in style on the Branch champion of champions season of contests at Ramore Head Portrush with the annual invasion of the pipe band world to the north coast town. From early morning the bands and drum majors arrived to an arena set up for what was a very successful end to the season. Many thousands of spectators and visitors enjoyed both the competition side of the event but also the magnificent street parade which has become very popular.

The Chieftan was the Mayor of Coleraine Councillor George Duddy who praised the efforts of all concerned in what was one of the highlights of the holiday season. Mr Fred Walker suitably replied and presented gifts to our world champion band and Drum Majors.

The end of another season well not quite we are returning to Co Antrim Section for a re run of their cancelled event this will be held at Glenarm Castle on the 6th September.

Two new trophies were presented by Shiela Butcher in memory of Jeff Butcher and by Philip Tasker in memory of Mr McDowell. Both were gratefully recieved. 

Results are attached

Mervyn Herron

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 18 August 2014 11:17 PM

Parking and Parade information for the North West Championships, 23rd August 2014.

General Parking

Please be advised that due to recent realignment work by DSD Roads Service there are now less car parking spaces available at Landsdowne Road car park.

Disabled Parking

We have been working with Coleraine Borough Council and DSD Roads Service in order to secure as many disabled parking places as possible. There are adequate disabled spaces in Portrush but they are severely limited close to the contest arena, so it's advisable to get there early in order to try and secure a disabled parking space.

Motorhome Parking

We have been advised by DSD Roads Service that there is no motorhome parking overnight at Landsdowne Road car park. Overnight parking is no longer permitted and this may be enforced by way of fines or clamping, so please seek alternative overnight parking.

Street Parade

The street parade after the competition is a spectacle for both the public and bands. In order to ensure enjoyment for all, we would ask please that bands go right to the traffic lights at the end of Eglington Street and disperse quickly in order to keep the parade moving along the route. This worked really well in 2013 as we had a large number of really positive comments that the large public assembled had managed to see all of the bands on parade

Thank you for your assistance in these matters, we wish all bands and spectators an enjoyable day on the North Coast.