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Registration for Evening Reedmaking Workshop now open

Reedmaking – 10 Week Evening Course with Alan O’Donoghue and Ultán Mac Gabhann

 NPU 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 

Time: Tuesday 8pm-9:30pm

Cost: €50 for 10 weeks

Commencing: Tuesday February 3rd 

Learn the art of reedmaking from two experienced reedmakers in this 8 week course commencing Tuesday 3rd February. Beginners and Intermediates welcome. All tools and materials will be provided. Over 16s only.

Register today by emailing

Supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Carolyne Lindsay
Irish Traditional Music Archive Appoints Successor to Nicholas Carolan

The Board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Grace Toland as the next Director of ITMA. She will take up office later this year. The current Director, Nicholas Carolan, co-founded the Archive in 1987 and has led its development into a leading repository of Irish cultural materials ( Nicholas is due to retire in mid-2015.
ITMA Chairman Dermot McLaughlin said ‘The Board of ITMA has been involved in planning this succession process for more than two years, and we are delighted that our recruitment campaign has produced this result. We knew that finding a successor to our founding Director, Nicholas Carolan, would not be easy. Our recruitment campaign went live in October 2014, and we are pleased with the quality of candidates who made it to the shortlist and final stages of the competitive selection process. The Board have every confidence that Grace Toland will use her extensive experience of working in libraries and archives along with her managerial skills, artistic credentials and performance profile to bring to this leadership role exactly the kind of vision and ambition that ITMA needs in this next exciting phase of its growth.’

Grace Toland
Grace Toland is a native of Inishowen, Co Donegal, a well known recorded traditional singer in English and Irish, and a familiar and respected figure on the traditional music scene. She has played a prominent role in sustaining and reviving traditional song in Inishowen. She holds honours qualifications in History, Archaeology, and Library & Information Studies, and her professional background includes the roles of Information Officer at Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Assistant Librarian of the School of Celtic Studies (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), and cataloguer of various library collections. She has recently been elected an Associate of the Library Association of Ireland. Since 2006 she has been Librarian of ITMA, where her responsibilities have included information management, collections care and user services, and international best practice. She is responsible for ITMA’s successful Inishowen Song Project microsite and her current projects include management of ITMA’s contribution to Europeana Sounds, an EU-funded project for improving public access to European audio materials.

Nicholas Carolan
Nicholas Carolan is the founding Director of ITMA which was established in 1987. Under his direction, ITMA has become Ireland’s principal archive and resource organisation for Irish traditional music, song and dance. ITMA is widely recognised as a leading and innovative expert organisation that plays an important role in the development of Ireland’s cultural and digital infrastructure. Above all, ITMA is a valued and respected resource for the community of traditional performers, audiences, researchers, broadcasters, academics and the general public. Under Nicholas Carolan’s direction, and through the success of the television series Come West along the Road (RTÉ) and Siar an Bóthar (TG4) which he has researched and presented since 1994, ITMA has been established as the largest repository in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music, song and dance. ITMA’s collections are unequalled anywhere in the world, and its catalogue and a large collection of digitised materials are now freely accessible online at Nicholas Carolan is due to retire in mid-2015, and the Board looks forward to continuing its relationship with him in the years ahead.

The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national public archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland. ITMA is funded mainly by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is housed in State-owned premises at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin. It holds for open public access the largest collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music and of information on the music, and actively makes selections from its holdings freely available worldwide.
Grace Toland’s appointment is the outcome of a planned succession and recruitment process that has been managed by the Board of ITMA; the process included public advertisement (31 October 2014), a written application process, shortlisting, first-stage interviews & presentations, and second-stage interviews that included an assessment of practical high level management tasks.
For further information, contact ITMA, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, tel. +353-(0)1-661 9699, email

Carolyne Lindsay
Na Píobairí Uilleann’s 1st Regional Tionól ‘Tionól Píobaireachta Thír Chonaill’

Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that we will be running our first regional piping tionól in Dunlewey Co. Donegal, titled, Tionól Píobaireachta Thír Chonaill from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of February 2015. The venue will be the Óige Hostel in Dunlewey (Brú na hÓige, Dún Lúiche) and some events will also take place in the new community centre next to the hostel.

