National Uilleann Pipes Visitor Centre

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) was founded in 1968 to promote the playing and making of the Irish uilleann pipes and Irish traditional music in general. At that time there were less than 100 uilleann pipers left in the world and just 2 full time makers. Since its foundation NPU has revitalized the art form and there are now an estimated 6000 players and 100 makers worldwide and interest and demand for the instrument continues to grow apace around all over the world.

NPU provides a wide range of services to a hugely varied global demographic including young people , boys and girls, men and women of all ages and nationalities, people with visual and other disabilities, people with different religious backgrounds, settled and travelling people.

Services provided by NPU include teaching, pipe-making training, publications, recordings, on-line tutorials, public performances and events, archive, digital archive and an on-line shop.

NPU adheres to published standards of governance and also publishes a full report and audited accounts annually. NPU is funded by membership and the Arts Council of Ireland/An ChomhairleEalaíon.

NPU is based on Henrietta St., the earliest Georgian St. in Ireland and the model from which Dublin’s Georgian identity is derived. Over the last number of years NPU has raised over €2m to restore No. 15, a precious Georgian building on this much moved street. However, unlike many other countries there is no visitor centre, museum and theatre to showcase this unique part of our heritage, the uilleann pipes – the iconic sound of Ireland.

To continue to protect and promote the uilleann pipes, revitalize Dublin’s North Georgian Quarter and develop a hub for cultural tourism, NPU plans to raise €5m to develop a National Uilleann Pipes Visitor Centre, Theatre, Museum and Pipecraft pipemaking training facility by reinstating the original 1730s building in accordance with Dublin City Council’s strategic plans for the area.

Since Na Píobairí Uilleann is a ‘non profit’ society it depends largely on donations to pursue the aims of the society and for the maintenance of the building. Na Píobairí Uilleann is an accepted body under Section 484 of the 1997 Taxes Consolidation Act. This means that people paying tax is Ireland can claim tax relief (at 26%) on any donation of over €250, made to Na Píobairí Uilleann.