July 31, 2002

All-Ireland Goes To Field Marshal Again

Kilkenny, Ireland – July 6, 2002 – The All-Ireland Pipe Band Championship was won for the record twelfth time by the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Belfast. The contest was held on the scenic grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

In what can only be described as an upset, the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band of Dublin was second, edging overseas band ScottishPower, which again made the trip to the contest. St. Laurence O’Toole was fresh off its sixth prize at the European Pipe Band Championships at Belfast on June 22nd. Perhaps even more surprising was that St. Laurence O’Toole was placed first in drumming.

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
3rd ScottishPower
4th Ravara
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

Grade 2
1st Ballycoan
2nd St. Finbarr’s
3rd Ballinderry Bridge
4th Bleary and District
Drumming: Cullybackey

Grade 3A
1st Banbridge
2nd Killadeas
3rd Lord Edward’s Own
4th Tullintrain
Drumming: Banbridge

Grade 3B
1st Finvoy
2nd Bready
3rd Cullen
4th Newcastle West
Drumming: Bready

Grade 4
1st Altnaveigh Memorial
2nd Annsborough
3rd Gortaclare
4th St. Patrick’s Bandon
Drumming: Altnaveigh Memorial

Grade 5
1st Gransha
2nd Corpus Christie
3rd St.Lawrence Howth
4th Thomas Davis Memorial
Drumming: Gransha


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