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Carlow piper Colm Broderick wins Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to convey its congratulations to Carlow piper Colm Broderick on the receipt of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal last weekend.

Colm Broderick, 22, comes from Graiguecullen in Carlow.  He is an All-Ireland winning uilleann piper, and is in demand as a teacher too. Colm plays a set of pipes loaned to him by Na Píobairí Uilleann that were made by Leo Rowsome in 1936. This set belonged to Seán Reid, and was previously loaned to piping legends including Willie Clancy, and Liam O’Flynn.

Speaking of his win, Colm said: “I’m grateful and humbled to have been selected as the winner, because the standard of musicianship was so high. Peadar Ó Riada has done a great job developing a competition like this which is friendly and supportive to musicians, which is not always the case. It’s an honour to be in possession of these historic pipes, and this award will keep me motivated to keep playing them as best as I can.  To win the Seán Ó Riada medal on them was really something special.” 


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PipeCraft Course: Fabrication of Bore Probes with Conor Roche-Lancaster in May 2021
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We are happy to announce a new PipeCraft course “Fabrication of Bore Probes” with Conor Roche-Lancaster.

The course will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May 2021 (two days), 9.30am – 4.30pm each day at Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh.

This course will cover the topic of measuring probes, and will include basic metrology relating to probes, probe design and fabrication, and best practices for using measuring probes.

The course costs €110 for members and €150 for non members (costs are per participant). Places are strictly limited. To register your interest or for more information please contact or call +353 1 8730093.

All courses currently taking place at PipeCraft do so in full compliance with guidelines from Government and the HSE to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Increased measures are in now place, including limiting numbers in the workshop, physical distancing where possible, increased ventilation, the wearing of face coverings, high standards of hand and respiratory hygiene, contact tracing and self-declaration. By registering for any such courses you agree to comply with the measures put in place by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

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Annual Tionól 2021 – online registrations are now open

We will hold our Annual Tionól 2021 online this year on 28th and 29th of May, including reedmaking and piping workshops, young piper’s recital and piping recital. See full schedule here.

Online registrations can be made through our online shop here. To register for the lecture, please email

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Scholarship Process Open Until 30th April 12 noon!

Na Píobairí Uilleann will award 15 scholarships this year that include a course of private tuition with an established piper to take place via Zoom or similar online platform. Scholarship recipients will also receive a range of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s publications and learning resources.

The scholarship process is now open to all pipers under 20 years of age and we welcome applications from young pipers all around the globe. Closing date is midday Friday 30th April 2021. Applications must be supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant.

Visit for application form with full terms and conditions and for more information.


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Na Píobairí Uilleann welcomes pipers Patricia Logan and Rita Farrell onto new Board

Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann – Irish version see below.

Friday April 16, 2021

Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to welcome uilleann pipers Patricia Logan and Rita Farrell onto its Board. Both women were approved at a meeting of the NPU Board this evening.

As a previous long-serving Board member Logan, from Athlone in Co Westmeath, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the governing body of the Association. She worked in the further education sector in Dublin as a teacher and deputy principal for over 30 years before taking early retirement in 2018.

A former student of the pipes in NPU in the 1980s, Logan is married to well-known pipe-maker Donncha Keegan and lives in Leixlip in Co Kildare.

Farrell, a native of London with Irish parents, first began her involvement with traditional music at a young age in the city under the guidance of Marian Gill and Damien Mullane before learning the pipes from leading uilleann piper Emmet Gill.

A previous recipient of the NPU Scholarship Scheme for young students of the instrument, Farrell is a graduate in architecture from Queen’s University Belfast where she conducted research into soundscapes in Irish music as part of her Masters programme. She is currently practising in London.

A regular public performer on the pipes, Farrell features on NPU’s, The Rolling Wave, A New Generation of Pipers CD. She has since become a prominent member of the London music scene and continues to teach from her home in the city.

