Volume 12, issue 5, December 2016
Congratulations to Wilbert Garvin and Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh who recently became patrons of NPU. This honour was bestowed by the board in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by both Wilbert and Nollaig to the world of uilleann piping and NPU in particular. They bring to 18 the number of members who have been so honoured over the years – Séamus Ennis and Leo Rowsome being the first two in 1968. The number of patrons now stands at 5 as Wilbert and Nollaig join Néillidh Mulligan (1999), Dave Hegarty (2003) and Pat Mitchell (2005). It is a policy of the board that the number of patrons be kept at a level which would reflect the value of the honour..
International Uilleann Piping Day
hanks and well done to all who participated in, helped organise, or supported in any way, the recent successful International Uilleann Piping Day. It is now a firm fixture in our calendar and a meaningful way for pipers around the world to celebrate the truly international dimension that the uilleann pipes have assumed. Well done to Ken Lynam and his team for organising the event.
As we near the year end I would encourage members to renew their membership subscription if it has lapsed. This source of funds assists us in delivering on the many projects, publications and resources we complete and publish each year.
As 2016 comes to an end I would like to express our gratitude to The Arts Council for their continued support in helping us carry out progamme of work in furtherance of our aims. The worldwide membership, directors and the staff have contributed greatly to the goals of NPU during the year and with their work and support we can look forward to 2017 with confidence. Also, we are grateful to all of the teachers and volunteers who generously give freely of their time and to the NPU Support Group for their assistance with events such as our Sponsored Cycle to Miltown Malbay, The Ace & Deuce of Piping concert and International Uilleann Piping Day.
Well done to all who organised or participated in local piping events throughout the world which this year included the centenary commemorations of the events of Easter 1916. These afforded us the opportunity to reflect on the enormous contribution to piping made by Éamonn Ceannt. We will once again be cycling to Miltown Malbay in 2017 as we continue to raise funds for our PipeCraft Training Centre, so please consider getting involved. The annual cycle has proven to be a significant source of revenue for us and all efforts are much appreciated. Finally I wish all of you and your families a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every best wish for 2017.