MUSIC will be piping around the streets of Tulla on October 5 and 6 as the village prepares to host The Tulla Pipe Band and friends for a music festival with a difference.
Originally scheduled to take place on September 28, The Pipe Fest was rescheduled to ensure nobody missed their opportunity to get to the All-Ireland final replay.
Organised by The Tulla Pipe Band, the festival was trialled last year with low-key events and it was decided to roll it out as a fully fledged festival this year.
It will not only celebrate local pipe music but other pipe bands will also participate and will encompass Irish dancing and traditional music.
The weekend will commence with The Tulla Pipe Band and guests, The Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band and members of Ceoltóirí na Sionainne in St Joseph’s Secondary School on the Saturday at 8.30pm.
Part of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Grainne Murphy Memorial Weekend Fund and the actively retired Christmas party. Following the concert, there will be further music in Minogue’s.
The pipe band will participate at Sunday mass and thereafter will lead a parade through the village, leaving from St Peter and Paul’s church. The band has invited organisations and groups in the parish to take part in this parade and is encouraging displays of banners, prizes, trophies, uniforms, costumes and anything else deemed appropriate.
“It has been our honour to support them over the years and we would really appreciate their support on this occasion. We invite them to gather outside the church at 11.30am sharp to find their spot for the parade,” said Pamela O’Reilly, Tulla Pipe Band PRO.
Following the parade there will be an open day event where the extended community is invited to the newly renovated band hall, where photographs, restored instruments and uniforms of days gone by will be on display.
The band currently has 25 members and this open day will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in joining the band to learn more and to speak with members.