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Scoil Samhraidh WIllie Clancy 2017: Pre-Registration for Uilleann Piping Classes now OPEN

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The 45th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 1st July to Sunday 8th July, 2017.

Click on the link below to pre-register for uilleann piping classes.

Pre-Register for uilleann pipe classes here

Information for 2017 is now available at: http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/information.html

Note: Registration for all other instruments takes place in the Community Hall Miltown Malbay from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 1st July 2017.

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Uilleann Piping Marathon

Uilleann Piping Marathon on Saturday May 6th in Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1.


Uilleann Piping Marathon on Saturday May 6th in Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1.
We are pleased to invite you to an Uilleann Piping Marathon on Saturday May 6th in Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1. All pipers are welcome to come along and take part in the event. The marathon will run from 12pm-6pm. We’d be delighted if you can join us to play a few tunes or volunteer to help out on the day. There will be a collection on the day to assist with Na Píobairí Uilleann’s ongoing piping and pipemaking programmes.

To sign up, please contact: info@pipers.ie or call 018730093

If you can’t make it along on the day, but would like to make a donation click the link below


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​2017 Apprentice Scheme – ‘The Memory Symphony’

​2017 Apprentice Scheme – ‘The Memory Symphony’

​​In Association with Athenry Music School & Lisheenkyle National School

Applications to our 2017 Apprentice Scheme have re-opened following a review of applications submitted to our March 8th deadline

Whilst the scheme was originally open to all instruments, spaces for the following instruments are now full

Harp, Concertina, Oboe, Piano/Keys

We are re-opening applications from advanced players of all other instruments

We are particularly interested in applications in the following categories

Violin/Fiddle, Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Percussion, Trombone, French Horn, Bassoon, Uilleann Pipes

For more info including how to apply please visit www.irishmemoryorchestra.com/faq

If you are a singer please consider applying to our new Singer’s Scheme

The IMO Apprentice Scheme is a cross-genre orchestra training course with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra in Athenry, Co. Galway during Hallowe’en mid term 28th Oct – 4th Nov 2017.

Culminating with the World Premiere of Dave Flynn’s Memory Symphony in concerts in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin (4th Nov) and Galway (Venue 3rd Nov)

Aimed at advanced musicians of all ages who perform traditional, classical and/or jazz music.

How to take part

Please read the FAQ, the Course Content and then apply through the online application form  

Applications close on 31st May 2017.

For more info please contact apprentices@irishmemoryorchestra.com

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Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards


Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards Open for Online Entries on March 20 – Deadline: June 14

Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.


The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize of €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair worth €2,500.


With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.


Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 9-13. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.


For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit www.rds.ie/craft


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PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders

PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme seeks proposals from organisations and groups based in the UK and Republic of Ireland


PRS for Music Foundation is receiving proposals from UK and Ireland based organisations wanting to co-commission or tour new music from all genres for the Beyond Borders programme.


Beyond Borders was established in 2010 to support high quality co-commissions and tours, stimulating collaboration between composers, performance groups and music organisations. The programme awards up to £15,000 to co-commissioning and touring projects including any associated recording costs.


This will be the third year that the Arts Council of Ireland joins PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales and Arts Council of Northern Ireland as one of the programme partners.


To apply and for more information please Visit: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Flagship-Programmes/Beyond-Borders .

Applications must be made by organisations which are commissioning or promoting new music (e.g. classical, traditional, jazz, contemporary) with at least one other partner based in the UK or Ireland. The deadline for applications is 23 February 2017.


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Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Pipers and harpists to compete for Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal on 3 Feb

Pipers and harpists will compete in the final for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal on Friday 3 February.  The event, which takes place in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, will be presented by Peadar Ó Riada and broadcast live on Cuireadh chun Ceoil on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 7 pm.

One piper and one harpist will be presented with the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal, and they will share a cash prize of €2500.

Judges are esteemed musicians Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Allan MacDonald and Laoise Kelly.

Last year’s winner was flute player Sean Gavin from Detroit and Chicago.

The competition is part of a weekend of activities taking place at the Rochestown Park Hotel for Comhdháil na gCeoltóirí, a conference for musicians.  On Saturday, there will be an information session for musicians covering music royalties, visas, funding applications, and more, with an opportunity to meet with publishers, broadcasters and representatives from arts organisations.  This will be followed on Saturday night by a concert of previous winners of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal.  There is an entry fee of €10 for the final on Friday night, a nominal fee of €5 for entry to the conference, and the concert on Saturday is free.
Further information on the conference is available at claru@cuireadhchunceoil.ie

Competitors in the final are:
Éanna Ó Croinín (Meath), Michael Coughlan (Cork), Cian Smith (Waterford), Tim Doyle (Dublin), Jack MacPartlin (Tipperary).
Niamh McGloin (Sligo), Alannah Thornburgh (Mayo), Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín (Mayo), Úna Ní Fhlannagáin (Galway), Gráinne Fitzgibbon (Limerick), Aislinn Gagliardi (Chicago), Cathy Potter (Clare), Colm McGonigle (Belfast), Floriane Blancke (France).
Tune to Cuireadh chun Ceoil on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 7 pm on Friday 3 February, or listen online at www.rte.ie/rnag


Píobairí agus Cláirseoirí san iomaíocht do Bhonn Óir Seán Ó Riada

Beidh píobairí agus cláirseoirí san iomaíocht i mbliana sa chraobh do Bhonn Óir Seán Ó Riada, a chraolfar beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Dé hAoine 3 Feabhra.

