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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.

Anne-Marie Bell
NPU Organisational Announcement


I am pleased to advise that Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) have appointed John Blake as Administrator of the organisation effective from August 29th 2018.

John, who will report directly to me, will succeed Emmett Gill, who in turn will replace Terry Moylan as Archivist.

John will have responsibility for the efficient and effective running of the organisation by ensuring the delivery of excellent services to uilleann pipers, pipe makers, piping enthusiasts and the Irish traditional arts community worldwide. In doing so, John will play a key role in the day to day implementation of our annual Arts Plan and organisational strategy.

John has previously worked as supervisor of the local training initiative archive project at NPU.  Apart from being an outstanding multi-instrumentalist, John also has a wide range of skills in production, engineering and event management.

I congratulate John on his appointment and welcome him to the team at NPU. I wish John the very best of success in his new role and career with the organisation.

Gay McKeon


Anne-Marie Bell
NPU Organisational Announcement

On behalf of the members, staff and board of Na Píobairí Uilleann I would like to wish Terry Moylan the very best for his retirement  as Archivist and staff member of the organisation effective from 22nd August 2018.

Terry has worked full time as Archivist since 2001 and in that time has had responsibility for production of An Píobaire and many other publications including the Dance Music of Seamus Ennis, The Man and His Music, Ceol an Phíobaire, Tunes for the Irish Pipes, two volumes of the Seán Reid Society Journals.  Terry has been responsible for the art work on many new publications including, The Art of Ullleann Piping, Pipers Choice series, also  Pipe Up educational resource, NPU annual calendars and numerous promotional brochures and displays.

Terry established the NPU physical and online Archive resources with continual additions and acquisitions. The programming of the monthly Notes and Narratives has been Terry’s responsibility which has added greatly to the archival material available on the NPU website. Terry has welcomed and facilitated many visitors/students to NPU for research purposes, also for the annual Culture Night events. Also over the past seventeen years Terry found the time to teach weekly  uilleann piping classes in NPU continuing what he had done for many years previously on a voluntary basis.

Terry was very proactive over a seven year period in furthering the initiative to have the Irish government submit an application to UNESCO to have uilleann piping inscribed on its inventory of intangible cultural heritage and in having An Post recognise the 50th anniversary of NPU by issuing a commemorative postage stamp.

Terry’s final day working in NPU will be Monday August 13th.

I would like to thank Terry for his achievements in his time working with the organisation and I wish him and his wife Pascale the very best of health and happiness for the future.


Gay McKeon


Anne-Marie Bell
Uilleann Pipe Making Course in Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Places are now available on a two-year Uilleann Pipe making course at our PipeCraft Training Centre, Clonshaugh and will run in conjunction with  Ballyfermot College of Further Education as part of their Ceoltóir programme. The course commences in September 2018.

For applications, please see www.bcfe.ie.

For more information, contact paulmcgrattanbcfe@gmail.com

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
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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