Killorglin and District Pipe BandWritten by Lorcan
Killorglin has always been associated with Puck Fair and Laune Rangers, but between 1945 and the mid 1960’s it also had its own Pipe Band. During that period the band played all over the county. Their Pipe Major was Peter O’Toole and Drum Sergeant was a Mr McCarty, both Killarney men. Unfortunately due to immigration and lack of new members the bands numbers dwindled and the band broke up in the mid 1960’s.
In 2010 a group of local people got together with a view to reforming the band. In October after a public meeting in the town it was decided to go ahead with the venture. Gerard Baynham from Castlemaine came on board as Pipe Major and a local drummer, Billy Coffey, took on the job of drum sergeant.
The band commenced practice on 16th of October 2010 and progressed rapidly, so much so, that the band performed in public for the first time at the unveiling of the railway monument in Iveragh Road, Killorglin at the end of July 2011. This was a fantastic achievement in such a short time. It was down to the hours and hours of practice and hard work put in by band members and also the dedication of their Pipe Major, who dedicated all of his time to the band.
The band was also gerenously offered the the use of The Chapel On The Hill owned by Eamonn Crowley, for practice sessions, we are the envy of many other bands to have such a facility available to us.
When starting off the band got tremendous help from pipe bands in the region, including members from Newcastlewest,Valentia, Cullen and Tralee, without this outside help the band would certainly have taken longer to find it’s feet.
In July 2011 the Band was granted funding from the South Kerry Development Partnership for new equipment. This enabled the band to purchase new sets of pipes and drum kits which has allowed the band to take part in various events throughout the Region.
Any band is only as good as its members and supporters and thankfully the band has grown steadily over the last eighteen months to its present number of 25 playing members and 7 junior members (now learning both pipes and drums). The Band is very grateful to the people and businesses in Killorglin and the surrounding areas for all their support and encouragement.
Over the next few months the band can be seen at different venues around the county, including the Munster Pipe Band Championships in Tralee on June 17th. They will also be performing during the Puck Fair Festival in Killorglin on August 10th, 11th and 12th and at the Rose of Tralee festival at the end of August.
If you or anybody you know might be interested in joining the band please feel free to contact any band member for information or by contacting any of the current officers of Killorglin and District Pipe Band.
Chairman Pat Pigott 087-6874557
Secretary Niamh Hogan 087-9252243
Treasurer/PRO Eamon Mulvihill 087-2602302
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