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 was awarded with a B.A. in TSM Music and French at Trinity College Dublin.
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.
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile – Administrative Assistant
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile is a fiddle player and singer from Donegal with a keen interest in the arts and Irish language. She has recently completed a Masters in Music Research and holds a BA (Hons) Degree Level in Applied Music with a specialisation in Ethnomusicology from Dundalk Institute of Technology. Ellie has also worked in retail and as a fiddle and song teacher.
Maeve Gillen – Administrative Assistant
Maeve, a fiddle player and uilleann piper, has recently completed a BA (Hons) Degree Level 8 in Media Production Management at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Maeve has also worked in retail and service industries and as a teacher of Irish Traditional music. She received a HND in Irish Traditional Music Performance in 2020 which included a module in uilleann pipemaking.