Friday 18 January 2019

Pipe Band finish second at big All-Ireland event

The Wicklow Pipe Band perform at the All-Ireland Pipe Band Championship.
The Wicklow Pipe Band perform at the All-Ireland Pipe Band Championship.

Myles Buchanan

Wicklow Pipe Band travelled to New Ross in County Wexford recently where members were delighted to finish up in second place at the 73rd All-Ireland Pipe Band Championship.

The band competed against over 20 other bands in their grade, some from as far afield as the USA and Canada.

Wicklow Pipe Band were drawn to perform at 1 p.m. and played a great set from start to finish in front of a very large audience.

Five judges were adjudicating for the top four places and commented afterwards on the high standards achieved on the day.

The second place finish is regarded as one of the pipe band's top achievements to date and congratulations have been extended to all involved with the band - all players, committee members and supporters.

Alan Dunne of Wicklow Pipe Band said the result exceeded all expectations.

'We are always very proud to represent our town on a national and international stage and we cannot underestimate the work that everyone has put in since last September, practicing twice and three times per week. We also have members travelling from Gorey and Arklow to play along with the local guys from Rathnew and Wicklow and I'm delighted that it has resulted in us bringing home the trophy'.

The band's next stop is off to Northern Ireland to play in Lisburn on Saturday, August 4, before heading to Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships on August 17.

Wicklow People