Tionól Píobaireachta Thír Chonaill (Gaeilge thíos)

Errigal Youth Hostel, Dunlewey Co. Donegal

20-22 February 2015

• Friday 20th February •

8:30pm Young Pipers Recital

9:30pm Pipers Chair

• Saturday 21st February •

10am-1pm/2pm-3:30pm Classes

Reedmaking (Concert Pitch) with Martin Gallen

Reedmaking (Flat) with Martin Preshaw

Pipes Maintenance with Ray Sloan

Piping Classes with Brian Stafford, Conor Day and Martin Crossin

3:30pm-5:30pm Pipemakers Showcase

3:30pm-5:30pm Try the Pipes

7pm Pipers Recital

With Paul Harrigan, Róisín Harrigan, Síle Friel, Briain O’Domhnaill  & Aoife Nic Lochlainn

9pm Pipers Chair

led by Ciarán Mac Feidhlimidh

• Sunday 22nd February •

11am Pipers Chair 

Tionól Píobaireachta Thír Chonaill

Brú Óige na hEaragaile, Dún Lúiche Co. Thír Chonaill

20-22 Mí Feabhra 2015

• Dé hAoine 20 Feabhra •

8:30pm Ceolchoirm na bPíobairí Óga

9:30pm Cathaoir an Phíobaire

• Dé Sathairn 21 Feabhra •

10am-1pm/2pm-3:30pm Ranganna

Ríd-dhéanamh (Airde Ceolchoirme) le Martin Gallen

Ríd-dhéanamh (Airde Mhaol) le Martin Preshaw

Cothabháil Píbe le Ray Sloan

Ranganna Píobaireachta le Brian Stafford, Conor Day & Martin Crossin

3:30pm-5:30pm Sárthaispeántas Píbdhéantóra

3:30pm-5:30pm Bain triail as na Píoba

7pm Ceolchoirm

Le Paul Harrigan, Róisín Harrigan, Síle Friel, Briain O’Domhnaill & Aoife Nic Lochlainn

9pm Cathaoir an Phíobaire

Le Ciarán Mac Feidhlimidh

• Dé Domhnaigh 22 Feabhra •

11am Cathaoir an Phíobaire

For more information please contact NPU on

Supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Údaras na Gaeltachta and Ealaín na Gaeltachta

Carolyne Lindsay
Dearcán Media Documentary on Na Píobairí Uilleann

The documentary on the foundation and history of NPU will be shown on TG4 on the 21st Jan (Weds) at 9.30pm, and again on the 25th (Sun) at 17.55pm. The film, produced by Dearcán Media for TG4, tells the story of the 1968 gathering that brought the uilleann pipes back from the point of extinction.

Featuring interviews and performances from leading pipers, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Moloney, Sean Óg Potts, Seán Potts senior, Peter Browne, Gay McKeon, Pat Mitchell, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Néillidh Mulligan and Brian Vallely among others, the film is also augmented by archive recordings taken at the original 1968 gathering.

TG4 Documentary Smaller

Carolyne Lindsay
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE? TG4’s new talent show is looking for Ireland’s Top Busker

Calling all singers and musicians in Ireland! It’s time to take the busking turf wars to the next level in TG4’s new talent search show looking for Ireland’s top busker.

Everyday, on every main street in Ireland, singers and musicians busk for the public. Now they’ll have the chance to busk to the nation.

If you’ve performed on the street, or in front of a small or large audience; whether it’s just you with a guitar, or a group of singers or musicians, then this is the stage for you.

The series will be recorded in RTÉ Studios in late February, but applications for the show are being accepted now. From the applications, 100 acts will be chosen for the recordings and they will have their chance to showcase their talent to the nation.

