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Wednesday, 15th August 2018 @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band is delighted to confirm that St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band will headline the 2018 ‘Pre-Worlds’ concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday, 15th August 2018.

“We are once again thrilled to host yet another of the world’s greatest pipe bands for the pre-Worlds concert,” said Kurt Mackintosh of the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band. “In addition to being one of the most entertaining and successful competing bands in recent times, St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band are renowned for their concerts. It has been eight years since the band last took to the stage at our pre-Worlds concert and we have no doubt they will put on another fantastic show.”

Pipe Major Alen Tully commented " In 2010 we marked our 100 year anniversary by performing our much anticipated “Evolution” concert to a sell-out crowd. We are delighted to have been asked back by the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band for the 2018 showcase. “Turas Ceoil – Resume” will take our audience on a journey through the ages, paying homage to where we have come from a musical perspective right through to where we are today. We have a rich musical gene which runs both within the bands own history and through our Irish roots and we believe our show will really bring that to life. We can’t wait to take to the GRCH stage once again.

For updates on the show and all the latest band news, go to or on Facebook @stlaurenceotoolepipeband

The Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band has been proudly producing the ‘Pre-Worlds’ concert since 1994. It aims to showcase the best pipe bands in the world to a local and international audience. The event is made even more special this year as it marks the Skye’s 50th anniversary.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 17th February and are available from the Royal Concert Hall box office online at or on (+44) 0141 353 8000 (Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm).

Tickets are £20.

SLOT Concert -- Turas Ceoil : Resume


Gary Smyth (Leading Drummer of Quinn Memorial Pipe Band) organised a charity concert ‘Kids with Cancer’ in the Royal Hotel Cookstown on Saturday, February 17 with all proceeds in aid of the Children’s Cancer Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

A number of both pipers and drummers gave their services for a great cause and the SLOT drum corp preformed their "Booyackey" drum salute on the night.


Results from this year’s Irish Piobaireachd Society annual competition, which was held on Saturday,February 3rd,in the shadow of the Kilworth Hills, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.

The event was sponsored by RG Hardie & Co and the judges were Dr Jack Taylor and John Reville.

Congratulations to O'Toole's piper,James Stone,on his win in the Open Piobaireachd.........well done !!

James also had a good result in the Former Winners MSR and Former Winners Piobaireachd,finishing 2nd and 5th respectively.

(pictured receiving a new pipe case from Alastair Dunn, Managing Director of RG Hardie & Co)

James Stone with Alastair Dunn


23rd October 2017

The final RSPBA events of 2017 took place on Saturday 21st October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.The annual Andante sponsored World Solo Drumming event as well as the International Solo Tenor competition drew large entries with 172 snare drummers and 44 tenor drummers travelling from all over the World.The Adult event was won by Steven McWhirter (Inveraray and District - Scotland). Steven claimed his eighth Adult title after previous wins in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Steven won the event by 16 points winning both the MSR and Hornpipe and Jig events. Second place again went to Michael McKenna (St Laurence O'Toole) with Blair Brown (St Thomas' Alumni - USA) finishing in third place.

Senior Drumming (Overall)

Steven McWhirter Inveraray and District

Michael McKenna St Laurence O'Toole

Blair Brown St Thomas' Alumni - USA

Gareth McLees Field Marshal Montgomery

William Glenholmes Vale of Atholl

Christopher McNicholl Inveraray and District

Stephen Creighton St Laurence O'Toole

Grant Cassidy St Laurence O'Toole

Jake Joergensen Scottish Power

Derek Cooper Inveraray and District

Jason Hoy Vale of Atholl

John Henderson Inveraray and District

Full summaries can be found on the RSPBA website - click here to view the Senior Drumming summaries.


16th September 2017

The All Ireland Solos took place at Ballymun Comprehensive School,on the outskirts of Dublin City.

O'Toole's had some good results in both piping and drumming.

Mikey McKenna - 1st in Senior Drumming

Stephen Creighton - 3rd in Senior Drumming

Kevin Rogers - 3rd in Senior Piping

Glen Creighton - 1st in Junior A Drumming

Robbie Barrett - 2nd in Junior A Drumming


11th / 12th August 2017
Once again,the Grade One competition took place over two days with 20 bands battling it out in the Friday qualifiers for 12 places in the Saturday final.
After the dust had settled,the band to emerge as World Pipe Band Champions for 2017 was.........Inverary & District and congratulations to P/M Stuart Liddell and D/Sgt. Steven McWhirter and all the band on their achievement.
The O'Toole's gave some really strong performances over the two days  - with our drummers winning the medley section in the final on Saturday.
With two great runs in the final,we came away in 3rd in the MSR and 2nd in the Medley - giving us 3rd overall.
Sadly,it's now all over for another year.........but we'll see you again in 2018 !!

