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Posted by Ian Burrows on 28 July 2014 3:20 PM

The Mid-Ulster Section of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year.  The first contest held by the Mid-Ulster Section, under the umbrella of the Scottish Pipe Band Association, was on Saturday, 2nd July, 1955, at Killymoon Demesne, Cookstown.

The 60th Mid-Ulster Championships for pipe bands and drum majors will be held on Saturday, 2nd August, at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena (MUSA), Tullywiggan Road, Cookstown.  There is an excellent entry of 47 bands and 49 drum majors with bands attending from right across Ireland.  Battlehill Pipe Band will be the first band to compete at 11:40

The organisers are operating a free shuttle bus to those attending the contest. This town centre shuttle bus will be available to pick up passengers at the front of the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena and transport them to The Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Burn Road, Cookstown. This service will be available from 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m.

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Mid-Ulster Championships are, from left: Lynn Shiels, Town Strategy manager (acting); Desmond McLaughlin, Secretary Mid-Ulster Section; Alex Crooks, Vice-President Mid-Ulster Section; Wilbert Buchanan, Chairman Cookstown District Council; Lowry Ferguson, Chieftain; Sam Glasgow M.B.E., President Mid-Ulster Section; Oliver McShane, Head of Sports Services Cookstown District Council; and Ray Hall, Chairman Northern Ireland Branch.

Posted by Ian Scott on 8 October 2013 10:21 AM

Mid Ulster Section's AGM takes place on Wednesday 9th October commencing at 7.30pm in the Royal Hotel Cookstown.

All Mid-Ulster band representatives are welcome.

Posted by Mervyn Herron on 9 June 2013 10:33 AM

Amid bright hot sunshine all day long, and not what we have been used for the  first few events. Mid Ulster Section put on a briliant show with a huge turn out of bands the largest by far this year. Well done to new secretary Ian Scott for a job well done. It was great to see veteran pipe band man Erroll Hassin getting the top honour on the day as Chieftain.

Results are attached

Posted by Ian Scott on 3 June 2013 1:06 PM


Camper/Motor Homes will not be permitted to park overnight at Cookstown High School on Friday 7th June 2013.


Dress for Drum Majors will take place at 11am.  Heats due to start at 12.

See you all there on Saturday!



Posted by Ian Burrows on 23 May 2013 4:57 PM

The draw for the Mid-Ulster Championships in Cookstown is now online, please click here to view.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 10 March 2013 12:45 PM

The Mid-Ulster Section will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 13th March, 2013 in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown commencing at 8 pm.

All Mid-Ulster band representatives are welcome.

Posted by Ian Burrows on 18 February 2013 3:07 PM

The Mid-Ulster Section will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 20th February 2013 in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown commencing at 7.30 pm.

All Mid-Ulster band representatives are welcome.

Posted by Gloria Aicken on 11 October 2012 11:52 AM

The Mid-Ulster Section held its AGM on Wednesday 10th October in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown.

I want to advise of some New Positions Filled at this meeting.

Chairman:- Mr William Bowman

Vice Chairman:- Mr Malcolm Wilson

Secretary:- Mr Ian Scott

New address details:- 67 Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, BT80 8HD

Email address:- Ianscott1986@hotmail.co.uk Mobile:- 07547304434

All other positions were elected on block and remain the same.

At this point may i wish the new secretary Ian every good luck in his new role. 

I decided to step down at last nights meeting after serving the Section for quite a number of years due to my own personal reasons.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported and assisted me over the years.  To all the Mid-Ulster bands for their continued support and to the NI Branch members i thank you each and everyone for all your assistance. Without everyone's help and support Cookstown would not have such a successful competition.

I thank the outgoing Chairman Lowry Ferguson for all his guidance and assitance throughout our time working together as a great team for the Section.

I know that Mid-Ulster section will continue to go from Strength to Strength and i personally wish Ian, Willie and Malcolm every success in their new roles.

Kind Regards

Gloria Aicken