International Uilleann Piping Centre & Theatre
“As a flute player and uilleann pipe enthusiast, I would absolutely love to see this fantastic building and theatre realised to help NPU share the sound of Ireland. It’s vital for future generations.”
“The International Uilleann Piping Visitor Centre is an invaluable addition to Dublin’s historic North Georgian Quarter.”
“Right in the heart of historical old Dublin, at 16 Henrietta Street, this beautifully designed building can only further enhance the international popularity of NPU. It will most certainly appeal to musicians from all over the world”
“The centre creates an essential home for NPU’s pipemaking training to preserve and re-embed the craft Of uilleann pipemaking.”
The unique and haunting sound of Uilleann Pipes was first heard in Ireland almost 300 years ago. Before the Great Irish Famine of 1845 it is said that there was an uilleann piper in every townland in the country. The post-famine era, however, and early part of the 1900s saw a drastic decline. When Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Society of Uilleann Pipers) was formed to preserve the instrument there were less than 100 uilleann pipers left in the world.
Since our foundation in 1968 uilleann piping has experienced an extraordinary renaissance – the art form has now developed into a major world music genre, with thousands of players globally. Consequently, demand for instruments and instruction continues to grow. Na Píobairí Uilleann delivers a wide range of services from our painstakingly restored 1740s building at number 15 on Dublin’s historic Henrietta Street. These services include providing access to instruments, education, performances and preservation. Now we have a unique opportunity to support evergrowing, worldwide demand for services by developing the award-winning design for the adjacent site of no. 16.
This award-winning design re-instates the original Georgian streetscape, creating an International Uilleann Piping Centre, Theatre, Training Facility and Archive showcasing this truly unique sound of Ireland – the Uilleann Pipes
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