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Jan
9
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Sound of Ireland
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A stellar line-up from the world of Irish traditional music, song and dance celebrate UNESCO recognition of Uilleann Piping

 

Leading artists including Noel Hill, Liam O’Connor, Seán McKeon, Paddy Glackin, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Robbie Hannan, Jimmy Canavan, the Rowsome Quartet and many more will feature in this unique performance which will be attended by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins.

Last December, UNESCO  included Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of 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.

Uilleann Piping is the first Irish element to be recognised by UNESCO, and the campaign for inscription on the Representative List was led by Na Píobairí Uilleann, who lobbied for Irish ratification of the UNESCO Convention, and assisted the Irish Government in preparing the nomination.

 

FOR TICKETS SEE : https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/the-sound-of-ireland/

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Dec
21
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Vacancy Assistant Co-ordinator Music Generation Laois
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COMHAIRLE CHONTAE LAOISE

LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL

 

                                   

 

 

Laois County Council wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified persons for inclusion on a panel which is being established to fill the vacancy for the position of:

 

Assistant Co-ordinator Music Generation Laois (temporary contract)

 

Further particulars and application forms are available from:

 

 

  • Human Resources Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, County Laois.

Tel: 057-8664000; Email: humanresources@laoiscoco.ie.

 

Applications, on the official application form, must be received not later than

12 noon on Friday 12th January 2018.

 

Laois County Council is an equal opportunities employer.

 

LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY

 

Rosa Flannery

Co-ordinator, Music Generation Laois

Laois County Council

Áras an Chontae

Portlaoise

Co. Laois

 

T: 057 8664078

E: rflannery@laoiscoco.ie

 

Dec
12
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NPU Annual Tionól
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The NPU Annual Tionól will be held in 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1  (Headquarters) May 24th to 27th 2018. Below is a list of accommodation in the surrounding area for the Tionól. More details about events and classes will be posted at a later date. Suggestions of hotels, hostels and B&B’s are welcome and can be emailed to info@pipers.ie

Castle Hotel Gardiner  Row/Great Denmark St, D1 Dublin, Ireland http://www.castle-hotel.ie/ 
The Charles Stewart 5/6 Parnell Square East, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.charlesstewart.ie/ 
The Gresham Hotel 23 O’Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7 www.gresham-hotels-dublin.com/Plaza-Hotels/Dublin‎ 
Maldron Smithfield Smithfield Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 RF2Y http://www.maldronhotelsmithfield.com/ 
Maldron Parnell Street Parnell Square W, Rotunda, Dublin 1 http://www.maldronhotelparnellsquare.com/ 
Jurys Inn Moore Street Plaza, Parnell St, Dublin 1, D01 E0H3 https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/dublin/parnell-street 
Belvedere Hotel 1 Denmark Street Great, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 PP66 http://www.belvederehoteldublin.com/ 
Cassidys Cavendish Row, Upper O’Connell Street, Rotunda, Dublin 1 http://www.cassidyshotel.com/ 
Holiday Inn Express 28-32 O’Connell Street Upper, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 T2X2 https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/reservation 
Charleville Lodge 268-272 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin, D07 DT61 www.charlevillelodge.ie/ 
The Gate Hotel 80 – 81 Parnell Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.gatehoteldublin.com/
The Morrison Dublin Ormond Quay Lower, D1 Dublin, Ireland https://www.morrisonhotel.ie/ 
Handels Hotel Temple 16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, D2 Dublin www.thekeycollection.ie/handelshotel.html 
Harveys Guest House 11 Upper Gardiner Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.harveysguesthouse.com/ 
Marian Guest House 21 Upper Gardiner Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.marianguesthouse.ie 
Fleet Street Hotel 19/20 Fleet Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland https://www.fleethoteltemplebar.com/ 
The Morgan Hotel 10 Fleet Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland www.themorgan.com/ 
Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland https://www.fitzsimonshotel.com/ 
Wynn’s Hotel 35-39 Lower Abbey Street, D1 Dublin www.wynnshotel.ie/ 
Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge 23-25 Bachelors Walk, O’Connell Bridge, D1 Dublin https://www.arlington.ie/ 
The Aisling Hotel Parkgate St, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 www.ashlinghotel.ie/

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

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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:

 

 

Dec
1
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Christmas Latest Dates of Posting 2017
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Dec
1
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Breathnach Commemoration Live Broadcast
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The Breathnach Commemoration lecture and recital will be broadcast live on NPUTV on Saturday 2nd from 8pm. The lecture is by Terry Moylan on The Irish Pipes in Art and the recital is with Leo Rickard,Colm Broderick and John O’Brien.

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.

Oct
3
Emmett Gill
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office – Traditional Music Commission
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office has just advertised a Traditional Music Commission per cent for art commission focusing on the creation of new work.

The budget for the commission is €18,000 inclusive.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 2 November at 5.00pm.  Full details are available below:

http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/arts/public-art-art-collections/current-public-art-programme/current-public-art-opportunites