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Anne-Marie Bell
Open call for applications to host an uilleann piper for International Uilleann Piping Day 2019

This year Na Píobairí Uilleann is offering all IUPD organisers outside Ireland the opportunity to apply to host a piper at their event in 2019. The event must serve to raise initial awareness of the uilleann pipes or to build on the learning of existing uilleann pipers/teachers/reed makersOur commitment to providing a piper will of course be on the condition that NPU receive funding from Culture Ireland and the number of events we can support in this Open Call will be dependent on the level of funding received.

Full details and application form are available here:CI Open Call Form

The deadline for the application is 18 March.

For any questions, contact us at info@pipers.ie

Anne-Marie Bell
Traditional Arts Pedagogy Course Ulster University

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Sat 9th March and Sat April 6th , Ulster University Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast


Cost: £152

For more information email: flexed@ulster.ac.uk



Anne-Marie Bell
Lecture at IMBOLC: A History of Women in Uilleann Piping 1800’s -1900’s – Louise Mulcahy

Date: 8th Feb 2019
Time: 13:00
Location: Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin

For more information visit: http://www.imbolcfestival.com/event/louise-mulcahy-a-history-of-women-in-uilleann-piping-1800s-1900s-lecture

Anne-Marie Bell
Trad Ireland: Invitation to tender – Application Deadline: February 15th

Trad Ireland/ Traid Éireann wishes to retain a consultant to compile a
research report examining the challenges, opportunities, and supports
currently available to traditional arts practitioners in Ireland. The project
duration is 12 months, with a fixed timeline from March 01st 2019 to March
01st 2020. The research project is made possible through funding from The
Arts Council Project Award 2019. Cuirfear fáilte roimh iarratais i nGaeilge.

The research aim is to examine in detail the opportunities and challenges
currently faced by traditional arts practitioners in Ireland. Using a variety of
methodologies, the researcher will deliver evidence-informed recommendations
relating to professional development for traditional artists, and audience

Trad Ireland / Traid Éireann is a newly-established entity, founded by Oisín Mac
Diarmada and Tristan Rosenstock, to promote the traditional arts throughout the
island of Ireland and support practitioners through advocacy and professional
development opportunities.

For full details: Trad Ireland ITT Report

Anne-Marie Bell
Pipemaking at Ballyfermot College of Further Education


Following on from last years successful pilot programme in instrument making, Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) is pleased to announce that the college is now offering an instrument making strand as part of the college’s existing Higher National Diploma in  Music Performance Programme (Ceoltóir). The instrument making strand is run in cooperation with Na Píobairí Uilleann and commenced in September  2018.

This new programme in Musical Instrument Making and Performance is of 2 years duration and currently has 3 strands, Uilleann Pipe making, Flute making,  and Whistle making. The flute and whistle strands are taught by renowned flutemaker Hammy Hamilton and the pipemaking strand is taught  by Donnacha Dwyer on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann. All instrument making classes are taught in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre , Clonshaugh, D17.

The aim of this unique programme is to cater for a skills shortage within the traditional music community in terms of instrument making,  to enable students to develop their musical skills and understanding of Irish Traditional Music and to equip students with the skills and academic qualifications to enable them to have a successful career in music.

Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile are eligible for entry to the final year of  the  college’s BA (Hons) in Media Production Management programme  which is accredited by Dublin City University.


Applications to the Ceoltóir programme and to the instrument making strand can be made through the college website www.bcfe.ie .

For Further Information Please contact:

paul.mcgrattan@bcfe.ie  or (01) 6269421

Anne-Marie Bell
Uilleann Pipe Classes January 2019

Classes at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 will be recommencing on the 22nd of  January 2019, catering to all levels.

For new registrations and any further information about these classes please email info@pipers.ie or phone +353 1 873 0093.

Anne-Marie Bell
Call for Music Generation Development Officer, Roscommon

Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) is currently inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer, Roscommon.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms: 12 noon, Monday 17 December, 2018

For application and more details, see:  https://www.musicgeneration.ie/news/article/opportunity-music-generation-development-officer-roscommon-re-advertisement/

Anne-Marie Bell
Uilleann Pipe Competition at Holywood Music Festival

Wednesday 14 November , Queen’s Leisure Complex Studio, Holywood

For more information, see https://www.holywoodmusicfestival.com


Anne-Marie Bell
Reedmaking: 8-week Evening Course

Venue: NPU 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1

Time: Tuesday 8pm-9:30pm

Cost: €80 for 8 weeks 

Commencing: Tuesday 9th October

Learn the art of reedmaking from an experienced reedmaker in this 8-week course commencing Tuesday 9th October. Beginners and Intermediates welcome. All tools and materials will be provided. Over 16s only.

Register today by emailing info@pipers.ie

John Blake
NPU Organisational Announcement


Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) are delighted to announce the appointment of Tommy Keane as Honorary President of the organisation.

The position of Honorary President of NPU was established in 2002 and the role was filled with great distinction by the inaugural President Seán Potts from 2002 until 2014. Following Seán’s passing the late Liam O’Flynn served as President for three years with distinction.

At a recent board meeting it was considered timely to find a suitable person to fill the role and succeed Liam.

Waterford piper Tommy Keane was the unanimous choice of the Board in recognition of the outstanding service he has given to NPU and to piping over many years.
Tommy was first taught by the late Tommy Kearney and his piping has been influenced by eminent pipers Tommy Reck, Seamus Ennis and Willie Clancy.

Tommy has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including De Dannan, Elvis Costello and The Pogues. He released a solo album ‘The Pipers Apron’ in 1991 and a duet album with his wife Jacqueline McCarthy ‘The Wind among the Reeds’ in 1997, both to great acclaim. Tommy has also taught extensively both for NPU and at various festivals worldwide.

Following his service as Chairman of NPU from 2014 to 2018 Tommy oversaw the introduction of the Governance Code, and the decision by UNESCO to have uilleann piping inscribed on its inventory of intangible cultural heritage.

Tommy acknowledged how privileged he was to accept the award ‘…bearing in mind the high regard in which the two previous holders of the office – Seán Potts and Liam O’Flynn – were held.’

We are delighted that Tommy has agreed to accept the position as the third Honorary President of NPU.