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May
8
Emmett Gill
Job Vacancy – Administrator
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Administrator

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 to promote the playing and manufacture of the uilleann pipes and Irish traditional music in general. We have extensive music tuition, pipemaking training, publications and public performance programmes and provide an extensive range of services through our web-based resources.

With a growing worldwide membership and expanding events programme we wish to appoint an Administrator reporting to the Chief Executive. The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a senior administrator and have excellent communications skills.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Development and implementation of the annual Arts Plan
  • Maintenance of administrative and financial systems
  • Preparation of management accounts and liaising with external auditors
  • Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Co-ordination of health and safety programmes
  • Managing the NPU Child Protection Programme
  • Management of staff and volunteer groups
  • Ensuring excellent communications with all stakeholders
  • Managing, promoting and marketing an extensive rage of public events including concerts, summer schools and tuition programmes.
  • Development and maintenance of the NPU Website
  • Preparation of grant applications and management of commercial activities
  • Management of procurement, sales and order fulfilment
  • Project management
  • Facilities management

Letter of application together with detailed CV addressed to The CEO, Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, or by email to info@pipers.ie to arrive not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 1st June 2018.

Click here to download Job Description

Apr
24
Emmett Gill
PipeCraft Chanter Making Course
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PipeCraft Chanter Making Course with Donnacha Dwyer

Monday 16th July to Friday 27th July 9.30am to 4.00pm

PipeCraft, Unit  44, Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17

Cost €600 

Participants will make a simple concert pitch chanter. All tools and materials are provided.

Places on the course are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.

To secure a place call +353 1 873 0093 or email info@pipers.ie to arrange payment.

Apr
4
Emmett Gill
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018 will take place from Saturday 7th July to Sunday 15th July.

Full details of all events can be found here: http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/

You can pre-register for piping classes here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-uilleann-piping-registration-2018

For any further information please email info@pipers.ie or phone +353 1 873 0093

Apr
3
Emmett Gill
NPU Annual Tionól 2018
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Information about the Na Píobairí Uilleann Annual Tionól 2018 can now be viewed here on the website:

http://pipers.ie/events/2018/05/npu-annual-tionol-2/

Mar
14
Emmett Gill
Death of piper Liam O’Flynn – Honorary President of Na Píobairí Uilleann
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14 March 2018

Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Society of Uilleann Pipers) announces the death of its Honorary President Liam O’Flynn. During his life Liam was a great ambassador for Irish traditional music throughout Ireland and around the world. Liam was a wonderful musician, as a solo uilleann piper and as a member of Planxty in the 1970s and 1980s.

Liam’s collaborations with Seán Davey included performing in the suite of music The Brendan Voyage and other pioneering orchestral works created to feature the uilleann pipes. His performances with such artists as Kate Bush, Emmylou Harris, and Mark Knopfler brought his music and uilleann piping to worldwide audiences. Liam’s collaboration with poet the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney united two of Ireland’s artistic giants.

From a musical family in County Kildare, Liam learned the pipes with Leo Rowsome at the School of Music in Dublin, and was also greatly influenced by the playing of legendary pipers Willie Clancy and Séamus Ennis. He has been an inspiration to generations of pipers, with his tuition, performances, and solo recordings being a great source of repertoire for emerging players.

Liam was a founding member of Na Píobairí Uilleann, having attended and performed at the first gathering of the organisation in Bettystown, County Meath, in 1968.

Na Píobairí Uilleann extends its sympathies to Liam’s wife Jane and to his extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Mar
5
Emmett Gill
Scholarships 2018
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Scholarships

Na Píobairí Uilleann will award six piping scholarships for 2018.

Successful applicants can attend piping classes at any of the following :

  • Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
  • South Sligo Summer School – Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo,
  • Scoil Acla – Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
  • Joe Mooney Summer School – Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim.
  • Catskills Irish Arts Week – East Durham , N.Y.
  • Ceol na Coille – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Application must by supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant.

See application form for terms and conditions.

Closing date for NPU Summer School Scholarships is Friday 27th April 2018

To download the NPU Scholarship Application form - Scholarship Application Form 2018

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy will again award Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin, a Family Scholarship in honour of Muiris Ó Rócháín.

Mhuiris

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin is open to any family with two or more family members wishing to attend classes at the Summer School. Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin will entitle the family to use of a three bedroom house during Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and free access to classes for up to four family members either adults or children.

The committee of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have again asked Na Píobairí Uilleann to review the applications and award the scholarship.

