Belfast Telegraph

McCausland hails pipe band success

Northern Irish pipe bands outperformed every other country overall at the world championships in Scotland, it has been revealed.

They won almost half the prizes at the Glasgow event with 30 victors, and took six out of 16 world titles.

Culture Minister Nelson McCausland congratulated them.

"This success is a credit to the Northern Ireland branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and the results in Glasgow demonstrate that we have a large number of bands which are truly world-class," he said.

"For a country the size of Northern Ireland, this is a remarkable achievement."

The Lisburn-based Field Marshal Montgomery Band won second place this year. The overall champions were St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band from Dublin.

The minister added: "This high degree of success is a reflection of the enthusiastic support for piping around Northern Ireland and we can all be justly proud of each band's achievement."

There are approximately 100 registered pipe bands in Northern Ireland.

Mr McCausland said: "It is clear that the quality of musicianship is second to none. These results are a testament to the time and effort which the players devote to their music."

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