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Apr
9
Anne-Marie Bell
NPU extends congratulations to Louise Mulcahy on receipt of Markievicz Award from The Arts Council
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Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann, 9 April 2021 

 

Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to convey its congratulations to uilleann piper Louise Mulcahy who today was presented with The Arts Council’s Markievicz Award by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD.

From a well-known musical family in Abbeyfeale on the Limerick-Kerry border, Louise has performed and recorded extensively both in Ireland and internationally, with her father, Mick and sister, Michelle. As a solo artist, Louise’s first solo production, ‘Tuning the Road’ was released in 2014 and she was part of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s ‘A New Dawn’ publication of young pipers released in 1999.

A leading researcher into the history of women in uilleann piping, Louise has been an active member of Na Píobairí Uilleann since first attending classes as a student and is now a regular contributor as a teacher and performer. Louise frequently performs on the prestigious Alain Froment set of pipes on loan from NPU bequeathed to the organisation by the late Liam O’Flynn.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Na Píobairí Uilleann Chief Executive Gay McKeon commented: “On behalf of NPU and indeed the piping community I’d like to pass on our very best wishes to Louise who has been a wonderful ambassador for piping and traditional music and a most worthy recipient of this significant award. I wish her the very best in her continued musical and research endeavours.”

Administered by The Arts Council on behalf of the Dept. of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, The Markievicz Award, worth €25,000 to recipients, was established to honour Constance Markievicz – herself an artist – as the first woman to be elected to Parliament and appointed to cabinet and is intended to provide support for artists from all backgrounds and genres to provide time and space in order to develop new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the decade of centenaries 2012–2023 and beyond.

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers, was founded in 1968 when there were fewer 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 pipe making.

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

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Mar
31
Anne-Marie Bell
Job Vacancy at Na Píobairí Uilleann – Administrative Assistant
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Please see attached document for more information.

Letter of application together with detailed CV addressed to The Administrator, Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, D01N504 or by email to annemarie@pipers.ie to arrive not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 16th April 2021. 

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Mar
25
Fionntan Byrne
Critical Listening Workshop with Fionn Ó hAlmhain
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Uilleann piper Fionn Ó hAlmhain will deliver a critical listening workshop on Zoom, this Sunday 28th March 2021.

Fionn, who teaches the pipes each week at Na Píobairí Uilleann will be presenting a critical listening technique which he uses and learned from Cork Flute player Conal Ó Gráda. You can watch Conal’s lecture on the subject here:

https://pipers.ie/source/media/?galleryId=860&mediaId=24854

“Fionn will introduce this approach to critical listening, allow participants to apply the method to a recording of their choice, and then discuss their findings in the group. Participants should stand to gain a better understanding of their own individual musical taste as well as of the particular performance they have examined, the music at hand generally and even the technique of the performer. While this workshop will focus on Irish music, the techniques presented here are very versatile and can be applied to other musical genres as well.”

The workshop will be conducted through Zoom, for more information visit https://www.ministryoffolk.com/sessions/critical-listening-workshop-fionn-halmhain

 

Mar
17
Clara Grunefeld
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021!
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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!

Mar
5
Clara Grunefeld
Restored Recordings of Séamus Ennis and Willie Clancy (RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 7th March 2021)
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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. 

 

 

Mar
3
Clara Grunefeld
Strategic Funding from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
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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.

Mar
1
Clara Grunefeld
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 https://pipers.ie/resources/scholarships/ for application form and more information.

Jan
14
Clara Grunefeld
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 info@pipers.ie. 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
Dec
23
Anne-Marie Bell
Merry Christmas – Beannachtaí na Nollag
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We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members and pipers worldwide from the board and staff at Na Píobairí Uilleann. 

Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh agus Athbhliain faoi Shéan agus faoi Shíocháin daoibh go léir. 

Thanks to our members, volunteers and participants for their support this year. We look forward to 2021 and hope that you can join us throughout the year for our events and activities. If you would like to keep updated, be sure to follow our website and social media pages, or get in touch with us at info@pipers.ie. 

Dec
23
Clara Grunefeld
Session with the Pipers – Special Festive Episodes Online on 26th December and 1st January
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Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that two special festive episodes of the beloved concert series “Session with the Pipers” will be available on NPU-TV in the coming weeks.

The two programmes were filmed in Henrietta Street in December and will be available exclusively on NPU-TV on Saturday 26th December and Friday 1st January 2021 at 8pm, respectively. The episodes will be available to view free of charge for one week each.

In place of buying a ticket, we ask that you consider making a donation to Na Píobairí Uilleann, a link is available on the video page.

Here’s the line-up of the online concerts:

26th December
  • Emmett Gill & Jesse Smith (uilleann pipes & fiddle)
  • Rosie Stewart (song)
  • Noel Hill (concertina)
  • Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin
1st January 
  • Sheila Friel (uilleann pipes)
  • Nell Ní Chróinín (song)
  • Conor and Paddy McEvoy (fiddle & piano)
  • Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin

 

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