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Pipemaking at Ballyfermot College of Further Education


Following on from last years successful pilot programme in instrument making, Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) is pleased to announce that the college is now offering an instrument making strand as part of the college’s existing Higher National Diploma in  Music Performance Programme (Ceoltóir). The instrument making strand is run in cooperation with Na Píobairí Uilleann and commenced in September  2018.

This new programme in Musical Instrument Making and Performance is of 2 years duration and currently has 3 strands, Uilleann Pipe making, Flute making,  and Whistle making. The flute and whistle strands are taught by renowned flutemaker Hammy Hamilton and the pipemaking strand is taught  by Donnacha Dwyer on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann. All instrument making classes are taught in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre , Clonshaugh, D17.

The aim of this unique programme is to cater for a skills shortage within the traditional music community in terms of instrument making,  to enable students to develop their musical skills and understanding of Irish Traditional Music and to equip students with the skills and academic qualifications to enable them to have a successful career in music.

Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile are eligible for entry to the final year of  the  college’s BA (Hons) in Media Production Management programme  which is accredited by Dublin City University.


Applications to the Ceoltóir programme and to the instrument making strand can be made through the college website www.bcfe.ie .

For Further Information Please contact:

paul.mcgrattan@bcfe.ie  or (01) 6269421

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Launch of Learn

Na Píobairí Uilleann are excited to announce the launch of their new ‘Learn’ series of videos.

This series focuses on the fundamentals of playing the uilleann pipes. It provides students with tips on how best to approach their playing, in order to avoid common pitfalls. The suggestions offered here, when adopted, facilitate ease of playing. It is hoped that teachers and makers of the instrument will also find the series useful. We recommend that you initially view the videos in the sequence listed.

Ideally a student should have access to regular tuition with an experienced piper and teacher. Na Píobairí Uilleann supports pipers and aspiring pipers in locations around the world. If you need any assistance locating a teacher in your locality, please refer to the list of teachers here or email info@pipers.ie.

As the uilleann pipes are a complex instrument, the wide range of resources provided by Na Píobairí Uilleann are invaluable to pipers and pipemakers at all levels of expertise, and we invite pipers, pipemakers and teachers to join the organisation here.

If you have any questions or comments in relation to the series, please email learn@pipers.ie.

The series can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Learn’ button located along the main banner of the Na Píobairí Uilleann website or by following this link

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Registration now open for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019 will take place from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July.

Uilleann Pipe Class Registration:

  1. Our pre-registration form is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/NksUdDhe3QG9iM8B2
  2. Payment link is available here: https://scoilsamhraidh.eventbrite.ie
  3. Click here to view Parental/Guardian Consent Form which can be filled out in advance and returned on the first day of registration (under 18s only)
  4. All students must present themselves at registration on Monday 8th at 9am at the West Clare Resource Centre, Ballard Road, Miltown Malbay in order to be assigned a class

Daily piping recitals will be held at 1:15pm in the Community Hall. Piping concert will be held on Wednesday 11th July at 8pm in the Community Hall.

Full details of all events can be found here: http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/

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

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NPU Annual Tionól – Sligo

Class bookings
Class bookings for reedmaking and uilleann pipes can be made by phoning +353 (0)1 873 0093 or emailing info@pipers.ie with your name.
Class fees are as follows and are payable by phone in advance or on the day:
Two-day reedmaking: €50
One-day uilleann pipes: €30
Hotel bookings
For room reservations at the Riverside Hotel please book directly with the hotel on +353 (0)71 91 94480. Please mention that you are attending the Tionól when booking to secure the agreed prices for the weekend. The cost is €145 per person sharing including Bed and Breakfast and one evening meal on Saturday.
Friday 24th May
Reedmaking with Louis Priour & Mick O’Brien 3 – 7pm
Young Pipers’ Recital 8 – 9pm
Piper’s Chair 9 – 10pm
Saturday 25th May
Uilleann Pipes Classes 10.30am – 3.30pm (break 12.30 – 13.30) with Conor Day, Kieran Joy and Marion McCarthy
Reedmaking with Louis Priour & Mick O’Brien
10.30am – 3.30pm (break 12.30 – 13.30)
AGM 4 – 5.30pm
Dinner 6.30 – 8.00pm
Piping Recital with Robbie Hannan, Brian McNamara, Emer Mayock and Paul Harrigan  9 – 10.30pm
Sunday 26th May
Lecture with John Touhy 11 – 12.30
Group Photograph 12.30
Fionntan Byrne
Scholarships 2019


Na Píobairí Uilleann will award ten piping scholarships for 2019.

