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:    …

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Editor’s Notebook: PP Lockdown Challenge/ Band Cancellations/ Dave Mason Book/ Bob Worrall/ Farewell to the Creeks

The PP Lockdown Challenge covers four areas of endeavour which we hope will stimulate readers’ creative sensibilities during this protracted period of confinement viz: Drawing or Painting anything with a piping or pipe band connection. Experienced artist and RSBA judge Robert Mathieson has kindly agreed to judge. P/M David Bruce is quick off the mark with this example of his work (above). David writes: ‘Did this one over the last…

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Piping Press Lockdown Challenge Launched

The great lockdown has begun, writes the Editor. The omens for what’s left of the piping and pipe band season are not good. May gone, June gone, July gone, August under threat. After that who knows? The important thing during this unprecedented period is to obey the rules, stay safe and be busy. For pipers that means keeping the instrument going, learning new tunes. Moreover, the pipes have always been…

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Inveraray Games Cancelled

This large Highland games, with several piping competitions, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Piping Convenor James Beaton: ‘The 2020 Inveraray Highland Games will be cancelled, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to be back in 2021.We will also deal with refunds for those that have entered and paid.’ Inverary joins the long list of games that have had to be cancelled because of the outbreak. Check…

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Editor’s Notebook: Virus Opportunities/ South West Scotland/ USPF Deadline/ Florida Wins – updated

One asks when will this all end? Well we can write off the rest of March, all of April and probably most of May as well. In the UK the spread of flu bugs and the like generally drops off with the arrival of spring and summer but whether that will be the same for this little swine of a virus I don’t know. Blair Atholl, Strathmore, Luss, Balloch and…

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