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.