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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

Anne-Marie Bell

Uilleann Pipe Classes January 2019


Classes at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 will be recommencing on the 22nd of  January 2019, catering to all levels.

For new registrations and any further information about these classes please email info@pipers.ie or phone +353 1 873 0093.

Anne-Marie Bell

Call for Music Generation Development Officer, Roscommon


Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) is currently inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer, Roscommon.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms: 12 noon, Monday 17 December, 2018

For application and more details, see:  https://www.musicgeneration.ie/news/article/opportunity-music-generation-development-officer-roscommon-re-advertisement/

Anne-Marie Bell

Uilleann Pipe Competition at Holywood Music Festival


Wednesday 14 November , Queen’s Leisure Complex Studio, Holywood

For more information, see https://www.holywoodmusicfestival.com