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Irish Army Fifes and Drums?

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  • Irish Army Fifes and Drums?

    Hi all

    As a keen historian I am researching about the subject of military music. I am familiar that the Irish Defence forces have Pipes and also Brass bands but in my research I also heard that at the very beginning of the Irish Army there was a Fifes and Drums unit, which was disbanded some years later??

    Can anyone help?

    Time period is about 1920s – 1940s
    Q S

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    • #3
      thanks ill try that

      by the way in the Irish Army does each Battalion have Pipes or is less than that??
      Q S


      • #4
        Some have Pipes & Drums bands, in addition to other duties. The Air Corps and Naval Service do as well.

        The Army is organised on conventional military lines providing a sufficiently flexible structure to carry out all the roles assigned by Government. The Army is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad.


        • #5
          I know that you dont have a strict Regimental system so i understand there would not be units with a band that stays with the Battalion ....or am i wrong?
          Q S


          • #6
            The pipe bands are part of the units. There is also the following full time bands:

            No 1 Band
            Band of Southern Brigade
            Band of Western Brigade