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Apr
9
Anne-Marie Bell
NPU extends congratulations to Louise Mulcahy on receipt of Markievicz Award from The Arts Council
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Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann, 9 April 2021 

 

Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to convey its congratulations to uilleann piper Louise Mulcahy who today was presented with The Arts Council’s Markievicz Award by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD.

From a well-known musical family in Abbeyfeale on the Limerick-Kerry border, Louise has performed and recorded extensively both in Ireland and internationally, with her father, Mick and sister, Michelle. As a solo artist, Louise’s first solo production, ‘Tuning the Road’ was released in 2014 and she was part of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s ‘A New Dawn’ publication of young pipers released in 1999.

A leading researcher into the history of women in uilleann piping, Louise has been an active member of Na Píobairí Uilleann since first attending classes as a student and is now a regular contributor as a teacher and performer. Louise frequently performs on the prestigious Alain Froment set of pipes on loan from NPU bequeathed to the organisation by the late Liam O’Flynn.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Na Píobairí Uilleann Chief Executive Gay McKeon commented: “On behalf of NPU and indeed the piping community I’d like to pass on our very best wishes to Louise who has been a wonderful ambassador for piping and traditional music and a most worthy recipient of this significant award. I wish her the very best in her continued musical and research endeavours.”

Administered by The Arts Council on behalf of the Dept. of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, The Markievicz Award, worth €25,000 to recipients, was established to honour Constance Markievicz – herself an artist – as the first woman to be elected to Parliament and appointed to cabinet and is intended to provide support for artists from all backgrounds and genres to provide time and space in order to develop new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the decade of centenaries 2012–2023 and beyond.

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers, was founded in 1968 when there were fewer than 100 uilleann pipers remaining. Today NPU is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to Sharing the Sound of Ireland through Access, Education, Performance and Preservation.

Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin, in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition, as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – PipeCraft – was established in 2011 to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipe making.

NPU is accredited to UNESCO as a competent NGO in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

NPU lobbied the Irish Government to ratify the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage which resulted in the inclusion of Uilleann Piping on the UNESCO representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2017.

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

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Mar
31
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Job Vacancy at Na Píobairí Uilleann – Administrative Assistant
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Please see attached document for more information.

Letter of application together with detailed CV addressed to The Administrator, Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, D01N504 or by email to annemarie@pipers.ie to arrive not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 16th April 2021. 

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Dec
23
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Merry Christmas – Beannachtaí na Nollag
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We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members and pipers worldwide from the board and staff at Na Píobairí Uilleann. 

Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh agus Athbhliain faoi Shéan agus faoi Shíocháin daoibh go léir. 

Thanks to our members, volunteers and participants for their support this year. We look forward to 2021 and hope that you can join us throughout the year for our events and activities. If you would like to keep updated, be sure to follow our website and social media pages, or get in touch with us at info@pipers.ie. 

Nov
10
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Funding Opportunities for Traditional Artists
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To support individual artists and the wider arts sector in Ireland, we will keep our site visitors and members updated on funding opportunities that may be of interest.

Below is a list of current funding opportunities available to traditional artists:

  1. COVID-19 Completion Funding Scheme 2020

  2. Professional Development Award

3. Local Authority Arts Offices and the Arts Council of Ireland announce PLATFORM 31

A nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council 

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (LAAOs), in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work.

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a peer network. 

The scheme will establish a peer networking framework for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. The exact nature of this artist support framework will be informed by the proposals and interests of the 31 artists selected. The award is open to artists of any discipline and practice, based in Ireland, as well as multi-disciplinary practice and design of all kinds. It is designed to support mid-career artists who must have been in receipt of support/investment from a Local Authority Arts Office or the Arts Council within the last three years.  

Note: As these are non-NPU funding opportunities, please see the relevant website for the latest information and eligibility requirements. 

Sep
4
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Uilleann Pipes Classes 15 Henrietta Street
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We are now taking registration of interest for classes at our 15 Henrietta Street HQ, due to commence on Tuesday 29th September 2020. This is subject to government measures surrounding COVID-19.

Please email info@pipers.ie for more details.

Places are subject to availability. 

Beginners welcome.

Aug
27
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Pipe Making Mentoring Programme in Honour of Leo Rowsome
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Thanks to the support of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to announce an uilleann pipe making mentoring programme. The programme will provide one-to-one mentoring to emerging pipe makers over an intensive one-week period.
The mentoring programme will take place between September 2020 and February 2021. Na Píobairí Uilleann will take into account all COVID-19 guidelines from HSE/Government.

The programme is named in honour of Leo Rowsome, uilleann piper, uilleann pipes teacher, and master uilleann pipes maker whose work continues to provide inspiration and set an example of excellence to pipe makers today. 20th September 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of his death.

Applications must be returned to info@pipers.ie by 5PM (IST) on Friday 11th September 2020.

