The first Irish competition took place last Sunday in Arklow, Co.Wicklow, and it looks like we have a great season to look forward to in Ireland.

The first Irish competition took place last Sunday in Arklow, Co.Wicklow, and it looks like we have a great season to look forward to in Ireland.

The Celtic Crusaders won the Premier Class with a score of 51.80, which was just over two points ahead of Clonmel Bluehawks who scored 49.60 with their performance of 'As the Last Petal Falls'.

The Arklow performance of their production 'Mirror Image' was the first win for Celtic Crusaders in ten years. Speaking to DCE after the win, Celtic Crusaders Director Kim Magee said: "It’s amazing for the whole band and they would like to thank our committee and design, music and percussion teams. They have all worked extra hard together and have gone out and been the best they can be. We are delighted to improve on our score from Woking and would like to take this opportunity to thank DCUK and everybody for the welcome over there. It’s looking like a great season for Irish corps and we are looking forward to the Clonmel contest already!"

Last years champions, and the dominating corps in the past few years The Vikings were placed in 4th with a score of 47.40. Clondalkin Youth band were narrowly ahead of The Vikings with their performance of 'What Dreams May Come' which scored 47.60. The hosts Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble closed the show with their production 'Apocalypse' which achieved a score of 43.35. The Cadets are the only corps taking part in the Junior Class this year, and their production 'The Yellow Brick Road' scored 33.20.

With the caption awards spread over three groups, it proves that the season could go any way in Ireland. To keep up to date with the activity in Ireland, visit the IMBA Facebook page and the revamped IMBA website www.irishmarchingbandsassociation.org.