Categories: General Date: Apr 4, 2016 Title: A Proud Day in GlasnevinYesterday the St James Brass and Reed Band added another chapter to their illustrious history!
Having played for Parnell at his residence in Avondale on many occasions, for Daniel O'Connell in 1844 when he laid the foundation stone of St James parish church, heading the funeral processions of Terence Bellew MacManus (1861), O'Donnovan Rossa (1915) and Thomas Ashe (1917) where the band played the first ever public hearing of our modern day national anthem.
The band also featured prominently at Michael Collins funeral in 1922, was in the Rotunda in 1913 at the founding of the Irish Volunteers and, on Easter Sunday on the eve of the Rising, a number of bandsmen along with Commandant Michael Mallin played in a recital in Liberty Hall to drown out the noise of the printing presses below as the Proclamation was made ready for Easter Monday 1916.
And as of yesterday, the band can say they played at the unveiling of the necrology wall in Glasnevin Cemetery in the centenary year of 1916.
Visit our Gallery and Facebook Page to see photographs of the day.