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Music Generation Laois Tionól 2017


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


€70 fee includes workshops and all concert tickets. To book, email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or phone 057-8664176.


Under 18s will be supervised during break times unless alternative arrangements are made by parents/guardians.


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.

Emmett Gill
Teacher Development Workshop

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.

Emmett Gill
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office – Traditional Music Commission


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:


Emmett Gill
Culture Night 2017

Culture night

Culture Night is back this September and now in its 12th 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! For more information on Culture Night visit www.culturenight.ie .

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 22nd of September 2017, 6pm – 10pm.

Sabhbh Ni Mhaolagain
The Ace and Deuce of Piping 2017


Saturday 30 September 2017 at 8pm Doors at 7:30pm

Admission: €25.00 // €20.00 (Family ticket €60.00)
Tickets available here on eventbrite or phone: 01 8730093

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents
Brian McNamara
Majella O’Beirne Landale
Aoife O’Connor
Mary Corcoran
David Power
Ciarán Somers
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail
Edwina Guckian
John Tuohy
Seán Ó Sé
Bryan O’Leary
Colm Guilfoyle
Áine Hensey (MC)


Sabhbh Ni Mhaolagain
Upcoming Courses at Pipecraft

Two upcoming courses:

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

BCFE - Instrument Course

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

Emmett Gill
PipeCraft Courses for 2017

PipeCraft Courses for 2017

PipeCraft logo

  • 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

Sabhbh Ni Mhaolagain
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