All Irelands Postponed by IPBA in Revised 2020 Schedule

The Irish Pipe Band Association today issued the following changes regarding their pipe band contests this summer. They include the postponement of the All Ireland Championships which were going to be a showpiece celebration of the Association’s 75th Anniversary.

IPBA Secretary John G Sheehan said postponed events would be kept under review to ascertain the viability of an alternative date later in the year. He then issued the following:

22nd March, Sunday Munster Solo Championships, Courtenay Boys Primary School, Newcastle West, Co Limerick Cancelled  
28th March, SaturdayCeltic Weave Concert, New Ross, Co WexfordCancelled 
18th April, Saturday Pan Celtic Solos / South East Solo Championships, Carlow College Cancelled  
25th April, SaturdayStewards & Compilers Course, Munster Branch MeetingPostponed 
2nd May,
Leinster Pipe Band Championships, Swords CastleRescheduled for 1stAugust 
6th June,
South of Ireland Championships, Mallow Castle, Mallow, Co CorkPostponed 
20th June,
Munster Championships, Promenade, Cobh, Co CorkCancelled 
28th June,
East of Ireland Championships, Howth, Co DublinDecision to be made end of April 
4th July, SaturdayAll Ireland Championships, Newbridge House, Demesne, Donabate, Co DublinPostponed 
 19th July,
Sea Breeze Contest, Arklow, Co WicklowUnder review 

Seamus Russell, IPBA Vice President, said: ‘It is with great regret that due to COVID-19 pandemic the Joint Advisory Council (Irish Pipe Band Association & RSPBA NI ) have taken the decision to postpone the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships which were due to take place on July 4th in Newbridge House and Demesne in Donabate, County Dublin.

‘The championships will not take place on that date. A decision on whether or not a date can be rescheduled for later in the Summer or early Autumn will be kept under review. Please stay safe.’

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