Celtic Crusaders were the stand-out performance of the day. Their 2016 production “On a String” had much advanced since the Arklow contest and scored 53.70.

Four corps are taking part in the Premier Class in Ireland this year and the scoring remained very close with still only three points separating all four in Mullingar, just ahead of the Irish championships finals, which take place in Dublin in three weeks.

Adverse weather conditions put the show at risk of complete cancellation on Saturday evening when it became evident that the Downs GAA venue was waterlogged and not useable. Local organisers and IMBA officials secured an alternative venue but were forced to make the difficult decision to run the event behind closed doors due to health and safety and insurance concerns. 

IMBA council member Kevin Morgan: “It was extremely disappointing, particularly for the Mullingar Town Band who had put in an extraordinary amount of organisational work for what promised to be a great family day in a fantastic venue.”

After the closed event, Mullingar Town Band Director Kim Magee thanked St Lomans GAA club for providing an alternative venue at short notice and also thanked all sponsors, parents and supporters of Mullingar Town Band for their support.

Kevin Morgan (IMBA): “We needed to ensure that our member bands got the opportunity to perform and receive the judges comments. It was very unfortunate that the local event suffered as a result of the weather but we would like to thank all our member bands for being so understanding and continuing with a much pared back show.” 

The scores from Mullingar:
Celtic Crusaders (53.70)
Vikings Drum Corps (51.85)
Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble (50.55)
Clondalkin Youth Band (50.35)

The IMBA championships take place in Dalymount Park, Dublin on September 10th.