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Moira in tune to host 2019 Pipe Band Championships

The stunning setting of Moira Demesne is set to host the Lisburn & Castlereagh Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 10th August. This will be the fifth year in a row where the village will host the popular event.

The competition will welcome some of the best Pipe Bands and Drum Majors in the world as they battle it out for the coveted title of ‘Lisburn & Castlereagh Champions’. Organised in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland (RSPBANI) Branch, the event will see families and individuals of all ages tapping along to the magnificent sounds of pipes and drums from 11.30am onwards in a fun-filled day of music, colour and pageantry.

There will be stiff competition in the arena with more than 1,500 musicians in 46 Pipe Bands and 46 Drum Majors taking part. Entrants from across Northern Ireland and further afield will be delivering first-class performances that they have been diligently practising as they battle it out to be crowned 2019 winners.

At the end of the competition, all participants will take part in a Grand Finale March and Salute to the Chieftain, with all the bands coming together to play as one before the prize-giving ceremony.

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, said: “I’m delighted that the council has once again partnered with the RSPBANI to host this prestigious pipe band championship.  Our relationship with RSPBANI has grown from year to year, and I would like to thank all those in the Northern Ireland Branch for their work in helping to secure this event in Moira once again.

“We’re expecting large crowds to descend on Moira Demesne this year as the local community and followers of the competing bands show their support and appreciation for the pipes and drums.  This superb family day out is not to be missed and I’d encourage all music fans from across Lisburn and Castlereagh to head down to Moira Demesne to enjoy the festivities.”

Visitors can enjoy a wide range of food and trade stalls in Moira Demesne during the championships or, alternatively, visit the great selection of eateries and shops in the village itself.

The council will be showcasing what is going on in and around the city at the championships. Please visit our tourism exhibition trailer from 12 noon until 5.30pm to see what is on offer!

The competition will run until approximately 6.00pm. Admission is free and car parking is available on site. Disabled parking is also available to blue badge holders.

For more information, please contact the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch on 028 9267 0445 or visit

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