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My Donations – PipeCraft Appeal

Our new NPU My Donations portal has just gone live on and allows members and friends to make one-off and recurring monthly donations. As part of the roll out of My Donations we are launching a special appeal for on-going funding for our
PipeCraft Training Centre.

Manufacture of pipes was central to the vision of Eamonn Ceannt and the founders of Cumann na bPíobairí and, in this 1916 centenary year, our goal for the PipeCraft Appeal is to ask 100 members and friends to sign-up for a small monthly donation of just €21(£16/$24).
As part of this group your support will collectively deliver €36,000 of per annum allowing us to continue to deliver specialist training in the many and varied skills required to make uilleann pipes.

To create your Monthly Donation simply click on Sign-In and then go to My Account and My Donations.


Finbar and Student

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Ireland 100

Gay McKeon, Emmett Gill, and Amy Campbell perform during the opening concert of IRELAND 100, directed and hosted by Olivier Award-winning actress Fiona Shaw and featuring leading performers from Ireland and the United States.


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Childvision’s piping star Amy takes centre stage

Childvision’s piping star Amy takes centre stage at Ireland 100 Festival in Washington

Na Píobairí Uilleann performing at Ireland 100Festival in Washington DC

TEENAGE uilleann piper Amy Campbell takes centre stage for IRELAND 100 at The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC today. Amy, 16, who is totally blind and a student at Pobailscoil Rosmini on the campus of Childvision in Dublin, will perform as part of the Festival Opening Performance today.

Amy Campbell at the Kennedy Center Washington

Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture, IRELAND 100 is a major festival highlighting Irish culture and its relationship to America. Amy will be joined by Gay McKeon and Emmett Gill from Na Píobiarí Uilleann (NPU) who provide weekly lessons on the Irish uilleann pipes to students at Childvision.

As part of the Festival, Amy will also perform at a number of other functions and NPU will provide opportunities for young people with disabilities in Washington DC to try out this uniquely Irish instrument.

Speaking in advance of the concert, NPU CEO, Gay McKeon said “There is a long association with blind people and Irish traditional music, most notably with the Harp and the uilleann pipes. The first ever recording of Irish traditional music, made in 1899, was of blind uilleann piper, Micí ‘Cumba’ Ó Súilleabháin and it is wonderful that terrific young players like Amy have the opportunity to showcase their talent on such a prestigious stage.”

Artist-in-Residence, Fiona Shaw, directs the performance in Washington which will features artists from Ireland and the United States who will be joined on stage by the National Symphony Orchestra and the audience will include many honoured guests from Ireland and America.

As part of the 1916 commemoration, special significance is being placed on the role of Proclamation signatory Eamonn Ceannt who was a founding member of the Dublin Pipers Club, the precursor to Na Píobairí Uilleann. As well as a piper himself, Ceannt was a powerful advocate for the instrument and championed tuition, pipemaking and the preservation of Ireland’s uilleann piping heritage.

Press release on behalf of NPU, May 17, 2016

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Coming Soon – ‘My Donations’

Our member donations portal on allows members and friends to make and track donations to NPU. The new ‘My Donations’ tab will go live shortly and will be available under the ‘My Account’ section and allows both one-off and regular automatic monthly donations.

As part of the roll out of ‘My Donations’ we are launching a special appeal to members to provide on-going funding for our PipeCraft Training Centre. You will see in the centre pages of the current issue of An Píobaire that the manufacture of pipes was central to the vision of Eamonn Ceannt and the founders of Cumann na bPíobairí. In this 1916 centenary year, our goal for the PipeCraft Appeal is 100 participating members. As part of this group your €21 per month will collectively deliver €36,000 of per annum allowing us to deliver specialist training in the many and varied skills required to make uilleann pipes.

Please note that the ‘My Donations’ tab in ‘My Account’ will go live in the next few days so if you don’t see it, please check back later.



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Uilleann Pipers Centre Stage at Parnell Monument

Four uilleann pipers will be amongst performers at the Parnell Monument on Dublin’s O’Connell St. for people taking part in the Reclaim the Vision of 1916 march which starts from Merrion Square on Sunday 24th April.

Music at the Parnell Monument  from 2:30pm will include:

Tiarnain Ó Duinchinn – Muineacháin/Monaghan
Seamus Ó Rochain – Cathar na Mart/Milltown Malbay
Emer Mayock – Muigheo/Mayo
John O’Brien – BÁC/Dublin

Reclaim the Vision have also launched a terrific 1916 Mobile App which can be downloaded under either Apple or Google Platform.

To download a ‘1916, a Guided Tour mobile App’
Google Playstore:

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Féile Patrick Byrne

The féile commences on Tuesday 15th March in Cunningham’s Loft with a Singing Session which was a huge success as it made its appearance at last years’ festival for the first time.  The session will begin at 8pm and admission is free.

This years’ main concert headline are three of Ireland’s most influential musicians.  From Planxty and Dé Dannan to the Bothy Band and Riverdance, Lunny, O’Connor and Conway have been centrally involved in nearly every major development in Irish traditional music over the last half century.  Their concert promises to be a real treat for music fans.

The concert will take place on Saturday 19th March at 8pm in St. Louis Secondary School Hall, in Carrickmacross.  Admission is €10.

