St Mary’s Brass & Reed Band, Maynooth Co. Kildare

Every time you shop at Tesco you’re doing your part to help thousands of local causes across the country. Since starting our Community Fund in 2014, the Tesco Community Fund has been able to donate nearly €2million to over 5,000 of these deserving causes, thanks to you.

St. Mary’s Brass & Breed Band from Maynooth is one of hundreds of bands that the Community Fund has supported to date.

Paddy Boyd, Vice Chairman of the Band, has been a member of St Mary’s Brass and Reed Band of Maynooth for 61 years. During this time, the band has become integral part of the local community in Maynooth, and indeed it has an impressive history. As one of the oldest bands in the country, the band members have performed at the papal mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 1979, they won the best band award at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Kansas City and they were the only civil band involved in the 2012 Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. 

A lot of the bands recitals take place outdoors, especially in winter.  They can regularly be heard at Castletown House in Celbridge and Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park. The band members are delighted to put the donation they received from the Tesco Community Fund towards new uniform coats that will keep them warm and dry while still looking stylish. After all, they have a reputation to uphold. They did win best dressed band at a Limerick marching band competition in the 1980s, beating off much international competition. 

Paddy, who also plays euphonium, as well as the trumpet and trombone, says “We’re absolutely delighted to have been involved with the Tesco Community Fund. We’ll certainly look the part with our new uniforms! In voting for us with the blue tokens, Tesco customers were helping financially, but were also raising the awareness of our band. We’d like to say a massive thank you to the local community and to our local Tesco store in Maynooth.”