The county has a strong tradition of music and marching and none more so than the St. Patrick’s Accordion Band (Drumkeen Marching Band).
This small village produced one of the finest marching bands in the country. They were DMBA League Champions, All Ireland Slogagh Champions and World Manx Champions to name but a few.
Not bad for a village the size of Drumkeen? Like many of the bands than marched before them, a slow decline in numbers meant they disbanded in the early 90’s.
More often than not, old friends who marched along side each other, each and every Sunday of the Summer months have more recently met on more somber occasions.
The passing of band stalwarts & most devoted supporters reminded these dear friends of their shared days. These bands were the backbone of a community. Each Summer Sunday was spent at a competition. The children learned music and marching, with a health dose of competitive spirit too. Friends and skills were forged for life.
A few moths ago, a small group of enthusiastic people met to see if a reunion of the St. Patrick’s Marching Band, Drumkeen could be arranged.
A strong team of people have been busy fundraising for the bands reunion. The first big fundraiser was on Sat 27th September. It was extremely well attended. The Guest tea had all the appeal of a vintage afternoon tea with friends. There was a few games of bingo too for extra fun.
The highlight of the day was the a special performance by local legend Raymond Sweeney creative director & lead dancer of Titanic Dance along with Realta Dance. It was an fantastic spectacle. The total raised at the fundraiser was €1162.00. Community Spirit is alive & kicking in Drumkeen.
The next meeting is Saturday 8th November in the Drumkeen Parish Hall. The organising committee plan to have the reunion event next year on Saturday 6th June. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.