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NPU Annual Tionól


The NPU Annual Tionól will be held in 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1  (Headquarters) May 24th to 27th 2018. Below is a list of accommodation in the surrounding area for the Tionól. More details about events and classes will be posted at a later date. Suggestions of hotels, hostels and B&B’s are welcome and can be emailed to info@pipers.ie

Castle Hotel Gardiner  Row/Great Denmark St, D1 Dublin, Ireland http://www.castle-hotel.ie/ 
The Charles Stewart 5/6 Parnell Square East, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.charlesstewart.ie/ 
The Gresham Hotel 23 O’Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7 www.gresham-hotels-dublin.com/Plaza-Hotels/Dublin‎ 
Maldron Smithfield Smithfield Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 RF2Y http://www.maldronhotelsmithfield.com/ 
Maldron Parnell Street Parnell Square W, Rotunda, Dublin 1 http://www.maldronhotelparnellsquare.com/ 
Jurys Inn Moore Street Plaza, Parnell St, Dublin 1, D01 E0H3 https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/dublin/parnell-street 
Belvedere Hotel 1 Denmark Street Great, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 PP66 http://www.belvederehoteldublin.com/ 
Cassidys Cavendish Row, Upper O’Connell Street, Rotunda, Dublin 1 http://www.cassidyshotel.com/ 
Holiday Inn Express 28-32 O’Connell Street Upper, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 T2X2 https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/reservation 
Charleville Lodge 268-272 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin, D07 DT61 www.charlevillelodge.ie/ 
The Gate Hotel 80 – 81 Parnell Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.gatehoteldublin.com/
The Morrison Dublin Ormond Quay Lower, D1 Dublin, Ireland https://www.morrisonhotel.ie/ 
Handels Hotel Temple 16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, D2 Dublin www.thekeycollection.ie/handelshotel.html 
Harveys Guest House 11 Upper Gardiner Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.harveysguesthouse.com/ 
Marian Guest House 21 Upper Gardiner Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland www.marianguesthouse.ie 
Fleet Street Hotel 19/20 Fleet Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland https://www.fleethoteltemplebar.com/ 
The Morgan Hotel 10 Fleet Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland www.themorgan.com/ 
Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland https://www.fitzsimonshotel.com/ 
Wynn’s Hotel 35-39 Lower Abbey Street, D1 Dublin www.wynnshotel.ie/ 
Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge 23-25 Bachelors Walk, O’Connell Bridge, D1 Dublin https://www.arlington.ie/ 
The Aisling Hotel Parkgate St, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 www.ashlinghotel.ie/

Emmett Gill

UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping – Update


Following the announcement of UNESCO recognition for uilleann piping, here are links to some of the media coverage.



RTE TV 6 O’Clock News, Thursday, December 7, 2017


(see Gay McKeon interview clip within the link)



Newstalk FM, Thursday, December 7, 2017


RTE Radio 1 John Bowman Sunday, Sunday, December 10, 2017



RTE Radio 1 Sean O’Rourke Show (starts at 35:40)


RTE Radio 1 Arena, Wednesday, December 20, 2017



The Irish News, Thursday, December 7. 2017


The Irish Times, Friday, December 8, 2017

The Irish Independent, Friday, December 8, 2017

Irish Daily Star, Friday, December 8, 2017

(see images below  for the above picture stories)

The Irish Times, Wednesday, December 13, 2017



RTE.ie, Thursday, December 7, 2017


The Journal.ie, Thursday, December 7, 2017


Extra.ie, Thursday, December 7, 2017




Irish Central, Friday, December 8, 2017


The Irish World, Wednesday, December 13, 2017




Donegal Now, Thursday, December 7, 2017


Clare FM, Thursday, December 7, 2017


Go Dublin, Thursday, December 7, 2017




 NPULouiseMulcahy 45 sec.m4v


The Irish Independent, Friday, December 8, 2017


Irish Daily Star, Friday, December 8, 2017


The Irish Times, Friday, December 8, 2017



l-r Niamh Landale, Brendan Gleeson, Irial Ó Casaide and Gay McKeon, CEO, pipers.ie in the background


l-r foreground Irial Ó Casaide, Brendan Gleeson and Niamh Landale
l-r background Gay McKeon, CEO, pipers.ie and Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD


l-r Irial O’Casaide, Gay McKeon, CEO, pipers.ie, Brendan Gleeson and Niamh Landale


l-r Niamh Landale and Brendan Gleeson


l-r Niamh Landale, Christine Sisk, Director, Culture Ireland, Brendan Gleeson and Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD and Irial Ó Casaide


Emmett Gill

UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping


 Worldwide recognition for Irish Pipes,

“The Sound of Ireland”, in new accolade from UNESCO

The UNESCO twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in the Republic of Korea’s Jeju island has ratified its decision to include Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This important global accolade reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity. UNESCO has now agreed that Irish Uilleann Piping – often referred to as “The Sound of Ireland” – merits this recognition. As a result, the distinctive Irish musical art-form joins such other cultural expressions as the Argentinian Tango, the Armenian Duduk and its music, and the Baul songs of Bangladesh.

Older than Guinness, the Uilleann Pipes descend from an instrument introduced in the 1740’s and were known as “The Irish Pipes”. A sophisticated instrument that provides more musical possibilities than any other type of bagpipe due to three different streams of sound, Uilleann Piping declined in the 19th century and was successfully revived in the 20th century.

Now in 2017, it’s a thriving art form in both Ireland and worldwide where it is celebrated in 50 countries and on six continents in places as diverse as Cuba, Finland, Australia, Argentina and Germany. There are more than three thousand Uilleann Pipers throughout the world, playing Irish music on this Irish instrument in dedicated clubs throughout Europe and in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Na Píobairí Uilleann (www.pipers.ie), the body dedicated to access, education, performance and preservation of Uilleann Piping and pipemaking, has announced free access to its online learning and performance portal in addition to a fascinating archive celebrating a rich cultural history http://pipers.ie/source/

The UNESCO announcement follows the Irish Government’s nomination of Uilleann Piping to the List.  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD said: “Today’s decision is testament to the community of Uilleann Pipers across the country who, since the 1960s, have succeeded in their mission to stop the decline in the playing and making of the uilleann pipes. The success today is a real community effort from Na Píobairí Uilleann, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, the Armagh Pipers Club, and other organisations and individuals who have contributed to the resurgence of interest in Uilleann Piping, in Ireland and around the world.”

“Ar an lá stairiúil seo, cuimhnímís ar na píobairí iomráiteacha a choinnigh an traidisiún seo beo – leithéidí Eamonn Ceannt, Willie Clancy, Seamus Ennis agus daoine nach iad. Is cinnte go mbeadh siad bródúil inniu as a gcuid oibre thar na blianta.”

Gay McKeon CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann (www.pipers.ie) and himself a celebrated player said: “Today is a global milestone for Uilleann Piping and shines a world-wide spotlight on The Irish Pipes. From movies to TV and now video games, there are new opportunities opening up all the time that showcase the versatility of the instrument and its distinctive sound.

We thank supporters for their enthusiasm and would encourage people to discover the pleasure of playing and attending performances at home and abroad.

“Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to thank the Irish Government for its UNESCO nomination and those officials of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht who accepted the case that was made for the nomination of Uilleann Piping, and who energetically promoted that cause. Also, the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaoin have been an invaluable source of support throughout the process and in our daily work.

Finally, we would like to thank the many groups and individual practitioners in the world of Uilleann Piping who support us – it’s an inspiring world-wide, community devoted to this wonderful music.”

You can view the UNESCO proceedings here:



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