Gay Mc Keon – CEO

Gay McKeon playing the uilleann pipesGay 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







Daniela Ferretti – Administrator

Daniela Ferretti playing the uilleann pipesDaniela Ferretti is an uilleann piper. She studied Contemporary Music at the University of Macerata, Italy before moving to Dublin where she worked in the advertising industry. She has assisted NPU as a volunteer for International Uilleann Piping Day over the past ten years.  








Emmett Gill – Archivist

Emmett Gill in Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta StEmmett 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 playing the uilleann pipes at Na Píobairí UilleannFionntan 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 FhionnghaileEllie Níc Fhionnghaile is a fiddle player and singer from Donegal with a keen interest in the arts and Irish language. She is completing a Masters in Music Research and holds a BA (Hons) Degree 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. 







Éanna Harrington – Administrative Assistant

Éanna Harrington pictured with his set of uilleann pipesÉanna Harrington’s first taste of the pipes came at age 11 under the tutelage of Pádraig Sinnott. A native of Co. Wexford, Éanna sites his influences to Wexford pipers specifically Ned Wall, Brendan Wickham and Mark Redmond. He studied History & Nua-Ghaeilge at Maynooth University and spent a number of years working in the agricultural sector. 

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Staff images by Des Gallagher