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Our History

The original band was formed in January 2004 by Robert Doyle. Everybody involved in the early stages of the band worked extremely hard to get things up and running including funding their own uniforms and have continued with the hardwork to keep the band going. The band wore the Irish Diaspora tartan which reflected the colours of Ireland's land and seascapes, this tartan was designed with The Irish Kilt Club in Co Laois.  We managed to gain funding for the bands uniforms with the support of Awards For All National Lottery Group, Voluntary Action For Manchester, Oldham and Failsworth Area Committee, and the Community Foundation. In December 2004 we registered the band with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association allowing the band to enter the pipe band competition arena. For the 2019 season we have returned to our roots and are now wearing the original tartan of the band Earl of St Andrew.

Present Day

The band has changed considerably over the years. The current band is fronted by Pipe Major Rona Nicneacail. Rona, who is from Skye, started playing when she was 6 years old and was taught by Ian Ruari Finlayson, John Mackenzie (of the tune The Wee Man from Skye), Hector Henderson and Angus Nicholson of Skye. She has previously played with Skye Youth Band, Lochaber Pipe Band, The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland before joining Grade 2 Oban Pipe Band. Rona is supported by Pipe Sergeant Henry Cowell. The drum corps is led by Lead Drummer Scott Nolan. We are currently 2019 All England Champions.

The Band Over The Years

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