St Colmcille’s Pipe Band hosting centenary concert

ST Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Tullamore will mark its centenary with a gala concert at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Friday, November 11 next.

ST Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Tullamore will mark its centenary with a gala concert at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Friday, November 11 next.

The date is particularly significant as it precisely marks 100 years since the band’s foundation on 11-11-1911.

The band, which is the third oldest in the country having been established just a year after St Laurence O’Toole and Black Raven from Dublin, has enjoyed the most successful season in its long history having collected a total of 10 trophies in 2011, culminating in a second place finish in their grade at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in August.

Tickets have recently gone on sale for the concert and the uptake has already been considerable. Indeed, former band members are travelling home to Tullamore from overseas to take in the occasion. The band will be joined by a wide variety of guest musicians on the night, ensuring that all musical tastes are catered for.

The concert was launched at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Monday night (October 3) when the band had the haul of trophies they accumulated in 2011 on display.

Master of ceremonies will be well-known Sunday Game pundit and former Offaly hurler Michael Duignan.

Band chairman Willie Currams commented: “We see the concert as an ideal way to round off what has been a brilliant year for the band. It’s a reflection of our confidence and ambition that we had no qualms about staging an event as big as this and, although word of the concert is only just starting to spread, we’ve had ticket requests from various corners of the country and abroad already.

“The event itself will have a broad mix of various types of music and will showcase the range of multi-instrumentalists which we have in the band. With an eclectic bunch of guest performers, we’d like to think that we have a set-list which will appeal to generations both young and old.

“While we have enjoyed terrific support from the people of Tullamore and Offaly over the past number of years, I would urge the public to support this event as they will not be left disappointed.”

Tickets for the concert cost €15 and are available from any band member or from the Tullamore Court Hotel.