Hoping to strike a chord in Abbeyleix

The sweet sound of a marching band could soon be heard making its way through the streets of Abbeyleix.

The sweet sound of a marching band could soon be heard making its way through the streets of Abbeyleix.

Following on the revival of the St Patrick’s Day parade, one local man is hoping to form a marching band, that maybe next year could lead the parade.

It’s been around 40 years since there was a marching band in the old Patrician Brothers School, but Maurice Kelly is hoping to revive that tradition.

“The last band I remember was in the Patrician Brothers school, I was part of that one myself. We’ve got the St Patrick’s Day parade back now after 25 years and I thought I’d try and reform the old band.

“There was no band at this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade because the other marching bands were already booked up, but hopefully we might have our own band in next year’s parade.”

So far Maurice has put a notice in the local newsletter and the local notes in the papers.

“I’m just throwing it out there to see what kind of a response I get. I’ve been telling anyone that I meet and so far everyone thinks its a good idea.

“I thought if I could try and get a few people who could already play it wouldn’t take us too long to get going and then we could start teaching any younger people who might be interested in joining.”

Maurice has dusted off his own accordion after about 30 years and is getting back into the swing of things.

“We’ll only be starting off with a few simple tunes. I recently got my own accordion back after 30 years. When I dusted it off I was still able to manage to play a few tunes, and it would have been 40 years since I last played.”

But it’s not just accordion players that he’s looking for, having put the shout out for tin whistles, mouth organs and drummers too.