There will be plenty of music at this year’s Cashel St.Patricks’s Parade with the Dermot O’ Hurley Pipe band leading the parade and the Cashel St. Patrick’s Brass Band playing on the street. In addition Parade secretary Sean Laffey has secured the services of one of the most historic brass and reed bands in the country, the CWU Band, who will play on the plaza prior to the parade on Thursday the 17th March. He told us that parade regulars, the Sean Treacy Pipe Band are unable to attend this year and it was a happy coincidence that he mentioned it to John Brophy (the CWU’s PRO) who has a family cottage in Killmoyler. “I went over to borrow a chainsaw and he offered me a band instead” said Sean.
The Dublin based CWU band began life as the Postal Workers Union Band back in the early part of the 20th century they used to practice in the GPO in O’Connell Street. During the Easter rising of 1916 parts of the GPO were demolished by British shelling and one of the big losses was the bands’ store room which housed their instruments. As part of the reparations after the 1922 treaty the band received a cheque from the British Government to cover the loss of their instruments. Some of these historic instruments will be heard as the band perform a number of Irish tunes and marches on St. Patrick’s Day.
Jimmy O’Keefe the Secretary of the Band said he was delighted to be bringing the band down to Cashel and promised a varied selection of music. “We have a good selection of marches by JP Sousa, and by K Alford, plus classics from the French, German and Spanish traditions. Our regular material ranges from overtures by Mozart and Rossini right through to Viennese operettas and the Strauss family waltzes. We also have concert selections from the Beatles, Neil Diamond, and Billy Joel, and some good numbers from the 1930-40s big band era. But listen out for some stirring Irish numbers when we appear in Cashel on St. Patrick’s Day.”
Sean added that although it was great to be able to book such a prestigious band, the Parade still needed to raise funds to pay for this year’s event and reminded us that a Business collection would be taking place this week.