3 July 2021 • Clonakilty, West Cork

Thank you for the music

As the curtain falls on the 40th South of Ireland Band Championships, we gratefully acknowledge all of you who made Saturday, July 6, 2019 such a special day in Clonakilty. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year D.V.

Thank you for the music.

Yours sincerely,
Eileen Kingston

2021 Competition

Event Details

Apply by 2 April

2 Curragrane Beg
North Ring
Clonakilty, Co. Cork


3 July 2021
Starts at 09:30

Event Locations

Clonakilty Community College and Hall (Junior and Senior)
Sacred Heart Secondary School (Intermediate)


Another special day is in store with music indoors and outdoors and, once again, the Old Time Fair Day will coincide with the celebrations. We look forward to your participation. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


From the Band Championships

Music Videos

  • By Gerald O'Driscoll
  • Published 15 May 2020

Dear Friends,
I hope you are all well and keeping safe!
To mark this year’s event on July the 4th the committee of the “South of Ireland Band Championships” are asking any band that has taken part in our competition over the years who would like to send a u-tube link of a musical piece that your band has recently recorded or alternatively of an existing musical recording from the bands archive on u tube, this would also suffice.
The closing date for receipt of recordings would be Friday the 26th June 2020.
These recordings would then be put up on our “South of Ireland Band “ website and also on Facebook at 10am on Saturday the 4th of July 2020 for all to enjoy and keep the spirit of the festival alive until we all meet again to joyfully celebrate the…

Continue Reading

2020 South of Ireland Band Championship Cancelled

  • By Gerald O'Driscoll
  • Published 22 Apr 2020

Due to the Covid-19 virus and the current advice from the HSE and Government in regards to social distancing and the ongoing concern about the spread of this virus, it is with great regret that we have had to cancel this year’s “South of Ireland Band Championships”. For those bands that have send in their entry fee, I will be in touch with them within the next few days in regards to entry fee cancellation.
Let’s all look forward to July 2021 to celebrate our 41st festival and in the meantime please keep safe!
Yours in Music,
Gerald O Driscoll,
Bands  Coordinator.
South of Ireland Band Championships

Continue Reading

Updating All Bands

  • By Gerald O'Driscoll
  • Published 02 Apr 2020

41st South of Ireland Band Championships, Clonakilty Saturday, 4th July, 2020
Update to all Bands in regards to entry date for the 41st South of Ireland Band Championships.
Due to the current Covid-19 situation which we are all currently experiencing the entry date for all bands will be extended to Thursday April the 30th.
I would encourage all bands that have not yet sent in their entry form and entry fee to do so within this time frame.

Best Regards and take care.
Gerald O Driscoll,
Competition Coordinator.

Continue Reading

Rules and Entry Form

  • By Gerald O'Driscoll
  • Published 06 Mar 2020
  • Tagged invitation

Clonakilty will celebrate its annual Bands Day with the 41st South of Ireland Band Championships on Saturday, July 4th.

Once again we look forward to welcoming you all to an occasion which will be as successful and enjoyable as in the past. Each year the recitals on the streets are warmly received and with your kind co-operation we hope to follow the same format again this year.

As we expect many visitors to town on that weekend it is important that bands staying overnight should book accommodation without delay. Contact Clonakilty Tourist Office at 023-8833226 or email [email protected]

The 2020 Entry Form can be downloaded here

Continue Reading

Last Post? Not True!

  • By Eileen Kingston
  • Published 27 Feb 2020
  • Tagged press

Please note that the next post will be from the incoming SoI Bands' Coordinator whose contact details will be different to the current information.

Every good wish to all who will be involved in the 41st championships on July 4 and sincere gratitude to everybody who made our tenure of office over the years a truly happy experience. From now on we will have more precious time to joyfully browse through this site which was so diligently created and maintained over the years by our honorary IT officer, John Cocula.

Denis and Eileen Kingston

Continue Reading

Annual General Meeting

  • By Eileen Kingston
  • Published 26 Jan 2020
  • Tagged press

Tonight (Monday) 27th of January, at O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, at 8pm

All will be welcome.

Continue Reading

Celebrating 40 Years

Welcome Bands!


Join the Conversation

It's Almost Time

We look forward to seeing you here!