Aims of Na Píobairí Uilleann

By the 1960s very few people in Ireland were playing the pipes and far fewer, perhaps only five, were engaged in the making of the instrument. It was a matter of grave concern that the art would decline further and so The Society of Uilleann Pipers known as Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Uilleann Pipers) was founded in 1968 at grassroots level by pipers themselves.

The aims of the society are to perpetuate the spirit of the music, in particular the playing of the pipes and the production and maintenance of the instrument itself.

To achieve these aims the single most important facet of the Society’s activities is the teaching of the uilleann pipes, especially to young people, as it is through this that the playing of the instrument will increase, prosper and develop.

The degree to which the work of the Society has borne fruit is reflected in the number of pipemakers, many professional, now producing pipes – about forty throughout the world.

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The Founding Constitution of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Constitution of Na Píobairí Uilleann Bunreacht Na Píobairí Uilleann
Na Píobairí Uilleann is the name of this association. Na Píobairí Uilleann an t-ainm atá ar an gcumann seo.
The main object of Na Píobairí Uilleann shall be the promotion generally of Irish music and the music of the uilleann pipes in particular. ‘Sé is príomhchuspóir do Na Píobairí Uilleann ceol dúchasach na hÉireann i gcoitinne agus ceol na píbe uilleann go sonrach a chur ‘un chinn agus a chothú.
Towards that end the association may: ‘Un na críche sin tig leis an gcumann:
(i) Collect and preserve music for these pipes in any manner considered feasible by the Council; (i) Ceol na píbe seo a bhailiú agus a chaomhúint ar slí ar bith is cuí leis an gComhairle;
(ii) Assemble materials and carry out research on the history of the pipes and pipers; (ii) Abhar i dtaobh stair na píbe agus na bpíobairí a bhailiú agus taighde a dhéanamh air;
(iii) Issue from time to time a publication about piping and the affairs of the association; (iii) Foilseacháin i dtaobh na píobaireachta agus imeachtaí an chumainn a fhoilsiú ó uair go céile;
(iv) Spread a knowledge of reedmaking and promote the making of pipes. (iv) Eolas ar dhéanamh rídeanna a chur ar fáil agus déantas na píbe a chur ‘un tosaigh.
Full membership of Na Píobairí Uilleann is restricted to Uilleann Pipers. Associate membership is open to any person not a piper, provided a simple majority of the Council is in favour of his/her admission. Píobairí uilleann amháin atá i dteideal a bheith ina lánbhaill den chumann. Is féidir le duine nach píobaire é bheith ina bhall caidrimh ar choinníoll go n-aontaíonn tromlucht na Comhairle lena leigint isteach sa gcumann.
A Council consisting of the following officers – Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer – and four other members shall be responsible for conducting the affairs of the association. Comhairle arb iad na hoifigigh seo – Cathaoirleach, Rúnaí agus Cisteoir – agus ceathrar ball eile a líon a bhéas freagrathach as stiúrú agus riaradh Na Píobairí Uilleann.
An annual convention of the association shall be held at a venue to be decided by a majority of the members. The officers and other members of the Council shall be elected at this convention. Beidh tionól bliantúil ann ar láthair a cheapfas tromlucht na mball. Ag an tionól seo freisin sea ceapfar na hoifigí agus baill eile na Comhairle don bhliain atá romhainn amach.
Only full members over eighteen years of age have a right to vote. Ag lánbhaill amháin atá ós cionn 18 mbliana d’aois atá cead bhóta a chaitheamh.
Only such members shall be eligible to serve on the Council. ‘Siad sin amháin a bhéas i dteideal fónamh ar an gComhairle.
The Secretary shall present to the convention in writing a report on the proceedings of the association during the year then concluding. Cuirfidh an Rúnaí tuarascáil i scríbhinn ar imeachtaí na bliana atá caite i bhfianaise an tionóil.
The Treasurer shall place before the convention a financial statement setting out in detail the items of expenditure and receipts of the year together with an account of the financial position of the association. Cuirfidh an Cisteoir i bhfianaise an tionóil ráiteas airgeadais a bhfuil mioneolas i dtaobh fáiltais agus caitheachais na bliana agus cúntas ar staid airgeadais an chumainn ann.
Full members over eighteen years shall pay an annual subscription of £20. Other members shall pay an annual subscription of £10. Associate members shall pay an annual subscription of £20. Iochfaidh lánbhaill atá ós cionn 18 mbliana d’aois £20 mar tháille bhliantúil. Iochfaidh na lánbhaill eile £10 in aghaidh na bliana. £20 an táille bliantúil a bhéas le n-íoch ag na baill caidrimh.