A page on the Band and Dancers
from St. John's Parish Magazine
Special thanks to Betty and Pat O'Hara for the photoThe Pipe Band and Dancers performed both separately and together during those early years, creating bonds which remain to this day.
The following extract from the March-April 1953 St. John's Parish Magazine gives us an insight into activities under the Fianna Pádraig banner and, in particular, the importance of the Whit Walks at the time.
"Piping is not everyone's kettle of fish, but it can be a very attractive commodity at times. All our noise has not been confined to Wythenshawe. Cheadle, Stockport, Earlestown, Warrington and Old Trafford have welcomed us so far this year, and future months will find us in Wales, Merseyside, and in various parts of Manchester and naturally in the pipers' gala day, the Manchester Whit Procession.
The Irish dancers have contributed their quota to the attraction of the pipe band. At Old Trafford football ground they looked like dwarfs against the background of the huge stands but the large crowd that had come to watch footwork of one kind were not slow to applaud some footwork of another kind."