The South of Ireland Band Championships will be held on July 1 in Clonakilty. Chairman Ger O’Driscoll and his committee are really looking forward to the 42nd event with all previous bands expected to return to compete this year.
Sponsorship letters have already been issued with committee hopeful for as generous a response as in previous years. This weekend of music, competition, performance, and camaraderie could not take place without the generosity of venues, time, money, and other facilities made available by the people and businesses of Clonakilty and numerous patrons.
The committee would like to give a special thank you to Cork County Council’s Arts Department, the Municipal District of Cork County Council, Cork County Council’s Local Festival Fund, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and its many local sponsors for their continuous support to the festival.
Junior and Senior Competitions will be held in the Clonakilty Community Hall and the Intermediate Competition will take place in the adjacent Clonakilty Community College.
The Old Time Fair also takes place on the same Saturday as the competition. After competing, a number of bands take to the streets to perform to the crowds already gathered for the Fair. The diversity of each performance adds to the lively atmosphere, which is enjoyed by young and old.
So, make a note in your diary, come to Clonakilty on July 1 to see the Band community showcase their abilities, and communicate with each other in the international language of music which is understood by all.