Grade 1 (MSR)
1 - Inverary & District (2,2,1,1)
2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)
3 - St.Laurence O'Toole (6,5,3,4)
4 - Scottish Power (3,4,6,7)
5 - Shotts & Dykehead (4,3,10,5)
6 - Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia (5,7,8,3)

Piping Adjudicator 1: John Wilson
Piping Adjudicator 2: Donald MacPhee
Drumming Adjudicator: Alex Dudgeon
Ensemble Adjudicator: Anthony Sloane

Grade 1 (Medley)
1 - Inverary & District (1,3,2,1)
2 - St.Laurence O'Toole (3,4,1,4)
3 - Scottish Power (4,2,6,2)
4 - Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,5,6)
5 - Simon Fraser University (5,5,3,3)

Piping Adjudicator 1: Thomas Brown
Piping Adjudicator 2: Samuel Young
Drumming Adjudicator: Gregory Dinsdale
Ensemble Adjudicator: Robert Mathieson

Full summaries for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - click here 

Here are some of the band performances from the weekend...........enjoy

St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band @ The World Pipe Band Champiobnships 2017 : Medley
St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band @ The World Pipe Band Champiobnships 2017 : MSR
St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band : Worlds 2017  - The Rainbow Medley from the Friday qualifier


29th July 2017
 Inveraray & District emerged as overall Scottish Champions,with St.Laurence O'Toole taking the drumming prize.
O'Toole's drew the number two set - beginning with The Donegal Lass - and gave a very credible performance,given the atrocious weather conditions.
The band finished in third position overall.
A big congratulations to Lead Drummer Stephen Creighton and his corp for yet another major championship win

Grade 1 (medley, 14 competed)
1 - Inveraray & District (1,1,3,2)
2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (4,2,2,1)
3 - St. Laurence O’Toole (5,4,1,5)
4 - ScottishPower (2,6,7,3)
5 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,3,8,8)
6 - Police Scotland Fife (7,5,5,6)
Drumming : St,Laurence O'Toole


Gordon Lawrie and Ken Eller (piping)
Gordon Parkes (drumming)
Nat Russell (ensemble)

Full results can be obtained from the RSPBA website - click here for the Grade One summaries.

Have a listen to the performance below........

St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band @ The Scottish  Championships 2017........The Donegal Lass Medley


1st July 2017
The Grade One title for 2017 went to the Field Marshal Montgomery,who edged us out for the overall title once again........
Congratulations to D/Sgt. Stephen Creighton and his corp on winning their 12th drumming championship in the past 15 years - some achievement......and well done to all. 
The band also debuted their new medley for 2017.......have a listen below.

Grade 1 : Overall
1 - Field Marshal Montgomery
2 - St. Laurence O’Toole
3 - P.S.N.I.
4 - Ravara
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2 - St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
3 - Police Service Northern Ireland (3,4,3,3)
4 - Ravara (4,3,4,4)
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole
Judges: Tony Sloane and William Garrett (piping); Gordon Craig  (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt  (ensemble)

1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2 - St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
3 - Police Service Northern Ireland (3,3,3,3)
4 - Ravara (4,4,4,4)
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole
Judges: Tom Brown and Dixie Ingram(piping); Gordon Parkes  (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)

St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band @ The All Ireland Championships 2017........The Rainbow Medley


24th June 2017

The 2017 RSPBA season marched on in the north of Scotland, where Inveraray & District took home the European Championship at the lush Grant Park in generally good weather. The previous two championships, the British and UK, were won by Inveraray & District and Field Marshal Montgomery, respectively. A fifth in drumming essentially destroyed the hopes of Field Marshal Montgomery to win the event, although surpassing Inveraray’s near-perfect rankings from the four judges made winning for any other band extremely unlikely. With a fifth, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia returned to a championship prize-list for the first time since 2015. vale of Atholl, with new lead-drummer Adrian Hoy, finished second in drumming, the bands highest finish at a major for more than a decade.

Grade 1 (medley, 14 competed)
1 - Inveraray & District (1,2,1,2)
2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,5,1)
3 - ScottishPower (3,3,6,4)
4 - St. Laurence O’Toole (8,7,3,3)
5 - Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate (5,4,9,5)
6 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (4,6,8,7)
Drumming : Inveraray & District

Terry Lee and Bob Worrall (piping)
Willie Black (drumming)
Gordon Craig (ensemble)

Full results can be obtained from the RSPBA website - click here for the Grade One summaries.

