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In the press
 
A selection of newspaper articles about the Band and our community...

We have put together a collection of newspaper articles which contain references not only to the Band and Dancers, but also to the Parish communities in which they developed over the years.

You will find articles on St. John's, St. Anthony's, working for the community, travelling around the country, touring the continent, the band dances, and much more...

Many of the articles come from the treasure trove which is Wythenshawe Reference Library. We are most grateful to the staff at Wythenshawe Library, without whom many of these snippets of our history may well have been lost forever.

The articles are currently listed by date, in descending order. Simply click on the one you wish to view in the list in the right-hand column to display it centre page.


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In the press...

Traditional Irish concert and ceili organised by the Wythenshawe Irish Society marks high point of Wythenshawe Festival...
Wythenshawe Express
03-08-1979

Appearance by the Fianna Phadraig Dancers
Manchester Evening News
22-11-1985

Featuring Fancy Fianna Phadraig Footwork...
Manchester Evening News
23-05-1987

Rev. Father Francis Murphy offers Solemn High Mass on the 25th anniversary of his ordination
Wythenshawe Express
24-06-1955

Rev. Father Francis Murphy offers Solemn High Mass on the 25th anniversary of his ordination
Wythenshawe Express
24-06-1955

Young dancers from the O'Neal School of Irish Dancing demonstrate Ceili dancing steps at fundraiser for the building of St. Elizabeth's Church
13-02-1972

Hundreds of Catholics from all over the diocese attend the official stone laying ceremony at St. Anthony's...
19-06-1959

Foundation stone of half-completed St. Anthony's Church laid by the Right Rev. J. A. Murphy, Bishop of Shrewsbury
Manchester Evening News
13-06-1959

Impressive St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church nears completion
Wythenshawe Express
08-09-1960

Bishop of Shrewsbury says solemn high mass at St. Anthony's inauguration
Wythenshawe Express and Recorder
13-11-1960

Bishop of Shrewsbury says solemn high mass at St. Anthony's inauguration
Wythenshawe Express and Recorder
13-11-1960

An overview of the Band's activities... (date and source tbc)
01-01-1973

Shockwaves of emotion throughout the community... (date tbc)
Wythenshawe Express
15-04-1991

The story of a third generation Irishman who brought the Fianna Phadraig pipers world acclaim... (date and source tbc)
Irish Post
01-05-1972

Terry Dowling blowing up a storm with the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
Manchester Evening News
19-02-1988

Band feature in Gorizia chronicle
Messagero del lunedi
27-08-1984

Band raises funds for the Barry Weldon Heart Start Fund (approximate date)
Irish Post
01-04-1989

Newly wed Fianna Pádraig dancer Miss Joan Maguire and husband Mr. John Lennon go straight to St. Anthony's foundation stone laying ceremony after getting married at St. John's... (date tbc)
13-06-1959

"...one of the finest manifestations of Irish culture in Britain..." (date tbc)
Irish Post
28-02-1988

The Band play at St. Patrick's day parade in Earlestown 1976
Irish Post
27-03-1976

Eamonn pays tribute to inspirational dancing squaddie and reminisces about the Band... (date tbc)
Manchester Evening News
06-10-2012

Busy schedule for the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, playing for charities in the North West (approximate date).
14-04-1989

The Band march down to the harbour from St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh, County Cork (approximate date)
15-07-1977

Mary Rea brings a slice of Ireland to South-East France (approximate date)
Irish Post
11-09-1976

Young pipers from the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band in Manchester join with dancers to provide entertainment at the Mayo Association annual dinner in Leeds (approximate date).
Irish Post
15-05-1975

Members of one of the oldest pipe bands in Britain, Manchester's very popular Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band entertain at family fun day
Irish Post
02-07-2011

Fianna Phadraig is not an 11th Century punishment...
28-02-1969

On November 3, 1960, thousands of Catholics from all over Manchester flocked to Wythenshawe for the most important catholic ceremony ever held in the area...
Wythenshawe Express and Recorder
09-03-1961

