Ballyrea Parade Report 2012
Ballyrea Parade Report 2011
Ballyrea Parade Report 2010
Ballyrea Parade Report 2009
Ballyrea Parade Report 2008
Ballyrea Parade Report 2007
Ballyrea Parade Report 2006
Ballyrea Parade Report 2005
Ballyrea Parade Report 2004

BALLYREA 2012 PARADE REPORT

Monday 2nd July saw huge crowds lining the streets of Killylea for Ballyrea's annual parade and a sunny, dry evening was a surprise given the recent poor weather.

A super turnout of 49 bands were on parade making it the second largest parade in Co. Armagh. As is customary, there was a wide variety of bands with 10 accordion, 7 pipe, 1 silver and 31 flute bands on display. The first band on parade was local outfit Mullintur flute, followed by Crilly Pipe and Mullabrack accordion. Castlecaulfield pipe had an excellent turnout and many local bands were keen for a practice coming up to the Twelfth.

Other top accordion bands on the night were Aughnagurhan, Aghavilly and John Hunter Mountnorris, while Markethill pipe made their first visit ever to Ballyrea's parade.

Many of the flute bands had travelled quite a distance with four from Fermangh alone including for the first time, North Fermanagh Loyalists. South Down was well represented by the 2 Newry bands plus Downshire and Blackskull and of course, the popular Corbet accordion. Blackskull had an impressive turnout and rivalled Kilcluney and Drumderg for best band on the night. Dunamoney from Magherafelt were also impressive and Tamnnmore looked terrific in their new uniform. Markethill Protestant Boys also had a massive turnout and another who impressed was Derryloran from Cookstown with their low tension drums. Cormeen and Drumhillery were out in strength and Kinallen had travelled from Dromore. The last visiting band on parade was also one of the best, Upper Bann Fusiliers in their distinctive uniform.

Finally, the host band, Ballyrea paraded the village with Lundy and rounded of the evening entertaining the massive crowd as the beacon was lit.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Crozier Memorial, Castlecaulfield, Armaghbreague, Crilly, Markethill

SILVER

Killylea

ACCORDION

Killylea, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Aughnagurhan, Aghavilly, Derryfubble, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris, Pride of the Birches

FLUTE

Mullintur
Derryoghill
Synotts True Blues
Tannaghill
Crosskeys
Magheraveely
Armagh TB
Drumderg Loyalists
Blackskull
Lisnadill
Portadown Defenders
Allistragh
Bessbrook TB
Markethill PB
DOTR Lisbellaw
LSO Benagh
Tamnamore
Annaghmore
South Fermanagh Loyalists
Downshire GS
Cormeen
South Down Defenders
POTF Drumhillery
Kilcluney Volunteers
Dunamoney
Derryloran
North Fermanagh Loyalists
Kinallen
Ballymacall
Upper Bann Fusiliers

BALLYREA 2011 PARADE REPORT

Friday 1st July saw huge crowds lining the streets of Killylea for Ballyrea's annual parade and a warm, dry evening was a bonus.

A great turnout of 45 bands were on parade making it one of the largest parades in Co. Armagh. As is customary, there was a wide variety of bands with 12 accordion, 5 pipe, 2 silver and 26 flute bands on display. The first band to lead the parade was Mullintur flute who have just been reformed after a few years off the road. Mullabrack, Salters Grange and Carnagh accordion the set the pace and a steady flow of bands followed. Derryfubble acc. made their their first visit to Killylea.

Other top accordion bands on the night were Aughnagurhan, Aghavilly and Pride of the Birches.

As expected, flute bands dominated on the night and Cormeen, Armagh True Blues and South Dermanagh Loyalists were away early. DOTR Lisbellaw's colour party were exceptional and South Down Defenders looked smart with new white trousers. Tamnamore waithing for a new uniform had a large turnout of members and another great turnout was from Markethill Protestant Boys. Downshire, Kilkluney and Portadown Defenders along with Drumderg were in great form, while RSV had travelled from Kilkeel despite low numbers. Local band Drumhillery looked smart in their new uniform and Corbet acc. were as entertaining as ever.

Final visiting band was Ballymacall and they were followed by Ballyrea who paraded the village with Lundy and rounded of the evening entertaining the massive crowd at the huge bonfire.

