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Upcoming Courses at Pipecraft


Four upcoming courses:


3 Day Bellows Making Workshop

Course Description: Bellows Making – Niall Kelleher

Course Start Date            18/07/2017

Course Finish Date          20/07/2017

Course fee per attendee              180

Tutor Name        Niall Kelleher



Reedmaking – Paddy O’Hare

Course Start Date            8/08/2017

Course Finish Date          10/08/2017

Course fee per attendee              €90

Tutor Name        Paddy O’Hare


Hollow and Solid Mainstocks with Bill Haneman

Course will cover the concepts and processes of making both hollow and solid mainstocks. Examples of both will be demonstrated.

Course Start Date            21st August

Course Finish Date          23rd August

Course fee per attendee              €180

Tutor Name        Bill Haneman


Tools and Jigs for Pipemaking: Tubing benders, tonehole cutters, and more

Course will cover the design and production of a number of tools useful in the pipemaking process. All students will have an opportunity to make a tone hole cutter or a component of a tubing bender.

Course Start Date            25/10/2017

Course Finish Date          27/10/2017

Course fee per attendee              €180

Tutor Name        Bill Haneman

For moreinformation on any of these classes please contact info@pipers.ie or call 01 8730093

Emmett Gill

Instrument Making Course – BCFE


Instrument Making Course at BCFE

Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) is pleased to announce that the college will be offering an instrument making strand to run in conjunction with the college’s existing Higher National Diploma in Irish Traditional Music performance programme (Ceoltóir).

The instrument making stand will be run in co-operation with Na Píobairí Uilleann and will commence as a 1 year pilot project in September 2017.

The pilot programme will have 3 strands, uilleann pipe making, flute making and whistle making and students will be limited to 6 students per strand. The flute and whistle strands will be taught by the renowed flutemaker Hammy Hamilton and tuition for the pipemaking classes will be taught by Na Píobairí Uilleann. All instrument making classes will be taught in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre.


Applications to the Ceoltóir programme and to the instrument making strand can be made through the college website www.bcfe.ie. If applying for the instrument making strand please put ‘Instrument Making’ along with your preferred instrument in the ‘Course Title’ section of the application form.

For additional information please contact:

Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, D10

BCFE - Instrument Course

Emmett Gill

Introducing Friends of NPU



We are now pleased to announce the launch of our Friends of Na Píobairí Uilleann programm

Funds generated from the new scheme will help to expand our outreach teaching activities. The subscription is €40 per year and all Friends receive:

  • Access to our collection of audio and video recordings in our on-line archive Source
  • Access to our audio and video collections on mobile music app MovingCloud
  • Access to thousands of tunes transcribed from old publications in our Irish Music Collections Online
  • Access to our online Library

If you would like to support the work of NPU, please sign up at www.pipers.ie/register

About Friends of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Introducing our new Friends scheme. Being a Friend of Na Píobairí Uilleann offers people a chance to Share the Sound of Ireland by supporting our programme of activities and events. For more information about our activities see our latest Annual Report here

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 when there were less than 100 uilleann pipers remaining. Today NPU is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to Sharing the Sound of Ireland through Access, Education, Performance and Preservation, delivered through the organisation’s commitment to excellence in values, governance and processes. NPU are fully compliant with the Governance Transparency Scale A Standard.

Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin, in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – Pipecraft – has been established to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking.

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Phone: +353-1-8730093
Email: info@pipers.ie
Website: www.pipers.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann
Twitter: www.twitter.com/napiobairi
Apps: www.pipers.ie/apps

Bunaíodh Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) sa bhliain 1968, tráth a raibh níos lú ná 100 píobaire fágtha in Éirinn. Ach inniu, is eagraíocht ealaíon faoi bhláth í NPU atá tiomnaithe do Cheol na hÉireann a dháileadh trí Rochtain, Oideachas, Taibhiú agus Caomhnú. Déantar é seo trí ghealltanas na heagraíochta d’ard-chaighdeán i luachanna, i rialachas agus i bpróisis.

Tar éis athchóiriú a dhéanamh uirthi, osclóidh a ceanncheathrú Sheoirseach ag 15

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Scoil Samhraidh WIllie Clancy 2017: Pre-Registration for Uilleann Piping Classes now OPEN


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The 45th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 1st July to Sunday 8th July, 2017.

Click on the link below to pre-register for uilleann piping classes.

Pre-Register for uilleann pipe classes here

Information for 2017 is now available at: http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/information.html

Note: Registration for all other instruments takes place in the Community Hall Miltown Malbay from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 1st July 2017.