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Upcoming Courses at Pipecraft

Four upcoming courses:


3 Day Bellows Making Workshop

Course Description: Bellows Making – Niall Kelleher

Course Start Date            18/07/2017

Course Finish Date          20/07/2017

Course fee per attendee              180

Tutor Name        Niall Kelleher



Reedmaking – Paddy O’Hare

Course Start Date            8/08/2017

Course Finish Date          10/08/2017

Course fee per attendee              €90

Tutor Name        Paddy O’Hare


Hollow and Solid Mainstocks with Bill Haneman

Course will cover the concepts and processes of making both hollow and solid mainstocks. Examples of both will be demonstrated.

Course Start Date            21st August

Course Finish Date          23rd August

Course fee per attendee              €180

Tutor Name        Bill Haneman


Tools and Jigs for Pipemaking: Tubing benders, tonehole cutters, and more

Course will cover the design and production of a number of tools useful in the pipemaking process. All students will have an opportunity to make a tone hole cutter or a component of a tubing bender.

Course Start Date            25/10/2017

Course Finish Date          27/10/2017

Course fee per attendee              €180

Tutor Name        Bill Haneman

For moreinformation on any of these classes please contact info@pipers.ie or call 01 8730093

Emmett Gill
Instrument Making Course – BCFE

Instrument Making Course at BCFE

Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) is pleased to announce that the college will be offering an instrument making strand to run in conjunction with the college’s existing Higher National Diploma in Irish Traditional Music performance programme (Ceoltóir).

The instrument making stand will be run in co-operation with Na Píobairí Uilleann and will commence as a 1 year pilot project in September 2017.

The pilot programme will have 3 strands, uilleann pipe making, flute making and whistle making and students will be limited to 6 students per strand. The flute and whistle strands will be taught by the renowed flutemaker Hammy Hamilton and tuition for the pipemaking classes will be taught by Na Píobairí Uilleann. All instrument making classes will be taught in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre.


Applications to the Ceoltóir programme and to the instrument making strand can be made through the college website www.bcfe.ie. If applying for the instrument making strand please put ‘Instrument Making’ along with your preferred instrument in the ‘Course Title’ section of the application form.

For additional information please contact:

Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, D10

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Emmett Gill
Introducing Friends of NPU


We are now pleased to announce the launch of our Friends of Na Píobairí Uilleann programm

Funds generated from the new scheme will help to expand our outreach teaching activities. The subscription is €40 per year and all Friends receive:

  • Access to our collection of audio and video recordings in our on-line archive Source
  • Access to our audio and video collections on mobile music app MovingCloud
  • Access to thousands of tunes transcribed from old publications in our Irish Music Collections Online
  • Access to our online Library

If you would like to support the work of NPU, please sign up at www.pipers.ie/register

About Friends of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Introducing our new Friends scheme. Being a Friend of Na Píobairí Uilleann offers people a chance to Share the Sound of Ireland by supporting our programme of activities and events. For more information about our activities see our latest Annual Report here

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 when there were less than 100 uilleann pipers remaining. Today NPU is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to Sharing the Sound of Ireland through Access, Education, Performance and Preservation, delivered through the organisation’s commitment to excellence in values, governance and processes. NPU are fully compliant with the Governance Transparency Scale A Standard.

Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin, in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – Pipecraft – has been established to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking.

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Phone: +353-1-8730093
Email: info@pipers.ie
Website: www.pipers.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann
Twitter: www.twitter.com/napiobairi
Apps: www.pipers.ie/apps

Bunaíodh Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) sa bhliain 1968, tráth a raibh níos lú ná 100 píobaire fágtha in Éirinn. Ach inniu, is eagraíocht ealaíon faoi bhláth í NPU atá tiomnaithe do Cheol na hÉireann a dháileadh trí Rochtain, Oideachas, Taibhiú agus Caomhnú. Déantar é seo trí ghealltanas na heagraíochta d’ard-chaighdeán i luachanna, i rialachas agus i bpróisis.

Tar éis athchóiriú a dhéanamh uirthi, osclóidh a ceanncheathrú Sheoirseach ag 15

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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.

Emmett Gill
PipeCraft Courses for 2017

PipeCraft Courses for 2017

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  • 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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Ace and Deuce of Piping 2016


Na Píobairí Uilleann presents

The Ace & Deuce of Piping, Liberty Hall, Saturday 1st October at 8:00pm

Liam O’Flynn, Seán Keane and Paddy Glackin

Síle Denvir

Peter Browne

Charlie Harris

Joey Abarta and Jacqueline O’Reilly

Roscommon Flute Quartet

Ellen Cranitch (MC)

Admission €25/€20

On Sale from Liberty Hall Box Office : 01 8721122 / www.ctb.ie or Na Píobairí Uilleann : 01 8730093 / www.pipers.ie/store

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Culture Night 2016



Culture Night is back this September and now in its 11th year! Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that once again we will be holding events to celebrate Culture Night.

