Seattle Pipe Band to salute WWI soldiers

Brian King
Tuesday September 30th will prove to be a very historic day for the town of Roscrea, with a major event to honour all the Roscrea people who both fought and died in World War I.

Tuesday September 30th will prove to be a very historic day for the town of Roscrea, with a major event to honour all the Roscrea people who both fought and died in World War I.

The Seattle State Police Pipe and Drum Band through Roscrea Credit Union connections has kindly accepted an invitation to visit Roscrea as part of the commemoration which will also involve an Ecumenical Service at St Cronan’s Church of Ireland, Church Street at 3.30pm. Brian King, Manager of Roscrea C/Union, and Dick Conroy, (Secretary) have spoken for the last two years about the importance of organising an event in Roscrea during 2014 to commemorate Roscrea people’s involvement in WWI. In June, Hugh Keane, a long serving Director of Roscrea C/Union approached Brian and said there was a chance that he could through his American connections - namely his brother John Keane (Irish Counsel In Seattle) - get the Seattle Police Pipe and Drum Band to visit Roscrea at the end of their Irish Tour on September 30th. From there it was a case of marrying both ideas and getting as many people on board as possible to help make the event a unique and long remembered Roscrea occasion. Brian said planning has been difficult for various reasons but the organising committee is now confident that the event will be a great success. Apart from Roscrea Credit Union’s involvement, the committee is delighted to have Paul Fogarty and the White House on board as sponsors and are delighted to have Roscrea Scouts involved.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.