To download the application form Click Here and email to emmett@pipers.ie or post to

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin
Na Píobairí Uilleann
15 Henrietta St.
Dublin 1

Closing date for applications is 27th April 2018 and the Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin scholarship will be awarded in May 2018.

Dec
11
Emmett Gill
UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping – Update
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Following the announcement of UNESCO recognition for uilleann piping, here are links to some of the media coverage.

 

BROADCAST TV

RTE TV 6 O’Clock News, Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1207/925595-uilleann-pipes-unesco/

(see Gay McKeon interview clip within the link)

 

BROADCAST RADIO

Newstalk FM, Thursday, December 7, 2017

http://www.newstalk.com/President-Higgins-welcomes-UNESCO-recognition-of-Uilleann-piping

RTE Radio 1 John Bowman Sunday, Sunday, December 10, 2017

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F10811673%5F67%5F10%2D12%2D2017%5F

 

RTE Radio 1 Sean O’Rourke Show (starts at 35:40)

https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F21291847%5F15036%5F22%2D12%2D2017%5F

RTE Radio 1 Arena, Wednesday, December 20, 2017
http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F21291185%5F1526%5F20%2D12%2D2017%5F

 

PRINT & DIGITAL

The Irish News, Thursday, December 7. 2017

https://www.irishnews.com/news/republicofirelandnews/2017/12/08/news/unesco-recognition-for-uilleann-pipes-1205361/

The Irish Times, Friday, December 8, 2017

The Irish Independent, Friday, December 8, 2017

Irish Daily Star, Friday, December 8, 2017

(see images below  for the above picture stories)

The Irish Times, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/kathy-sheridan-city-of-culture-farce-pretty-much-sums-up-brexit-1.3324608

ONLINE

RTE.ie, Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1207/925595-uilleann-pipes-unesco/

The Journal.ie, Thursday, December 7, 2017

http://www.thejournal.ie/uilleann-pipes-unesco-heritage-3737897-Dec2017/

Extra.ie, Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://extra.ie/news/irish-news/irish-uileann-pipes-get-unique-cultural-heritage-symbol-by-unesco

 

INTERNATIONAL / DIASPORA

Irish Central, Friday, December 8, 2017

https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/uilleann-pipes-unesco-status

The Irish World, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

http://www.theirishworld.com/unesco-gives-special-status-uileann-pipes/

 

LOCAL & TOURISM MEDIA (to date)

Donegal Now, Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://www.donegalnow.com/news/gaoth-dobhair-uillean-pipers-entertained-actor-brendan-gleeson-dublin-today/198481

Clare FM, Thursday, December 7, 2017

http://www.clare.fm/news/willie-clancy-summer-school-instrumental-bringing-unesco-recognition-uilleann-pipes/

Go Dublin, Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://www.godublin.info/news/1886416

 

https://vimeo.com/246255692

 NPULouiseMulcahy 45 sec.m4v

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The Irish Independent, Friday, December 8, 2017

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Irish Daily Star, Friday, December 8, 2017

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The Irish Times, Friday, December 8, 2017

 

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l-r Niamh Landale, Brendan Gleeson, Irial Ó Casaide and Gay McKeon, CEO, pipers.ie in the background

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l-r foreground Irial Ó Casaide, Brendan Gleeson and Niamh Landale
l-r background Gay McKeon, CEO, pipers.ie and Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD

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l-r Irial O’Casaide, Gay McKeon, CEO, pipers.ie, Brendan Gleeson and Niamh Landale

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l-r Niamh Landale and Brendan Gleeson

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l-r Niamh Landale, Christine Sisk, Director, Culture Ireland, Brendan Gleeson and Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD and Irial Ó Casaide

 

Dec
7
Emmett Gill
UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping
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 Worldwide recognition for Irish Pipes,

“The Sound of Ireland”, in new accolade from UNESCO

The UNESCO twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in the Republic of Korea’s Jeju island has ratified its decision to include Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This important global accolade reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity. UNESCO has now agreed that Irish Uilleann Piping – often referred to as “The Sound of Ireland” – merits this recognition. As a result, the distinctive Irish musical art-form joins such other cultural expressions as the Argentinian Tango, the Armenian Duduk and its music, and the Baul songs of Bangladesh.

Older than Guinness, the Uilleann Pipes descend from an instrument introduced in the 1740’s and were known as “The Irish Pipes”. A sophisticated instrument that provides more musical possibilities than any other type of bagpipe due to three different streams of sound, Uilleann Piping declined in the 19th century and was successfully revived in the 20th century.

