Published: July 31, 2007

All-Ireland comes up all-sevens for SLOT

Newcastle, Northern Ireland – July 7, 2007 – St. Laurence O’Toole halted Field Marshal Montgomery’s 10-year dominance of the All-Ireland Pipe Band Championship with an overall win across the MSR and Medley events. Field Marshal took the MSR, while SLOT gained the Medley with straight first-placings. The weather was very good at Donard Park with mostly sunshine and only isolated drizzle.

Grade 1
MSR

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (P1, P1, E2, D1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
3rd Ballycoan (3,3,3,3)
4th Ballinderry Bridge (4,4,4,4)
5th Bleary & District (5,5,5,5)
Judges: Denver Cardwell, Finbarr Connelly (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble); Gordon Parkes (drumming)

Medley
1st St. Laurence O’Toole (P1,P1,E1,D1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (2,2,2,2)
3rd Ballycoan (4,3,4,3)
4th Bleary & District (3,5,3,5)
Ballinderry Bridge (5,4,5,4)
Judges: John Wilson, Dixie Ingram (piping), David Brown (drumming); David Clarke (ensemble)

Grade 2
1st Cullybackey (P1,P2,E1,D2)
2nd Ravara (2,1,3,1)
3rd Seven Towers (3,4,4,3)
4th Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye (4,5,2,5)
5th Killeen (5,3,5,4)
Judges: John Wilson, Dixie Ingram (piping), David Brown (drumming); David Clarke (ensemble)

Grade 3A
1st Annsborough (P1,P2,E1,D1)
2nd Arklow (2,1,2,6)
3rd Aughintober (3,4,3,5)
4th New Ross & District (4,5,4,8)
5th Finvoy (5,10,5,2)
6th Cottown (6,7,8,3)
Judges: Denver Cardwell, Finbarr Connelly (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble); Gordon Parkes (drumming)

Grade 3B
1st Drumlough
2nd Cullen
3rd Raffrey
4th Killen
5th Newcastle West
6th Augharonan
Judges: John Wilson, Dixie Ingram (piping), David Brown (drumming); David Clarke (ensemble)

Grade 4A
1st Cullenfad
2nd St. Lawrence Howth
3rd Gransha
4th Cullybackey
5th Dromara
6th Derryclavin
Judges: Denver Cardwell, Finbarr Connelly (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble); Gordon Parkes (drumming)

Grade 4B
1st William Kerr Memorial
2nd Moneygore
3rd Upper Crossgare
4th Bready Ulster Scots
5th Dr. Wright Memorial
6th Bellaghy
Judges: John Wilson, Dixie Ingram (piping), David Brown (drumming); David Clarke (ensemble)

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The plot thickens!!! It will be an exciting world championships with maybe a true five or six band race for the top for the first time in 15 years. I predict the winner will get the prize coming up the middle” and not winning any firsts from a judge.”

  2. Why is Gordon Parkes judging? He judges and FM win the drumming for the first time in a while… it looks sketchy. Gordon should recuse himself in these situations.

  3. I think that it is very unfair to discredit Gordon’s judging. All judges hear small mistakes , roughnesses etc close into a band that the crowd don’t hear. It is also very hard to judge bands , so I think that people shouldn’t knock the judges just because they want to find biase being involved . Gordon is a gentleman with a lot of experience and we as pipers and drummers should learn to trust that this was this judges’s opinion of the performance on the day. There are too many ‘armchair quarterbacks’ who have never made it to the top level who slam judges and P/M’s all the time. Please enjoy the musical performances for what they are – music.

  4. Gordon is judgeing because its within the rules. If you don’t like it, go the annual general meeting and stand up and try to get a rule passed that prevents it. The association will do what the members tell it to do. If the members don’t want it then the members won’t get it. Do the membership want a rule that says no family judgeing family?

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