An appeal for a new home to be found for St. Patrick’s brass band in Cashel was made by members of the local Town Council at their monthly meeting.
Cllr. Eoghan Lawrence said that the band was one of the oldest organisations in the town, having been formed 160 years ago. They offered a great sense of occasion to events and they played for every organisation in the town at some stage. They were a fantastic group who gave selflessly to the town, he added.
The brass band currently leases a room on the top floor of the old City Hall in Main Street but it wasn’t suitable or appropriate, as they were “lugging” drums and other instruments up three or four flights of stairs, the meeting was told.
Cllr. Eoghan Lawrence said the band had a lot of older members who just weren’t able for the stairs. However there were vacant offices on the ground floor of the building that might be useful.
He hoped that some arrangement could be made, even in the short term, while other avenues were explored.
Cllr. Martin Browne (Sinn Fein) said it was “crazy” that such a fine building as the civic offices in Friar Street would close its doors when the Council was disbanded next month.
The brass band needed a new venue to maintain its great work and the civic offices would be “ideal”, he stated. Even if it was a room upstairs the lift could cater for the older members.
However, Town Clerk Marie McGivern told the meeting that Cashel Town Council didn’t own an alternative property which could be leased to the brass band.
The town council’s civic offices in Friar Street were owned by the County Council, she said.
St Patrick’s Brass Band were recently honoured when one of their leading members, Kem White, was named as Cashel Lions Club Person of the Year, in recognition of her time dedicated to the band and to teaching young people to play music.