The féile commences on Tuesday 15th March in Cunningham’s Loft with a Singing Session which was a huge success as it made its appearance at last years’ festival for the first time.  The session will begin at 8pm and admission is free.

The Comhaltas President Ann Finnegan will officially launch the Féile Wednesday 16th in St. Finbarr’s Church at 8pm where TG4 Gradam Ceoil winner Dr. Seán McElwain will speak about the piping tradition of the area.  Drawing on his PhD research ‘Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it’ will include pipers Philip Goodman and Dan Markey.  Martin McCormack, an Uilleann piper, will perform as part of the evening’s entertainment.  The lecture will be followed by a session in Markey’s Bar from 10pm

On St. Patrick’s Day the branch will be performing on the viewing stand before the parade in Carrickmacross, then at 8pm there will be a music session in St. Peter’s Tin Church, Laragh in association with The Tin Sessions and Aughnamullen CCÉ.

On Friday the 18th for all those students who need to brush up on their Oral Irish skills can avail of an Irish language workshop in the Workhouse at 10am.  Registration will be at 9.30am and the class will start at 10am and will cost €5.  The Carrickmacross CCÉ branch concert will take place at 8pm in the Corduff/Referagh Community Centre at 8pm with admission €5.  The concert will be followed by 2 sessions at 10pm one will be held in the Mountain Dew in Corduff and the other one will be held in town in McNally’s Bar in Carrickmacross.

The music workshops will take place in the Workhouse with registration at 9.30am, however, there is a limit of 15 per class so please email to book you place.  The workshops are €10 per person.  In addition there will be a special Fun Trad workshop for younger musicians, cost €5.

The instruments and tutors are as follows :

  • Fiddle  – Zoë Conway
  • Button Accordion – Máirtín O’Connor
  • Banjo – George McAdam;
  • Harp – Dearbhail Finnegan
  • Bodhrán – Éamonn Rooney

Historian Charles Barker will provide a guided tour around the historic town of Carrickmacross.  Please meet at the Courthouse and comfortable shoes, clothes and umbrella essential.


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Cleas Act

Tyrone Productions new TG4 series, Cleas Act, will feature 11 young pipers from Gaelscoil Adhanmáin from Letterkenny together with their teacher, Paul Harrigan, for a recording  in RTÉ on Wednesday 9th March.

If you would like to attend the recording in RTÉ , please contact:

Tyrone Productions on +353 (0)1 889 4978



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UNESCO Open Call

UNESCO recognition for Uilleann Piping

THE IRISH STATE has recently ratified the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). That Convention established a ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’, and Ireland is in the process of nominating our art — UILLEANN PIPING — for inclusion on that list. Na Píobairí Uilleann is liaising with the Government in preparing the nomination. The submission should represent the views of the broad piping community, and we wish to involve as many individual pipers and organized groups as possible. Support should take the form of written messages of support for the initiative, and where possible these should be forwarded on paper bearing the logo of the group concerned.

These must be received before the end of February 2016, and should be forwarded to NPU, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, or, in scanned form, to

Further information on the Convention and on ICH may be found on the UNESCO website:


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Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy will again award Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin, a Family Scholarship in honour of Muiris Ó Rócháín.


Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin is open to any family with two or more family members wishing to attend classes at the Summer School. Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin will entitle the family to use of a three bedroom house during Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and free access to classes for up to four family members either adults or children.

The committee of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have again asked Na Píobairí Uilleann to review the applications and award the scholarship.

To downloand the application form click here and email to or post to

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin
Na Píobairí Uilleann
15 Henrietta St.
Dublin 1

Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th April 2016 and the Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin scholarship will be awarded in May 2016.

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Comhdháil na gCeoltóirí Musicians Congress

Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, on Saturday 6th February 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

The Musicians’ Convention on Saturday 6 February in the Rochestown Park Hotel is intended to help and advise musicians on a host of subjects. It will run from 2 pm to 5 pm, with speakers from the music industry giving talks on funding opportunities, publicity, insurance, copyright, marketing and publishing, amongst other topics. Speakers will include representatives from IMRO, the Arts Council and Gael Linn, and entry is €5. Musicians interested should register by emailing
Programme available on website

Dé Sathairn 6 Feabhra, don chéad uair, reáchtálfar Comhdháil na gCeoltóirí in Óstán Pháirc Bhaile an Róistigh i gCorcaigh mar chuid d’imeachtaí dheireadh seachtaine Bhonn Óir Seán Ó Riada.
Beidh an Chomhdháil ar siúl Dé Sathairn ó 2 pm go 5 pm, agus beidh réimse cainteoirí ó thionscal an cheoil páirteach ann agus iad ag cur comhairle ar cheoltóirí maidir le cúrsaí maoinithe, poiblíochta, árachais, cóipchirt, margaíochta agus foilsitheoireachta, i measc rudaí eile. Beidh ionadaithe ó IMRO, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus Gael Linn i measc na gcainteoirí.
€5 an cead isteach, agus ba cheart do dhaoine go bhfuil spéis acu freastal ar an ócáid é sin a chur in iúl tré ríomhphost a sheoladh chuig

Tá an clár le fáil ar an suíomh

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