Final Tune Plays Out For Pipe Band Premises
With a price tag of €995,000, the Howth Pipe Band practice hall on Balglass Road has been placed on the market by Gallagher Quigley and brings an end to a saga that has been running for a number of years. With the ink barely dry on the deal, the parish has notified its congregation that an agreement has been reached with the Howth Pipe Band (aka St Lawrence Pipe Band) enabling the sale of the hall with vacant possession.
The status of the building was put into play when a voluntary housing agency approached the Church of the Assumption Parish with a view to purchasing the site for senior citizen housing and while a number of attempts were made to keep the dwelling as a focal point for community activity, it would appear the value of the site exceeded what could reasonably be afforded on a community basis.
Originally built as a school house, the St Lawrence Pipe Band had used the hall as a centre for playing, practicing and storing their instruments for over 60 years and while ownership of the building was transferred from the British Education Board to the Parish in the 1980’s, the parish had made a number of proposals to the band for vacant possession but this has only recently come to pass.
Details of the final settlement have not been made public, however one would hope that sufficient recompense has been made to the band to establish a new practice facility and location for their instruments and to help keep a proud Howth tradition alive, alive O!
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