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Jun
24
Fionntan Byrne
PipeCraft Course – Reed Making with Eamonn Curran
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Introduction to reed making with Co. Monaghan pipe maker Eamonn Curran.

Eamonn is a very experienced reed maker, maintaining sets at the Armagh Pipers’ Club. Beginner and intermediate reed makers welcome on this course. All tools and materials will be provided. Participants must be 16 and over.

Date: Monday 29th July – Wednesday 31st July 2019 (3 day course).

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Location: PipeCraft, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Cost: €75 per person.

If you are interested in participating in the course or have any queries in relation to courses at PipeCraft please email info@pipers.ie or call +353-1-8730093.

Jun
5
Fionntan Byrne
PipeCraft Course – Bellows Making with Joseph Walsh
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Bellows Making with Co. Laois pipe maker Joseph Walsh.

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July (2 day course).

Location: PipeCraft, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Cost €180

Places are limited and booking is essential. Email info@pipers.ie or call +353 1 873 0093.

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May
31
Anne-Marie Bell
Registration now open for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019 will take place from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July.

To register for uilleann pipe classes:  https://goo.gl/forms/NksUdDhe3QG9iM8B2

Click here to view Parental/Guardian Consent Form for students u18.

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

May
23
Anne-Marie Bell
The Piper and The Earl at The National Library
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Seamus Ennis, piper 1919-2019.

Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone 1550-1616.

Saturday 8th June 2019  12 noon – 4.30pm

The National Library, Kildare St, Dublin.

 

All welcome. Admission to all events is Free (first come, first served).

 

A special afternoon event of talks and music in the National Library commemorating the lives of two great Irish cultural and historical figures, Seamus Ennis and Hugh O’Neill.

This year marks the centenary of  the birth of Seamus Ennis, the celebrated uilleann piper, singer, collector and storyteller. Also a backward look into the turbulent history of Ireland in the late 16th Century and an examination of  the life of the Great O’Neill through music, drama and story.

12 noon – 12.30pm Professor Ciaran Brady TCD.  ‘The Life and Times of Hugh O’Neill’, Earl of Tyrone.

12.35 -  1.05pm Peter Browne, piper and former RTE producer. ‘The Life and Music of Seamus Ennis’.

 

Lunch Break

 

3.00 – 3.15pm  An introductory talk about Michael Holohan’s new double CD ‘The Road to Lough Swilly’ (Na Piobairí Uillleann commission) by Dr. Fintan Vallely, flautist, lecturer and author of the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork University Press, 2011.

 

3. 20 – 4.30 pm A Recital featuring Mick O’Brien, renowned uilleann piper and teacher, Donal O’Kelly, actor and playwright, The Boyne Valley Chamber Orchestra and Michael Holohan, composer, producer and musical director. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase.

 

With the support of The National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Council.

 

May
15
Fionntan Byrne
Liam O’Flynn Documentary on RTÉ
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RTÉ recently released a documentary on Liam O’Flynn [1945 - 2018], former President of Na Píobairí Uilleann.

See this link to the RTÉ Player.

May
10
Emmett Gill
Annual Report 2018 now available
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Annual Report 2018 is now available.

For a full Review and Audited Accounts for 2018 click on the link below.

Click the image to view the report.

Annual Report 2018

Apr
23
Anne-Marie Bell
Pipemaking at Ballyfermot College of Further Education
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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:

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

Apr
16
Anne-Marie Bell
Launch of Learn
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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

Mar
12
Anne-Marie Bell
Registration now open for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019 will take place from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July.

To register for uilleann pipe classes:  https://goo.gl/forms/NksUdDhe3QG9iM8B2

Click here to view Parental/Guardian Consent Form for students u18.

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

Mar
7
Anne-Marie Bell
NPU Annual Tionól – Sligo
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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.
Spaces are limited. 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.
Programme
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 Fionnán Mac Gabhann, 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 – ‘Piping in the North West: An overview of counties Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon’
Group Photograph 12.30