Killorglin & District Pipe Band

Killorglin has a proud pipe band tradition stretching back to 1945. Formed in the same year that World War 2 ended, the Laune Pipe Band gave the communities of the Mid-Kerry region a positive focus when times were tough. The band became a source of pride for the people of Killorglin, and old photographs from this era bear witness to the crowds that turned out to cheer the band whenever they paraded through the streets. The band thrived in the fifties but by 1965 it had lost so many members to immigration that it had to disband. In 2010 a group of individuals came together in an attempt to re-establish the band. It was immediately apparent that the people of Killorglin and Mid-Kerry were very supportive of the idea. A committee was formed and under the able chairmanship of Pat Pigott, Killorglin and District Pipe Band was founded, and the rest as they say, is history. Finding a teacher to give tuition in piping to willing participants who had no previous experience was the first step. Gerard Baynham (Castlemaine) was approached and asked if he would take on this onerous task. A gifted piper himself, Ger willingly came on board as Pipe Major and teacher, and the enthusiasm which he brought to the project was infectious. Classes commenced on November 10th 2010 and the band was up and running. From humble beginnings ( 6 pipers and 3 drummers” all novices) the band has grown steadily and today we stand at 10 pipers and 10 drummers. The Killorglin & District Pipe Band very first public engagement was at the launch of The Railway Monument on Iveragh Road on 5th August 2011. Less than a week later the band led the Puck Fair 2011 Opening Parade, and the pride that the people of Killorglin felt on that day as they saw their band coming over the bridge was palpable. Today the band performs about forty times a year at various events throughout the county, from Caherciveen to Ballyheigue and from Castlegregory to Ballybunion as well as Puck Fair, The Rose of Tralee Festival, County Hurling and Football Finals and Colleges Finals in Munster. Killorglin and District Pipe Band has become an integral part of the cultural life of The Kingdom. The band also competes in a number of Pipe Band Association competitions each year – a huge achievement for a band so young. Ranging in age from 12 to 70 the band continues to go from strength to strength…

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