The band was formed on the 15th September 1998. It originated from the newly resurrected Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Parade. Many people who knew each other with a nod and a hello came together at a meeting held at the Irish Centre in July 1998. They had all played with pipe bands back in their home towns or villages as youngsters in Ireland. The first ever practice took place at SS Mary & Johns’ School on the 15th September 1998 and from that moment the band has gone from strength to strength. It has recently taken part in its first competition with many more to come.
We have been extremely fortunate to have played at so many interesting and various events over the years. We have played in Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Wicklow, Kerry and New York as well as all over England. We have met a great many people and friends along the way. More recently we have recorded the 2011 Christmas special with Westlife, we have appeared on stage with The Chieftains on their 50th Anniversary World Tour and played the Olympic torch in and out of Birmingham on its route to London.
Many people have passed through the ranks of the band and each and every one of them has added to our ethos which is to play traditional Irish Pipe music to as many people as possible.
Shane O’ Neil was the first Pipe Major of the band. Shane was a trainee teacher in Birmingham and had seen a poster looking for members for the band. When he played the pipes it was like hearing them sing. he eventually admitted that he had been All Ireland U-
Our first competition was the Birmingham Indoors held in Smethwick Birmingham on the 24th March 2013. In the Trios the band came 6th / 10th and 12th a good result for our first competitive outing.