Since our inception Na Píobairí Uilleann has from time to time honoured members by conferring on them the title of Patron. This honorary title is accompanied by the presentation of a gold lapel pin showing the piper Johnny Cash and is based on the NPU logo. The pins are designed and made by Jimmy O’Brien Moran. Those members to have been awarded this title are the following. The dates indicate the year of the award and, if the patron is deceased, the year of their death.

Séamus Ennis 1968 – 1982
Leo Rowsome 1968 – 1970
Jim Brophy 1987 – 2002
Dan O’Dowd 1987 – 1989
Andy Conroy 1987 – 1999
Tommy Reck 1988 – 1991
Tommy Kearney 1989 – 2008
Tom Busby 1990 – 2000
Chris Langan 1991 – 1992
Seán McAloon 1994 – 1998
Peter Carberry 1998 – 2016
Néillidh Mulligan 1999
Joe Shannon 2003 – 2004
Dave Hegarty 2003
Seán Potts 2003 – 2014
Pat Mitchell 2005
Wilbert Garvin 2016
Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh 2016