The Emmet Brass Band began in 1863 and was the only band to survive the turn of the century, as noted in Duffy’s Dundalk. Mr FF Campbell, owner of the Imperial Hotel, was the main sponsor of the band in the 19th century. The band was involved in many occasions including the return of 1916 prisoners to Dundalk in 1917 and a tribute to the victims of the Dundalk Jail bombing. And in August 1922, they played at the funeral of Michael Collins. In the thirties, Paddy Hughes of Dundalk Urban District Council secured an annual maintenance grant of £30 on the condition that the band gave recitals at St Helena’s Park and the Market Square during the summer months. The band led the local defence forces and the Auxiliary Services during the Step Together Parades of ‘the Emergency’ years that took place on Sundays. During the 1940s they began to promote youth within their club and set up the Junior Emmets. However, by the late 1940s, their golden era was in decline. The use of the band for funerals was common; they also played the Death March during the commemoration of the Edentubber Martyrs in 1997. The Emmet Band is still to be found in Dundalk.
Archival History ↴
The collection was donated to Louth County Archives Service in 2001.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Emmet Band Dundalk ↴
The collection includes a stamp and letter register book from 1946 – early 1947 containing the names of those to whom letters were sent with reason for sending letter; and two minute books from meetings of the Emmet Band Brass band in Dundalk from 1942 – early 1947.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
Further accruals may be expected.
The collection is arranged by record type and then in chronological order.
Conditions of Access & Use
Open access, by appointment.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Contact County Archives staff regarding copying.
Level of Description
Material Language Script
Characteristics Tech Req
Paper. Fair – good condition.
Careful handling required.
Descriptive list can be found on on-line catalogue available at http://www.louthcoco.ie
Archive Web Link →
Louth County Archives Service.
Some digisitised documents may occasionally be found on http://www.louthcoco.ie
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2001
Date of Descriptions