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Anne-Marie Bell

Reedmaking: 8-week Evening Course


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

John Blake

NPU Organisational Announcement



Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) are delighted to announce the appointment of Tommy Keane as Honorary President of the organisation.

The position of Honorary President of NPU was established in 2002 and the role was filled with great distinction by the inaugural President Seán Potts from 2002 until 2014. Following Seán’s passing the late Liam O’Flynn served as President for three years with distinction.

At a recent board meeting it was considered timely to find a suitable person to fill the role and succeed Liam.

Waterford piper Tommy Keane was the unanimous choice of the Board in recognition of the outstanding service he has given to NPU and to piping over many years.
Tommy was first taught by the late Tommy Kearney and his piping has been influenced by eminent pipers Tommy Reck, Seamus Ennis and Willie Clancy.

Tommy has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including De Dannan, Elvis Costello and The Pogues. He released a solo album ‘The Pipers Apron’ in 1991 and a duet album with his wife Jacqueline McCarthy ‘The Wind among the Reeds’ in 1997, both to great acclaim. Tommy has also taught extensively both for NPU and at various festivals worldwide.

Following his service as Chairman of NPU from 2014 to 2018 Tommy oversaw the introduction of the Governance Code, and the decision by UNESCO to have uilleann piping inscribed on its inventory of intangible cultural heritage.

Tommy acknowledged how privileged he was to accept the award ‘…bearing in mind the high regard in which the two previous holders of the office – Seán Potts and Liam O’Flynn – were held.’

We are delighted that Tommy has agreed to accept the position as the third Honorary President of NPU.

Anne-Marie Bell

NPU Organisational Announcement



I am pleased to advise that Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) have appointed John Blake as Administrator of the organisation effective from August 29th 2018.

John, who will report directly to me, will succeed Emmett Gill, who in turn will replace Terry Moylan as Archivist.

John will have responsibility for the efficient and effective running of the organisation by ensuring the delivery of excellent services to uilleann pipers, pipe makers, piping enthusiasts and the Irish traditional arts community worldwide. In doing so, John will play a key role in the day to day implementation of our annual Arts Plan and organisational strategy.

John has previously worked as supervisor of the local training initiative archive project at NPU.  Apart from being an outstanding multi-instrumentalist, John also has a wide range of skills in production, engineering and event management.

I congratulate John on his appointment and welcome him to the team at NPU. I wish John the very best of success in his new role and career with the organisation.

Gay McKeon


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