Friday 28 October 2016

Dublin pipe band blow up a storm against world's best

St Laurence O'Toole pipe band
St Laurence O'Toole pipe band

Dublin's St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band have something to blow about after finishing third in the World Pipe Band Championships.

The musicians, now based in Tallaght but originally from the north inner city, were among 235 bands from 14 countries who competed on Glasgow Green at the weekend.

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Lisburn, Co Antrim, were named world champions while Scotland's Inveraray and District Pipe Band came second.


It was such a close-fought competition that only a single point separated second and third place.

Piper in Laurence O'Toole Pipe band
Piper in Laurence O'Toole Pipe band

Field Marshal Montgomery is a regular force to be reckoned with, having been the best in the world 11 times since being founded in 1945.

The band is named after famed World War Two commander Bernard 'Monty' Montgomery.

As well as claiming third place, St Laurence O'Toole took the honours for best drum corps in the medley, march, Strathspey and reel and overall categories.

In 2010 - the band's centenary year - they won the World, European and All-Ireland Championships.

Established in 1910 at a meeting organised by the St Laurence O'Toole GAA Club in Seville Place, the band has played during some of Ireland's most historic moments. They also played at the funerals of many Irish leaders including Thomas Ashe, Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins.

The band was the first to be heard on RTE following the establishment of the national broadcaster.

The weekend's championships attracted 8,000 pipers and drummers from places as far away as Canada, South Africa and New Zealand and were attended by 40,000 spectators.

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