Dungannon to host Ulster Pipe Band Championships
IT’S first for Dungannon as thousands of pipe band enthusiasts from across the province and beyond converge on Dungannon Park for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s (NI) Ulster Championships, hosted at this prestigious Tyrone venue, on Saturday 4th August.
The Ulster Championships organised in association with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council is set to attract upwards of sixty pipe bands from across the island of Ireland competing in the last local event before the World Championships in Glasgow.
Many of the Borough’s local bands including Aughintober, Syerla, Matt Boyd Memorial and Howard Memorial pipe bands will be hoping to be in ‘step and tune’ on the day supported as always by an enthusiastic local following.
Dungannon is hosting the Ulster 2012 Championships for the first time having played host to the Tyrone Championships for the last three years.
Plans are well under way to ensure that this year’s ‘piping hot’ spectacle builds on the successes of previous years, which have been some of the largest one day events held in the Borough in recent years. The continued strategic partnership with Dungannon Rugby Football Club will again assist in areas of logistical support necessary to host an event of this magnitude with Flavour of Tyrone adding a ‘Taste’ of all that is good in food with the introduction of our ‘Taste of Tyrone Food Marquee’, another first for this year’s event! Children’s entertainment is also on the menu with mini amusements so why not ‘fling’ yourself into what must be surely a great opportunity for a colourful and foot tapping family day out in Tyrone!
And there’s more………..complimenting the Ulster Championships and a great way to finish off the day, Aughintober Pipe Band are hosting the ‘International Piping in the Park’ competition in Dungannon Rugby Club from 8.00pm where some of the World’s top pipers will be showcasing their ‘hot hands’. Players from as far away as Australia will be representing their home country with top playing and top entertainment guaranteed.
At the launch of the Ulster Championships Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council Councillor Phelim Gildernew said;
“Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council is delighted to welcome the return of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI) to the Borough for the prestigious Ulster Championship. Staged in Dungannon Park this event will be a musical feast for pipe band followers and a colourful spectacular to be enjoyed by all.”
Fred Walker, President of the RSBPA NI Branch is looking forward to the Championships;
“The Branch is truly delighted to be returning to Dungannon, the ancient capital of Ulster and on this occasion to bring the Ulster Championships back to Tyrone. The success of the Tyrone Championships paved the way for the Ulster’s and we are looking forward to a showcase event in Dungannon, a venue fast becoming one of Northern Ireland’s cultural tourism hubs.”
Dungannon Rugby Football Club President, Mr George Gallagher recognises the importance of the event to the area and stated: “Dungannon Rugby Club is delighted to be involved in the Ulster Championships, in conjunction with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council. We hope that this high profile cross community event will continue to grow in popularity and build on the increasing success of the three previous years.”
For further information contact the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Branch Office on 028 9267 0445
For local tourist information including accommodation visit www.flavouroftyrone.com or telephone Killymaddy TIC on 028 8776 7259.
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