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|Finding the instruments and training the musicians to play them|
|It was one thing to want to establish a pipe band, but it was quite another to get the instruments and train the parish youth to play them! As in so many other situations, a little resourcefulness and community spirit came in very handy!|
Resourceful to the last, Fr. Kehoe called on his contacts in Ireland and used the opportunity of a trip over the water to come back with practice chanters and begin lessons.
There was no shortage of young men in the parish keen to try their hand at the pipes and drums, and Father Kehoe brought in an acquaintance who had served as a piper with the Irish Guards to provide piping lessons for the young band members.
In the photo opposite, Vin Meehan is playing the drum, with Bernard Mason on his left. Among the dancers marching behind the Band, we have recognised Betty O'Hara (née Hussey) and May Connolly carrying the banner, with Joan Lennon (née Maguire) second from left in the foreground.
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