Gay Mc Keon – CEO
Gay Mc Keon was on the Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann from 1987, when he became Secretary. He subsequently served for five years as Treasurer and was the Chairman from 2002 until 2006 when he took on the job of CEO. He comes from a Dublin family noted for their involvement in Irish music – his father Tom was one of the activists who kept the Dublin Pipers Club running in the mid years of the last century.
He is surrounded by piping; his brother Tomás and his two sons Conor and Sean also play. Along with his sons Gay has made two CDs, Irish Piping Tradition (1997 – CDGMK001) and The Dusty Miller (2005 – CDGMCK002)
Anne-Marie Bell – Administrator
Anne-Marie Bell joined Na Píobairí Uilleann in 2018 as Administrative Assistant and was appointed Administrator in 2019.
Anne-Marie was awarded with a B.A. in TSM Music and French at Trinity College Dublin, where she specialised in Linguistics and was active as Chairperson of the Traditional Irish Music Society.
She has previously worked in retail, in education as a foreign language tutor, and also enjoys teaching concertina and fiddle.
Emmett Gill – Archivist
Emmett Gill has been a piper and member of Na Píobairí Uilleann from an early age. He began piping at the London Pipers’ Club in Camden Town.
He has regularly taught for Na Píobairí Uilleann and served as a board member from 2011. His professional background is in administration and financial services.
Emmett has made two CDs, The Mountain Groves (2007) and a duet with fiddle player Jesse Smith The Rookery (2012).
Fionntan Byrne – Assistant Administrator (Education Programmes)
Fionntan Byrne comes from Belfast. He took up the pipes aged 17 and was taught by Tom Clarke. He has been a member of Na Píobairí Uilleann ever since. Fionntan has taught the pipes and performed regularly for Na Píobairí Uilleann over the past number of years. In 2017 he was recorded for their CD publication ‘A New Harvest’.
Fionntan holds a BA degree in History and Politics from Queen’s University, Belfast. He has experience working in retail and has also completed an internship with National Museums Northern Ireland. In his spare time, Fionntan volunteers as a youth worker in his home town of Belfast.
Clara Doose Grunefeld – Administrative Assistant
Clara Doose Grunefeld joined NPU as Administrative Assistant in 2019.
Clara has an M.A. in Anthropology from Hamburg University and is a graduate of the Ballyfermot College of Further Education HND programme in Traditional Irish Music Performance.
Clara has previously worked in sales administration in Germany and in retail in Ireland and plays flute and concertina.