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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

For more information, contact

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 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.