History

History

Introduction Blanchardstown Brass Band, originally known as St. Brigids Brass & Reed Band was established in 1826, and has been performing Brass Band music now for over 193 years. The name was changed in 1970 to reflect the All-Brass line-up and also to give the Band a better identity. We have our own Band room …

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Historical Timeline

1923: New Band Room…bought disused army hut for £15 and erected it in the Mill Road 1924: Bought instruments from the Wellington Quay Workingmans Club Band 1938: Bought Caps & Satchels 1959: Bought first uniform (navy blue jacket/trousers, light blue piping/sleeves, navy cap with white cover, white shirt, light blue tie), cost £162 (£9 each) …

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The Blanchardstown Sound

This poem about the Band was written in 1971 by a local bard Tommy Bracken who lived in the Sandpits, Castleknock. The poem illustrates the affection by which the Blanchardstown Brass Band is held by the local community. The Blanchardstown Sound They blow and they pound The Blanchardstown sound The beat is something grand, And …

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Past Members

Joe McGregor RIP – 25th Oct 2014 The members of the Band are very sad to hear of the passing, following a short illness, of our great friend and President of the Band Joe McGregor. Joe was a lifelong Band member and last year celebrated his 70th year playing Christmas Carols with the Band. Joe …

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1 comment

  1. Edwina

    my grandfather was Thomas Smyth your conductor in the [photo from 1961 thank you i haven’t seen him up close in years

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