WATCH: Dublin’s first Lambeg drumming competition goes ahead ‘to heaps of praise’ from hundreds of spectators


The Sir Edward Carson Memorial Drumming Competition took place on the grounds of Dublin Orange Hall on Northumberland Road, south of the city, after more than six months of planning.

A dozen Lambeg drummers took part in a traditional Lambeg Drumming match from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday near Mount Street Bridge, just 700m from St Stephens Green.

Right in the heart of Dublin, the new EU office is less than 300 meters away and the venue is less than 600 meters from a plethora of international embassies.

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Drummer Alex Dale taking part in the event in central Dublin

“I totally admit there was a certain nervousness, as comes automatically with any expression of orange cultural identity in the Republic of Ireland,” said Quincy Dougan, Markethill band enthusiast and one of the organizers. , of Markethill.

“You never know who might choose to disrupt or even attack!

“We literally had no idea the football was at the Aviva Stadium so that was another factor. Hundreds and hundreds of fans passed by the Orange Hall all day en route to the game, while dozens were seated outside a pub directly opposite.

“Ultimately, any concerns were completely unfounded. A cadre of drums facilitated by the South Ulster Drumming Association held a competition without upheavals or interruptions. For approximately two hours the sound of the drum was heard throughout Dublin City Center and South Dublin!

“Football fans, tourists and locals would constantly gather at the entrance to the hall courtyard – no one was allowed in just to better monitor everything – to watch and listen to the drums.

“I don’t believe there was a single harsh word from the hundreds and hundreds of people who watched the show; instead, there was a ream of praise, the occasional applause, and a few general questions about the instrument and what was going on.

“The highlight has to be getting six drums playing simultaneously to end the day. It was really well received.

He says few Lambeg drums have ventured into Dublin in the past, but mostly for close display purposes only.

“This is probably the first time that such an event has taken place in the city. Despite the complex rhythms, the ornate decoration of the instruments and the immense volume, the criteria used to decide the winner do not include any of these characteristics. Judges who have been immersed in the tradition for decades instead pay close attention to the “music” and rate the note and tone that each drum produces.

Quincy noted there was even a nearby pub named ‘The Sir Edward’ after Dubliner and legendary trade union icon Sir Edward Carson, but insists he didn’t have time to visit at this occasion.

Several Lambeg enthusiasts live in Dublin and surrounding counties, and it was their interest and effort that brought the proceedings to fruition.

John, who only used his first name, grew up in South Dublin and explains the motivation behind the event.

“Myself and several friends discovered the Lambeg via the annual 12th of July parades in Northern Ireland, but it was by attending the Clady Night event in Markethill held on the last Saturday evening in July each year that really sparked interest,” he mentioned.

He hopes the Dublin date will become a staple of the Lambeg calendar and says plans are already well advanced to form a Drumming Club in the city.

The winner of the contest was named as Luke Kennedy who was named the winner of today’s contest!

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