November 30, 2006

The Piping Wedding of the New Millennium: pipes|drums has the photos first!

Alistair Dunn and Margaret Houlihan tie the drone cords in Cullen, Co. Cork, Republic of Ireland. Click to supersize!
What has been described as “the piping wedding of the new millennium” took place on September 30, 2006, when two of the world’s top solo pipers, Margaret Houlihan and Alastair Dunn, tied the drone cords in the bride’s home town of Cullen, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

pipes|drums secured the pictures of the happy duo and publishes them first!

The ceremony was followed by a reception in Killarney, County Kerry, where Gordon Walker provided riveting entertainment later that night. After an intense practice chanter session going over the 2007 set tunes, the newlyweds flew to Cyprus for a two-week honeymoon.

Contrary to rumours, Houlihan and Dunn will not be quitting piping to form a country music act. Click to supersize!
Margaret Houlihan won the A-Grade Strathspey & Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2003, the first female piper in history to win one of solo piping’s premier prizes. She works at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. Alastair Dunn most recently won the 2006 Highland Society of London Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, and was interim Pipe-Major of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band in 2004 while P-M Richard Parkes recovered from illness.


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