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Moira to Once Again Host the Pipe Band Championships

Moira to Once Again Host the Pipe Band Championships

July 24, 2018

Moira Demesne will once again provide the perfect setting for the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 4th August.

Organised in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland (RSPBANI) Branch, the glorious sounds of pipes and drums will fill the air in Moira when approximately forty six pipe bands and forty seven drum majors will battle it out to be crowned 2018 champions.

There will be stiff competition in the arena as all the entrants from across Northern Ireland and further afield deliver the first class performances that they have been diligently practising.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee speaking at the Championship launch, said: “As a former piper myself I am delighted that the Council has once again partnered with the RSPBANI to host a prestigious Pipe Band Championship.  Over the years the Council has strengthened its relationship with the RSPBANI; 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.

“The Council is expecting large crowds to descend on Moira Demesne to have a great family day out as supporters from all the competing bands show their support for the pipes and drums.  We hope they are joined by lovers of music from across the Council area and beyond.  The sights and sounds of hundreds of pipers and drummers is remarkable and not to be missed. 

“It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all competitors from near and far and I hope you all have an enjoyable day, regardless of the judging result!”

There will also be a wide range of food and trade stalls to visit in Moira Demesne during the Championships or alternatively there is a 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 start at 11.30am and will run until approximately 6.15pm. Admission is free and car parking is available on site. Disabled parking is also available to blue badge holders.

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