A very sucessful St. Patrick's Day

The Lourdes Band wishes to thank the organisers of the Drogheda St. Patrick’s Day parade. We really enjoyed  the opportunity to perform for the Drogheda community. Many thanks to all those who turned out in vast numbers to make the parade the success it was.

As ever our organisation depends on the continuous generosity of the Drogheda people. We are always delighted to be given a platform such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade to show our gratitude to all the people of the Town.

Thank you to the organisers and to the People of Drogheda.

Please visit our “Media” and “Photographs” sections on our website to view the St. Patrick’s Day gallery.

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Lourdes Band Solo/Ensemble day. A delight of musical entertainment.

Sunday 3rd of March saw the members of the Lourdes Brass Band depart from their regular Brass Band formation and expose their individual musical talents in the Bands Solo / Ensemble competitions. The audience was treated to a wide range of music genres, from classical to TV themes. Members of the Lourdes “School of Music” - Beginner Classes -Lourdes youth Band and the Senior Band, all laid on a musical feast. Congratulations and a big thank you to all who provided us with a fantastic musical day.

The Adjudicator for the day, Mr Jon Clifford spoke very highly of all the entrants, remarking that the high quality of performances gave him a real dilemma having to pick who he would award prizes too. He also remarked that on the whole he was delighted to see that everybody was displaying good techniques in their musical production.

Results of the Day:

  • School of Music - Newest recruits - Medal winners:

    Christo Mathews, Sienna Lily Thornton, Cormac Moore, Taragh McKeon and Max Sidenko.

  • School of Music - Students - Medal winners:

  • Cian Smith, Killian Coleman, Eoghan Clake, Ethain Diver, Lucy Coleman, Darragh Smith.

  • School of Music - Advanced students

  • 1st Place - Tomas McGreehan - Past time with good company.

    2nd Place - Alex Healy - Landler

    3rd Place - Daisy Sarsfield - Campanae

  • Lourdes Youth Band

    1st Place - Ged Milne - The greatest showman

    2nd Place - Cathal O Malley - Passion

    3rd Place - Matthew King - Movie Themes

  • Lourdes Senior Band

    1st Place - Mark Newman - Kim

    2nd Place - Danny Black - Beautiful Colorado

  • Ensembles:

    1st Place - Jazz Time music.

    2nd Place - Music of Ennio Moricone

Please visit our gallery to see photos of the Solo/Ensemble day.


Adjudicator announced for Lourdes Bands Solo/Ensemble competition 2019

The Lourdes Bands 2019 Solo/Ensemble competition will be held on Sunday March 3rd commencing 11.00am.

The adjudicator for the days event will be Mr Jon Clifford. 

Jon Clifford studied trombone and euphonium at the Royal Academy of Music, London, from 1983 to 1987 under Harold Nash (Covent Garden) and Michael Hext (LPO). During this time he gained an ARCM (Perf), LRAM (Teacher), GRSM and DipRAM (Orch) and was also awarded the Sidney Langston and Aubrey Brain prizes.

After graduating from college Jon had trial periods with the Bournemouth and BBC Concert Orchestras, eventually becoming sub principal and later principal trombone with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, a position he held until 2005/6. Upon leaving the SBO Jon has been freelancing with the RTE, Ulster, Wexford Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestras and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club.

Jon began lecturing in trombone at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2001 and in 2011 at the Defence Forces School of Music. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director of the Ballymore Eustace Brass and Reed Band and has also conducted the DIT Concert Band. More recently Jon has coached the brass section of the Dublin Youth Orchestra.

We very much look forward to working with Jon and receiving his positive feed back to assist us in our development.

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A Musical and Visual treat - Lourdes Band - Christmas Concert 2018

The Lourdes Brass Band performed their Christmas concert to a full house in the Droichead Arts on December 13th,

The Band displayed the full depth of talent and entertainment skills throughout the organisation with fine performances from our “School of Music” beginner classes, Our “Youth Band” and our “Senior Band”.

With Ged Milne (EEb Bass player in LYB) leading the audience in a White Christmas sing along. The Senior Band also had the audience rocking along with a melody of Christmas tunes,

The Bands person of the year awards were well received and deserved by:

  • Daisy Sarsfield - LBB “School of Music” - Student of the year.