Have a listen to the performance below.........

St.Laurence O'Toole PIpe Band @ The European Championships,Forres,2017


10th June 2017

The second major championship of the season was held in the grounds of Stormont Estate,just outside Belfast,in what turned out to be a pleasant day with plenty of sunshine.

The band drew the number two medley set  - starting with the Donegal Lass - on the line,and gave a rousing performance  of this crowd pleaser.

This performance was to bring the band a third place overall and a return the top three.

Grade 1 (medley, 14 competed)

1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,1,1)

2 - Inveraray & District (3,1,2,2)

3 - St. Laurence O’Toole (4,4,3,3)

4 - ScottishPower (5,5,7,4)

5 - Police Scotland Fife (7,3,6,5)

6 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (2,6,10,7)

Drumming : Field Marshal Montgomery 


George Wilson, and Jennifer Hutcheon (piping)

Mark Wilson (drumming)

David Brown (ensemble)

Full results can be obtained from the RSPBA website - click here for the Grade One summaries.

Have a listen  to the performance below.........

St.Laurence O'Toole @ The UK Championships 2017 playing Medley Set 2 : beginning with The Donegal Lass......


20th May 2017

The first major of the season kicked off in Paisley and was held again at St.James Playing Fields within earshot of the M8 motorway and Glasgow International Airport. 

Weather was variable, with intermittent showers and a high of 14 degrees.

The Grade 1 contest featured 16 contestants, including two from Canada (Dowco Triumph Street and Simon Fraser University) and three bands (Buchan Peterson, Johnstone, and Police Service of Northern Ireland) making their debut in the top grade.

The O'Toole's were drawn to play at 3.15pm and gave a very good performance for what was the first outing onto the grass this season.

When the results were announced,the band came in with a solid enough 4th placing.

Congratulations must go to D/S Stephen Creighton and his drum corp though on winning the yet another major championship and being crowned British Champions for 2017.

Well done to all..

Grade 1 (MSR, 16 competed)

1 - Inveraray & District

2 - Field Marshal Montgomery

3 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia

4 - St. Laurence O’Toole

5 - Police Scotland Fife

6 - Scottish Power

Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole  

Judges: Colin Moffett, John Connor (piping); Harry Russell (drumming); Cameron Edgar (ensemble)

Have a listen to the band's performance below.....

St.Laurence O'Toole @ The British Championships 2017 playing MSR set #1 : The Links of Forth,The Shepherd's Crook  and The Smith of Chilliechassie


10th January 2017

Here's the list of majors for the 2017 season.......

British Championships - May 20th at Paisley

United Kingdom Championships - June 10th at Belfast

European Championships - June 24th at Grant Park, Forres

Scottish Championships - July 29th at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton

World Championships - August 11th/12th at Glasgow Green, Glasgow


14th August 2016

The 2016 title went to the Field Marshal Montgomery with Inverary & District in the runner up spot,followed closely by the St.Laurence O'Toole in third.
The O'Toole's drum corp retained the title they won at the 2015 Championships  - this is the third time in total they have won the Worlds under Drum Sgt. Stephen Creighton,a fantastic achievement and congratulations to Stephen and his crew.

The full result of both MSR and Medley are below 

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,4,2)
2nd Inveraray & District (4,2,2,1)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,4,1,4)
4th ScottishPower (2,5,3,8)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (5,3,7,5)
6th Police Scotland Fife (6,7,6,7)
Judges: Harry Stevenson, Alan Ronaldson (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble)

1st Inveraray & District (2,2,5,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,6,2)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (5,6,1,4)
4th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,8,3,3)
5th ScottishPower (4,3,8,6)
6th Police Scotland Fife (9,9,2,8)
Judges: Ronnie McShannon, Jim Wark (piping); Sandy Steele (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Listen to the O'Toole's medley performance below :

St.Laurence O'Toole @ The World Championships 2016


30th July 2016

Inveraray & District were announced the winners of the 2016 Scottish Pipe Band Championship, the fourth of the five major contests on the RSPBA circuit,taking straight first from all four judges. 

O'Toole's took the runner up spot with what was a very solid performance of our number two MSR - Highland Wedding, MacBeth's Strathspey and The Smith of Chilliechassie.
Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia raced back up the prizes with a third.
Field Marshal Montgomery finished in fourth position. 
Police Scotland Fife got into the prizes for the first time in 2016 with a sixth. 

Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website

Grade 1 (MSR, 12 entered)
1st Inveraray & District (1,1,1,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,3,4,2)
3rd Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (5,2,3,3)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (3,4,6,4)
5th ScottishPower (4,5,5,6)
6th Police Scotland Fife (7,7,2,7)

Tony Sloane and John Connor (piping)
Greg Dinsdale (drumming)
Joe Noble (ensemble)

St.Laurence O'Toole : Runner Up @ The Scottish Championships 2016


23rd July 2016
Grade One result from the recent Ulster's at the Castle Gardens,Antrim.......a carbon copy of the All Ireland result !

Grade 1 : Overall
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
Drumming : St.Laurence O'Toole

1st St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)
Judges: Winston Pollock, Alvis Kerr (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Gordon Craig (ensemble)

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
Judges: Harry Stevenson, Gordon Lawrie (piping); Ian Lawson (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

St.Laurence O'Toole - Medley @ Ulster Pipe Band Championships 2016


2nd July 2016
The Grade One title for 2016 went to the Field Marshal Montgomery,who edged us out for the overall title, one week after O’Toole's beat FMM at the European Championships at Forres, Scotland. 
FMM won the medley event, while O’Toole's took the MSR and drumming prizes.

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

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
3rd Ravara (ens.pref) (4,4,3,3)
4th Bleary & District (3,3,4,4)
Judges: John Wilson, Ian Wood (piping); Jim Baxter (drumming); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

1st St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)
3rd Bleary & District (3,3,4,3)
4th Ravara (4,4,3,4)
Judges: Cameron Edgar, Colin Moffett (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

St.Laurence O'Toole - MSR @ All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2016
St.Laurence O'Toole - Medley @ All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2016


25th June 2016
O'Tooles emerged victorious at the 2016 European Pipe Band Championship at Forres, near Inverness in the north of Scotland. 
It was the first major championship victory of the year for the band , bouncing back,in style,from the disappointment of a sixth prize at the UK Championship two weeks before.
Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website.

Check out the competition review by Rab Wallace on Piping Press

Grade 1
1st St. Laurence O’Toole (1,1,2,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (2,3,2,2)
3rd Inveraray & District (4,2,1,3)
4th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,4,6,4)
5th ScottishPower (5,5,7,5)
6th Spirit of Scotland (ens.pref.) (6,7,5,6)

Adjudicators :
Robert Mathieson
John McCarlie
Alexander Russell
Gordon Lawrie 

St.Laurence O'Toole PB  - European Champions 2016

Another fine recording by "dronechorus" capturing  the band's winning performance of our number 2 medley. The Donegal Lass, Shelley's Jig, Boolavogue, Haydee Grant, Calum Campbell of Benbecula, Hogties, The Pile Driver and Arnish Light..............enjoy !


11th June 2016

The O'Toole's had what felt like a very solid run on the day,but the judges didn't appear to warm to it and the band finished up in sixth place overall.....thanks to a second place in drumming.

Congratulations to Field Marshal Montgomery who emerged as the 2016 UK Pipe Band Championship,retaining their title from 2015. 
Spirit of Scotland won the drumming and Scottish Power moved up the rankings again with a third place overall,on ensemble preference.
It was the second of five major championships in the the RSPBA season, with the next being the European at Forres, Scotland, on June 25th.
Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website

Grade 1 (MSR, 13 entered)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,3,1)
2nd Inveraray & District (3,4,4,3)
3rd Scottish Power (ens.pref.) (4,2,7,2)
4th Spirit of Scotland (5,5,1,4)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (2,3,6,5)
6th St. Laurence O’Toole (7,7,2,7)

Judges : 
Donald MacPhee and John Wilson (piping); 
Alex Dudgeon (drumming)
John Moles (ensemble)

Here's the dronechorus video of the band's performance on the day and also the official RSPBANI audio recording on Soundcloud.


Inveraray & District won the 2016 British Championship, the first of the RSPBA’s five major competitions, at St. James Playing Field at Paisley, Scotland. The event was held in mostly dry but breezy weather, around 16C, but St. Laurence O’Toole and Spirit of Scotland were hit with a sudden downpour of rain. 
It was the first RSPBA competition judged by Terry Lee, the former Simon Fraser University Pipe Band pipe-major. 
The contest also marked the return of the Grade 1 Spirit of Scotland, which had not competed since the 2008 World Championships.

Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website

Grade 1 
1st Inveraray & District 
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery 
3rd St.Laurence O’Toole 
4th ScottishPower 
5th Spirit of Scotland 
6th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia 

Ian Wood and Terry Lee (piping)
Paul Turner (drumming)
Jim Baxter (ensemble)


16th August 2015

Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia were named 2015 World Pipe Band Champions after a grueling two days of competitions at Glasgow Green.

The victory was the first for a Scottish band since Shotts won 10 years ago.Shotts and Dykehead won the overall title as an aggregate over Medley and March, Strathspey & Reel events against 11 other bands.

A surprising fourth-place to Field Marshal Montgomery ended the band’s four-year run of World’s victories and was the band’s lowest finish at a major championship in many years. The event was the final competition for Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe-Major Ross Walker, who earlier had informed his band that he would retire.

Full summaries for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website.

Grade 1 : Overall
1st Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (Ireland)
3rd Inveraray & District (Scotland)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
5th Simon Fraser University (Canada)
6th ScottishPower (Scotland)
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

1st Shotts & Dykehead (3,1,2,2)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,4,1,3)
3rd Inveraray & District (4,3,3,1)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,7,4)
5th ScottishPower (5,5,5,7)
6th Simon Fraser University (ens.pref.) (9,7,4,5)

Peter Snaddon, James Campbell (piping)
Paul Turner (drumming)
Gordon Lawrie (ensemble)

1st Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (ens.pref.) (3,3,2,2)
2nd Inveraray & District (2,1,3,4)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (5,4,1,1)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,8,3)
5th Simon Fraser University (4,5,6,8)
6th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (7,6,9,5)

Ken Eller, Dixie Ingram (piping)
David Brown (drumming)
Jim Baxter (ensemble)

St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band : MSR (Final) @ The World Pipe Band Championships 2015
St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band : Medley (Final) @ The World Pipe Band Championships 2015


26th July 2015

Held in warm & breezy,but slightly changeable conditions at Levengrove Park,Dumbarton,the band drew it's number two medley selection,which gained a 2,1,1,2 from the judges to emerge as winners by six points from Field Marshal Montgomery.St. Laurence O’Toole emerged as Scottish Champions for 2015,the band's first major championships win since the Worlds in 2010 and also the first for P/M Alen Tully,since taking over from his Dad,Terry,at the end of the 2013 season.

Drum Sgt. Stephen Creighton's drum corp also took the drumming prize,making it a very satisfying day indeed.........

A huge congratulations to all involved that made it happen on the day !!

Full summaries for Grade One can be found on the RSPBA website.

Grade 1 - Medley (12 competed)
1 - St. Laurence O’Toole (2,1,1,2)
2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,8,1)
3 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,6,3,3)
4 - Scottish Power (7,3,2,5)
5 - Inveraray & District (4,4,6,4)
6 - Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (6,5,5,7)


Sam Young and Jim Wark (piping)
Greg Dinsdale (drumming)
John MacInnes (ensemble)

Scottish Champions 2015 : St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band

The Grade One Championship was a medley selection and this year's winner was St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band from Dublin under Pipe Major Alen Tully. The band's drum corps under Drum Sergeant Stephen Creighton also took the Drumming Championship.
This season, the drum corps has also won the World Championship & European Championships and also retained their Champion of Champions title from the previous year.
The band's winning medley comprised the following tunes :

The Garb of Old Gaul
Boys of Ballymote
The Hen's March
Buntata's Sgadan
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
The Ferryman
Blond Haired Maid
The Ferryman

Many in the UK will be familiar with the band's opening march, The Garb of Old Gaul, from annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London where it is played as the slow march of the Scots Guards.
The tune was written by General John Reid (1721 - 1807), an officer in the Black Watch as a quick march (as played here).
The tune would not have been originally written for bagpipes, and its name comes from words which were added later.
John Reid was a gentleman amateur (in the 18th century sense) and an accomplished flute player and composer.
He left a considerable sum of money to Edinburgh University to fund a Music Professorship and the music department of the university is still known as the Reid School of Music.
The professorship seems to have now gone (replaced by the Tovey Professorship) but the university still features some of John Reid's music in an annual birthday concert in February.


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Live in Concert 2010 (CD & DVD)
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Live in Concert 2010 (DVD)
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Live in Concert 2010 (CD)
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The Dawning of the Day : Live in Concert 2005 (CD)
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1910 - 2010

History of the band from 1910 to the present day.
- €27.00 -
A "must have" for any fan of the band.


