Tullamore pipers star on European stage

ST Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Tullamore added to their haul of silverware this season by claiming fourth prize at the European Championships in Stormont, Belfast last Saturday.

ST Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Tullamore added to their haul of silverware this season by claiming fourth prize at the European Championships in Stormont, Belfast last Saturday.

It maintains the band’s record of achieving a placing at each competition they have participated in this year and was the their first trophy at a major championship since 1992. Grade 4B was won by Achill from Co Mayo, who continue to blaze a trail towards being upgraded after a string of wins this year with Closkelt in second place followed by Fivemiletown in third. The prize list was completed by Tullamore, Bellaghy and Clogher & District.

The final classification showed that the gap between the second, third and fourth-placed bands was particularly tight and, but for what seemed to be a bogus call by one of the judges, Tullamore may have achieved an even better result.

Nonetheless, the band members now turn their attention to the season’s blue riband event - the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on August 13. St Colmcille’s achieved a 10th place finish in their first appearance at the event last year and are confident that they can improve on that result by securing a top six finish.

Band members who competed last Saturday: Joe Mooney (pipe major), John Leamy (pipe sergeant), Don Devine, Gary Mangan, Pat Middleton, Paul Mooney and Pat Nolan; Willie Currams (drum sergeant), Michael Middleton (drum corporal), Ross Cannon and Brandon Troy; Ollie Pyke, Susan Feery, Martin Donnellan and Leo Middleton.