The New Ross and District Pipe Band

- a brief history



The New Ross and District Pipe Band was founded in 1974 and since its inception has been consistently one of the top performing bands in the country . The highlight of the band's career to date was undoubtedly the winning of the All-Ireland Pipe Band Championships in 1987 but as well as that outstanding win , the band won 2nd. prize in the 1986 All-Ireland and won 3rd. prizes in the same championships in 1978 and 1984 . In 1986 the band became one of the few Irish bands to bring prizes out of Scotland when it finished 5th. at the Cowal Highland Gathering in a competition which had an entry of 72 bands . The band has won the Leinster Championships on numerous occasions as well as a host of minor championships .
The band has represented Ireland abroad on three occasions apart from its numerous trips to Scottish competitions . In 1986 , the band represented Ireland at an International Folk Festival in Northern Spain ; in 1987 the band was brought to Wales by the BBC in order to play at the Welsh National Eistedfodd in Fishguard ( and appeared on S4C and BBC television ) ; and in 1988 the band represented Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in Brittany , France .
The band was absent from the contest scene for two years 1991/92 but since returning to the scene in 1993 it has steadily built up its performance and has had a number of notable successes especially the two prizes it took out of the North of Ireland against very stiff opposition .
Over the past two years the band has spent some 9000 on up-grading its equipment and uniform and members have taken out personal loans to purchase new kilts at a cost of 3000 .
In 1995 the band won 6th. prize at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow as well as the prize for the best bass and tenor drum section . The band finished as Champion of Champions in Grade 3 that year .
The band plays a very active part in the social and cultural life of New Ross and members of the New Ross band have taught bands in Kilkenny , Carlow , Waterford , and Durrow , Co. Laois . The Pipe Major of the band , Brian Mac Mahon , is principal of the national College of Piping and Drumming which is sponsored by the Arts Council and which runs courses on piping,drumming and musical theory throughout the country . Brian is also the National Secretary of the Irish Pipe Band Association and Chairman of the South East Branch of the same Association and is a recognised piping judge . Another member of the band , Margaret Saunders , is the Treasurer of the Pipe Band Association .

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