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Posted by Ian Burrows on 4 July 2014 8:20 PM

The County Antrim Championships have now been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 6th of September, the venue will be in the grounds of the picturesque Glenarm Castle.

Further details will follow in due course.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 8 June 2014 2:22 PM

All of the RSPBANI Branch want to express their extreme disappointment  that  the Larne contest could not proceed yesterday despite the huge effort that the Co Antrim Section and Larne Council had put in to stage one of the largest contests of the year . Ground conditions were deteriorating to such an extent that health and safety risks had to come into the considerations as well as the problems the incessant rain could pose to the instruments, especially with the UK Championships at Stormont next Saturday. The RSPBANI Branch will work with the Co Antrim section over the next few days to explore every possibility of rearranging the event to a date later on in the year.

Ray Hall, Branch Chairman said;  ‘ I personally feel a great empathy with the Co Antrim Section who after a very emotional meeting, together with Branch Officers , had to make the decision that the contest could not go ahead.  A similar decision had to be made at Enniskillen last year but most of the contest did take place. It was even more heart wrenching to not be able to start.

Last year I and the Co Fermanagh Section were heartened by the messages of support we received from bands and others.  I have no doubt that this support will be extended this year to the Co Antrim section and if the contest can be rearranged as many bands, drum majors and supporters as possible will make every effort to attend.’’

He went on to say that the raw emotions and huge disappointment that were so evident from all who had to make such a decision was a testament to the hours of work, passion and commitment that is required to promote and stage a pipe band contest 

Posted by Ian Burrows on 5 June 2014 5:10 PM

There is no overnight parking permitted in Sandy Bay. Camper vans can park opposite the park in the back carpark at the leisure centre or along the seafront.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 1 June 2014 11:08 PM

The County Antrim Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships, organised by the Co Antrim Section of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland, will be held at Sandy Bay Playing Fields, Larne on Saturday 7th June.  The event was officially launched last Saturday afternoon (31st May) when three Co Antrim pipe bands (Ballyboley, Ballydonaghy and Major Sinclair Memorial) joined at the bandstand in Larne town centre and played a great selection of foot tapping tunes including, ‘Amazing grace’, ‘Scotland the brave’, Highland Cathedral’ and ‘The battle’s O’er’ to name but a few.  The launch event gave lunch time shoppers a foretaste of next Saturday’s great feast of music and entertainment which will feature over 41 pipe bands from through the province

Three Co Antrim pipe bands (Ballyboley, Ballydonaghy and Major Sinclair Memorial) pictured after playing at the bandstand in Larne town centre last Saturday afternoon (31st May) at the launch of the ‘County Antrim Pipe Band Championships’ which will be held at Sandy Bay Playing Fields, Larne on Saturday 7th June.  Included are Councillor Maureen Morrow (Mayor of Larne), John Fittis (Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band), Catherine Wetherup (Ballyboley Pipe Band) and Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland (Co Antrim Section) officers - Councillor Tommy Nicholl MBE (President), Alistair McCleery (Secretary), Arlene Graham (Treasurer) and Councillor Beth Adger (Assistant Treasurer).  Alistair and Arlene are members of Ballydonaghy Pipe Band.

Posted by Admin on 27 May 2014 9:14 PM

The Co. Antrim Section Draw took place on Tuesday 27th May in Curran Court Hotel, Larne.  Vice Chairman, Frank Kennedy conducted the draw along with Section President, Tommy Nicholl, Section Treasurer Arlene Graham and committee members, Darren Frew, Colin Cupples and George Taylor.  Mayor Maureen Morrow, Linda McCullough, Director of Development for Larne Borough Council and Community PSNI officers were also in attendance to make final arrangements for the event.

The draw is available here.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 13 October 2013 6:04 PM

The County Antrim Section AGM will take place on Tuesday 15th October commencing at 8 pm in Larne Town Hall.

All County Antrim band representatives are welcome.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 1 June 2013 7:37 PM

The Co Antrim Section staged their 40th Anniversary contests at Woodburn Playing Fields Carrickfergus today amid sunshine and a few showers. This celebration event was marked by the attendance of the Lord Lieutenant for Antrim Joan Christie and Sammy Wilson MLA Finance Minister at Stormont.

Results are attached and also here.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 28 May 2013 10:24 AM

Carrickfergus Sailing Club have offered to take motorhomes/caravans for the Country Antrim Championships with parking available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Address

Rodgers Quay
Carrickfergus
BT38 8BE

Secure site with toilets
1 mile from venue

Contact George Taylor 07935784502