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Friday 18 April 2014

Firefighters' Pipe Band in CD launch

A MAJOR fundraising drive by the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band has swung into action. The band, which includes Fingal firefighters, has released a charity CD with all proceeds going to the Irish charity Suicide or Survive (SOS). Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band is made up of serving and retired firefighters who have witnessed first hand on a daily basis the often devastating affects of mental health issues and suicide.

'Mental health issues are prevalent in Irish society today more than ever before and, the timing of this CD is noteworthy,' saiod Tom O'Loughlin from Swords Fire Station and the secretary of the pipe band. It is the first-ever release by the pioe band, which has been together for 27 years. The CD named 'Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band and Friends' 'Monday Nights in Marino' is the result of many long hours of hard work recording in the Red Hand Bottling Company Recording Studio, Clasac Centre, Alfie Byrne Rd in Clontarf, under the expertise of audio engineer and producer Graham Watson.

Producing a CD was considered on a number of occasions throughout the years but never gathered momentum, however following the 150th celebrations of Dublin Fire Brigade a committee from the band was formed under project leader Mark Toner (Firefighter A Watch Kilbarrack) and the work began. Additional practice nights and recording dates took up all of the Bands time in the weeks ahead. Our expert tutors Ciaran Mordaunt on the drums and Dave Rickard on the pipes provided much valued guidance throughout the whole project.

Friends of the band were invited to record on some of our 11 tracks, including Kelley Bermingham vocals, Niall Gilchrist (Firefighter C Watch, Swords) on guitar, Michael Lothian on drums, the Band of An Garda Siochana, the Tallaght Youth Band, the Dublin City Council Choir, broadcaster Joe Duffy, the bell ringers of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and a solo performance of the band's own piping tutor, Dave Rickard. Funds raised from the sale of the CD will go directly to SOS, which aims to break down the stigma associated with mental health issues, providing a service that offers hope, a safe place and a positive future for people.

Keeping production costs to a minimum would not have been possible without the kind support of our project sponsors, namely, DUBCO, DFB Sports and Social Club, Dublin City Council Arts Office, The Music Outlet Swords, McCallum Bagpipes and Liberty FBLA Voluntary Protection Scheme. The CD is now on sale for €10 from The Music Outlet, Swords and Tower Records, Wicklow Street and also available to purchase online. Full details available from our website www.dublinfirebrigadepipeband.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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