Thank you to all bands and spectators who attended making the night such a huge success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Crozier Memorial, Castlecaulfield, Armaghbreague

SILVER

Killylea, Breaghy

ACCORDION

Killylea, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Mavemacullen, Aughnagurgan, Aghavilly, Derryfubble, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris, Pride of the Birches, Salters Grange

FLUTE

Synotts True Blues
South Fermanagh Loyalists
DOTR Lisbellaw
Armagh True Blues
Cormeen
Tanaghill
Bessbrook True Blues
Markethill PB
Derryoghill
Drumderg
Downshire
Crosskeys
Kilkluney
Magheraveely
South Down Defenders
Allistragh
Tamnamore
Annaghmore
Portadown Defenders
Mullintur
Ballymacall
Pomeroy
Lisnadill
RSV, Kilkeel

BALLYREA 2010 PARADE REPORT

A bright sunny evening on Thursday 1st July saw huge crowds lining the streets of Killylea for Ballyrea's annual parade.

A grand total of 48 bands were on parade making it one of the largest parades in Co. Armagh. As is customary, there was a wide variety of bands with 11 accordion, 4 pipe, 1 silver and 32 flute bands on display. The first band to lead the parade was Mallabrack accordion who have an impressive number of accordionists in their ranks.

Other top accordion bands on the night were Aughnagurhan, Aghavilly and Pride of the Birches.

Flute bands dominated proceedings and South Fermanagh Loyalists paraded early and their smart uniforms really stood out. Defenders of the Rock, Lisbellaw shortly followed and their colour party was one of the best on the night. Synotts True Blues from Newtownhamilton were only formed this year and made their first appearance in their new uniform. Armagh True Blues and Markethill Protestant Boys had excellent turnouts and Loyal Sons of Benagh, Newry probably had the best colour party of the night. Drumderg Flute Band had a massive turnout of druimers and fluters and showed why they are one of the top bands in the Province. Other exceptional performances were from Dunamoney, Kilcluney and Pride of the Hill, Rathfriland. Annaghmore are another band recently reformed and were top quality while Portadown Defenders were also going strong and Downshire from Banbridge were also well up in numbers.

Moneyslane from Co Down, were also on parade in their new uniform and looked very smart. Drumderg Young Defenders also made an appearance and the young members performed well on the night.

Final visiting band was Ballymacall and they were followed by the hosts, Ballyrea who paraded the village with Lundy and rounded of the evening entertaining the huge crowd at the bonfire.

Thank you to all bands and spectators who attended making the night such a huge success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Crozier Memorial,

SILVER

Killylea

ACCORDION

Killylea, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Mavemacullen, Aughnagurgan, Aghavilly, Madden, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris, Pride of the Birches.

FLUTE

Synotts True Blues
South Fermanagh Loyalists
DOTR Lisbellaw
Armagh True Blues
Cormeen
Tanaghhill
Bessbrook True Blues
LSO Benagh
Markethill PB
Derryoghill
Drumderg
Downshire
Crosskeys
Derrylee
Kilcluney
Magheraveely
South Down Defenders
Allistragh
Newtownbutler
Derryloran
Tamnamore
Annaghmore
Portadown Defenders
POTH Rathfriland
Pride of the Glebe
Drumhillery
Moneyslane
Dunamoney
Drumderg Young Defenders
Kinallen
Ballymacall

BALLYREA 2009 PARADE REPORT

This year's parade took place on Wednesday 1st July and a bright sunny evening reflected the recent spell of good weather. Huge crowds had turned out and from early on spectators lined the entire parade route. Indeed the queue of traffic from Armagh was incredible and the PSNI struggled, at times, to keep things moving.

Not only were there record crowds but also an impressive turnout of bands with a total of 56 on parade. The Loyalist Fusiliers from Armagh had the honour of leading the parade, in this their last band season. Mullabrack, Salters Grange, Ballytyrone and Killyea were accordion bands on parade early, along with a new flute band on the road, Pride of the Glebe, Tandragee. Castlecaulfield Pipe made a welcome return to Killylea along with Crilly pipe. Needless to say, flute bands dominated proceedings and Downshire from Banbridge and Markethill Protestant Boys were in top form as were South Fermanagh Loyalists with their distinctive style. Armagh True Blues had a large turnout as did Drumderg Loyalists from Keady. Red Hand Defenders from Downpatrick and Kinallen from Dromore were welcome visitors while Derryloran from Cookstown were also newcomers this year. The large blood and thunder bands, Kilcluney, Pride of the Hill Rathfriland and Dunamoney and all gave impressive performances as did Portadown Defenders. The two Newry bands, Benagh and South Down Defenders paraded one after each other and were both impressive. Local bands Drumhillery and Cormeen paraded late on whilst Ballymacall and Magheraveely from Fermanagh some of the last to parade. Indeed Castlederg Loyalists were the final band on parade, following Ballyrea who had paraded the village with Lundy and rounded of the evening entertaining the huge crowd at the bonfire

Thank you to all bands and spectators who attended making the night such a huge success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Crozier Memorial, Crilly, Castlecaulfield

SILVER

Killylea, Breaghy

ACCORDION

Killylea, Salters Grange, Enagh, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Mavemacullen, Aughnagurgan, Aghavilly, Madden, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris, Pride of the Birches.

