IT wasn’t quite the return of the prodigal son, but Emmett Conway’s New Zealand Police pipe band were certainly the star attraction at the 64th Ulster Championships in Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park on Saturday.
:: Today sees the Ulster Championships at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor, where entries have hit the 50 mark and include the big draw of the New Zealand Police band taking on FM Montgomery et al in the top flight.
THERE'S a strong argument that Ireland is sending its strongest-ever representation to next weekend's eagerly-anticipated World Championships in Glasgow - 46 bands spread geographically from Colmcille in Derry to Tralee in Co Kerry.
Some 46 bands and 33 drum majors from these shores are among the confirmed entries for this year's World Championships in Glasgow on August 14 & 15 - arguably the most eagerly-anticipated global gathering of all time.
There's something uniquely special about the All-Ireland pipe band championships, an event which brings out many of the piping and drumming fraternity of yesteryear to reminisce and bask in past glories.
:: A free summer school and workshops aimed at young pipers and drummers of all abilities will be held at Drumlins Integrated Primary School in Ballynahinch every Wednesday during July and August, run by William Wallace and Barney Megoran and sponsored by the Ulster Scots Agency.
THREE season-defining Saturdays on the competition calendar start today in Lurgan and continue a week later in Forres at the Europeans and then at the All-Ireland in Omagh seven days later, a competition which has broken the 60-bands mark for only the second time in the last decade.