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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 wear the Irish Diaspora tartan which reflects the colours of Ireland's land and seascapes, this tartan was designed with The Irish Kilt Club in Co Laois for those of Irish blood at home and abroad. 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.

Present Day

The band has changed considerably over the years. The current band is fronted by Pipe Major Andrew Markland who has previously played for Grade 1 bands such as Seven Towers, Ballinderry Bridge and Grade 2 band West Midlands Police.

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