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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. For more information visit:



The Kilt is yet another traditional Irish symbol. Being as it is of Saffron colour, it is typical of the traditional Irish Kilt (being of a plain coloured design) as opposed to the Scottish Kilt which is produced from a tartan pattern material. Mounted on the lower right handside of the kilt is a silver sword type kilt pin.


Regimental Belt and Buckle

The band wear the ceremonial white belt and silver buckle of the Air Corps. Mounted on the buckle is the collar badge of the Air Corps.



For footwear, the band wear dark blue socks with saffron gator flashes and black brogues with silver buckles.

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Uploaded on July 1, 2006