It is with deepest sadness that today we learned that one of our own has passed away. The news last Tuesday morning (16th) that he had taken ill and was awaiting live-saving surgery came as a profound shock to the band. The band members all kept Micky in their thoughts and prayers, and we have kept in regular contact with Micky's partner Shelley-Anne. Piper Micky Daly joined Closkelt in early 2020 and was extremely excited to start competing in Grade 1 with the band. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he didn't get the chance to don the Drumgooland tartan last summer but, as was his character, he remained enthusiastic and positive for better days to come. We had all hoped for Micky to overcome this terrible time and we believed whole-heartedly that he would be back fighting fit in no time at all! It was then of course deeply shocking and extremely saddening to hear today that he had lost his short battle. Words simply do not convey the deep regret that his passing brings. We take some comfort knowing that Micky's passing was peaceful and that he was surrounded by his loving family. Piper Major David Chesney, Pipe Sergeant Jonathan Chesney, Chairperson Samuel Ervine and all members of Closkelt Pipe Band send their deepest condolences and warmest thoughts and prayers to all of Micky's family at this most devastating time. We are proud to learn that Micky was an organ donor and that he will now potentially help others in need; something that Shelley-Anne said he himself would be proud of. We also extend our sympathies to all our friends in Colmcille, Cullybackey, Thiepval Memorial, Vale of Athol and Quinn Memorial Pipe Bands and to everyone across the pipe band community who knew and loved Micky. Stand at ease piper, rest in peace our friend.