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Posted by Ian Burrows on 12 July 2015 10:43 PM

Please note that all camp sites for camper vans at Glenarm are now full and there will be no overnight parking for camper vans that arrive on the day.

Posted by Admin on 9 July 2015 12:06 PM

The draw for the Co. Antrim Championships can be viewed here.

The Pipe Band And Drum Major Championships are being integrated as part of the Highland Games and general programme for the overall event. Below is the Main Arena Programme for the Saturday. This promises to be a great day where we can showcase what we do to a large audience that may never have been to a competition before. More details will be circulated over the next few days.

MAIN ARENA
11.00am – Opening Ceremony
11.15am – Highland Games – 16lb Stone Putt
11.50am – Highland Games -  22lb Stone Putt
12.30pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 4B
1.10pm – Highland Games – 56lb Weight for Height
1.50pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 4A
2.35pm – Highland Games – Hammer, 28lb Weight for Distance
3.15pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 3B & 3A
4.00pm – Highland Games - Tossing the Caber
4.30pm – Pipe Band Championships – Grade 2
5.00pm – Pipe Band Championships - FINALE
(Above timings are subject to change)

Posted by Ian Burrows on 30 June 2015 11:42 AM

There is still some campsite parking available for the Dalriada Festival, please click here for further details.

Competitors will be issued with wrist bands for this competition, discounted tickets for pipe band supporters will be available to purchase at the All Ireland Championships in Omagh.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 11 June 2015 3:05 PM

It is with great excitement that the County Antrim Section of the RSPBANI launches ticket sales for their annual championships.  This year we join forces with the World Renowned Dalriada Festival to create a spectacular event.

The Co. Antrim Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships will be held on Saturday 18th July in the magnificent grounds of Glenarm Castle.

The Co Antrim Section has worked closely with the Festival Committee to ensure significantly discounted ticket prices for Pipe Band supporters.  Bands and drum majors who have entered the contest will receive complimentary wristbands prior to the event.

Buy your tickets in advance!

In order to get the best value for money it is vital that family, friends and supporters of the Championships buy their tickets IN ADVANCE through the Co Antrim Section.  Otherwise you will have to pay the gate price on the day.  For example a 1 day adult pass bought online, prior to the event, will cost £10; Senior Citizen £7.50 and 12-15 year old £5. (On the day prices will be even higher than this!!) Buying through the County Antrim Section/RSPABNI will cost an adult £5; Senior Citizen £3.50 and 12-15 year old £2.50.  These prices have not been set by the County Antrim Section, nor have the age categories, but we have worked hard to negotiate the significant reduction for our supporters.

You may also consider buying a 2-day pass.  The Strong Man competition and many other events will be running on Sunday 19th July.  A 2 day pass, bought through the section, will cost an Adult £7.50; Senior Citizen £5 and 12-15 year old £3.50.

There is a concert being held on the Saturday night featuring the Bay City Rollers, Bagatelle and Hot House Flowers.  Tickets for this are also available from the County Antrim Section for £25 but buying through us will save you paying the online booking fee.

Please spread the word to other family and friends who you think may be interested in attending the Festival, whether they are pipe band fans or not.

Tickets will be available in the RSPBA Registration Tent at Stormont (13th June), Lurgan (20th June) and the All Ireland (4th July). 

Pictured at Glenarm Castle are:  Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) and Co Antrim Section office bearers Councillor Tommy Nicholl MBE (President), Councillor Beth Adger MBE (Vice-Chairman) and Alistair McCleery (Secretary).

Photo credit - John Kelly

Posted 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 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 by Alistair McCleery on 5 August 2014 9:15 PM

Entries are now invited for the competition on the 6th Sept.in Glenarm Castle.

Posted by Alistair McCleery on 3 August 2014 9:53 PM

After the bitter disappointment of having to cancel our competition at Sandy Bay in June due to appalling weather conditions,the section are pleased to announce that the competition will go ahead on Saturday 6th September 2014.

The Section are delighted that Viscount & Viscountess Dunluce have generously agreed to host the event at Glenarm Castle.

Councillor Tommy Nichol, President of the County Antrim Section commented that, "The section is indebted to Viscount & Viscountess Dunluce for their kindness in offering this magnificent venue of Glenarm Castle for the competition. Our thanks go out also to Larne  Borough council for their continued support of the Championships."

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are hosting this event outside our normal competition season.

The Section recognises that some Bands & Drum Majors have prior commitments on this day and we would like to  assure you that we will work with those individuals and bands to facilitate them to attend other functions.

The section committee having considered all options, plan to start the competition @ 10am & finish promptly at 16.00 at the latest, with your cooperation.

Grade 2 will play first, followed by the remaining grades. Judging for Drum Major will also commence promptly at 10am.The Drum majors will compete on the Front lawn of the Castle where the Finale will  also take place .The Finale will take the format of a Massed Band (further details will follow).The Pipe Band contest will take place on the rear lawn of the Castle.

An agreement has been reached and Motorhomes will be permitted to park on the estate .

Admission on the day will be free and the Section appreciates your continued support.

This is a beautiful venue and one which we hope we will be able to utilise in the future..