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Posted by Ian Burrows on 8 December 2017 2:21 PM

Please note that the exams scheduled for tomorrow in Cookstown have been postponed due to the bad weather.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 20 November 2017 2:26 PM

Please see attached details of the Kids with Cancer Charity Fundraiser event taking place at The Royal Hotel, Cookstown on the 17th February 2018.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 30 October 2017 10:56 PM

Ballydonaghy Pipe Band are holding a sale and auction this Saturday, the 4th of November at 2 pm. Please see attached image for further details.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 30 October 2017 10:53 PM

A musical evening is being hosted by the William Kerr Memorial Pipe Band on Saturday, 18th November in Killyman Parish Hall at 8.00pm.

Featuring “The Piper and His Instrument” – a talk with a Gospel Twist by George Conn

Music by the William Kerr Memorial Pipe Band, Culldrum Musical Group and Gospel Singer Lynda Lindsay.

Admission free – retiring collection

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 21 October 2017 7:48 PM

Congratulations from the Northern Ireland Branch to:

Daniel Lynn (Cullybackey Pipe Band) who won the World Solo Drumming Juvenile Section 2 March title, 
and to Daniel Mulcahy (Closkelt Pipe Band) who won the World Solo Drumming Juvenile Section 4 MSR title at the World Solo Drumming Championships held today in Glasgow.

Congratulations also go to other Northern Ireland Branch registered drummers who received the following placing prizes:

Juvenile Section 3 MSR:

Arren McWilliams - 3rd
Jamie Kerr - 5th

Juvenile Section 5 MSR:

Adam McCollum - 2nd

Adult Final:

Gareth McLees - 4th


The International Solo Tenor Drumming Championships took place today alongside the World Solo Drumming Championships.

Congratulations from the Northern Ireland Branch to Calum Smyth (Quinn Memorial Pipe Band) who won the International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming Section 5 MSR title

Congratulations also go to other Northern Ireland Branch registered tenor drummers who received the following placing prizes:

International Juvenile Tenor Drumming Section 4 - MSR:

Zoe Abraham - 2nd

International Juvenile Tenor Drumming Section 5 - MSR:

Bethany Jack- 2nd

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2017 3:33 PM

McDonald Memorial Pipe Band & McDonald Academy Pipe Band will be holding a fundraising Tractor Run on Saturday 21st October 2017.

It will commence at 12 noon from Magherally Church of Ireland, Kilmacrew Road, Banbridge, BT32 4EP.  The cost is £10 per tractor and £5 for each passenger which includes a burger and drink.

If you require any further information email mcdonaldpipeband@hotmail.co.uk or phone 077 18914024.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 October 2017 3:31 PM

Readers of the News Letter's Tartan Talk column should note that it has been moved from Saturday to a Friday spot.

Bands / RSPBA NI Branch sections etc. wishing to have items included in the column in respect of fundraising, concerts, recruitment etc. should e-mail the correspondent Gilbert Cromie at gilbertcromie50@yahoo.co.uk.

It is preferable that items are submitted at least a full week in advance and by the Wednesday to enable the column to be prepared and submitted to the News Letter on the Thursday morning for publication on the Friday.

Posted by Danielle McCartney on 9 October 2017 2:24 PM

A Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, 28th of October 2017 at 2pm

The Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 25th of November 2017 at 11 am. 

Both meetings will be held in Trinity Methodist Halls, Ballymacoss Ave, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 2GX.

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting.

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is danielle.mccartney@rspbani.org