Images of the band from the past one hundred years.
- €12.00 - 
35 " x 23" in size


In 1910 a meeting was organised by the St. Laurence O'Toole Gaelic Athletic Association Club in the CBS school,Seville Place,Dublin.The main mover in forming the band was Frank Cahill.

Frank was for many years an Alderman of Dublin Corporation,and later a member of the new Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann).Amongst those present at the meeting were Pádraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke, Sean McDermott, Arthur Griffith, Douglas Hyde (later to become the first President of Ireland),and the famous Irish playwright, Seán O'Casey.The first Secretary of the band was Seán O'Casey.The first President of the band was Thomas Clarke.Casey acted in many plays staged by the St.Laurence O'Toole Dramatic Society to raise money for the band .Michael Colgan (later a Senator) was the first Pipe Major.  

In 1918,the HQ of the band in 100 Seville Place,Dublin were acquired by the band.

During the Irish War of Independence 1918-1922,the HQ was attacked by the military on numerous occasions.Furnishings,fireplaces,etc. were ripped out and thrown out into the street.

During the Great Strike of 1913 in Dublin (wherein the Irish Trade Union movement had its origins) the band was set upon by mounted police in Lombard Street while leading a contingent of workers on a protest rally to Liberty Hall (Union HQ).Some of the band members were injured and their instruments smashed.

The band took part at the funerals of many of the leaders of the nationalist movement of the time including Thomas Ashe, O'Donovan Rossa, Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins.....the man who is credited with winning the War of Independence and with signing the Treaty which established the then Irish Free State .

Following the War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War,the band ceased to have any political affiliations.

The St. Laurence O'Toole band was the first band to broadcast from the newly formed Radio Éireann in the 1930's when the station was known as 2 R.N. and one of the earliest Pipe Bands to ever broadcast in Scotland, this was when the band first visited the Cowal Games in Dunoon in 1925.A concert was held in conjunction with the games and was broadcast on the B.B.C. Scottish Programme.

The St. Laurence O'Toole were also the first Irish band ever to visit England and America.On the formation of the IPBA in the 1930's,the O'Toole's were one of the first bands to join and have been an integral part of that organisation ever since.The St.Laurence O'Toole have taken part in many contests in Ireland and Scotland and at one time or another have won every major award for Piping and Drumming in Ireland.In 1958,the band won the All Ireland Senior Championships and in doing so also won the Open Drumming prize..The band was also successful in Scotland taking two first prizes the same year.

The Pipe Major of the band at that time was John Duggan and the Drum Sergeant was Frank Saunders , Snr.Other officials included James Fitzsimons,Johnny MacDonnell,Mick Lawless, Paddy MacDonnell,Frank Burns,Robert Kavanagh,Charles Stokes,Jimmy Fleming and Patrick Brady.Following the heady days of the 1950's the band began an unfortunate downward slide.Several members fell by the wayside due to commitments to the army and Pipe Major John Duggan resigned in 1967.

There was a further decline in membership and the band was not in a position to take part in competition .No new Pipe Major was appointed for some time but whenever a public engagement was undertaken,the late Tommy Tully acted as Pipe Major.Eventually,Tommy was elected as Pipe Major.Things got to such a dire state,however,at one stage that there were only four active members of the band left - Charlie Stokes,Seamus Casey, Tommy Tully,and Peter O'Rourke.These four men decided to make one last effort at reviving the band.

Seamus Casey brought his sons Eamonn and Dominic down to learn the pipes (Dominic later changed to the drums and was drum sergeant in the band for many years).Tommy Tully brought along his sons Terry (the legendary Pipe Major of the band and top class soloist) and Patrick.

New blood coming into the band gave a renewed interest to some of the older members and the band began to appear once again at contests.During the period of decline the band had been regraded to Grade 3.

In 1974,the band won the All Ireland in Grade 3 and were subsequently up-graded to Grade 2.

Tommy Tully gradually gave over the reins to his son Terry.At first,Terry just performed the role of band tuner while his father still called the shots.Eventually,Terry was to assume full control and bring the band on to become the top outfit in the Republic of Ireland. Sadly,Tommy Tully died in April 1984.Tommy was well known in the Pipe Band world as a 'character' and enlivened many an IPBA meeting with his observations and comments.In the introduction to his first book of tunes,Terry Tully cites his father Tommy as having been the major influence on his playing career. A great tribute indeed to a great stalwart of the Pipe Band scene in Ireland.Seamus Casey also died in 1984. Seamus,despite his years, continued to attend at band practices right up to the week before he died.

