Thursday, August 5, 2010

Members of Irish Army Pipe Band (actually the Air corps)

The Irish Army gave a number of performances in Stephens Green on Easter Sunday, 2006. Bagpipe performances were provided by some members of the Air Corps Pipe band seen above.

Their uniform is described below:
Head dress
The regimental head dress for the Air Corps Pipe band is a plain dark blue Balmoral. The cap badge is the musicians version of the standard regimental cap badge.

The bands tunic is a darker version of the Air Corps Regimental Service dress uniform. Insignia worn are:

* 2 x Air Corps collar badges (facing out).
* Rank markings (lower sleeves).
* Golden lanyard of the Defence Forces School of Music (over right shoulder).
* Silver Pipers or Drummers proficiency badge (mounted on black) on the right arm.

The Brath
The Brath (or Shawl in Scotland) is symbolic of Irish Bagpipers throughout Irish history. It is saffron in colour and worn over the left shooulder. Mounted on the Brath is the Kilmainham Brooch (another traditional Irish symbol). Kilmainham Brooch
The Kilmainham brooch is another symbol of the ancient Irish Bagpiper.

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