Music in the Park – Sunday 14th May 2pm -5 pm
2 pm Garda Band
The Garda Band was established shortly after the establishment of An Garda Síochána. It gave its first public performance on Dun Laoghaire Pier on Easter Monday, 1923. In 1938, the Dublin Metropolitan Garda Band (which was based at Kevin Street) and the Garda Band amalgamated. The new band was based at the Depot in the Phoenix Park.
Besides providing music for official Garda functions (such as Graduation Ceremonies at the Garda College) the Band undertakes a heavy community-orientated programme each year performing at schools, festivals and sporting events. It has a long association with Lansdowne Road for Rugby and Soccer Internationals, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin and the Rose of Tralee Festival.
The Band has travelled to many international events and has represented the country on a number of occasions at police festivals and concerts in Switzerland, Germany and Northern Ireland.
3 pm Roisín Ó
Róisín O is a singer, songwriter, and musician for Harold’s Cross. She released her debut album The Secret Life of Blue in 2012, and it entered the Irish charts at number 21. The album was produced by David Odlum and was described by the Sunday Times as “evoking the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush”. Róisín is the daughter of Irish singer Mary Black and the sister of Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas.
4 pm The Swing Kings
This 20-piece Jazz Band play big band favourites including charts from Glenn Miller and Count Basie with a dash of pop right up to current chart hits. All members are associated with Knocklyon Concert Band Society, a voluntary community-based music education resource of St. Colmcilles Community School, Knocklyon.