Vikings Drum Corps have won their third Irish Championships in a row. In their first year performing as a drum corps, Vikings brought their prison themed production '25 to Life' to the field. The fast moving show strongly featured their well polished frontline, as has come to be expected with the Vikings, and the guard excelled at portraying the theme.

Vikings Drum Corps have won their third Irish Championships in a row. In their first year performing as a drum corps, Vikings brought their prison themed production '25 to Life' to the field. The fast moving show strongly featured their well polished frontline, as has come to be expected with the Vikings, and the guard excelled at portraying the theme.

In the run up to finals, their closest competition were Clonmel Bluehawks. There was less than a point separating them in some captions in the previous contest. The Bluehawks opened their show with a wonderful storytelling voice-over which made the beauty and the beast theme of 'As the Last Petal Falls' evident. The band faced backfield before turning to the audience and filling the stand with some of the most uplifting and exciting sounds of the day.

Celtic Crusaders finished a fantastic season in third place on the day. Their show 'Against the Clock' featured some very intricate drill manoeuvres, and came to a particularly impressive close, with a perfect circle from the band, perfectly complimented by guard and props.

Clondalkin Youth Band were only performing their second contest of the season and made a five point improvement on their previous outing, with their show 'Angels and Demons'. The contrast between this contest and the last was also very evident with Inbhear Mor Marchers whose impressive show "Romeo and Juliet" made for fantastic entertainment. Their soloists were particular crowd pleasers.

The Vikings Drum Corps are part of the Tallaght Youth Band organisation and the championships, which took place in Dalymount Park in Dublin were made extra special for the Tallaght group, when their junior band The Cadets were crowned Junior Class Champions 2014.

There will be no break for the Vikings, as they now go straight in to preparations for the DCE Championships in Kerkrade on September 27th. Results of the contest have been published at www.irishmarchingbands.org. The European ranking can be found at www.drumcorpseurope.org/ranking.