On November 3, 1960, thousands of Catholics from all over Manchester flocked to Wythenshawe for the most important catholic ceremony ever held in the area...
Wythenshawe Express and Recorder
09-03-1961

Father Kehoe leaves St. Anthony's after 33 years in Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe Express
03-02-1972

The followers of Patrick, Woodhouse Park variety, are somewhere in deepest Europe...
Manchester Evening News
27-07-1970

Six members of the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band return from a tour of Italy and France, where they took part in four local festivals.
Wythenshawe Express
13-08-1970

Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band renews old acquaintances and moves to scout hut on Shadowmoss Road
Wythenshawe Express
12-11-1970

Band invited to take part in the Billingham International Folk and Dance Festival
Wythenshawe Express
02-04-1971

Two travel from New York for the band dance and Jim gets his watch
Wythenshawe Express
27-02-1975

Irish pipers of Wythenshawe export their sound to Italy...
Manchester Evening News
26-06-1975

The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band tour Italy for two weeks to take part in six local folk festivals.
Wythenshawe Express
26-06-1975

The band returns from an outstanding tour of Italy
Wythenshawe Express
07-08-1976

Former members and friends of the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band from all over the country attend the band's annual reunion dance in February '76
Wythenshawe Express
05-02-1976

Busman's holiday for members of the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
Wythenshawe Express
26-02-1976

The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band leaves on a summer tour of the Basque Region of France
Wythenshawe Express
09-07-1976

The band heads off to entertain the Basques of France and Spain
Manchester Evening News
13-07-1976

Local Pipe Bands pipe in the New Year
Wythenshawe Express
07-01-1977

29th anniversary dance attended by 500 friends and former band members
Wythenshawe Express
25-02-1977

Wythenshawe's MP, Mr. Alf Morris, and local councillors attend Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band's annual reunion dance
Wythenshawe Express
04-03-1977

Wythenshawe's Fianna Phadraig pipe band have won a major international award for their contribution to improved relations between Ireland and Britain
Wythenshawe Express
25-03-1977

A bronze sculpture of a flower representing a community within a community is presented to 4 bandsmen representing the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
Wythenshawe Express
03-06-1977

A bronze sculpture of a flower representing a community within a community is presented to 4 bandsmen representing the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
Wythenshawe Express
03-06-1977

Four band members travel to London to receive one of 10 major international awards for their contribution to improved relations between Ireland and Britain
Wythenshawe Express
27-05-1977

The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band returns from a fabulous week at the Cobh International Folklore Festival in County Cork, Ireland
Wythenshawe Express
29-07-1977

Terry points out that the band which received a grant from the Manchester Cultural Committee was not the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
Wythenshawe Express
04-11-1977

Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band spreads all over the North to pipe in the New Year 1978
Wythenshawe Express
06-01-1978

More than 400 attend the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band's annual reunion dance at the Forum
Wythenshawe Express
03-03-1978

The Band hold their annual reunion dance at the Forum Hall in Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe Express
02-02-1979

Bandsmen strike up to raise money to help the families of children disabled through rubella during pregnancy
Wythenshawe Express
09-02-1979

Members of the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band hold a sponsored pipe-in to help rubella-damaged children
Wythenshawe Express
16-02-1979

The Band responds to the Magpie television programme appeal in aid of rubella-damaged children suffering from deafness and blindness
Wythenshawe Express
02-03-1979

...during a sponsored "pipe-in" at St. Anthony's School, Woodhouse Park, ... to raise money for rubella-damaged children.
Wythenshawe Express
02-03-1979

The band raises £560 for the Magpie appeal to help rubella-damaged babies and their families
Wythenshawe Express
04-05-1979

Alf Morris MP receives a cheque from the Band for the Magpie appeal for Rubella-damaged babies
Wythenshawe Express
11-05-1979

A busy local schedule for the band before and after trip to Cobh
Wythenshawe Express
08-06-1979

The Band gets ready to set off for the Emerald Isle for its first trip to Cobh
Wythenshawe Express
22-06-1979

Friends and former members of the Band travel from afar for the annual reunion dance
Manchester Evening News
04-02-1980

