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Evening Of Razzmatazz In Malahide

Malahide Castle 2Pictured at the VIP reception, hosted by Fingal County Council at Malahide Castle as part of the 2016 Malahide Marching Band Classic, are C—il’n O'Reilly (Fingal County Council), Michael McMullan, Ed Hearne (Fingal County Council) and Neal Morrison

A great evening was enjoyed by the large crowd who turned up at Malahide Castle and Gardens on Thursday evening last to watch Malahide’s Marching Band Classic. A crowd of 2,000 braved the weather and were enthralled by the colour, music and razzmatazz that all the bands provided. Hosted by the County Council and set against the spectacular backdrop of the 900 year old Malahide Castle, this free event saw two of the USA’s finest College Marching Bands, Boston College’s Screaming Eagles and Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets play alongside a number of local bands including the Crumlin Community Youth Band, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin All Stars Marching Band and Vikings Drum Corps. The US bands are in Dublin as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016 which took place in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 3rd September, and Thursday night’s event provided an opportunity to see them go through their paces in this very special atmosphere as the majestic Malahide Castle was transformed into a marching band extravaganza. Commenting on the night’s performances, Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council said: “We were delighted to host the marching bands from Boston College and Georgia Tech at Malahide Castle and Gardens this evening. What a great night of music we had and we were particularly pleased to have had an impressive range of Irish talent alongside the American musicians in the fabulous setting of Malahide Castle.” County Mayor, Councillor Darragh Butler said: “It was great to see so many visitors from home and abroad in Malahide Castle and Gardens enjoying Malahide’s Marching Band Classic. It was a fantastic occasion and full credit to all the bands on their amazing performances that enthralled the crowd tonight. We hope to see you all back in Malahide again sometime soon.”