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Sound of Ireland

A stellar line-up from the world of Irish traditional music, song and dance celebrate UNESCO recognition of Uilleann Piping


Leading artists including Noel Hill, Liam O’Connor, Seán McKeon, Paddy Glackin, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Robbie Hannan, Jimmy Canavan, the Rowsome Quartet and many more will feature in this unique performance which will be attended by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins.

Last December, UNESCO  included Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This important global accolade reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity. UNESCO has now agreed that Irish Uilleann Piping – often referred to as ‘The Sound of Ireland’ – merits this recognition.

Uilleann Piping is the first Irish element to be recognised by UNESCO, and the campaign for inscription on the Representative List was led by Na Píobairí Uilleann, who lobbied for Irish ratification of the UNESCO Convention, and assisted the Irish Government in preparing the nomination.



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Vacancy Assistant Co-ordinator Music Generation Laois








Laois County Council wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified persons for inclusion on a panel which is being established to fill the vacancy for the position of:


Assistant Co-ordinator Music Generation Laois (temporary contract)


Further particulars and application forms are available from:



  • Human Resources Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, County Laois.

Tel: 057-8664000; Email:


Applications, on the official application form, must be received not later than

12 noon on Friday 12th January 2018.


Laois County Council is an equal opportunities employer.





Rosa Flannery

Co-ordinator, Music Generation Laois

Laois County Council

Áras an Chontae


Co. Laois


T: 057 8664078



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NPU Annual Tionól

The NPU Annual Tionól will be held in 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1  (Headquarters) May 24th to 27th 2018. Below is a list of accommodation in the surrounding area for the Tionól. More details about events and classes will be posted at a later date. Suggestions of hotels, hostels and B&B’s are welcome and can be emailed to

Castle Hotel Gardiner  Row/Great Denmark St, D1 Dublin, Ireland 
The Charles Stewart 5/6 Parnell Square East, D1 Dublin, Ireland 
The Gresham Hotel 23 O’Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 C3W7‎ 
Maldron Smithfield Smithfield Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 RF2Y 
Maldron Parnell Street Parnell Square W, Rotunda, Dublin 1 
Jurys Inn Moore Street Plaza, Parnell St, Dublin 1, D01 E0H3 
Belvedere Hotel 1 Denmark Street Great, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 PP66 
Cassidys Cavendish Row, Upper O’Connell Street, Rotunda, Dublin 1 
Holiday Inn Express 28-32 O’Connell Street Upper, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 T2X2 
Charleville Lodge 268-272 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin, D07 DT61 
The Gate Hotel 80 – 81 Parnell Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland
The Morrison Dublin Ormond Quay Lower, D1 Dublin, Ireland 
Handels Hotel Temple 16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, D2 Dublin 
Harveys Guest House 11 Upper Gardiner Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland 
Marian Guest House 21 Upper Gardiner Street, D1 Dublin, Ireland 
Fleet Street Hotel 19/20 Fleet Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland 
The Morgan Hotel 10 Fleet Street, D2 Dublin, Ireland 
Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland 
Wynn’s Hotel 35-39 Lower Abbey Street, D1 Dublin 
Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge 23-25 Bachelors Walk, O’Connell Bridge, D1 Dublin 
The Aisling Hotel Parkgate St, Arran Quay, Dublin 8

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Christmas Latest Dates of Posting 2017

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Ireland 20th 20th
Northern Ireland 19th 19th
Great Britain 18th 15th
Europe 18th 13th
USA 12th 7th
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Breathnach Commemoration Live Broadcast

The Breathnach Commemoration lecture and recital will be broadcast live on NPUTV on Saturday 2nd from 8pm. The lecture is by Terry Moylan on The Irish Pipes in Art and the recital is with Leo Rickard,Colm Broderick and John O’Brien.

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The Ace and Deuce of Piping 2017


Saturday 30 September 2017 at 8pm Doors at 7:30pm

Admission: €25.00 // €20.00 (Family ticket €60.00)
Tickets available here on eventbrite or phone: 01 8730093

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents
Brian McNamara
Majella O’Beirne Landale
Aoife O’Connor
Mary Corcoran
David Power
Ciarán Somers
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail
Edwina Guckian
John Tuohy
Seán Ó Sé
Bryan O’Leary
Colm Guilfoyle
Áine Hensey (MC)


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Upcoming Courses at Pipecraft

Two upcoming courses:

Hollow and Solid Mainstocks with Bill Haneman

Course will cover the concepts and processes of making both hollow and solid mainstocks. Examples of both will be demonstrated.

Course Start Date            21st August

Course Finish Date          23rd August

Course fee per attendee              €180

Tutor Name        Bill Haneman


Tools and Jigs for Pipemaking: Tubing benders, tonehole cutters, and more

Course will cover the design and production of a number of tools useful in the pipemaking process. All students will have an opportunity to make a tone hole cutter or a component of a tubing bender.

Course Start Date            25/10/2017

Course Finish Date          27/10/2017

Course fee per attendee              €180

Tutor Name        Bill Haneman

For moreinformation on any of these classes please contact or call 01 8730093

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Ace and Deuce of Piping 2016

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents

The Ace & Deuce of Piping, Liberty Hall, Saturday 1st October at 8:00pm

Liam O’Flynn, Seán Keane and Paddy Glackin

Síle Denvir

Peter Browne

Charlie Harris

Joey Abarta and Jacqueline O’Reilly

Roscommon Flute Quartet

Ellen Cranitch (MC)

Admission €25/€20

On Sale from Liberty Hall Box Office : 01 8721122 / or Na Píobairí Uilleann : 01 8730093 /

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Culture Night 2016



Culture Night is back this September and now in its 11th year! Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that once again we will be holding events to celebrate Culture Night.

Culture Night continues to feature the best cultural organisations in Dublin and across the country who open their doors late for free events ranging from music and literature to visual art and heritage.

We will be hosting a guided tour of our Georgian building located on one of Ireland’s most architecturally important streets. The tour will include a visit to the library and archive and will also feature musical performances from leading uilleann pipers.

So help spread the word and come explore, experience and enjoy! Keep an eye out on our website for more information about the night or visit .We look forward to seeing you on Friday 16th of September 2016, 6pm – 10pm.

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A Tribute to Garrett Barry & the Music of West Clare

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Event Description

A concert of the finest music and song to celebrate the launch of the book, Out of Darkness: the blind piper of Inagh, which chronicles the life and times of Garrett Barry.

Tim Dennehy presents a fantastic line-up, including Ronan Browne, Kevin Glackin,Bríd O’Donohue, Séamus Ó Rócháin, Eamon McGivney, Seán Talty, Cian Talty, Liam O’Brien, Tommy & Pádraic Keane, The McCarthy Family, Marian Curtin, Therese McInerney and Francis Cunningham.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite, Custy’s Music Shop of Ennis, or through the OaC (

Please note: tickets are non-refundable


Garrett Barry Community Hall – Inagh, County Clare 
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