  • Mark Askins - LYB (Lourdes Youth Band) - Band Person of the year.

  • Chris Nally - Senior Band - Band Person of the year.

Please visit the “Media” and “Photographs” tabs of our website to view the concert photos.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to all the Lourdes Band Friends and supporters.


Bereavement Notice - Mick Byrne.

The Lourdes Band extends its deepest sympathies to the Family of Mick Byrne. Mick has been a long standing supporter of community activities in the Drogheda district, with heavy involvement in Drogheda United F.C. through the years.

The Byrne family have a huge history with the Lourdes Band, with Mick’s son Declan (Band Vice Chairman), Grandson Wayne (Band Treasurer) who are current members, while his Granddaughter Joanna has always supported the Band both with her presence and also never forgetting us in her role as local Councillor.

The Lourdes Band extends our deepest sympathies to all the Byrne family in their bereavement.

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Tickets Now on Sale - Lourdes Band Christmas Concert.

Tickets are now available for the Lourdes Band’s Christmas Concert in the Droichead Arts Center on the 13th December €8 per ticket.

Tickets are currently available from the Committee office in the Lourdes Band room on Batchelors Lane (Map attached). The office is attended every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. The Band room is also open every Sunday. Monday Wednesday and Thursday from 7.30pm - 9.00pm, please ask for any committee member and they will be delighted to help you with ticket sales. Alternatively contact the Band Secretary through our Web site www.lourdesbrassband.com

Please be aware that the Arts Center has a capacity of available seating and this has lead to the concert being sold out early, avoid disappointment and get your tickets early. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Concert.

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Christmas Holidays - The Lourdes Band

The Lourdes Brass Band organisation will be taking their Christmas holidays as follows:

Senior Band: Last Rehearsal/Performance Saturday 15th December 2018.

Rehearsals Resume on Sunday 6th January 2019.

Lourdes Youth Band: Last Rehearsal/Performance Saturday 15th December 2018.

Rehearsals Resume on Monday 7th January 2019.

Lourdes School of Music: Last Rehearsal/Performance Tuesday 11th December 2018.

Rehearsals Resume on Tuesday 8th January 2019.

The Lourdes Band Committee wishes to extend our best wishes and Seasons Greetings to all our Members, Volunteers, Parents, Supporters and friends of the Band. Many thanks for all the help through 2018 and we hope 2019 sees you all well.

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Lourdes Band extends it's deepest sympathies.

It is with great sadness that the Lourdes Brass Band has received the news of the bereavement of our long time friend Mrs. Pauline Kelly.

Pauline was not only a regular attendant at all our events, she was also a driving force on the Band Committee for many years. Her memory and tradition in the Lourdes Brass Band will be carried on by her Son John, Daughter Barbara, Grandchild Abbey and Daughter-in-law LeeAnne, who are also our Band colleagues. .

The Band extends our deepest condolences and will miss Pauline greatly.

May she rest in peace.

Bank Holiday - Mid term break - Rehearsal schedule

Lourdes Brass Band rehearsal times will be as follows for the October Bank holiday weekend:

  • Senior Band - No rehearsal on Sunday 28th Oct.

    - Rehearsal on Wednesday 31st Oct. as per usual.

  • Lourdes Youth Band - No rehearsal on Monday 29th Oct.

    - Rehearsal on Thursday 1st Nov, as per usual.

  • Lourdes School of Music - No classes on Tuesday 30th Oct.

    (Tuesday Classes) - Classes on Tuesday 6th Nov. as per usual.

The Band committee wish all our members an enjoyable long weekend and Mid-term break from schools.


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Lourdes Band - Now Recruiting New members

The Lourdes Brass Band are now recruiting new members. We welcome all to avail of the opportunity to become a member of our vibrant community group, were musical education. music performance and social interaction is on offer. We structure our fees to allow all members of our community join in and represent Drogheda and the Lourdes Band at the many events we take part in throughout the year.