FLUTE

Loyalist Fusiliers, POTG Tandragee, Downshire GS, Moygashel, Allistragh, South Fermanagh Loyalists, Derryoghill, DOTR Lisbellaw, Markethill PB, Armagh TB, Montober, Tannaghill, Bessbrook, Crosskeys, Newtownbutler, Drumderg, RHD Downpatrick, Blackskull, LSO Benagh, South Down Defenders, Derryloran, Kinallen, Tamnamore, Dunamoney, Portadown Defenders, Kilcluney, Moneyslane, Drumhillery, Cormeen, Pride of the Hill, Ballymacall, Magheraveely, Tamlaghtmore Tigers, Castlederg and Craigavon PB.

 

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BALLYREA 2008 PARADE REPORT

This year's parade took place on Tuesday 1st July and a bright sunny evening was a welcome improvement on the previous year. Huge crowds had turned out and spectators lined the entire parade route.

A total of 45 bands were on parade and Mullabrack accordion, looking smart in their new uniforms had the honour of leading the parade. Indeed the early part of parade was dominated by accordion bands and a total of twelve paraded along with five pipe and one silver band giving the parade plenty of variety. Castlecaufield Pipe were early on parade making their first ever visit to Killylea on July 1st. Montober Flute were also making a welcome return with their smart turquoise uniforms.

Some of the largest flute bands on display included Armagh True Blues, Drumderg, Kilcluney, Pride of the Hill Rathfriland and Dunamoney and all gave impressive performances.

The standard of bands was exceptionally high and others that caught the eye were Bessbrook, Magheraveely, South Fermanagh Loyalists, Portadown Defenders, Downshire and Ballymacall. Local outfits, Cormeen and Drumhillery also pulled out top notch performances.

Yet again, Castlederg had travelled the greatest distance and gave a sound performance from a popular band.

As with tradition, the host band, Ballyrea Boyne Defenders, led Lundy on a parade of Killylea before meeting his fate on the bonfire at the bottom of the village were a huge crowd has gathered to witness the spectacle.

Thank you to all bands and spectators who attended making the night such a huge success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Crozier Memorial, Armaghbreague Castlecaulfield

SILVER

Killylea

ACCORDION

Killylea, Salters Grange, Enagh, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Mavemacullen, Aughnagurhan, Aghavilly, Madden, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris

FLUTE

Castlederg, Bessbrook True Blues, Tanaghill, Armagh T.B. Crosskeys, Ballymacall, Tamnamore, South Down Defs, Defs of the Rock Lisbellaw, Drumderg, Dunamoney, Allistragh, Magheraveely, Lisnadill, Cormeen, Kilcluney Volunteers, Pride of the Frontier Drumhillery, Portadown Defenders, Markethill Protestant Boys, POH Rathfriland, Montober, Newtownbutler Defenders, Moygashel and Tamalaghtmore.

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BALLYREA 2007 PARADE REPORT

 

This year's parade took place on Monday 2nd July and the poor Summer weather continued with a steady downpour of rain in the middle of the parade. Nevertheless thousands of spectators were still attracted to the small village for the annual parade and Burning of Lundy celebrations.

A great turnout of 46 bands were on parade and Salters Grange accordion were the first off the mark and an impressive 12 accordion bands were on parade.

In the flute section, two new bands on the road, Markethill Protestant Boys and Upper Bann Fusiliers were in attandence and Red Hand Defenders from Downpatrick made their first trip to Ballyrea's parade. Also very welcome back after an absence was Pride of the Hill, Rathfriland and also Portadown Defenders.

Large turnouts as usual were from Drumderg, Kilcluney, Armagh TB and Dunamoney and all gave impressive performances.

Yet again, Castlederg had travelled the furtherest and a sound performance from a popular band.

As with tradition, the host band Ballyrea Boyne Defenders, led Lundy on a parade of Killylea before meeting his fate on the bonfire at the bottom of the village.

Thankfully the rain had disappeared and thousands of spectators roared as the flames leapt into the air as Ballyrea played a selection of tunes to entertain the crowd.

