Volume 13, issue 3, August 2017

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Tionól 2017 in Tramore
The Tionól in The Majestic Hotel, Tramore was again a most enjoyable event and was the third in a row at this venue.  The 2018 Tionól will take place in Dublin next year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our founding and the dates for your diary are 25th, 26th & 27th of May 2018..

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
Safe to say that SSWC saw the major gathering of pipers from all parts of Ireland and from around the world to celebrate the legacy of a unique piper. NPU’s organisation of the piping element of the school ensured a rewarding week for all involved. We must thank our staff for the excellent planning and programming that went into the smooth running of the classes, recitals and workshops. The piping programme in Miltown is reflective of the various aspects of our strategy by which we measure our progress in promoting uilleann piping.
Access to the instrument was ensured by providing ten practice sets to first time students during the week. Beginners are not catered for on any other instrument at SSWC. Education was provided with tuition in the piping classes at all levels from complete beginner to advanced players. Tuition was also provided in specific classes for regulator playing and slow air playing as well as a workshop in reedmaking. Performance opportunities were afforded to 20 pipers during the week. Ten played at the main piping recital and another ten (including 5 young players) played at the lunchtime concerts which were again well attended and a great success. Preservation of those twenty performances was ensured by the ITMA’s filming of the proceedings and copies will be passed to NPU and made available on our website. Note that next year’s SSWC will start almost a week later on Saturday 7th July 2018.

Reels on Wheels Challenge 2017
Your support is appreciated for those who participated in the 260k cycle form Dublin to Miltown Malbay to raise money in support of our many projects and programmes. The everydayhero.com account is still open so online payments can still be facilitated.  Our thanks and congratulations is due to the small group of 11 cyclists who raised €6,000 and this brings to almost €106,000 the amount raised by the cycle over the years.  It is a significant source of revenue for NPU to enable us to carry out our objectives.  We also acknowledge the valuable fundraising done in advance of the cycle to kickstart the campaign by board member Sorcha Potts and her colleague Jacqui Martin.

Scholarship recipients
Congratulations to those who successfully applied for scholarships.  The recipients participated in the piping classes at the designated Summer Schools in Miltown Malbay, East Durham, N.Y., Tubbercurry, Achill Island, Drumshambo and Letterkenny.

Ace and Deuce of Piping Concert 2017
Our annual concert will take place on Saturday September 30th 2017. It is NPU’s showcase concert of traditional music, song and dance. Members are asked to promote the event and attend if possible. Now firmly established as one of the premier events in the traditional music calendar it features an impressive lineup of traditional performers year after year.

International Uilleann Piping Day 2017
This year’s event takes place on Saturday 4th November 2017 (note the change of date) and pipers around the world are invited to celebrate International Uilleann Piping Day for the seventh time. It continues to grow each year and last year we had pipers participating in almost 50 locations around the world. It is a great opportunity for pipers in an area who might not ordinarily meet up to get together and to promote Uilleann piping in their local communities.

Breandán Breathnach Commemoration
This will place on Saturday 2nd December 2017 and celebrates the memory of one of the key figures in the founding of NPU. Members should be aware of a collection of over two hundred tunes in Breandán’s own hand from 1957 which was unearthed recently in our archive and is now available on our online digital archive Source.

Board, Officers and Committees
The outgoing officers were reelected to their respective positions at the first meeting of the new board on 16th June last: Tommy Keane (Chair), Noel Pocock (Secretary) and Ken Lynam (Treasurer). Membership of board committees was also decided at the meeting. Governance Committee: Tommy Keane (Chair), Noel Pocock, Kieran O’Hare, Donncha O’Dwyer and Danny McGreevy. Audit Committee: Ken Lynam (Chair), Tommy Keane and Kieran O’Hare.

Future board members
Members are asked to consider making a contribution to NPU at board level. Current board members would be happy to answer any questions and to give information as to what is involved. At present board members are eligible to seek re-election for a second term and must contest an election – if there are any nominations from the membership. The change in our articles at the 2015 AGM in relation to board rotation will be felt in particular from 2019 on when two board members per year will retire having served two terms and will not be eligible to seek re-election.

An Píobaire
It has been decided to change the publishing schedule for An Píobaire. Starting with this issue, the magazine will be published four times a year, in the 1st week of February, 1st week of May, 2nd week of August and 2nd week of November. To compensate for the reduced frequency, the size is being increased by 50%, to 48 pages. This will allow for lengthier articles than was possible in the past.

Tommy Keane


Back issues of AN PÍOBAIRE

Volume 13 – 2017
Volume 12 – 2016
Volume 11 – 2015
Volume 10 – 2014
Volume 9 – 2013
Volume 8 – 2012
Volume 7 – 2011
Volume 6 – 2010
Volume 5 – 2009
Volume 4 – 1999-2008
Volume 3 – 1989-1999
Volume 2 – 1978-1989
Volume 1 – 1969-1978