Home  »  News


Anne-Marie Bell

The Piper and The Earl at The National Library


Seamus Ennis, piper 1919-2019.

Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone 1550-1616.

Saturday 8th June 2019  12 noon – 4.30pm

The National Library, Kildare St, Dublin.


All welcome. Admission to all events is Free (first come, first served).


A special afternoon event of talks and music in the National Library commemorating the lives of two great Irish cultural and historical figures, Seamus Ennis and Hugh O’Neill.

This year marks the centenary of  the birth of Seamus Ennis, the celebrated uilleann piper, singer, collector and storyteller. Also a backward look into the turbulent history of Ireland in the late 16th Century and an examination of  the life of the Great O’Neill through music, drama and story.

12 noon – 12.30pm Professor Ciaran Brady TCD.  ‘The Life and Times of Hugh O’Neill’, Earl of Tyrone.

12.35 -  1.05pm Peter Browne, piper and former RTE producer. ‘The Life and Music of Seamus Ennis’.


Lunch Break


3.00 – 3.15pm  An introductory talk about Michael Holohan’s new double CD ‘The Road to Lough Swilly’ (Na Piobairí Uillleann commission) by Dr. Fintan Vallely, flautist, lecturer and author of the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork University Press, 2011.


3. 20 – 4.30 pm A Recital featuring Mick O’Brien, renowned uilleann piper and teacher, Donal O’Kelly, actor and playwright, The Boyne Valley Chamber Orchestra and Michael Holohan, composer, producer and musical director. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase.


With the support of The National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Council.


Fionntan Byrne

Liam O’Flynn Documentary on RTÉ


RTÉ recently released a documentary on Liam O’Flynn [1945 - 2018], former President of Na Píobairí Uilleann.

See this link to the RTÉ Player.

Emmett Gill

Annual Report 2018 now available


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

Anne-Marie Bell

Pipemaking at Ballyfermot College of Further Education



Following on from last years successful pilot programme in instrument making, Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) is pleased to announce that the college is now offering an instrument making strand as part of the college’s existing Higher National Diploma in  Music Performance Programme (Ceoltóir). The instrument making strand is run in cooperation with Na Píobairí Uilleann and commenced in September  2018.

This new programme in Musical Instrument Making and Performance is of 2 years duration and currently has 3 strands, Uilleann Pipe making, Flute making,  and Whistle making. The flute and whistle strands are taught by renowned flutemaker Hammy Hamilton and the pipemaking strand is taught  by Donnacha Dwyer on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann. All instrument making classes are taught in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre , Clonshaugh, D17.

The aim of this unique programme is to cater for a skills shortage within the traditional music community in terms of instrument making,  to enable students to develop their musical skills and understanding of Irish Traditional Music and to equip students with the skills and academic qualifications to enable them to have a successful career in music.

Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile are eligible for entry to the final year of  the  college’s BA (Hons) in Media Production Management programme  which is accredited by Dublin City University.


Applications to the Ceoltóir programme and to the instrument making strand can be made through the college website www.bcfe.ie .

For Further Information Please contact:

paul.mcgrattan@bcfe.ie  or (01) 6269421