So thanks yet again to all bands who attended making the night such a huge success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Crozier Memorial, Armaghbreague

SILVER

Breaghy, Killylea

ACCORDION

Killylea, Salters Grange, Enagh, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Pride of the Birches, Aughnagurhan, Aghavilly, Madden, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris

FLUTE

Castlederg, Bessbrook True Blues, Tanaghill, Armagh T.B. Crosskeys, Ballymacall, Tamnamore, South Down Defs, Defs of the Rock Lisbellaw, Drumderg, Dunamoney, Allistragh, Magheraveely, Benagh Newry, Derrylee, Lisnadill, Aughnacloy, Cormeen, Kilcluney Volunteers, Pride of the Frontier Drumhillery, South Down DUP, Dollingstown, Portadown Defenders, Red Hand Defenders, Downpatrick, Markethill Protestant Boys, POH Rathfriland, Upper Bann Fusiliers.

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BALLYREA 2006 PARADE REPORT

Saturday July 1st saw one of the biggest and best parades held by Ballyrea in Killylea for many years. A warm sunny evening attracted thousands to the small village for the annual parade and Burning of Lundy celebrations that, in itself, is one of the highlights in the marching season for many bands.

A huge turnout of 51 bands were on parade reflecting the hard work the band had put in attending 2, 3 even 4 parades a week! The record attendance at Ballyrea's parade is 58 in both 1990 and 1991 and this record hopefully will be broken next year as this year some bands unfortunately were in Scotland or had other commitments.

Shortly before 8.00pm Castlederg Young Loyalists had the honour of leading the parade.Having travelled the furthest, the band had to return early due to a wedding party but their commitment to attend our parade was appreciated even though it meant a 5pm start for them!

Ballyrea's parade always has a great variety of bands on show and this year was no exception with an impressive 13 accordion bands on parade. Those that stood out included Aghavilly, Enagh, John Hunter, Ballytyrone and Pride of the Birches.Six pipe and silver bands also added to the carnival atmosphere including locals, Killylea Siver, in their splendid new uniform.

In the flute category some of the newcomers to Ballyrea's parade included South Down DUP, with a very strong drum corp and Dunamoney from Magherafelt. The latter didn't have their usual massive band on display but were still one of the top bands on parade and we hope they were impressed by the overall evening and look forward to seeing them back next year. Another first time visitor was Newtownbutler Border Defenders and also from Fermanagh, Pride of the Village Magheraveely. With Lisbellaw and South Fermanagh Loyalists also on parade it was great to see Fermanagh well represented.

Derrylee, Crosskeys and Allistragh were also in attendance after a short break and it was great to see Derryoghill from the Moy reformed after a few years off the road. Local bands Cormeen and Drumhillery had large turnouts and Armagh True Blues had an incredible 30 flutes in their ranks. The 'prize' for the biggest turnout again again went to Kilcluney with 16 drums and 33 flutes and their performances was impressive as ever. Drumderg Loyalists were not too far behind with 14 and 29 while top performances also came from Downshire, South Down Defenders, Benagh and Tamnamore..

Bringing up the rear of the parade, were Craigavon Protestant Boys and Dollingstown, both with excellent turnouts.

So with everyone finished parading the relatively short route, it was time for the fun to begin with Lundy (looking like a certain Mr Adams) being paraded around the village in front of the host band Ballyrea Boyne Defenders, before meeting his fate on top of the huge bonfire at the bottom end of the village.

Thousands of spectators roared as the flames leapt into the air on a warm, balmy evening. Ballyrea played a selection of tunes to entertain the crowd and had to retreat a few yards as the heat from the bonfire was incredible.The band were in great form with the drum corp sounding their best ever and following the replacement of a drum head, we even had the unusal sight of two base drums in action. (Thanks to SDDUP).

So thanks yet again to all bands who attended making the night such a huge success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb, Dyan, Crozier Memorial

SILVER

Breaghy, Killylea

ACCORDION

Killylea, Salters Grange, Enagh, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Pride of the Birches, Aughnagurghan, Aghavilly, Madden, Mavemacullen, Carnagh, Corbet, John Hunter Mountnorris

FLUTE

Castlederg, Bessbrook True Blues, Drumderg Young Defenders, Killyman, Tannaghill, Armagh T.B. Border Defenders Newtownbutler, Crosskeys, Ballymacall, Tamnamore, South Down Defs, Defs of the Rock Lisbellaw, Stramore Gilgord, Derryoghill, Drumderg, Dunamoney, South Fermanagh Loyalists, Allistragh, Magheraveely, Benagh Newry, Derrylee, Lisnadill, Aughnacloy, Cormeen, Downshire Guiding Star, Kilcluney Volunteers, Pride of the Frontier Drumhillery, Montober Cookstown, South Down DUP, Craigavon Protestant Boys, Dollingstown.

