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Cancellation of Annual Tionól and EGM 2020

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 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


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New Online Performance Series “Piping from the Parlour”

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.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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 🎶👉

Notes&Narratives is a monthly lecture/performance series which is streamed live on NPUTV & later added to


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Important Notice: Cancellation of Classes and Events Postponed Until 29th March

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 ( and phone (01 873 0093).



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Leo Rowsome Commemoration: Register for Classes & Reedmaking workshop this Saturday 29th Feb

You can register for classes taking place this Saturday 29th February at 15 Henrietta St by email ( or phone (01 873 0093). Places are subject to availability. 


Classes are part of a full programme of events for Leo Rowsome commemoration:

Classes 10.30am – 3.00pm

Uilleann Pipes
Joe Doyle
Sinéad Ní Allmhuráin
Joe McKenna

Teacher Development Workshop 2.00pm – 4.30pm

with Gay McKeon

Reedmaking 10.30am – 3.00pm

Joseph Byrne 

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Watch Lecture & Recital Live this Saturday 29th Feb

Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event Featuring Lecture by Mark Redmond and Recital of Pádraic Mac Mathúna, Louise Mulcahy and Colm Broderick

Watch Live on NPU-TV here

Lecture 8.00pm

Crossing Boundaries: An Insight into the Orchestral Endeavors of Liam O’Flynn 
A lecture by Mark Redmond followed by a performance from the Portlaoise Piping Quartet

Recital 9.30pm

Featuring Pádraic Mac Mathúna, Louise Mulcahy and Colm Broderick


Venue: 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1

Supported by The Arts Council


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New album release – Uilleann piping from County Waterford: Caoimhín Ó Fearghail

We are delighted to announce the release of the Ace and Deuce of Piping Volume 4 –  a solo recording by Caoimhín Ó Fearghail on concert pitch pipes. 

Available here from our shop:

Also available for digital download on Bandcamp at



Album Cover

Track Listing: 

  1. Mary McMahon/The Reel of Mullinavat 
  2.  Jigs: John Lydon’s / Nóra Chríonna
  3. Reels: The Fermoy Lasses / The One-Horned Cow / The Rambling Thatcher
  4. Air: Miss Brien an Chúilfhionn
  5. Set Dance/Hornpipe: Bonaparte’s Retreat / Callaghan’s Hornpipe
  6. Jigs: The Humours of Cloyne / Whelan’s Old Sow
  7. Air/Hornpipe: Cáit Ní Dhuibhir / The Stack of Wheat
  8. Reels: John Kelly’s Bean an Tincéara / Paddy Rafferty’s
  9. Hornpipe: Johnny Cope
  10. Jigs: Barrel Rafferty’s / The Humours of Castlelyons
  11. Reels: Jem Byrne’s / Johnny McGreevy’s / The Concert Reel
  12. Air: Lá ‘le Pádraig
  13. Jigs: Buachaillí Bhaile Mhic Anndáin / Luighseach Nic Cionnaith / Pádraig Mac Giollarnáth
  14. Reels: The Dunmore Lasses / The Boy in the Gap


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Job Opportunity: Musicians/Music Tutors – MUSIC GENERATION Galway County & Roscommon

–          MUSICIANS/ MUSIC TUTORS – MUSIC GENERATION Galway County & Roscommon


Further particulars and application forms are available from   


If interested in applying, please note the closing date for receipt of applications, by post only, is 12.00 p.m. on Friday, 22nd November, 2019.



–        CEOLTÓIRÍ / TEAGASCÓIRÍ CEOIL – MUSIC GENERATION Contae na Gaillimhe & Ros Comáin


Is féidir teacht ar bhreis sonraíochtaí poist agus foirm iarratais ag


Má tá spéis agat iarratas a chur isteach, tabhair faoi deara le do thoil gurb é an dáta deiridh le hiarratais a bheith faighte, sa phost amháin, ná an 12.00 i.n., Dé hAoine, 22 Samhain, 2019.

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Organisational Announcement

Na Píobairí Uilleann is pleased to appoint Clara Doose Grunefeld as Administrative Assistant effective 11th November 2019.

Clara who  has worked in sales administration in Germany and in retail in Ireland will bring her experience in both areas to NPU. Clara has a M.A. in Anthropology from Hamburg University. She has recently graduated with a HND in Traditional Irish Music Performance from Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Clara plays flute and concertina.

Clara will report to Anne-Marie Bell, Administrator at NPU and we congratulate her on her appointment and wish her a long, successful and fulfilling career with the organisation.

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