Sunday 18 March 2018

Pipe band on hunt for fresh faces

Myles buchanan

ST Patrick's Pipe Band once again marched as part of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Wicklow, but new blood is required if the band is to continue to prosper.

The band was formed in February 1946 from the disbanded Local Defence Forces and took part in their first St. Patrick's Day Parade that year. The band hasn't missed a parade on March 17 since then.

The band will be engaging on a recruitment drive over the coming months looking for new and past members. They are also on the search for a permanent home.

'At the moment we are looking for a permanent building that we can use as a band hall with storage to create a stronger identity in the town and its environs. Currently our equipment is dotted around members homes and we need to have one space that we can call home,' says Pipe Band Chairperson, Marianne Bohan.

New members have to be a minimum of 10 years of age and must be able to carry equipment when the band takes part in parades.

All tuition is offered free of charge by experienced senior members. All the equipment and uniforms required are provided by the band. Weekly subs of €4 covers the cost of insurance.

You can contact present committee members if you would be interested in joining St. Patrick's Pipe Band or know of a location that would make for an ideal home. The contacts are Marianne Bohan (0404) 68538, Jennifer Costello (087) 0640337 or Patricia O'Neill (0404) 61395.

Wicklow People