Band holds sponsored play-in to raise funds for handicapped charities
Manchester Evening News
26-02-1981

Band invites overseas guests to reunion dance
Manchester Evening News
07-02-1984

Band hold reunion dance then raise money for charity with play-in
Manchester Evening News
22-02-1985

Band expects to raise £500 for Hennessy House Club for the Deaf and Carl Barnett Encephalitis Research fund
Manchester Evening News
01-02-1985

The Band hold a sponsored play-in to raise money for local charities
Manchester Evening News
01-02-1985

Six hours' non-stop piping for the Carl Barnett Encephalitis Research Fund and the Hennessy House Club for the Deaf
Manchester Evening News
11-03-1985

Irish musicians strike up the band in aid of charity
16-05-1986

The band does a sponsored walk for Action Research for Multiple Sclerosis
Manchester Evening News
16-05-1986

Peter O'Connor joins up with the band at a festival in Belgium
Manchester Evening News
05-09-1986

Band plays at A Weekend With The Irish as part of the Manchester Festival
Manchester Evening News
28-08-1984

Former members come from far and wide for Band's 40th anniversary celebrations
Manchester Evening News
10-02-1988

Sneak thieves spoil pipe band's charity fund raising efforts
Wythenshawe World
15-01-1988

Band's charity efforts hit a sour note when instruments are stolen
Manchester Evening News
29-12-1987

Band presents cheque for MRI baby care unit
Manchester Evening News
04-12-1987

The Band looks for young recruits who want to learn the pipes or drums
Manchester Evening News
16-10-1989

The band seeks new members
Manchester Evening News
25-09-1987

The band brings in the crowds at Greek festival
Manchester Evening News
23-09-1987

The band and dancers finally take off to Greece
Manchester Evening News
13-08-1987

The band's invitation to the prestigious Music Festival in Lefkas, Greece, is withdrawn in favour of a band from Dublin
Manchester Evening News
01-08-1987

Eleventh hour phone call sends bandsmen and dancers off to Greece (approximate date)
Wythenshawe World
31-08-1987

Band hold a six-hour sponsored play-in of Irish pipe music at St. Anthony's RC primary school, Woodhouse Park, in aid of hospital baby units
Manchester Evening News
20-02-1987

Band will puff and blow for a solid five hours at their fifth bi-annual play-in
Manchester Evening News
23-01-1987

The Band gets ready to perform at an international folk festival in Vosselaar, Belgium
Manchester Evening News
15-08-1986

The Band play for five hours for Barry Weldon and the New North West Transplant Centre
Wythenshawe World
14-04-1989

5-hour play-in for Wythenshawe Hospital's Heart-Start fund
Manchester Evening News
07-04-1989

£2,000 cheque from Play-in for Wythenshawe Hospitals New Heart/New Start appeal to be handed over at an evening of entertainment
Wythenshawe World
13-10-1989

The Band organises at St. Patrick's dance with the Irish Society and St. John's Parish at the Wythenshawe Forum hall in aid of famine relief in Ethiopia
Manchester Evening News
16-03-1988

Mrs. O'Neal organises a day-long festival of traditional Irish dancing at Terry's Place
Wythenshawe Express
19-10-1972

Bench dedicated to Terry presented to Wythenshawe Hospital by the League of Friends, in the presence of Alf Morris MP, Terry's family and band members
Wythenshawe Express
17-10-2013

A fortune teller, a pipe Band and a judo club with a common cause: the Wythenshawe Hospital League of Friends
Wythenshawe Express
16-10-2013

A long-distance balloon race, celebrities, a "local derby"... and the Fianna Phádraig Pipe Band supporting the League of Friends
16-10-2013

The Fianna Phádraig joins Alf Morris MP in celebrating the Wythenshawe Hospital League of Friends' "Coming of Age"
Wythenshawe Express
16-10-2013

Music from the Fianna Phádraig Pipe Band at hospital fundraiser
Wythenshawe Express
16-10-2013

The Band serving the community with the Wythenshawe Hospital League of Friends
Wythenshawe Express
16-10-2013