Galway City Pipe Band
Originally uploaded by Speedie1.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Galway City

Galway City Pipe Band
A recent welcome edition to the cultural life of the city is the Galway City Pipe Band.
The city's previous pipe band had sadly folded up a number of years ago. But a group of enthusiasts got together a few months ago and rehearsed sufficently well to be able to take part in this year's St. Patrick Day parade.
They sounded great! But their costumes leave a lot to be desired. While the grey woolen caps and shawls are nice, no piper looks complete without a kilt!
I noticed one of the members was a red-haired Scottish lad who used to busk a lot on Shop Street. A few years ago, I got him to play his pipes and lead a silent march of over 1,000 people through the city centre demonstating against the proposed building of a waste incinerator. (we stopped its construction!)

4 comments:

Luiz said...

I had no idea the Paddy Parade had such a variety of presentations !!
It must be a truty beautiful event that i hope someday i´ll be seeing!
Even tough you said it´s not as good as it used to be, im sure it would move me into tears.
Thanks for sharing with us !

Riwanon said...

Hi !
Sorry because of my english wich is very poor, I haven't spoken english since 5 years !
I'm surely going to live in Galway next year (as an Erasmus student).
So is there a pipeband in Galway ? Is there other ones in other cities not far from Galway ?
I'm studiyng bigpipe in a bagad (in Britanny) since 6 years, I'm not very "abble" but I don't want to stop playing if I go away, so I would like to met with other pipers, to learnirish (pe scotish) music in a diferent way !
any body may respont to me at : riwa.kers@hotmail.fr
Thanks for responting me,
Riwanon.

graeme_clive@mentaltshirts.com said...

I would like to contact the piper with the red hair. His name is ally. He travelled with my group of Tartan army fans to Rome by van in 93. Is he still busking in galway?

Brendan Smith aka Speedie said...

Greetings Graeme,
Ally was superb and we had him once lead a silent (except for the piping!) protest march through the streets of Galway. It was great!
I actually have not seen him in Galway for quite some time. Sadly, the Galway Pipe Band may also have disbanded as it is a few years since I saw them perform publicly. But I am ‘cc-ing’ this message to James Harrold, Arts Officers for Galway City Council, who would have an awareness of the individuals involved in the cultural world locally and may be able to help you in your quest.

Best wishes,

Brendan