Above: The De La Salle Scout Pipe Band departs from St. Patrick’s Church.
The group would like to extend its sincere thanks to all those who contributed to the success of it’s recent celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of the De La Salle Scout Pipe Band. The History of the De La Salle Scout Group shows that a decision to start a Pipe Band was taken at a meeting of the Scout Committee held on December 15th 1933 and that just five short months later the band held its first public parade to the Cathedral to celebrate St De La Salle’s Day on May 15th 1934. On the 15th May 2004 the band attended mass at St. Patrick’s Church and then retraced the steps of its first ever public performance, seventy years ago. In the afternoon the band joined up with several other Pipe Bands and paraded through Waterford city centre where it received a fantastic reception. The bands that took part were the Waterford City Pipe Band, the Portlaw & District Pipe Band, the Kellishin Pipe Band (Carlow). Some members of the North Berwick Pipe Band and Preston Pipe Band also travelled from the UK to play with our Band at the event. Our Gallery Page has more images of the day.
A number of awards were also presented on the day. Pat Murphy received the Founders Award, Tom Nugent received a 10 Year Service Star and Brian Fanning received the Bronze Merit Award. Brendan O’Shea, currently Group Leader with Ferrybank and who was a member of the Band and a Leader in De La Salle, received a Bravery Award at their Group Council Meeting this week.