Fleadh success for Jonesboro’s Junior Band

August 3, 2010

by Brónagh Murphy

Last weekend St. Brigid’s Junior band participated in the Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan and, facing tough competition from three other bands, won the Ulster Junior Accordion Band title.

St. Brigid’s Senior band currently holds the All Ireland Senior Fleadh title and this is the first Ulster Junior Fleadh title for this young band.

For many of the junior band’s majorettes this was their first experience of Ulster Fleadh and they will participate in their first All Ireland Fleadh next month in Cavan. Following the announcement of the results, the band took part in a victory parade through the town and finished off their celebrations with a party and disco at Dromintee Football Club later that evening.

The band tutors Colm Murphy, Ciaran Murphy, Gerry McKevitt, Siobhán Rice and Tommy Martin are extremely proud of the junior band’s achievements in their first year of Fleadh and wish them every success at the All Ireland final.

The Band Committee also takes this opportunity to thank the band and the tutors for their hard work and wish them all the best at the All Ireland Fleadh.

BBC documentary

St. Brigid’s Band is to feature on a BBC documentary which is to be broadcast early next year.

It emerged that the show’s producer was travelling through Jonesboro recently and noticed the congratulatory banner depicting the band’s All Ireland Fleadh wins for three years in a row.  Having consulted the band’s website and gleaning more information on the win, a representative of BBC contacted the band committee asking if they would consider taking part in the documentary.

The show, entitled ‘Wogan’s Ireland’ is presented by Terry Wogan and this particular two-part programme centres on life in a border town.

Mr Wogan arrived in Jonesboro as the band practised.  He spoke to members Siobhan Rice and Briege Rice about living in the area and he enquired about the history of the band and how it came to be so successful.  The band was then asked to parade through the village as they were filmed by a camera crew.

The show is expected to be broadcast in January.

Councillor Anthony Flynn congratulated the band on their recent successes.

“I want to extend my congratulations to Jonesborough’s St Brigid’s Junior Accordion Band on their achievements to date.  Their reputation precedes them and they are known the length and breadth of Ireland for their talents,” Councillor Flynn said.

“I understand the effort that all those involved with the band must put in and I was delighted to hear that the band is to be the focus of a documentary being produced in association with veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan.  I look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaboration and once again well done to everybody involved.”