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 26th April 2019

To download the NPU Scholarship Application form as a PDF click here, or as a Word document click here.

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 Fionntan@pipers.ie or post to

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin
Na Píobairí Uilleann
15 Henrietta St.
Dublin 1

Closing date for applications is 26th April 2019 and the Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin scholarship will be awarded in May 2019.

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Job Vacancy at Na Píobairí Uilleann – Administrative Assistant (Education Programmes)

Administrative Assistant (Education Programmes)


Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 to promote the playing and manufacture of the uilleann pipes and Irish traditional music in general. We have extensive music tuition, pipemaking training, publications and public performance programmes and provide a wide range of services through our web-based resources.

With a growing worldwide membership and expanding events programmes we have a vacancy for a newly created position of Administrative Assistant (Education Programmes). The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing our uilleann piping, pipemaking, outreach teaching programmes and administering our pipes on loan scheme.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced uilleann piper, have experience in administration in a commercial environment and have excellent communications and organisational skills.


Responsibilities will include:


  • Coordinate in-house and outreach piping tuition programmes
  • Act as Child Protection Officer for NPU
  • Publicise and organise uilleann pipemaking training courses
  • Administer Pipes on Loan Scheme
  • Maintain inventory of instruments on loan in good working order
  • Prepare piping student developmental materials
  • Organise uilleann piping teacher development workshops
  • Maintain and develop new online tuition resources
  • Manage student scholarship scheme


Letter of application together with detailed CV addressed to The CEO, Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, D01N504 or by email to gay@pipers.ie  to arrive  not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 15th March 2019.

Anne-Marie Bell
Job Vacancy at Na Píobairí Uilleann – Administrator


Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 to promote the playing and manufacture of the uilleann pipes and Irish traditional music in general. We have extensive music tuition, pipemaking training, publications and public performance programmes and provide an extensive range of services through our web-based resources. With a growing worldwide membership and expanding events programme we wish to appoint an Administrator reporting to the Chief Executive. The successful candidate will ideally have a number of years’ experience in an administrative role, possess basic accounting skills, also excellent communications and interpersonal skills and be capable of working to strict deadlines.   Responsibilities will include:

  • Implementation of key elements of our organisational strategy
  • Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Co-ordination of health and safety programmes
  • Management of staff and volunteer groups
  • Managing, promoting and marketing an extensive range of public events including concerts, summer schools and tuition programmes
  • Preparation of grant applications and management of commercial activities
  • Management of procurement, sales and order fulfilment
  • Maintenance of administrative and financial systems
  • Preparation of management accounts and liaising with external auditors
  • Managing Child Protection Programme
  • Development and maintenance of website
  • Facilities management

Letter of application together with detailed CV addressed to The CEO, Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, or by email to gay@pipers.ie  to arrive not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 15th March 2019.

Click here for job description

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Open call for applications to host an uilleann piper for International Uilleann Piping Day 2019

This year Na Píobairí Uilleann is offering all IUPD organisers outside Ireland the opportunity to apply to host a piper at their event in 2019. The event must serve to raise initial awareness of the uilleann pipes or to build on the learning of existing uilleann pipers/teachers/reed makersOur commitment to providing a piper will of course be on the condition that NPU receive funding from Culture Ireland and the number of events we can support in this Open Call will be dependent on the level of funding received.

Full details and application form are available here:CI Open Call Form

The deadline for the application is 18 March.

For any questions, contact us at info@pipers.ie

Anne-Marie Bell
Traditional Arts Pedagogy Course Ulster University

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Sat 9th March and Sat April 6th , Ulster University Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast


Cost: £152

For more information email: flexed@ulster.ac.uk



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Lecture at IMBOLC: A History of Women in Uilleann Piping 1800’s -1900’s – Louise Mulcahy

Date: 8th Feb 2019
Time: 13:00
Location: Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin

For more information visit: http://www.imbolcfestival.com/event/louise-mulcahy-a-history-of-women-in-uilleann-piping-1800s-1900s-lecture