Gilnahirk Pipe Band

Formed 1919

North West Pipe Band Championships 2011

Last Saturday saw Gilnahirk's 2011 competitive season draw to a close.

The weather forecast thankfully proved pessimistic when the bands gathered in blustery sunshine at Portrush for the domestic curtain call. Unfortunately, the newly crowned Grade One World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery decided to give the local scene a miss, but there was still plenty of colour and music to attract and entertain the large crowds.

Indeed, lowly Gilnahirk played to what was undoubtedly the band's largest crowd of the season, packed round the Grade 4B arena.

The performance itself was perhaps a little nervous but pipers and drummers were well pleased with the third time back in the competition arena after our very long "rest". Once again, the judges were not sufficiently impressed to have the Band's name called amongst the prize winners, but the sheets were constructive and complimentary about the return of Gilnahirk to competition.

Sadly, a number of players were missing from the ranks due to illness and other commitments and that difficulty was exacerbated by others having to head for home or work immediately after playing. Nevertheless, the joined with our friends in Ballydonaghy Pipe Band to walk on to the Finale - and for a very enjoyable (and entertaining) parade of the town. The Band would like to thank Ballydonaghy for "taking us in" - it seemed the experience was enjoyed by us all.

Once again, Gilnahirk would like to thank supporters and friends for the warm welcome back this year. We will be taking a very short break now, but practices will recommence at the start of October. Our first engagement is the Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church Autumn Fair in mid-October - of which more later!

If the skirl of the pipes has attracted you over this past season, there is no better time to start learning than right now - why not contact us on and we can take you through the process from novice to seasoned pro?