Carrick Castle setting for historic concert by military musicians

Carrickfergus Castle will provide the backdrop to a spectacular display of military music, as the Massed Bands of the Army’s four Irish Regiments perform together in Northern Ireland for the first time in 35 years.

The evening will feature displays from the bands of the Irish Guards and the Royal Irish Regiment, alongside the pipes and drums of the Royal Dragoon Guards and the Queen’s Royal Hussars. There will also be a special performance from a choir of Fijian soldiers who serve in Irish regiments.

The event is being organised in conjunction with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and will take place on September 11 at 7pm.

A small number of tickets will be made available closer to the event, however, it will be live streamed across the council’s online platforms, with the public encouraged to enjoy the showpiece at home. Further information will be released soon.

Mayor, Councillor William McCaughey gets ready for the historic concert in September. The Massed Bands of the Army's four Irish Regiments' Carrickfergus Castle performance will be streamed across Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's online platforms.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, said: “The Irish regiments of the Army have a long and distinguished record of service and it is fitting that the bands of those regiments are gathering in Carrickfergus, a town steeped in military history, to perform on this special occasion.

“There are many historic military and Royal links in this area and right across Mid and East Antrim which have added to the rich tapestry of our Borough’s history.

“We have maintained a proud and strong military tradition with generations of families from the Borough having served over the years.

“We are honoured to welcome such talented musicians from our Armed Forces here for such a special way to celebrate what they do, and to remember those who have served in the past.

“The stunning backdrop of Carrickfergus Castle is the perfect setting for what will no doubt be a perfect celebration and tribute to our Armed Forces.”

Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, Lt Col Simon Baxter, said: “On behalf of the Colonels of the Irish Regiments we are delighted to be collaborating with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to deliver a spectacular event of The Massed Bands of the Irish Regiments.

“This will be a truly magnificent and dazzling event involving a number of musical displays from across the four Irish Regiments, the first of its kind in four decades.

“We are privileged and honoured to be able to showcase our musical talents to the people of Northern Ireland.”