The Killeshin Pipe Band is based in the village of Killeshin about 5km west of Carlow town, Ireland. Highly regarded and called upon for numerous events the band plays tunes such as Itchy Fingers, Highland Cathedral, Hungarian Fiddler, Kerry Polka and Sweeney Polka.
What is known locally as May Sunday takes place each year on the first Sunday after May 3rd . One of the events of the day is a sodality procession from Graiguecullen to Killeshin. This procession was traditionally led by a pipe band. In 1964 the invited band failed to turn up for the event. Following this locals decided to establish their own band. A committee was established and set about fundraising, acquiring instruments and uniforms. A training programme for band members in playing pipes and drums was instituted.
Since its formation Killeshin Pipe Band has performed at venues at home and overseas. Together with its annual performance on May Sunday and numerous other functions locally, the band performs at St Patrick’s Day Parades in Carlow town and surrounding venues. The band has also played at events in England in cities such as Birmingham and London. It has also performed at venues in France and the USA.
The Killeshin Pipe Band was founded when a parish meeting was called to form a band in the year 1964 On This Day.
Killeshin Pipe Band, St Patrick’s Day Parade, Carlow
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