Speaking about the appointments, NPU Chairman Caoimhín Mac Aoidh said: “On behalf of the Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann I’m delighted to welcome Patricia Logan and Rita Farrell. Patricia’s authoritative knowledge of the NPU governing structure and uilleann piping in general will be extremely valuable to the new Board while Rita’s perspective as a young practitioner will help shape our efforts to support the piping community and the ambitious programme laid out by the staff of NPU under the Executive leadership of Gay McKeon.”

For further information contact Clara Grunefeld  tel: +353-1-8730093

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 when there were less 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 pipemaking.

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

W: P: 00353(0)1 8730093 


Fearann Na Píobairí Uilleann fáilte roimh na píobairí Patricia Logan agus Rita Farrell chuig an mBord Nua.

Preaseisiúint de chuid Na bPíobairí Uilleann

Dé hAoine 16 Aibreán, 2021

Tá an-áthas ar Na Píobairí Uilleann fáilte a fhearadh roimh na píobairí Patricia Logan agus Rita Farrell chuig an mBord. Glacadh le hainmniúchán na beirte ban ag cruinniú de chuid Bhord NPU tráthnóna.

Chaith Logan, arb as Baile Átha Luain i gContae na hIarmhí di, tréimhse fhada mar bhall den bhord roimhe seo, agus tá neart taithí agus eolais le tairiscint aici do bhord stiúrtha an Chomhlachais. Tá breis agus tríocha bliain caite aici ag obair san earnáil oideachais i mBaile Átha Cliath agus í ina múinteoir agus ina leasphríomhoide. Chuaigh sí ar luathscor sa bhliain 2018.

Ba dhalta píobaireachta de chuid NPU í Logan sna 1980idí agus tá sí pósta leis an bpíobaire aitheanta Donncha Keegan. Tá cónaí uirthi i Léim an Bhradáin i gContae Chill Dara.

Is as Londain ó dhúchas do Farrell, arb as Éirinn dá tuismitheoirí, agus is sa chathair sin a thosaigh sí ag foghlaim an cheoil thraidisiúnta agus í óg, faoi stiúir Marian Gill agus Damien Mullane. Thosaigh sí ag foghlaim na bpíob ina dhiaidh sin leis an bpíobaire aitheanta Emmet Gill.

Bronnadh scéim scoláireachta NPU d’fhoghlaimeoirí óga na huirlise ar Farrell, agus bhain sí céim ailtireachta amach i gColáiste na Banríona, Béal Feirste, mar a ndearna sí taighde ar fhuaimdhreacha an cheoil thraidisiúnta mar chuid dá céim mháistreachta. Tá sí ag obair i Londain faoi láthair.

Bíonn Farrell ag seinnim go minic ar an bpíb agus tá sí le cloisteáil ar The Rolling Wave, A New Generation of Pipers, ceirnín de chuid NPU. Is ball aitheanta de phobal ceoil Londain í agus bíonn sí ag múineadh óna baile sa chathair sin.

Ag caint dó ar na ceapacháin, dúirt Cathaoireach NPU, Caoimhín Mac Aoidh: ‘Thar ceann Bhord na bPíobairí Uilleann tá an-áthas orm fáilte a fhearadh roimh Patricia Logan agus Rita Farrell. Beidh eolas údarásach Logan ar struchtúr stiúrtha NPU agus ar an bpíobaireacht go ginearálta ina bhuntáiste don Bhord nua, agus cuideoidh peirspictíocht Rita mar cheoltóir óg lenár gcuid iarrachtaí tacaíocht a chur ar fáil don phobal píobaireachta agus leis an gclár uaillmhianach tá leagtha amach ag meitheal NPU faoi cheannasaíocht fheidhmiúcháin Gay McKeon.

Is féidir tuilleadh eolais a fháil ach glaoch ar Clara Grunefeld  guthán: +353-1-8730093.

Eolas faoi Na Píobairí Uilleann

Bunaíodh Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) in 1968 ag an am a cheaptar nach raibh ach thar ar 100 píobaire uilleann fágtha sa tír. Ach is eagraíocht atá faoi bhláth inniu í agus é mar aidhm aici Fuaim na hÉireann a Roinnt trí Rochtain, trí Oideachas, trí Thaibhiú agus trí Chaomhnú.