 

BALLYREA 2005 PARADE REPORT

Yet another successful band parade was held in Killylea making the 1st July a date most people for miles around don't miss.The weather was favourable with a warm sunny evening helping to bring out record crowds and the main street of the village was packed from early on.

The parade commenced shortly after 8.30 and Mullabrack Accordion were the first of 39 bands to parade. Whereas some band parades consist solely of flute bands, Ballyrea'a parade is well known for the variety of bands on show. In fact 12 accordion bands were on parade with Aghavilly and Pride of the Birches particularly impressive. Pipe and Silver bands also added to the carnival atmosphere.

Needless to say a large number of flute bands were in attendence and newcomers this year were Craigavon Protestant Boys form Lurgan and the impressive Montober from Cookstown. In particular, their young base drummer caught the eye of many onlookers.

The biggest bands on parade were no surprise - Drumderg and Kilcluney with over 30 flutes each and terrific performances from both. Downshire G.S. Armagh True Blues and South Down Defenders were also in great form. One band in particular stood out in the small section and that was South Fermanagh Loyalists. With 8 drums and 16 flutes, their M&D was second to none. Defenders of the Rock, Lisbellaw were not far behind with another fine turnout and another much improved band was Tamnamore from outside Dungannon.

With no trophies being awarded, bands could focus on enjoying themselves without distractions and when Ballyrea paraded at the end of the evening, huge crowds remained. As is the tradition, 'Lundy' was paraded around the village before meeting his fate on the bonfire and Ballyrea played a few tunes to entertain the audience as the flames erupted.

Thanks to all bands who attended making the night such a success.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Benburb

SILVER

Breaghy, Killylea

ACCORDION

Killylea, Salters Grange, Enagh, Ballytyrone, Mullabrack, Pride of the Birches, Aughnagurghan, Aghavilly, Madden, Mavemacullen, Carnagh, Corbet

FLUTE

Tannaghill, Cormeen, Armagh True Blues, Pride of Stramore Gilford, South Fermanagh Loyalists, Drumderg, Lisnadill, Bessbrook True Blues, Defenders of the Rock Lisbellaw, Rising Sons of the Valley Kilkeel, Drumhillery, South Down Defenders Newry, Kilcluney, Downshire Guiding Star Banbridge, Tamnamore, Ballymacall, Dollingstown, Kinallen, Montober Cookstown, Kinnego Armagh, Craigavon Protestant Boys

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BALLYREA 2004 PARADE REPORT

For the local band community, the 1st July means only one thing, Ballyrea's parade in Killylea. One of the most popular parades in the area and well known for the great variety of bands on parade, silver, pipe, accordion and flute. Rounding off the evening is the annual burning of Lundy on the village bonfire, a popular attraction for many.

This year's parade was another great success with forty four bands on parade and it was great to see many new bands visiting Killylea for the first time including Ballyhalbert, Hamiltonsbawn, Dollingstown, Pride of Stramore and S.O.W. Rathfriland.

The weather had been poor all week and thunder storms earlier in the day didn't bode well, however, the rain stayed away and a great night was had by all.

The standard of playing was high across all the bands on parade and huge turnouts were on show from Drumderg, Kilcluney and Downshire Guiding Star. South Down Defenders, South Fermanagh Loyalists, Derrylee and Portadown Defenders was also impressive and locally, Armagh True Blues were sounding strong. Kinallen paraded without uniforms as they were off to Scotland the next morning and it was great for them to support the parade.

The host band rounded off the evening when they paraded the village preceded by Lundy and one the the largest crowds ever present, remained to witness the bonfire being set ablaze to the cheers of many.

Thanks are due the public who support the parade so well year after year and a big thanks to all the bands who attended. Your support is much appreciated.

Bands who attended this year's parade:

PIPE

Corkley, Armaghbreague, Benburb, Crozier Mem.

SILVER

Breaghy, Killylea, Hamiltonsbawn

ACCORDION

Mountnorris, Killylea, Salters Grange, Enagh, Ballytyrone, Lisnafeedy, Mullabrack, Pride of the Birches, Aughnagurghan, Aghavilly, Madden, Mavemacullen, Corbet

FLUTE

Tannaghill, Cormeen, Armagh True Blues, Pride of Stramore, South Fermanagh Loyalists, Drumderg, Lisnadill, Bessbrook True Blues, Crosskeys, Defenders of the Rock Lisbellaw, Sons of William Rathfriland, Rising Sons of the Valley Kilkeel, Derrylee, Drumhillery, South Down Defenders Newry, Kilcluney, Portadown Defenders, Downshire Guiding Star Banbridge, Tamnamore, Ballymacall, Dollingstown, Ballyhalbert, Kinallen

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