Is é Peadar Ó Riada a chuirfidh an ócáid i láthair beo ó Óstán Pháirc Bhaile an Róistigh i gCorcaigh.  Beidh 14 ceoltóir ar stáitse, agus roghnófar buaiteoir amháin ar na píobaí agus ar an gcláirseach.  Gheobhfaidh na buaiteoirí Bonn Óir Seán Ó Riada an duine, agus roinnfidh siad €2500 freisin.

Is iad Ailean Domhnallach, Jimmy O’Brien Moran agus Laoise Kelly a bheidh i mbun moltóireachta.

Tá ráta speisialta €50 an duine (beirt ag roinnt seomra) ar chead isteach chuig an gcraobh agus leaba agus bricfeasta ar fáil san óstán.

Beidh an choirm ar siúl mar chuid de Chomhdháil na gCeoltóirí, ócáid dhá lá a bheidh ar siúl in Óstán Pháirc Bhaile an Róistigh.  Dé Sathairn, beidh seisiún eolais do cheoltóirí ar réimse leathan ábhar, ina measc dleachta ceoil, iarratais maoinithe, víosaí, foilsiú ceoil, cóipcheart, bolscaireacht, agus a thuilleadh nach iad, agus beidh iondaithe i láthair ó Gael linn, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann agus IMRO.

Mar chuid den ócáid freisin, beidh coirm na mbuaiteoirí ar siúl oíche Dé Sathairn.  Beidh cead isteach €5 ar an gComhdháil, agus beidh cead isteach saor in aisce ar an gcoirm.

Na ceoltóirí a bheidh sa chraobh:
Éanna Ó Croinín (An Mhí), Michael Coughlan (Corcaigh), Cian Smith (Port Láirge), Tim Doyle (BÁC), Jack MacPartlin (Tiobraid Árann).

Niamh McGloin (Sligeach), Alannah Thornburgh (Maigh Eo), Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín (Maigh Eo), Úna Ní Fhlannagáin (Gaillimh), Gráinne Fitzgibbon (Luimneach), Aislinn Gagliardi (Chicago), Cathy Potter (An Clár), Colm McGonigle (Béal Feirste), Floriane Blancke (An Fhrainc).
Beidh an chraobh le cloisteáil beo ó Chorcaigh ar Cuireadh chun Ceoil ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Dé hAoine 3 Feabhra 7 pm.

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PipeCraft Courses for 2017

PipeCraft Courses for 2017

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  • Pipes Maintenance with Donnacha Dwyer – 24th February (PipeCraft)
  • Measuring Methods and Tools for Pipes with Conor Roche Lancaster 11th –  12th March (PipeCraft)
  • Voicing and Tuning with Bill Haneman -30th May – 1st June (PipeCraft)
  • Bellows Making with Niall Kelleher 18th – 20th July (PipeCraft)
  • Reedmaking with Paddy O’Hare 8th – 10th August (PipeCraft)
  • Hollow and Solid Mainstocks with Bill Haneman 21st – 23rd August (PipeCraft)
  • Tools and Jigs for Pipemaking: Tubing benders, tonehole cutters, and more with Bill Haneman 25th – 27th October (PipeCraft)

If you are interested in registering for any of these courses, or require further information please email info@pipers.ie or call +353-1-8730093

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Martin Hayes & David Power Winter Tour 2017

Martin Hayes & David Power Winter Tour 2017



Jan19th Thurs :    The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, North Co. Cork

Jan 20th Fri :          Ionad Culturtha, Baile Mhuirne, Co. Cork

Jan 21st Sat :         Castalia Hall, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Jan  23rd Mon :     Celtic Connections Glasgow

Jan 24th Tue :        Carousel Sessions, Manchester

Jan 25th Wed  :     Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo

Jan 26th
 Thurs:     Connolly`s of Leap, Co. Cork @8pm TICKETS

Jan 27th Fri :          Tullamore Club Sessions, Tullamore, Co. Offaly


MH DP Poster 2017

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Paddy Keenan: Temple Bar Tradfest 2017

Paddy Keenann plays in City Hall for Temple Bar Tradfest 2017 on Wednesday 25th at  19:30pm

Tickets available online from http://www.templebartrad.com/

Paddy Keenan






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The Pipes, The Pipes

The Pipes, The Pipes, devised by Donal Dineen, is a homage to the singular magic of the Irish Uilleann Pipes. At the heart of this live experience is the playing of exceptional pipers, Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry, Maitiú Ó Casaide and John Tuohy. Visual artists Lionel Palun and Donal Dineen respond to the mesmerising soundwaves they create by conjuring a magical picture show, unique to every performance.
Commissioned by The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon for its 10th anniversary programme, The Pipes, The Pipes premiered at The Dock in January 2015 and went on to perform sellout shows in Dublin and Paris to critical audience acclaim, featuring as one of St. Patrick’s Festival Dublin highlights on RTE. Produced by Siobhán O’Malley in association with The Dock.

Funded by Arts Council of Ireland and Arts Council Northern Ireland.


RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

Thursday 17th November at 8pm

Admission €17 (incl booking fee)

Bookings on www.thedock.ie


William Kennedy Piping Festival at The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh

Saturday 19th November at 4.15pm

Admission £10.75 (incl booking fee)

Bookings on www.armaghpipers.org/wkpf