Now in 2017, it’s a thriving art form in both Ireland and worldwide where it is celebrated in 50 countries and on six continents in places as diverse as Cuba, Finland, Australia, Argentina and Germany. There are more than three thousand Uilleann Pipers throughout the world, playing Irish music on this Irish instrument in dedicated clubs throughout Europe and in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Na Píobairí Uilleann (www.pipers.ie), the body dedicated to access, education, performance and preservation of Uilleann Piping and pipemaking, has announced free access to its online learning and performance portal in addition to a fascinating archive celebrating a rich cultural history http://pipers.ie/source/

The UNESCO announcement follows the Irish Government’s nomination of Uilleann Piping to the List.  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD said: “Today’s decision is testament to the community of Uilleann Pipers across the country who, since the 1960s, have succeeded in their mission to stop the decline in the playing and making of the uilleann pipes. The success today is a real community effort from Na Píobairí Uilleann, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, the Armagh Pipers Club, and other organisations and individuals who have contributed to the resurgence of interest in Uilleann Piping, in Ireland and around the world.”

“Ar an lá stairiúil seo, cuimhnímís ar na píobairí iomráiteacha a choinnigh an traidisiún seo beo – leithéidí Eamonn Ceannt, Willie Clancy, Seamus Ennis agus daoine nach iad. Is cinnte go mbeadh siad bródúil inniu as a gcuid oibre thar na blianta.”

Gay McKeon CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann (www.pipers.ie) and himself a celebrated player said: “Today is a global milestone for Uilleann Piping and shines a world-wide spotlight on The Irish Pipes. From movies to TV and now video games, there are new opportunities opening up all the time that showcase the versatility of the instrument and its distinctive sound.

We thank supporters for their enthusiasm and would encourage people to discover the pleasure of playing and attending performances at home and abroad.

“Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to thank the Irish Government for its UNESCO nomination and those officials of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht who accepted the case that was made for the nomination of Uilleann Piping, and who energetically promoted that cause. Also, the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaoin have been an invaluable source of support throughout the process and in our daily work.

Finally, we would like to thank the many groups and individual practitioners in the world of Uilleann Piping who support us – it’s an inspiring world-wide, community devoted to this wonderful music.”

You can view the UNESCO proceedings here:

 

 

Oct
6
Emmett Gill
Music Generation Laois Tionól 2017
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Tionól 2017, 3-5 November

Following on from the success of last year’s Tionól, we are delighted to announce that Music Generation Laois, with the support of the Music Generation National Development Office National Projects funding and the Trench Trust, will deliver a Tionól for Harps and Pipes in Portlaoise from the 3 to the 5 November 2017.

The purpose of this weekend is to bring together pipers and harpists and their Tutors from Music Generations throughout Ireland, for a weekend of workshops, sessions and performances, including an opportunity for students to get workshops from well-known non MG guest tutors including Catriona McKay (harp), David Power (pipes), Tríona Marshall (harp) & Michael Rooney (harp).

A range of classes are available, open to all students from recent beginners to advanced in the harp and uilleann pipes. Tutors include:

Harp: Siobhan Buckley, Michael Rooney, Catriona McKay, Tríona Marshall, Ramune Sakalauskaite, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla and Gráinne Hambly

Uilleann Pipes: Fionnán MacGabhann, Joseph Byrne, David Power, Timothy Doyle and Paul Harrigan

Booking

€70 fee includes workshops and all concert tickets. To book, email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or phone 057-8664176.

Supervision

Under 18s will be supervised during break times unless alternative arrangements are made by parents/guardians.

Concerts

Friday 3 November

Opening Gala Concert featuring the premiere of a newly composed suite of music by Michael Rooney for the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra, Tionól Tutors, Michael and June Rooney and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Tower Hill at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Saturday 4 November

Concert featuring Tionól participants from across Ireland and guest harp ensembles in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Sunday 5 November

Closing Student Concert: Tionól 2017 – featuring students from the Tionól taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, 2pm.

Admission free of charge, on a first come-first serve basis on the door.

Oct
5
Emmett Gill
Teacher Development Workshop
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The next Teacher Development Workshop will take place at Na Píobairí Uilleann on Saturday 28th October from 2pm to 5.30pm.

The workshop will be hosted by Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh and is aimed at pipers who would like to teach the pipes or are teaching and would like to develop their teaching skills.

This series of workshops will provide the opportunity to learn from experienced piping teachers. This course will focus on teaching techniques and provide practical advice on teaching the pipes.

A limited number of places are available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

There is no charge for the workshop.

If you would like to attend the workshop on Saturday 28th October at Na Píobairí Uilleann please email info@pipers.ie or phone 01-8730093.