The pipers and drummers in the St. Laurence O'Toole didn't pick their dedication up off the ground,as they say here.The band celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 1985 and were to finish that year as Champion of Champions in Grade 2 in the IPBA.The trophy presented was,rather aptly,the Tommy Tully Memorial Trophy .

About this time,both Terry Tully and Ronan Maguire began to feature in solo contests.To date they have won several All Ireland Senior Solo Championships between them and many other competitions too numerous to mention here.1985 saw the band beginning to travel up North again for some 'real' competition and gradually began to feature in the prize lists.

In 1986,John Keogh took over as Drum Sergeant from Dominic Casey who had done sterling work up to that point.The band took 6th prize at the European Championship in Stranraer that year and played all the way back to the Ferryport, up into the ferry and all the way home.The improvement continued in 1987.The band took prizes in 17 out of 17 contests and finished 2nd in the World Championships in Glasgow.The band won thirteen out of fifteen contests outright including the Leinster,Ulster,All Ireland and Scottish Championships. The band also finished 3rd at the Cowal Championships in Dunoon.One placing higher in Dunoon that year would have seen O'Toole's as Champion of Champions in Grade 2 in Scotland.Has any one ever explained why one piping judge had the pipe corps 1st while the other piping judge had them 17th out of 22 bands ?? 

And you feel hard done by at times ??


In 1988, the band were again placed second at the Worlds and were subsequently upgraded to Grade 1.

1989 saw the band win its first Grade 1 contest,at Moira,beating Field Marshal Montgomery into second place - this was also the bands first outing in Grade 1. 

The band were narrowly beaten into second place at the All Ireland that year also,as the Moira result was reversed - the contest was recorded by Lismor Records and the album is now a collectors item.

In 1991,the St. Laurence O'Toole won the coveted Ulster Championships becoming the first band from the Republic of Ireland ever to do so and also take the Grade One event at the Pitlochry Games in Scotland.

Recognising the quality of their musical standard,the Irish government invited O'Toole's to the World Expo '92 in Seville,Spain along with such groups as The Chieftains.1992 also saw the band gain a 4th prize at the Cowal Championships in Dunoon.


O'Toole's suffer from the same problem as many Irish bands - lack of players to compete at the highest level. The IPBA only has 50-60 pipe bands spread over 26 counties ( i.e. approx. 24,000 square miles).

Players in O'Toole's sometimes have to make round trips of 200 miles plus to practice,at their own expense.

This is a logistics problem that is not easily solved.

 The band have regularly been in the prize list in Ireland but Scotland has been a tougher nut to crack - until 2002.This had been the band best season to date - with prizes gained at the All Ireland,European and British Championships and a very credible seventh at the World Championships (just outside the prize list).

The pipe corps have gone from strength to strength and the drum corp,now led by Stephen Creighton,are a real contender for major honours - they took the premier drumming prize at the All Ireland and became the first Republic of Ireland band since 1966 to do so.


The 2003 season was pretty impressive too - with prizes gained at three of the major championships in Scotland.After a shaky start at the first major (Dumbarton), the band when on to gain placings at the British , Cowal and European Championships - three 5th's in all.Narrowly lost out on the All Ireland title once again to the Field Marshal Montgomery.The band won the medley, best bass and tenor and also the drum corp retained their crown from the previous season.The winner on the day being decided on MSR piping preference as both bands were tied on overall points.The band also finished up 9th overall at the World Championships, winning the morning qualifying round with ease.

With a little more luck on the day the band could have finished in the overall prizes as they were 6th in the MSR in the final but too far down in the medley .

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be......


More great strides were made in 2004.The band for the first time in its history gaining prizes in all five major championships.Beginning with a 4th prize at the Scottish Championships in Dumbarton. At the British Championship in Turiff the band moved up another notch in the pecking order......taking 3rd.

Next up was the European Championships in Lisburn, and again the band went one better...........2nd.

Could the ultimate be achieved at the next major, the Worlds......????.Not quite, but a very credible 6th prize was gained and the celebrations continued long into the night(and next morning !!).

The band finished off the season at the Cowal Championships in Dunoon with a 3rd prize.

Next up, the All Ireland Solo Championships and again this proved very successful for the band players. Alen Tully and Stephen Creighton took both Senior Piping and Drumming. Stewart MacLeod took the Junior Piping and Conor Sherry finished joint 2nd in the Intermediate Drumming.

A very satisying season indeed.

