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Founding officer of Millstreet Pipe Band passes away

Banteer suffered a sad loss on the death of Con Tarrant, a popular and respected businessman and community figure.

Associated with a number of organisations over the years, Con's gentle and affable presence won many friends. A native of Millstreet, he figured promimently with the local Pipe Band for many years.

Known as a great bastion of piped music, associated with a multitude of sporting and social events, the late Con fronted Millstreeet Pipe Band as Drum Major, the familiar red and green tartan outfits, kilts and braided tunics with brass buttons and white spats ever familiar at a Munster Football Championship to the annual Rose of Tralee Festival and Michael Collins Commemoration at Béal na mBláth.

The concept of commencing a band surfaced in the early 1950s, the hopes became a reality and on St. Patrick's Day in 1952, Millstreet performed their first official engagement, the inaugural Band officers saw the late Con as Secretary and the position of Drum Major for close on 40 years.

Con moved to Banteer and set up a business that continues to thrive under the family name. His extensive knowledge and unfailing good humour endeared him to a legion of friends and customers.

Holding a great interest in history, events of the past were splendidly captured and shared by Con in regular articles on Seanchas Dúthalla.

Con's passing evokes a feeling of loss and sympathy is extended to his family.

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