Important communication

27 July 2021

You may be aware from news reports of yesterday’s sentencing of Jack Manning (85) at the Circuit Criminal Court. Manning had pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecently assaulting four of his pupils at CBS Westland Row between 1972 and 1975. Manning was one of the founders of the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society and was the music director from its foundation in 1980 to 1999.

The crimes committed by Jack Manning on young pupils at Westland Row were abhorrent. The devastation and destruction that his actions caused to so many people is unforgivable.

The RCBS Committee did not become aware of the allegations against Jack Manning until they were reported in the media. We are sickened by what was revealed and pained to learn of the devastating and long-lasting impact this man’s abuse has had on the lives of the victims and survivors and on the lives of their families and friends.

I want to strongly urge anyone impacted by the abuse of Jack Manning, or who has any concerns regarding the matter, to contact the Gardai, Tusla, or the Society’s Designated Liaison Person (DLP) or Child Protection Officer and Deputy DLP (see contact details below).

We want to reassure you that should any former or current member come forward to the Band with allegations or concerns of any abuse during their time in RCBS, they will be treated with the utmost compassion and seriousness and the matter will be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately.

The safety and wellbeing of our members is our primary concern and the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society, a society of us its members, is wholly committed to the safeguarding of all its members. We have in place robust child protection policies which can be viewed here: Our Child Safeguarding Statement is available here:

If there is anything else we can do to be of support to you at this time please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Contact Details:

An Garda Síochána: 1800 555 222


Rathfarnham Concert Band Designated Liaison Person (DLP): Daire Keogh

Rathfarnham Concert Band Child Protection Officer and Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP): Mary O Flaherty

One in Four – a therapy and support service for people who experienced childhood sexual abuse: Phone: +353 1 6624070

HSE National Counselling Service – includes Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adults who experienced childhood abuse or neglect (CaPA): Phone: 1800 234110

Rape Crisis Centre:

Welcome to Rathfarnham Concert Band

Rathfarnham Concert Band was founded in 1980 and has been an integral part of our community here in Rathfarnham. Children as young as 8 begin their musical journey with the recorder classes in St Mary’s Boys School on the Grange Road. From there, they join the Tyro band where their musical journey continues.

In total, we have five bands: a Tyro band for beginners, a Junior band, Intermediate band, Senior band, and more recently a Jazz band. We have band rehearsals, lessons and theory every Monday night and Band rehearsal every Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events

Coronavirus / COVID-19

Due to the government’s national school closures, band practice and lessons will be suspended until after the lockdown.

We will update you when we know more.

Stay safe!

RCBS 40th Anniversary

Rathfarnham Concert Band is celebrating 40 years in 2020. We have lots of events planned. One big event is a concert tour in Germany in October 2020. We are fundraising to support this tour and we would really appreciate any donations to help us on our way.

This will enable young people from Rathfarnham and surrounding areas to go on this trip.It will help with the cost of transporting musicians and instruments on the concert tour.

Any donation, however small, is greatly appreciated.


Interested in joining the band? Want to learn more about Rathfarnham Concert Band? Please feel free to contact us!

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