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THE JIGGERNAUT TRUIMPHS AGAIN, The SA Irish Regiment Pipes and Drums completed the competition season by winning the SA Champion of Champions competition held at Benoni High School on the 30th Of July. Led by Craig Herwill and Matthew Buttle this is 3rd year in a row that the band has taken the honours in this competition. FAUGH A BALLAGH AND TAKE NO PRISONERS!!
NOVEMBER IS A TIME FOR REMEMBERANCE , and the SA Irish as a part of a long standing tradition play at the annual "Shadow Parade",at the War Memorial in Saxonwold Johannesburg. As we remember the heroes of our past we also prepare ourselves for the future and this year we have on parade young Gilbert Rogers who turns 6 this year. At the going down of the sun, we will remember them.CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGE VIEW
THE DRUM MAJOR GETS MARRIED Drum Major Matthew (chubby cheeks) Buttle has married his sweetheart of several years Jenni-Mia Bennett. We would like to wish them well and to welcome the Drum Major to the small (and somewhat under pressure) married contingent within the Irish. All the very best Jenni and Matt - may all of your troubles...be packed in a kitbag...
NIC MORE THAN "TICKLES" THE SOLO NOVICE DRUMMING CHAMPIONSHIP 2009
THE VICAR JETS OFF TO SORT OUT THE CONVICTS Long serving and suffering resident band priest Des Snyman and family have jetted off to Australia to sort out their convict problem, we hear its significant. We wish her, Marius and the two boys all the worlds success. The Irish will miss you Des especially all us sinners.
GRADE 3 SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONS AND CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS 2009
SWITZERLAND, land of cuckoo clocks, mountains and fondues waved goodbye to the SA Irish Regiment Pipes and Drums after our appearance at the spectacular Basel Tattoo. The band upheld the fine traditions of the Regiment and of Pipe Bands in South Africa and won the admiration of many for its disipline, turnout and musicality. FAUGH A BALLAGH (yodelled)
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SOUTH AFRICAS SMARTEST PIPES AND DRUMS WINS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS St Benedicts College in Bedfordview had to "Faugh a Ballagh" (Clear the Way) to see the South African Irish Regument Pipes and Drums to demonstrate as they have done all season, Irish pomp and splendour!
At the competition hosted by St Benedicts the band took the day musically as well as the overall "Drill, Dress and Discipline" title, something the band has done consistently for the last few years. The competition also heralded the end of the 2010 Regional Championship which the band also took both as a band and our drum corps took top honours in their competition.
So now its off to the Edinburgh to see what we can do there, Bon Voyage Paddys.....and "Break a Leg"
THE IRISH JIGGERNAUT PLOWS ON The Competition scene thus far on these sunny African shores has seen the SA Irish Regiment Pipes and Drums take first place at Jeppe Girls High School and at the Championship gathering in Amanzantoti. In true Irish spirit winning the musical bit wasn't enough so we up and won the Drill, Dress and Discipline (no leather or whips involved) as well. The party on the beach was also epic and was heard by a vicar we know in Australia. FAUGH A BALLAGH bruthas and sistas! See pics below and click for large pics
THE IRISH BRING LUCK TO THOUSANDS AT MONTECASINO As luck may have it, Irish Luck that is, Montecasino decided to once again use us as their premier Irish Pipes and Drums (good luck finding another we say) and asked us to appear this St Paddys. We blew and we blew and we blew AND YES WE BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN - FAUGH A BALLAGH
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM THE SA IRISH may the luck of the Irish be with you and if thats not possible then may the sprirt of the Irish be with you.....Jamesons, Bushmills, Powers etc. All the best for 2010! Wooohooo!
IRISH SHINE AT SA TATTOO
SA IRISH BAND STARTS UP FIJI CHAPTER
Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid
go luath a déanamh carad
May you be poor in ill-luck
rich in blessings
slow to make enemies
quick to make friends.