Pipe Sergeant

Peter Carney, Principal of Carrowholly National School Westport hails from Achill originally and always had a keen interest in piping.

Involved in music from a very young age, he won numerous Country Scór Titles on the accordion in the Banna Ceoil section. He also has county, provincial and national titles in Irish dancing to his credit. In his teens he played guitar in local and college bands. He was involved in establishing a teenage ballad group which featured James Kilbane as its lead singer.

More recently as Pipe Sergeant in the band, Peter has recorded with Imelda May and featured on The Late Late Show and The Imelda May Show with Imelda. He also performed alsongside Imelda at Vicar St., The Marquee, Cork and the 3 Arena, Dublin on her 2014 world tour.

In recent years Peter thought that a Pipe Band in "The Best Place in Ireland to Live" would be hugely desirable. Encompassing, Carrowholly National School’s motto of "Mol an Óige agus Tíocfaidh Sí", he endeavoured to setting up a Pipe Band with the focus on involving as many young people as possible. With close personal friend and renowned musician Des Cafferkey, they both started piping lessons in Carrowholly N.S., Knockrooskey N.S and Gaelscoil na Cruaiche.

One year down the road since its establishment, Banna Píob Chuan Modh now boasts a membership of 40. This breaks down as 12 adults, 10 Post Primary Students and 18 National School Students.

Peter is Pipe Sergeant and the band’s main organiser. Rehearsals take place in Carrowholly N.S. weekly. Peter also gives chanter and piping lessons to the junior section of the band every Wednesday evening and has proudly watched children progress from the chanter to being proficient pipers in the senior section of the band.

Over the past 18 months, he has liaised with South West Mayo Development Company, Westport Town Council, Mayo County Council, Westport Credit Union, Portwest and private donors in providing instruments and uniforms for the entire band. His work has netted over €120,000 for Banna Píob Chuan Modh.

The Band is a huge source of pride to Peter.

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