John Kelly reports:The County Fermanagh Pipe Band and Drum Majors Championships were held at Broadmeadow Playing Fields, Enniskillen on Saturday 26th May. Twenty three bands and 36 drum majors took part.
The sound of pipes and beat of drum was heard in Enniskillen from mid day until early evening. The event was organised by the Fermanagh Section of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland. The Chieftain of the Day was Eamonn Kelly, a member of Cavanacarragh Pipe Band and the special guest was Councillor Alan Baird,
Vice-Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Council. Former First Minister Arlene Foster MLA, an Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI), made a welcomed visit to the competition.
Grade 2: Closkelt (main picture), Grade 3A: Marlacoo & District, Grade 3B: St. Mary’s Derrytrasna, and Grade 4A: MacNeilstown, Grade 4B: Gransha.
The drum major winners were: Adult: Lauren Hanna (Lomond and Clyde), Junior: Jamie Cupples (Mackenzie Caledonian), Juvenile: Kathy Hunter (Manorcunningham) and Novice: Carys Graham (Upper Crossgare).
Complete results courtesy Gilbert Cromie:
There were 23 bands and 36 drum majors.
(23 bands attended with 5 of those same bands playing up a grade)
Grade 1: 1st Closkelt [also Best Pipes, Drums, Bass Section and M&D], 2nd Colmcille. Grade 2: 1st Closkelt [also Best Pipes, Drums, and Bass Section], 2nd Ravara [also Best M&D], 3rdColmcille, 4th Marlacoo & District. Grade 3A: 1st Marlacoo & District [also Best Pipes and M&D], 2nd Thiepval Memorial, 3rd Matt Boyd Memorial, 4th Drumlough. Best Drums: Upper Crossgare. Best Bass Section. Quinn Memorial. Grade 3B: 1st St Mary’s Derrytrasna, 2nd Battlehill [also Best M&D], 3rd Tullylagan [also Best Drum and Bass Section], 4th McNeillstown. Grade 4A: 1stMcNeillstown [also Best Drums], 2nd Kildoag, 3rd Augharan [also Best Bass Section], 4th Cloughfin. Best M&D Derryclavin. Grade 4B: 1st Gransha, 2nd Wicklow [also Best Bass Section and M&D], 3rd Sgt Walker Memorial [also Best Drums], 4th Joseph Forde Memorial.
Drum Majors. Adult: 1st Lauren Hanna, 2nd Andrea McKeown Gibson, 3rd Jason Price, 4th Emma Barr, 5th Joanne Graham. Juvenile: 1st Jamie Cupples, 2nd Rachel Lowry, 3rd Kara Gilmour, 4th Katie Bicker, 5th Lana Gibson. Junior: 1st Kathy Hunter, 2nd Abigail Wenlock, 3rd Louis Anderson, 4th Zara Cupples, 5th Leanne Crooks. Novice: 1st Carys Graham, 2nd Louise Smiton, 3rd Jamie Lee Wilson, 4th Mia Buckley, 5th Harry Mills.