Over the series a panel of 3 expert judges, from the world of music and song, will whittle all the acts down to an elite group of 10. The Top 10 will then battle it out, head to head, for the title of Ireland’s Top Busker and a cash prize. Competition is open to all ages.

To apply for the series, please call 01-284 3877 or email

Carolyne Lindsay
Web Orders over the Christmas Holidays

Please note that there will be a delay in processing all web orders placed on or after Friday December 19th until the New Year due to An Post postal dates and staff holidays

Carolyne Lindsay
Piping Classes at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair

Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that we will be working in partnership with Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair this year to provide uilleann pipe workshops for the Winter School. NPU will be fostering the great tradition of piping in the area which is associated with An Píobaire Mór, Tarlach Mac Suibhne, who is buried in Gaoth Dobhair. There will be three levels of piping classes, with Conor Day providing an opportunity to “Try it out”, Síle Friel helping those at an intermediate stage in their playing, and Gay McKeon guiding the advanced players.

Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Daobhair will provide pipers with a great opportunity to improve their skills and enhance their tune repertoire. Pipers are recommended to register early for these classes.

As well as piping classes, Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair will be offering classes in a wide range of other instruments and cultural activities. All tutors for this event – chosen not just for the calibre of their playing and teaching, which is central to the success of the School, but also for their individual connections with the area and/or its music – are as follows:

Fiddle: Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Bríd Harper and Clare Friel

Flute: Tara Diamond and Harry Bradley

Tin whistle: Anna Friel and Maureen McGrattan

Accordion: Danny O’Mahony

Concertina: Míchéal Ó Raghallaigh

Singing: Máire Ní Choilm

Dancing: Edwina Guckian

Guitar: Seamie O’Dowd

Bodhrán: Seamus O’Kane

For more information please see or contact

Carolyne Lindsay
***Christmas Postal Dates 2014***

Please note the last posting dates to ensure delivery before Christmas;

Republic of Ireland Last Posting Date
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 20
Registered Post December 20
Express Post December 22

Northern Ireland Last Posting Date
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 20
Registered Post December 20
Express Post December 22

Great Britain Last Posting Date
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 19
Registered Post December 19
International Courier Service* December 19

Europe Last Posting Date
Standard Post Letters December 19
Standard Post Parcels December 13
Registered Post December 18
International Courier Service* December 19

USA Last Posting Date
Standard Post Letters December 11
Standard Post Parcels December 6
Registered Post December 6
International Courier Service* December 19

Rest of the World Last Posting Date
Standard Post Letters & Parcels December 6
Registered Post December 6
International Courier Service* December 19

Please note International mail delivery times are estimates and subject to local postal operator delays and will not be organised by NPU.

Carolyne Lindsay
Tairiscintí á lorg do sheirbhísí margaíochta

Tairiscintí á lorg do sheirbhísí margaíochta

Tá conradh ar luach suas le €200,000 ar tairiscint ag Cumann na bhFoilsitheoirí le margaíocht agus poiblíocht a dhéanamh ar leabhair Ghaeilge thar tréimhse dhá bhliain.
Níor mhór d’iarrthóirí na cáilíochtaí seo a leanas a bheith acu:
• Taithí chruthaithe i réimse na margaíochta;
• Ardchaighdeán Gaeilge agus Béarla, idir labhartha agus scríofa;
• Taithí ríomhaireachta agus eolas ar phacáistí éagsúla, chomh maith le taithí ar na meáin shóisialta;
• Ceadúnas iomlán tiomána agus úsáid cairr.
Seol iarratais ar rphost chuig: roimh 19 Samhain.
Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ón seoladh thuas nó ar

Carolyne Lindsay
National Lottery Piece on NPU and Music Generation NOW ONLINE!

We are delighted to announce that  the piece on NPU and Music Generation that was shown on Winning Streak last Saturday has been uploaded to SOURCE and is available on our website  and MOVINGCLOUD app

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