The St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band
is a Grade One pipe band
based in Dublin
. The band was established in 1910. They are the current RSPBA World Pipe Band Champions.
It has been competing for many years and features regularly in the top six prize list at the major pipe band
championships including the European, British, Cowal, Scottish and World Championships
The band's Pipe Major
is Terry Tully
and Pipe Sergeant
is Alen Tully. The lead drummer is Stephen Creighton
The band plays David Chesney's Warnock chanters and reeds on a sheepskin and cane drone-reed setup. The drum corps plays Premier
HTS800 side drums and Professional Series Bass and Tenors.
Formation and Early History
In 1910 a meeting was organised by the St. Laurence O'Toole
Gaelic Athletic Association Club in the CBS school, Seville Place, Dublin.The main mover in forming the band was Frank Cahill
. Frank was for many years an Alderman of Dublin Corporation and later a member of the new Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann). Amongst those present at the meeting were Pádraig Pearse
, Thomas Clarke
, Sean McDermott
, Arthur Griffith
, Douglas Hyde
(later to become the first President of Ireland
), and the famous Irish playwright Seán O'Casey
. The first President of the band was Thomas Clarke. The first Secretary of the band was Seán O'Casey. Casey acted in many plays staged by the St. Laurence O'Toole Dramatic Society to raise money for the band.Michael Colgan (later a Senator) was the first Pipe Major.
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