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Anne-Marie Bell
Tunes for Garech – Sat 14th July


On Saturday 14th July, between 2pm and 5pm, a ‘Tunes for Garech’ event will take place in Farmleigh, as part of the Exhibition Support Programme for the current Anthony Palliser portrait exhibition. Anthony and Garech were longtime friends and it was through the latter that the former met and painted many Irish cultural icons, including the musicians Paddy Moloney, Siobhán Armstrong, Ronan Browne and Bill Whelan.
The afternoon is structured to be an open invitation to any singer or player who would like to come and pay a personal musical tribute to Garech for his contribution to the development of the Irish musical tradition. It is intended to be a very loose and open affair. We are hoping that a core of traditional players from the city’s regular sessions might like to attend, but any performer of any age or skill level is welcome, especially if they end up having the opportunity of sitting in with other more seasoned musicians.



Anne-Marie Bell
Reels on Wheels 2018

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Our annual Reels on Wheels sponsored cycle to Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Miltown Malbay will take place on Friday July 6th. This fundraising event is to support our current and future projects including our piping outreach programme and PipeCraft Training Centre. The cycle starts in Lucan and the team will arrive in Miltown Malbay on Saturday July 7th.

To participate as a cyclist:

  • Let us know you want to take part by emailing info@pipers.ie or calling us on 01 8730093
  • Start fundraising by creating a page on everydayhero.com: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/get-started
  • Connect your account to our team ‘Reels on Wheels 2018′ : https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/reels-on-wheels-npu-2018

To help us reach our target:

  • Visit our fundraising page here


Michelle Gogarty
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018

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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/

Uilleann Pipe Classes

  1. Register here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-uilleann-piping-registration-2018
  2.  Pay over the phone or online ( https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-2018-uilleann-piping-classes-tickets-43830589473 )

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

Emmett Gill
Radio Documentary – Thursday 31st May 6.00pm


” A PIPER IN THE STREET TODAY ” radio documentary, will be broadcast for the first time Liffey Sound 96.4FM on Thursday 31st May at 6.00pm on Brian Hughes’ show Ceol Go Leor
Tune in on radioireland, ieradio.org, or the Liffey Sound web site. This should be of great interest to pipers, and all musicians alike.



Michelle Gogarty
Piping Classes

Piping classes will be recommencing in September 2018, catering to all levels.

Classes will take place at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, in conjunction with Music Generation in Louth, Laois and Sligo.

NPU classes will also be held in Wexford Town, Enniskillen and Derry.

For any further information about any of these locations or piping tutors close to your area please email info@pipers.ie or phone +353 1 873 0093.

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.

Emmett Gill
NPU Annual Tionól 2018

Information about the Na Píobairí Uilleann Annual Tionól 2018 can now be viewed here on the website:


Emmett Gill
Death of piper Liam O’Flynn – Honorary President of Na Píobairí Uilleann

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.

Emmett Gill
Scholarships 2018
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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.


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.

Sabhbh Ni Mhaolagain
Sound of Ireland

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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