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Latest News:

Fingal Solo Piping & Drumming Championships
Online registration now available. Details on Latest News & Calendar pages.

All Ireland Solo Results
Available on the Results page.

Fingal Solo Piping & Drumming Championships
Details of a new contest in October. See Latest News & Calendar pages.

All Ireland Solos 2016
Update regarding entries for this years All Ireland Solos. See Latest News.

World Pipe Band Championships
Update on IPBA bands at this years World PB Championships is on the Latest News page.

Arklow Results 2016
Now available on the Results page.

Arklow Draw 2016
Available on the Calendar page.

All Ireland 2016 Results
Available on the Home & Results pages. Congratulations to all participants.

All Ireland Venue Map Available on the Home & Latest News pages.

St Laurence O'Toole PB - European Champions 2016
See Latest News page

Results of the East of Ireland Championships
Held in Howth on June 26th are now available on the Results page.

Draw for East of Ireland Championships
Howth Contest draw is available on the Calendar page.

2016 Arklow Pipe Band Contest
Syllabus & Entry Form is now available on the Calendar page.

Achievements at RSPBA Majors 2016

2016 World Championships
August 13th, Glasgow Green, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
3rd & 1st Drums
Drum Corp:
World Champions 2016

St. Joseph's Clondalkin [3B]
3rd & 3rd Drums

Clontibret PB [4B]
2nd & 2nd Drums

2016 Scottish Championships
July 30th, Dumbarton, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
2nd & 4th Drums

Raphoe [4A]
3rd & 2nd Drums

2016 European Championships
June 25th, Forres, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
European Champions 2016

2016 U.K. Championships
June 11th, Stormont, Belfast

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
6th & 2nd Drums

New Ross & District [3A]
5th Place

St. Joseph's Clondalkin [3B]
3rd & 3rd Drums

Clontibret PB [4B]
2nd & 3rd Drums

2016 British Championships
May 21st Paisley, Scotland

St. Laurence O'Toole [1]
3rd & 3rd Drums

New Ross & District [3A]
5th & 2nd Drums

Clontibret PB [4B]
1st & 1st Drums
British Champions 2016
Drum Corp:
British Champions 2016


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Keep up to date here with all the latest news within the IPBA.

Fingal Solo Piping & Drumming Championships

The above Piping and Drumming Solo Championships will take place on Sunday 9th of October.
The venue is Lusk National School with a commencing time of 11:00am.

All Solo Grades catered for including a “Dad’s Army” Grade.
Open to Pipers and Drummers who have reached the age of 50 years.

Syllabus / Entry Form - Also available on the Calendar page.

Note: Online registration is now also available from here.

All Ireland Solos 2016 - Online Entry

Entries for the 2016 All Ireland Solos are being processed this year by a new online entry system via the RSPBANI Branch.
Please find attached

1). All-Ireland Syllabus

2). Document containing instructions on how to process your online entry for this year.

If you have any difficulties processing your entry please contact the RSPBANI Branch Office.

Multiple entries from bands are possible but please note that All Entrants must have an email address.

The closing date for entries is Saturday, 10th September.

Finbarr Connolly
IPBA Hon Secretary

World Pipe Band Championships 2016

Congratulations to prizewinning IPBA bands at the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green, Saturday 13th August.

  • St. Laurence O’Toole (Grade 1)
    3rd Place and also 2016 World Champion Drum Corp
  • St. Josephs Clondalkin (Grade 3B)
    3rd Place and also 3rd Place Drum Corp
  • Clontibret, Co. Monaghan (Grade 4B)
    2nd Place and also 2nd Place Drum Corp

Complete Results are available from here.

All Ireland Venue Map

Below is a link to the venue map for this weekends All Ireland Pipeband Championship.

Venue layout map for the 2016 All Ireland Chapionships at Malahide Castle & Gardens, Malahide, Co. Dublin.

St. Laurence O’Toole PB - European 2016 Grade 1 Champions

Congratulations to PM Alen Tully, LD Stephen Creighton and all the members of St. Laurence O’Toole PB of Dublin, on the wonderful result achieved at the 2016 European PB Championships at Forres, Scotland, Saturday, 25th June.

Well done to all involved.
Best for the rest of season.

Finbarr Connolly
IPBA Hon Secretary

2016 All Ireland Championships - Latest Updates

For Motor Home Parking:
Contact: Trish O'Callaghan

For Coach Parking, Disabled Parking & Coach Passes:
Contact: Bid Ryan

IPBA Bands at the 2016 British Championships

IPBA bands do very well at the 2016 British Championships at Paisley, Scotland, Saturday, 21st May.

Grade 1: St. Laurence O’Toole 3rd place as band and also 3rd place in drumming.

Grade 3A: New Ross & District 5th place as band and also 2nd place in drumming.

Grade 4B: Pride of place on this occasion must go to Grade 4B Clontibret PB from Co. Monaghan.
1st Place as band and also 1st place in Drumming; 2016 British Champions - Piping and Drumming.

Congratulations and well done to all bands.

Finbarr Connolly
IPBA Hon Secretary

71st All Ireland Pipe Band Championships

The 2016 All Ireland Pipe Band Championships, sponsored by Fingal County Council, will take place on Saturday 2nd of July.
The venue is the Bridge Field of Malahide Castle Demense, close to Malahide village
Our thanks to Fingal County Council for the support being provided.

Please find 2016 All Ireland Pipe Band Championships Syllabus.

Finbarr Connolly
IPBA Hon Secretary

Charities Register

All charitable organisations are required by law to register with the Charities register. Basically, a charity is defined as any organisation which is providing a service to the community on a non profit-making basis. Organisations supplying education, community supports or promoting the arts (pipe bands) are now deemed to be charities under the Act. The “Register of Charities” is established by the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) pursuant to S.39 of the Charities Act of 2009.

If your annual income as a band is below €10,000 , there is a simplified registration process.
If your annual income is more than €10,000 , you will need to follow the standard approach.

Either way, band secretaries are now advised to visit:

You can access all the information you need from there.

You first have to login and state your intention to register. You will then receive an e-mail with login and security details.

I believe that bands will not be able to get a licence for Church Gate Collections , Lotteries, etc. without a Registration number. This will also likely apply to any grants being applied for from County Councils, Arts Council, etc.

Brian McMahon
IPBA Chairperson

Fingal Pipe Band Championships 2016

The Fingal Pipe Band Championships 2016 will be held on Saturday May 7th 2016 in Lusk, Co. Dublin. These championships are organised & under the auspices of Black Raven Pipe Band.

See the Calendar page for further details.

Festival Irlandese 2016, Turin, Italy

Festival Irlandese 2016 will be held in Turin, Italy from March 11-13 & 17-20.

The organising committe are looking for piping bands who may be interested in travelling to Turin during these dates to perform as part of the festival. If your band is interested or would like to get more information please contact Nicolini Federico at Nicolini will be able to discuss travel, accomodation, food & any other details with you and help out with any arrangements.

See Festival Irlandese,Facebook & YouTube.

IPBA Annual General Meeting

The IPBA Annual General Meeting takes place on Sunday 24th January 2016 at the Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise, commencing at 13:30. Best Wishes to all for a good and enjoyable 2016.
F. Connolly, IPBA Hon. Secretary

Champion of Champions Results 2015

Results of the 2015 Champion of Champions is now available on the Results page.