The most notable achievement in 2006 was the drum corp winning the World Drumming Championships in Glasgow and also taking the Bass & Tenor Section title.The 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons, saw the band maintaining it position as one of the World's best pipe band's.2005 was the year that the band recorded it's first album - live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in August - it can be purchased direct from the band.The 2007 season saw the band winning it's first Grade One All-Ireland Championships since 1952 - a title which was also retained in 2008.Another highlight of the 2007 season was the band's invitation to perform our "Dawning of thd Day" concert at the Carnegie Music Hall,Pittsburgh.

It's 2008 that will go down in the band's history as it's defining moment - it's entry into the "big time".

Winning the Scottish and British Championships, runner-up in the European and Cowal Championships and 5th overall at the World Championships.This run of results saw the band crowned Grade One Champion of Champions (Supreme Champions) for the 2008 season - the first non RSPBA band ever to achieve the feat and the first new name on the trophy since 1960.

2009 saw the band maintain it's position at the top of Grade One, with solid results in all the major championships......runner up at the Scottish,European and Cowal Championships, plus the band's highest placing to date at the World Championships - 3rd.The drum corp also had a fantastic season with wins in the Scottish, European and All-Ireland Championships.The band also returned to the concert stage for the Pre-World's concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - a complete sellout - recorded for posterity and available as both CD and DVD.As part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary, we put together a history book for future generations plus a calendar & collage poster - each will, in time, become collectors items.To pay tribute to all those who have brought the band to where it is today, a celebratory dinner took place for past and present members in March.......... and the party went on for THREE DAYS !

The 2010 season started well with the band winning the European and All-Ireland Championships, but it also became historic for another reason - it saw the band achieve what is the pinnacle for pipe band's, winning the Grade One World Championship.

Our drum corp also achieved the top prize in all three championships.

At the end of the 2013 season,and after 30 years as Pipe Major,Terry handed over the reigns to his son,Alen,who has has more than hit the ground running.

In his first season,2014,he led the band to three successive 3rd placings in the British,UK and Scottish Championships.

Won his first All Ireland Championships and finished a very credible 3rd at the World Championships.

The 2015 season continued in he same vein,although this time the band was to win it's first major championships since 2010 - The Scottish Championships - and almost taking the big one in August,but had to settle for 2nd overall.

The drum corp though had another successful campaign,winning their third World Championships and also winning the Champion of Champions for the second year running.

2016 saw a win for the band at the European Championships in Forres,2nd at the Scottish in Dumbarton,3rd overall at the World's and the drum corp retain their World Championship trophy from the previous season.

The St. Laurence O'Toole repertoire includes a large selection of Irish traditional tunes and also tunes composed by our own current and ex -members - (Terry Tully,Dave Rickard ,Tim Farrelly,Gerry Hanlon, Alen Tully and Richard Magowan,to name but a few) and along with such bands as the 78th Fraser Highlanders from Toronto have done much to have Irish jigs,reels and hornpipes accepted as standard in pipe band selections.

Terry has also proven to be quite a composer,with top bands around the world playing his tunes and he has published four books - so far.

Not bad going for a band that started life in a small hall in Dublin City Centre  - - way back in 1910.



Pipe Major
Alen Tully

Drum Sgt.
Stephen Creighton

Pipe Sgt.
Brendan Murphy

Bass Drummer
John Dunne

P/M Emeritus
Terry Tully

Ronan Maguire

Gerry Hanlon

Kevin Rogers

Christopher Russell

Gavin Fairweather

David Markey

Ciaran Flood

Keith O'Malley

Simon Grace

Sean Maher

Nicky Donnelly

Craig Munro

Mick Roche

Robyn MacKey

Pat MacNamara

James Stone

Jason MacAlister

Julian Dorman

Marty Lavelle

Chris Earls

Stuart Scott

Kyle Rothschild

Harry Alexander Richards

Drone Tuner
Jim Gallagher

Drone Tuner
Philip Duffy

Snare Drummer
Conor McNally

Snare Drummer
Mikey McKenna

Snare Drummer
Alan Bromell

Snare Drummer
Glen Creighton

Snare Drummer
Andrew Miller

Snare Drummer
Derek "Butch" Doyle

Snare Drummer 
Robbie Barrett

Snare Drummer
Grant Cassidy

Snare Drummer
Julian Mordaunt

Snare Drummer
Conor Lawlor

Tenor Drummer
Samantha Duffy

Tenor Drummer
Maurethe Leonard

Tenor Drummer
Laura Paynter

Tenor Drummer
Jonny Dixon

Tenor Drummer
Simon Hodgett

Tenor Drummer
Hannah Hunter



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