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Pride of the Mountains to Ireland: Day 4

Pride of the Mountains



The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been selected as one of two U.S bands to represent the United States at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland! They will also have the opportunity to visit many iconic sights during their trip. Follow along on Pride of the Mountains social media channels!
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Day Four

Performance at Kilkenny Castle

Group photo of Pride of the Mountains in front of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland

Bellies full of an Irish breakfast and instruments in hand, the band members gathered in the hotel lobby chatting about the excitement that was to come later in the day. Today would be their first performance in front of an international audience. They loaded up the buses and set out on a two-and-a-half-hour journey to Kilkenny, a city in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. 

Bringing the Spirit

With the picturesque castle as their backdrop, the band entertained a crowd of visitors and local school children with an energetic performance of their favorite pep tunes. Several children were selected to help conduct the band alongside the drum majors. Others joined in dancing next to the color guard, copying their every move. The smiles on the faces of the children as they enjoyed the music were contagious.

Performing in front of Kilkenny Castle was amazing, but getting a chance to spread love and laughter and what I love most with those kids was truly something special.

- Caileigh Coval

Gaelic Sports
Gaelic Sports
Gaelic Sports


Tour of the Castle

Kilkenny Castle

Journey Through Time

Kilkenny Castle is a symbol of Ireland's heritage. It was built soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, and has been rebuilt, extended and adapted over the last 800 years. Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodeling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle. 

Students enjoyed marveling at the large tapestries, unique architecture, and antique artwork.


Exploring Kilkenny

merry go round
out in kilkenny
out in kilkenny
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