Connor Sinclair retained the Ardmore Cup yesterday, February 24, in Ardmore, Waterford, Ireland. This years competition featured ten top pipers: Alister Donaghy, Chris Earls, James Frazer, Bruce Gandy, Angus MacColl, Willie McCallum, Connor Sinclair, James Stone, Alen Tully and Scott Wallace. 

Judges were David Caldwell, Tim Farrelly and John Wilson.  The contest was organised by Eric M. Stein who runs the SunBelt competition which takes place in November in Orlando, Florida, and the Metro Cup which took place on February 16 and 17 in New Jersey. There was €5,250 prize money up for grabs this year in the Ardmore Cup.

There were two premier events, an MSR where competitors submit three sets, and a Medley that must include one Irish tune. The results are below:


  1. Connor Sinclair
  2. Bruce Gandy
  3. Angus McColl
  4. James Frazer
  5. Alen Tully
•Connor Sinclair with Eric Stein and judges Tim Farrelly, David Caldwell and John Wilson.


  1. Alen Tully
  2. Connor Sinclair
  3. Bruce Gandy
  4. Angus McColl
  5. James Stone
•Alen Tully receives his prize for the Medley win.

Best Dressed: Connor Sinclair

•Ben Cardy, Emilia Tully, Tadhg Spillane and Alex Tully took part in the practice chanter contest.

PM Tommy Tully 12 & Under Practice Chanter event

The chanter event was won by Ben Cardy of County Down. Ben received a set of vintage Henderson pipes donated by Michael Glennon. Connor Sinclair was the judge.

•Eric Stein and Ben Cardy.