Anybody looking to enrol or has any queries can contact us through the "Contact" Tab on our website or contact the Lourdes Band Secretary on secretary@lourdesbrassband.com.

Enrolment will commence at 7.30pm Tuesday 18th September 2018 at our premises on Batchelors Lane, Drogheda Co. Louth. (Google map pin attached to this notice will direct you to the Lourdes Brass Band bandrrom).

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Drogheda - Fleadh Cheoil - A huge sucess

The Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil turned out to be a hugh success in showcasing the best points of the Drogheda community. From the abundance of talent on display, to the beautiful floral displays that gave a brilliant cead mile failte to the floods of visitors to the town.

The Lourdes Brass Band wishes to thank all involved for providing such a superb venue for us to display our talents to all.






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Tesco - "Blue Chip Scheme" Charity fund.

The Lourdes Brass Band are currently on the Tesco "Blue Chip" Charity fund scheme in the Donore Road Tesco store and fuel station. We would be delighted if our members, supporters, family, friends and the general public would be generous enough to select the Lourdes Band when lodging your blue chip tokens to a local charity. Please feel free to pass on our request to others. We extend our gratitude to the Drogheda community for their ever continuing support.

It is our honour to be serving the community since 1959.

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Farmleigh House

The Lourdes Brass Band had a brilliant day out at the prestigious Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 5th August. With a beautiful bright sunny day we had a great days fun providing the musical entertainment. Both the Lourdes Youth Band and the Lourdes Senior Band laid on well received performances for the large crowd. We would like to extend our thanks to all, both staff and audience for your graceful hospitality. 

Bray Bandstand - Excellent day of Music and Fun

Both the Senior and Junior Lourdes Bands,  travelled to the beautiful setting of the Bray Bandstand on Sunday 15th July. The Youth Band under the baton of Mr.Harry Kelly started off the performances and were very well received by the large crowds of on-looker's. With fine performance of modern and old time favorite tunes. The Lourdes Senior Band taken by Cormac O'hAodain, then took to the Band stand and laid on a special musical treat for the audience. It was not only a delightful day for the public, but the Bands enjoyed it immensely and we are as ever very grateful to the people of Bray and the event organisers for their generous hospitality.  Once the two Bands work was completed a great day was had by all at the sea front town and carnival.

Please feel free to view the Bray Bandstand photo gallery section of our website under the "Media" tab.

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Lourdes Youth Band - Miracle Performance

The Lourdes Brass Bands young achievers (The Lourdes Youth Band) have produced a miracle performance in the South of Ireland Band Competitions, held in the Cork town of Clonakilty. The band moved into the intermediate section of the competition following their recent win in the Junior section. 

The Lourdes Youth Band finished in an amazing 4th place in a field of 16 Bands who came from all over the country to participate, while this was an amazing result the Youth Band went on to win the best overall Bass section in the entire competition,

With Mr. Harry Kelly (Lourdes Band President) taking the baton the young musicians have again brought pride to our organisation and to our Drogheda community.


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Lourdes Brass Band Members Remove Graffiti

Young Members of the Lourdes Brass Band have taken the initiative and decided to remove graffiti from our side wall, on the Highlanes steps. Danny Black, Sinead Curran, Ellen Crowley and Dylan Thornton gave up their time to remove the gfaffiti and tidy the area.

The Lourdes Brass Band wishes to thank and acknowledge the following groups: - "Make the Highlanes beautiful" - "Drogheda Street and Heritage group" and the "Drogheda Volunteers" for their work and efforts to tidy the whole Bachelors Lane / Mayoralty Street area. 



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Lourdes Lotto - Lucky Winner

Congratulations to Frances O'Malley, the latest big winner of the Lourdes Band's weekly Lotto draw. We are delighted to present Frances with a cheque for €1435 and thank Frances for the continued support.

Thank you Mrs Annette McCloskey for your years of support in selling Lotto tickets, hope selling a lucky winner makes it all worth while.

Remember "It could be you".  But only if you buy a ticket.

Tickets available from the Lourdes Band Committee/Admin office, or from any Band or Committee member. A nice return for a €2 ticket.

Lourdes Brass Band serving the community since 1959.

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