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All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2013

Updated on August 9, 2013


At the conclusion of the competition all the pipe bands gathered together to form a massed band.

Senior drum major Brian Wilson led the massed band.

The massed band played Scotland the Brave, Battles Ore and Highland Laddie.


Competition for the pipe bands commenced with Grade 4B starting with Topp Star of The North. Other bands included Derryclayin, McDonald Memorial, Gorey, Raphoe, Ballydonaghy, Killen and District. A total of 19 bands was entered into this grade.

Grade 4A started with Marlacoo and District. McNeillstown, the Australian band Scotch College Pipes and Drums, Cullybackey. 13 entries in this section.

Grade 3B kicked off at 2pm with Upper Crossgare, Syerla and District, Tullylagan, Matt Boyd Memorial. 10 entries.

Grade 3A Ballybriest, Gransham, Gortaclare, St Laurence O'Toole. 9 bands.

Grade 2 had 8 entries including Manorcunningham, Cullen and Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The top grade Grade 1 commenced at 4.30 with Cullybackey, Seven Towers, St Laurence O'Toole, Ravara and finished with the popular Field Marshall Montgomery. Bands in this grade competed in the March, Strathspey and Reel playing one of their 2 medleys - choice made on the line just before entering the arena. After the bands had all played once, they then had to play again for the Medley.


Seven Towers
Seven Towers
Syerla Pipe Band
Syerla Pipe Band


Another successful event was held in the 2013 UK City of Culture - Derry/Londonderry - the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships.

Chieftain for the day was Alderman Gary Middleton, Deputy Mayor of Londonderry and board member of Culture Company 2013.

Officials for the Irish Pipe Band Association were:

President Con O'Connell

Vice President David Burke

Chairman Ciaran Mordaunt

Vice Chairman Brian MacMahon

Secretary Finbar Connolly

Over 60 bands entered this All Ireland Championship. Enteries included Scotch College Band from Australia.

The weather was excellent - sunshine throughout the whole day.

Derry Walls


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All Ireland Pipe Band Championships Winners

Since the year 2000 when Scottish Power won this Championship, the overall winner has been Field Marshall Montgomery or St Laurence O'Toole.

Previous All Ireland Pipe Band Championship winners from 2005:

2005 Field Marshall Montgomery

2006 Field Marshall Montgomery

2007 St Laurence O'Toole

2008 St Laurence O'Toole

2009 Field Marshal Montgomery

2010 St Laurence O'Toole

2011 Field Marshall Montgomery

2012 Field Marshall Montgomery

2013 Field Marshall Montgomery

Winners 2013

Winners of the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2013

Grade 1 first place goes to Field Marshall Montgomery; second St Laurence O'Toole

Grade 2 first Bleary and District followed by PSNI

Grade 3A first Raffrey; second Ballybriest

Grade 3B winner New Ross and District; second Tullylagan; third Syerla & District

Grade 4A first place Tullintrain; second Scotch College Pipes & Drums from Australia

Grade 4B first Raphoe; second Battlehill

Drum Majors:

Senior - first Steven Gilchrist, Ballycoan

Juvenile - first Jason Price, Marlacoo & District

Junior - first Zoe McDowell, Aughintober

Novice - first Rachel Lowry, Armaghbreague


Money collected from this event goes towards the British Heart Foundation charity.

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    • Mavis Hazelton profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Yes photos taken by me; Thanks

    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      very beautiful photos. Were they taken by you? Awesome and fascinating. We don't get to see such event in our country. Wish I have the chance to visit your country and watch them live. Voted up


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