Culture Night continues to feature the best cultural organisations in Dublin and across the country who open their doors late for free events ranging from music and literature to visual art and heritage.

We will be hosting a guided tour of our Georgian building located on one of Ireland’s most architecturally important streets. The tour will include a visit to the library and archive and will also feature musical performances from leading uilleann pipers.

So help spread the word and come explore, experience and enjoy! Keep an eye out on our website for more information about the night or visit www.culturenight.ie .We look forward to seeing you on Friday 16th of September 2016, 6pm – 10pm.

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A Tribute to Garrett Barry & the Music of West Clare

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Event Description

A concert of the finest music and song to celebrate the launch of the book, Out of Darkness: the blind piper of Inagh, which chronicles the life and times of Garrett Barry.

Tim Dennehy presents a fantastic line-up, including Ronan Browne, Kevin Glackin,Bríd O’Donohue, Séamus Ó Rócháin, Eamon McGivney, Seán Talty, Cian Talty, Liam O’Brien, Tommy & Pádraic Keane, The McCarthy Family, Marian Curtin, Therese McInerney and Francis Cunningham.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite, Custy’s Music Shop of Ennis, or through the OaC (eolas@oac.ie).

Please note: tickets are non-refundable


Garrett Barry Community Hall – Inagh, County Clare 
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Bhonn Óir Seán Ó Riada 2016

Píob agus cláirseach na huirlísí do Bhonn Óir Seán Ó Riada 2016 Attention pipers and harpers: Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition

Tá an comórtas do Bhonn Óir Seán Ó Riada 2016 oscailte anois.  Is iad na píob uilleann agus an chláirseach na huirlisí atá i gceist i mbliana, agus glacfar le hiarratais ó anois.

Beidh dhá dhuais €2500 i gceist i mbliana, ceann do gach uirlis.

Bhunaigh Peadar Ó Riada an comórtas seo i gcuimhne ar a athair.  Síleann Ó Riada go bhfuil an iomarca béime sa lá atá inniu ann ar theicnící agus ar ornáidíocht i gcomórtais cheoil, ach sa chomórtas seo beidh ceolmhaireacht agus spiorad an cheoil chomh tábhachtach céanna do na moltóirí le cruinneas teicniúil.

Ba é an fliúiteadóir Seán Gavin as Chicago a thug leis Bonn 2015.

Le cur isteach ar an gcomórtas, ba cheart do cheoltóirí 5 phíosa ceoil a thaifead agus iad a uaslódáil go dtí an suíomh idirlín www.cuireadhchuneoil.ie, nó iad a chur ar dhlúthdhiosca agus iad a chur sa phost chuig Peadar Ó Riada i gCúil Aodha.  Tá na sonraí uilig le fáil ar an suíomh.  Moltar dóibh siúd ar mhaith leo cur isteach ar an gcomórtas é sin a dhéanamh go luath, gan a bheith ag fanacht go dtí an dáta deiridh.

Roghnófar 15 iomaitheoir don ghearrliosta, agus tabharfar cuireadh dóibh siúd seinm ar stáitse ag ceolchoirm mhór in Óstán an Rochestown Park i gCorcaigh ag tús na bliana seo chugainn, áit a roghnófar an buaiteoir.


The competition for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2016 is now open to entries.  This year’s competition is for pipe and harp.

Two prizes of €2500 will be awarded, one in each instrument category.

The competition was initiated by musician and presenter Peadar Ó Riada on his programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil because he felt that there was far too much emphasis on technique and ornamentation in traditional music competitions these days.  In this competition judges deem character, spirit and musicality as being equally as important as technical proficiency.

To enter, musicians should record 5 pieces of music and upload them to www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie, or alternatively burn them to CD and send them to Peadar Ó Riada.  Full details are on the website.  Those intending to enter are advised to do so as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the closing date.

15 musicians will be shortlisted, and they will take part in a concert in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork in early 2017, where the winner will be chosen.

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Chanter Making Course

Monday 18th July to Friday 29th July

Ten days – Monday to Friday 9.30 – 4.00pm

PipeCraft, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park

Cost €600

Tutor Donnacha Dwyer

To book please contact 018730093/ info@pipers.ie

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