Marching band competition will bring 1,000 musicians to Limerick


The streets of Limerick will be filled with lively music on Sunday March 19 as over 1,000 talented marching band musicians from across Ireland, Europe and America take part in the 47th running of the Limerick International Band Championship.

Led by The Irish Army Band, the competition will start at Pery Square at 12 noon, then march down O’Connell Street, before ending with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park where the championship winners will be announced.

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Speaking at the launch, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “The quality of the bands is very high this year and I’m calling on all the people of Limerick to come out in force to view what is a unique event in Ireland.  It is an amazing sight and sound to see the bands marching down O’Connell Street, entertaining the crowds and soaking up the atmosphere.”

“I’m particularly impressed to see a very strong number of entries from Limerick.  We have proved we are as good as the best in the world in producing marching bands.”

The bands competing in the 47th Limerick International Band Championship are:

  • Band No 1 Brigade
  • Banna Chluain Meala, Clonmel
  • Blackforest Band
  • Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band
  • CBS Pipe Band
  • City of Limerick Pipe Band
  • Clondalkin Youth Band
  • O’Hurley Pipe Band, Cashel
  • Dungloe Marching Band
  • Friendship Band
  • Killorglin & District Pipe Band
  • Mullingar Town Band
  • Newcastle West & District Pipe Band
  • Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band, Limerick
  • Mary’s Prize Band, Limerick
  • The Illinois State University
  • Yorkshire Band



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