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, Saturday||Celtic Weave Concert, New Ross, Co Wexford||Cancelled|
|18th April, Saturday||Pan Celtic Solos / South East Solo Championships, Carlow College||Cancelled|
|25th April, Saturday||Stewards & Compilers Course, Munster Branch Meeting||Postponed|
|Leinster Pipe Band Championships, Swords Castle||Rescheduled for 1stAugust|
|South of Ireland Championships, Mallow Castle, Mallow, Co Cork||Postponed|
|Munster Championships, Promenade, Cobh, Co Cork||Cancelled|
|East of Ireland Championships, Howth, Co Dublin||Decision to be made end of April|
|4th July, Saturday||All Ireland Championships, Newbridge House, Demesne, Donabate, Co Dublin||Postponed|
| 19th July,|
|Sea Breeze Contest, Arklow, Co Wicklow||Under 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.’