Application forms are available here

Word: Application

PDF:Application

Aug
21
Anne-Marie Bell
Cancellation of Annual Tionól and EGM 2020
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Due to recent restrictions announced by the Irish Government, Na Píobairí Uilleann have decided in conjunction with Management at the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan, that Tionól 2020 scheduled for 11th – 13th September will not now take place and is cancelled. Where bookings have been made, the hotel should be contacted directly for cancellations at info@farnhamarmshotel.com or by phone +353 (049) 433 2577.

An online Tionól 2020 will take place instead, details of this will be announced shortly.

Please also note that the EGM planned for September 12th 2020 has been cancelled. A notice of an alternative date will be communicated to NPU Members in due course.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused and we hope that you and yours continue to stay safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Anne-Marie Bell

Administrator

Jun
3
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New Online Performance Series “Piping from the Parlour”
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We are delighted to announce the launch of “Piping from the Parlour”, a new series of online videos featuring various uilleann pipers.
 
The artists perform from their own homes and these are brought to you via our Facebook page at 8pm (IST).
The series started on Tuesday 21st April and is broadcast every other day.
 
Here is the schedule of the performances (all times listed are IST):
  • 21/04/2020 8pm – Tommy Keane
  • 23/04/2020 8pm – Colm Broderick
  • 25/04/2020 8pm – Louise Mulcahy
  • 27/04/2020 8pm – Leonard Barry
  • 29/04/2020 8pm – Rita Farrell
  • 01/05/2020 8pm – Seán Gavin
  • 03/05/2020 8pm – Tom Creegan
  • 05/05/2020 8pm – Michael ‘Blackie’ O’Connell
  • 07/05/2020 8pm – Amy Campbell
  • 11/05/2020 8pm – Jimmy O’Brien Moran
  • 13/05/2020 8pm – Ronan Browne
  • 15/05/2020 8pm – Peter Laban
  • 17/05/2020 8pm – Sheila Friel
  • 19/05/2020 8pm – Gregorio Bellodi
  • 21/05/2020 8pm – Pádraic Keane
  • 23/05/2020 8pm – Deb Quigley
  • 25/05/2020 8pm – Colleen Shanks
  • 27/05/2020 8pm –  Pamela Schweblin
  • 29/05/2020 8pm – Joseph Byrne
  • 31/05/2020 8pm – Seán McKiernan
  • 02/06/2020 8pm – Cillian Vallely
  • 06/06/2020 8pm – Tom Delany
  • 08/06/2020 8pm – Michael Stribling
  • 10/06/2020 8pm – Martin Nolan
  • 12/06/2020 8pm – Barry Kerr
  • 14/06/2020 8pm – Kara Doyle
  • 16/06/2020 8pm – Preston Wilde
  • 18/06/2020 8pm – Heather Clarke
  • 20/06/2020 8pm – Lachlan McKibbin
  • 22/06/2020 8pm – Marion McCarthy
  • 24/06/2020 8pm – Maeve O’Donnell
  • 26/06/2020 8pm – Donnchadh Gough
  • 30/06/2020 8pm – Jason Rouse
  • more artists will be confirmed
 
The full series will be available for viewing on our online Archive at a later date. You can also watch all past episodes on Facebook, you don’t have to be signed up to see them!
 
Our thanks goes to The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon for making this possible.
 
 
Mar
17
Anne-Marie Bell
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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We wish all of our visitors and members a Happy St.Patrick’s Day! 

For all of you at home, whether that’s in Ireland or elsewhere, we’d like to share a few archival items with you to mark the day: 

Since there’s no parade this year, here’s something to lift the spirits – an image taken at a St.Patrick’s Day parade in the late 1940s / early 1950s.
Photographed is Pat & Jim Brophy (Pipes), Tom Brophy (Accordion), Jim Seery (Fiddle), Betty Nevin (Dancer) outside the GPO, Dublin.
Thanks to Brendan Collins for sharing this photo with us!

 

 

If you’re stuck at home this St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a Notes & Narratives with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh from March 2012 that may be of interest. Watch “The Stories, Songs, Music and Dance of St. Patrick” on our online archive 🎶👉https://bit.ly/2U8vXs9

Notes&Narratives is a monthly lecture/performance series which is streamed live on NPUTV & later added to www.pipers.ie/source

 

Mar
12
Anne-Marie Bell
Important Notice: Cancellation of Classes and Events Postponed Until 29th March
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In light of recent Government measures announced on Thursday 12th March, Na Píobairí Uilleann are cancelling all classes occurring up to 29th March and postponing March events until further notice.
 
Our premises at 15 Henrietta Street and Pipecraft (Clonshaugh) will close to the public from Friday 13th March. 

 

We are still contactable via email (info@pipers.ie) and phone (01 873 0093).
 

 

 

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