Volume 13, issue 2, April 2017
It’s time to start planning (and training) for the annual sponsored cycle to Miltown Malbay. It will take place over two days again this year on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July. We need to replicate the outstanding outcome achieved by last year’s cyclists and that task will be made easier if we can increase the number of participants in the cycle this year. Last year’s cycle raised €10,000 and brings to over €90,000 the amount raised by the cyclists over the past since 2010 making it a most significant source of funding for us. We very much appreciate the support of all participants and organisers. Many of the cyclists are not pipers or members of NPU but support what we do so please consider taking part or at least sponsoring one of the cyclists.
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy begins this year on Saturday 1 July and those planning to take classes are advised to avail of the online registration procedure which is now available on our website. Tuition in piping, reed making, slow air playing and regulator playing will be available again this year as part of the piping programme for the week. Classes will run from Monday 3 July to Saturday 8 July.
A number of scholarships are available again this year for SSWC and other Summer Schools. Details can be found on our website and the closing date for NPU Summer School Scholarship applications is Friday 28 April 2017.
Members wishing to seek election to the board at the AGM in Tramore on Saturday 27 May next are reminded of the procedure required to be eligible to stand. NPU must receive two written notices not more than 21 days nor less than 3 days before the date of the AGM as follows:
(1) From a proposer stating their intention to propose a candidate at the AGM.
(2) From the candidate stating their willingness to be elected.
Both the candidate and the proposer must be members of NPU and be present at the AGM.
NPU is lucky to be blessed with dedicated and hardworking staff based in Henrietta St. This team of just four people services the needs of our worldwide membership as well as being “on the ground” at the many events we organise or take part in throughout the year. A list was drawn up some time ago of how board members might assist the staff/NPU in various ways but it should be noted that it is not necessary to be on the board in order to contribute. Many members are already involved and volunteer in various capacities but the wider membership might consider lending a hand in any of the following ways: submit articles for inclusion in An Píobaire, assist with fundraising, promote piping in your area, participate in or assist at NPU events e.g. International Uilleann Piping Day, Sponsored Cycle to Miltown, Try the Pipes, annual & regional tionóil, National Music Day and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy. Dublin based members might consider the following list of events at which assistance is always required: Ceol sa Chlub, weekly classes in Henrietta Street, Session with the Pipers, The Ace and Deuce of Piping, Leo Rowsome & Breandán Breathnach commemorative events. A multitude of tasks – big and small – are carried out at these events, which all contribute to making them a success and any assistance would help lighten the load of the few who are involved on a regular basis.