Ón am ar oscail NPU a áitreabh i dteach Seoirseach athchóirithe i 15 Sráid Henrietta, Baile Átha Cliath in 2007 tá sé ag freastal ar an éileamh atá ag fás gan stad ar oiliúint rialta ar an uirlis. Tá sé ag foilsiú agus ag eisiúint taifeadtaí tábhachtacha ó shin i leith freisin. Toisc go bhfuil éileamh thar na bearta ar an uirlis í fhéin, bhunaigh NPU a sainionad oiliúna PipeCraft in 2011 chun oiliúint a chur ar fáil ins an saincheird ardoilte de dhéantús píbe.

Tá NPU creidiúnaithe le hEagraíocht Oideachais, Eolaíochta agus Chultúir na Náisiún Aontaithe (UNESCO) mar eagraíocht neamhrialtasach inniúil (NGO) in san earnáil a bhaineann le hOidhreacht Chultúir Dholáimhsithe (ICH).

Chuaigh NPU i mbun stocaireachta le Rialtas na hÉireann chun go ndaingneodh sé Coinbhinsiún UNESCO maidir le hOidhreacht Chultúir Dholáimhsithe. De thoradh ar sin chuir UNESCO Píobaireacht Uilleann ar a Liosta Ionadaíoch d’Oidhreacht Chultúir Dholáimhsithe an Chine Daonna i Nollaig 2017.

Is iad príomh-mhaoinitheoirí NPU ná An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Sráid Henrietta, Baile Átha Cliath 1, Éire

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Teileafón: +353 (0)1 8730093

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021!

We wish all of our visitors and members a Happy St.Patrick’s Day 2021! 

For all of you at home, whether that’s in Ireland or elsewhere, we’d like to share two postcards from our Archive to mark the day. 

Note the unusual representations of uilleann pipes in both pictures!

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Restored Recordings of Séamus Ennis and Willie Clancy (RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 7th March 2021)

You can listen back here to Bowman from RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday 7th March.  

The programme features (from 18:30mins) short clips of some early recordings of Séamus Ennis and Willie Clancy made by Bill Stapleton in the 1940s.

The piece also includes Harry Bradshaw talking about Bill Stapleton, his life and career recording music. 



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Strategic Funding from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Na Píobairí Uilleann has been awarded €498,948 in strategic funding by the Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon for 2021.

We are very grateful to the Arts Council and Staff for their continued support of our organisation. The challenges of the past twelve months have led us to develop new ways to work with  artists and reach audiences.

The increased Strategic Funding will provide us with the opportunity to expand services and to provide opportunities for the public to meaningfully engage with and enjoy uilleann piping and the Traditional Arts.

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Scholarship Applications are now open
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In 2021, Na Píobairí Uilleann will award 15 piping scholarships. Given that many summer schools will be cancelled this year due to ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, successful applicants in 2021 will instead be offered a course of private tuition with an established piper to take place via Zoom or similar online platform. Scholarship recipients will also receive a range of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s publications and learning resources.

Scholarship recipients from 2020 who carried their scholarships over into 2021 will also be offered this alternative arrangement.

The scholarship process is open from Monday 1st March until midday Friday 30th April 2021. Applications must be supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant. Please see the application form for full terms and conditions.

Visit for application form and more information.

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Online Reed Making Courses from 25th January – now full
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Na Píobairí Uilleann will hold two online reed making courses over six weeks, both commencing Monday 25th January 7.00pm GMT. No experience required!

The courses will be taught by Ultan MacGabhann who has many years’ experience teaching reedmaking, both in Henrietta St. as well as on the pipemaking course we operate in conjunction with BCFE, and by well known pipe maker and very experienced reed maker Bill Haneman.

Course costs €50.

Due to high demand, both of these two courses are now fully subscribed. To register your interest for other upcoming courses, please email us at Students will need their own tools and materials.

The course takes place at 7pm GMT over Zoom on the following dates:

  • Monday 25th January
  • Monday 1st February
  • Monday 8th February
  • No class on Monday 15th February (mid-term)
  • Monday 22nd February
  • Monday 1st March
  • Monday 8th March
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