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May
13
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Annual Report 2019 now available
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The Annual Report including Audited Accounts for 2019 is now available for review.

Click the image below for the full report:

May
3
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COVID-19 Closure Update (2/5/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, is currently closed as Government restrictions are in place until 18th of May.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

You can still place orders in our store. We are striving to post orders on a weekly basis to ensure regular delivery to our customers. As the guidelines are subject to constant change, we will review the situation on a regular basis. Please bear with us, we will keep you updated, and apologise for the inconvenience caused! If you have any questions in relation to your order, you can email info@pipers.ie.

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

Unfortunately, all NPU public events previously planned to be held in April and May 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the online archive for a range of educational materials and past events. You can also stay tuned with our regular social media updates. 

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

May
1
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An Píobaire Vol. 16 No. 2 – Now Available!
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We are delighted that the new issue of our Newsletter An Píobaire is available from today, 1st May 2020.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, this issue of An Píobaire was published electronically. All members receive their copy via email. If you didn’t get yours, please contact info@pipers.ie.

Apr
30
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 cancelled
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 is cancelled.

For anyone who has paid for uilleann pipe or reed making classes via our registration, NPU will arrange a refund.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@pipers.ie if you have any queries.

This is the message from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy:

To all our tutors and participants at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the organisers of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have been reviewing the evolving health crisis and considering various ways in which the 48th summer school might be run safely and successfully.

When discussing options, the organisers were concerned with the health and safety of participants, visitors, the local communities and the general public.

Therefore, taking into account the current situation and restrictions, the prevailing uncertainties and the advice of the HSE, it has been regretfully decided that the summer school programme will not run in 2020.

Stay safe everybody.

Apr
24
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Scholarships 2020
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Na Píobairí Uilleann will award 12 piping scholarships for 2020.

We are aware that some summer schools may be cancelled this year due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Successful applicants in 2020 will be able to carry their scholarship over into 2021, should their chosen summer school not take place. Alternatively, scholarships may be used to attend a course of piping tuition later in 2020 after previous approval by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Successful applicants can attend piping classes at any of the following:

  • Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
  • South Sligo Summer School – Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo,
  • Scoil Acla – Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
  • Joe Mooney Summer School – Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim.
  • Catskills Irish Arts Week – East Durham, N.Y.
  • Ceol na Coille – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Application must be supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant. See application form for terms and conditions. Closing date for NPU Summer School Scholarships is Friday 1st May 2020.

To download the NPU Scholarship Application form as a PDF click here, or as a Word document click here.

 

Apr
21
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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 will perform from their own homes and these will be brought to you via our Facebook page at 8pm (IST).
The series begins on Tuesday 21st April and will be broadcast every other day until the 19th May 2020.
 
Here is the schedule of the performances:
  • 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
  • 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.
 
 
Apr
9
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COVID-19 Closure Update (14/04/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, is currently closed as Government restrictions are in place until 5th of May.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

Orders for products from our online shop can be placed with us at  www.pipers.ie/store however, unfortunately we will not be in a position to process or ship them until the current government guidelines have been lifted. As the guidelines are subject to constant change, we will review the situation on a regular basis. Please bear with us, we will keep you updated.

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

Unfortunately, all NPU public events previously planned to be held in April and May 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the online archive for a range of educational materials and past events. You can also stay tuned with our regular social media updates. 

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

Apr
8
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Documentary “Liam O’Flynn – Píobaire” 12th April 2020, 9.30pm, TG4
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The documentary “Liam O’Flynn – Píobaire” will air on TG4 Sunday, 12th April at 9.30pm (IST). 

The feature documentary tells the story of master piper, Liam O’Flynn, from his membership with iconic Irish supergroup Planxty, through to his ground-breaking orchestral work in The Brendan Voyage. Liam was Honorary President of Na Píobairí Uilleann at the time of his passing in 2018.

Here is a little preview.

Liam O'Flynn documentary

Mar
30
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Closure Update (30/03/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 will be closed until Tuesday 14th April.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

Orders for products from our online shop can be placed with us at  www.pipers.ie/store however, unfortunately we will not be in a position to process or ship them until after 14th April (this date is preliminary and will be reviewed according to Government guidelines).

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

We are cancelling all classes occurring up to 14th April and postponing April events until further notice.

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

Mar
6
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Open call for applications to host an uilleann piper for International Uilleann Piping Day 2020
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International Uilleann Piping Day takes place on Saturday, 7th November 2020.

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This year Na Píobairí Uilleann is offering all IUPD organisers outside Ireland the opportunity to apply to host a piper at their event in 2020. The event must serve to raise initial awareness of the uilleann pipes or to build on the learning of existing uilleann pipers/teachers/reed makersOur commitment to providing a piper will of course be on the condition that NPU receive funding from Culture Ireland and the number of events we can support in this Open Call will be dependent on the level of funding received.

Full details and application form are available here.

The deadline for the application is 30th April 2020.

For any questions, contact us at info@pipers.ie.

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Español
 
En los años pasados, NPU con el apoyo de Culture Ireland, ha permitido que gaiteros irlandeses viajarán a diferentes destinos por el mundo, en nombre de IUPD. El objetivo de este proyecto ha sido lo de aportar un tutor o artista (fabricante de lengüetas/gaetero irlandés) a los eventos organizados por las comunidades locales de gaeteros, fortaleciendo las relaciones entre estas comunidades y Na Piobairi Uilleann.
 
Este año na piobairi uilleann ofrece a todos los organizadores en el extranjero la oportunidad de solicitar un huésped gaetero a sus eventos del 2020. La finalidad es la de promocionar los gaeteros irlandeses entre el público e incrementar el conocimiento de gaeteros/maestros/fabricantes de lengüetas ya existentes. La realización de tal proyecto, así como el número de eventos que se podrán respaldar en esta convocatoria, dependerá de los fondos que NPU recibirá por parte de culture Ireland. NPU se encargará de cubrir solamente los costes de viaje y contribuirá a los gastos de alojamiento.
Por favor tener en consideración que NPU no se hará cargo de los honorarios de los artistas,los cuales deberán ser concordados entre los organizadores y los artistas mismos. 
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Italiano
 
Negli ultimi anni Na Píobairí Uilleann con il supporto dell’associazione Culture Ireland e’ riuscita a mandare suonatori di cornamuse (pipers) in giro per il mondo in occasione della Giornata Internazionale della Cornamusa Irlandese. L’intenzione e’ sempre stata quella di supportare le comunita’ locali di musicisti tramite la presenza di un insegnante o un piper esperto (un musicista e/o un costruttore di ancie ad esempio) che potesse arricchire l’evento organizzato. E’ stata inoltre un’occasione per rinforzare il legame tra Na Píobairí Uilleann e i vari gruppi locali.
 
Anche quest’anno NPU vuole offrire a tutti gli organizzatori di eventi al di fuori dell’Irlanda la possibilita’ di fare domanda per ottenere la presenza di un piper al proprio evento nel 2020. Tale evento avra’ lo scopo di presentare la cornamusa irlandese a chi non l’avesse mai vista ed approfondirne la conoscenza per chi gia’ suonasse/ fosse un costruttore d’ancie /o un insegnante di uilleann pipes.
Per questa Open Call NPU si impegna a fornire quanti piu’ pipers possibile a condizione che ci sia la conferma dell’assegnazione (annuale) dei fondi offerti dall’associazione “Culture Ireland” che potranno inoltre variare di anno in anno.
Npu coprira’ solo i costi di viaggio ed alloggio mentre i costi riguardanti la remunerazione per l’ingaggio del piper dovranno essere accordati tra gli organizzatori e il musicista stesso.