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May
3
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Closure Update (2/5/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, is currently closed as Government restrictions are in place until 18th of May.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

You can still place orders in our store. We are striving to post orders on a weekly basis to ensure regular delivery to our customers. As the guidelines are subject to constant change, we will review the situation on a regular basis. Please bear with us, we will keep you updated, and apologise for the inconvenience caused! If you have any questions in relation to your order, you can email info@pipers.ie.

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

Unfortunately, all NPU public events previously planned to be held in April and May 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the online archive for a range of educational materials and past events. You can also stay tuned with our regular social media updates. 

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

May
1
Clara Grunefeld
An Píobaire Vol. 16 No. 2 – Now Available!
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We are delighted that the new issue of our Newsletter An Píobaire is available from today, 1st May 2020.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, this issue of An Píobaire was published electronically. All members receive their copy via email. If you didn’t get yours, please contact info@pipers.ie.

Apr
30
Clara Grunefeld
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 cancelled
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 is cancelled.

For anyone who has paid for uilleann pipe or reed making classes via our registration, NPU will arrange a refund.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@pipers.ie if you have any queries.

This is the message from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy:

To all our tutors and participants at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the organisers of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have been reviewing the evolving health crisis and considering various ways in which the 48th summer school might be run safely and successfully.

When discussing options, the organisers were concerned with the health and safety of participants, visitors, the local communities and the general public.

Therefore, taking into account the current situation and restrictions, the prevailing uncertainties and the advice of the HSE, it has been regretfully decided that the summer school programme will not run in 2020.

Stay safe everybody.

Apr
24
Clara Grunefeld
Scholarships 2020
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Na Píobairí Uilleann will award 12 piping scholarships for 2020.

We are aware that some summer schools may be cancelled this year due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Successful applicants in 2020 will be able to carry their scholarship over into 2021, should their chosen summer school not take place. Alternatively, scholarships may be used to attend a course of piping tuition later in 2020 after previous approval by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

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 be 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 1st May 2020.

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

 

Mar
17
Anne-Marie Bell
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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We wish all of our visitors and members a Happy St.Patrick’s Day! 

For all of you at home, whether that’s in Ireland or elsewhere, we’d like to share a few archival items with you to mark the day: 

Since there’s no parade this year, here’s something to lift the spirits – an image taken at a St.Patrick’s Day parade in the late 1940s / early 1950s.
Photographed is Pat & Jim Brophy (Pipes), Tom Brophy (Accordion), Jim Seery (Fiddle), Betty Nevin (Dancer) outside the GPO, Dublin.
Thanks to Brendan Collins for sharing this photo with us!

 

 

If you’re stuck at home this St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a Notes & Narratives with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh from March 2012 that may be of interest. Watch “The Stories, Songs, Music and Dance of St. Patrick” on our online archive 🎶👉https://bit.ly/2U8vXs9

Notes&Narratives is a monthly lecture/performance series which is streamed live on NPUTV & later added to www.pipers.ie/source

 

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
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

Nov
8
Anne-Marie Bell
Uilleann Pipe Competition at Holywood Music Festival
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Wednesday 14 November , Queen’s Leisure Complex Studio, Holywood

For more information, see https://www.holywoodmusicfestival.com

 

Oct
8
Anne-Marie Bell
Reedmaking: 8-week Evening Course
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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

Mar
5
Emmett Gill
Scholarships 2018
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Scholarships

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.

Mhuiris

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.