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Oct
12
Daniela Ferretti
Paddy Moloney RIP
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Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Tuesday October 12, 2021

Na Píobairí Uilleann is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Paddy Moloney.

Achieving international acclaim through his prolific and enduring work with The Chieftains, Paddy was also a founder member and founding Board member of Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU).

A giant of a figure in Irish life, he had a profound influence in bringing Irish traditional music and the uilleann pipes to a global audience.

NPU chief executive Gay McKeon paid tribute to Paddy Moloney today: “Paddy Moloney was a wonderful piper, an incredibly creative musician and a powerful performing artist. He helped popularise Irish music all over the world and in doing so, brought the sound of the uilleann pipes to the attention of so many.

“Along with people like Breandán Breathnach and Séamus Ennis, he played a leading role in the foundation of NPU in 1968 and helped imbue the new organisation with great confidence through his music and his work as a commercial artist. He helped influence a new generation to take up the instrument and play Irish music.

“We have lost one of the country’s foremost artists whose legacy is inestimable at this point. On behalf of NPU and the uilleann piping community I would like to extend our condolences to his wife Rita, sons Aonghus and Pádraig and daughter Aedín, to the musicians who played with him and his many friends worldwide. Leaba i measc na naomh go raibh aige.”

Born in Donnycarney in 1938, Paddy’s musical journey mirrored the growth in interest in Irish music and he was to play a pivotal role in elevating it to a new level.

Learning from the great piping master Leo Rowsome in the 1940s he forged an early reputation as a gifted young player before joining Ceoltóirí Chualann under Seán Ó Riada and founding The Chieftains in 1962.

His pioneering work in arranging and recording music with The Chieftains marked him apart and his work as a producer with Claddagh Records in the late 1960s and 1970s helped heighten the artistic standing of Irish music and musicians not just abroad but at home.

Paddy’s piping, whistle playing and musicianship was central to the sound of The Chieftains and his single-minded dedication as an artist and as a collaborative producer drove the group to stellar heights all over the world and brought enormous pride and self-confidence to Ireland as a result.

 

Preaseisiúint  thar ceann Na Píobairí Uilleann

Dé Máirt 12 Deireadh Fómhair, 2021

Is mórchúis dobróin do Na Píobairí Uilleann scéala bháis Paddy Moloney a fháil inniu.

Bhí Paddy ina bhall bunaitheach de Na Píobairí Uilleann chomh maith le bheith ina bhall bunaitheach de The Chieftains, buíon cheoil a bhain cáil idirnáisiúnta amach.

Bhí Paddy ina laoch i saol na hÉireann. Chuir sé ceol traidisiúnta na hÉireann agus ceol na bpíopaí uilleann ar ardán os comhair an tsaoil mhóir. 

Thug príomhfheidhmeannach Na bPíobairí Uilleann, Gay McKeon, ómós do Phaddy inniu: “Píobaire eisceachtúil ann féin ab ea Paddy Moloney.  Bhí sé ina cheoltóir thar a bheith cruthaitheach agus ina ealaíontóir cumhachtach ar ardán.

Chuidigh sé go mór le ceol na hÉireann a chur ar fáil do dhaoine fud fad an domhain agus, fríd é sin a dhéanamh, tharraing sé aird ar fhuaim leithleach na bpíopaí uilleann. Bhí ról ceannasach ag Paddy i mbunú Bhord na bPíobairí Uilleann sa bhliain 1968 i gcuideacha leithéid Breandán Breathnach agus Séamus Ennis, agus is cinnte gur spreag sé muinín san eagraíocht úrnua fríd a chuid ceoil agus fríd a chuid oibre mar ealaíontóir.  Thug sé ar ghlúin úr iomlán eile tabhairt faoi na píobaí uilleann mar uirlis agus ceol na hÉireann a sheinm. Tá duine de na healaíontóirí is tábhachtaí agus is mó clú sa tír i ndiaidh imeacht uainn agus níl léamh, scríobh ná inse béil ar mhéid a oidhreachta agus a d’fhág sé ina dhiaidh.

Thar ceann Na bPíobairí Uilleann agus phobal na píobaireachta maraon ba mhaith liom comhbhrón a dhéanamh lena bhean Rita, a mhic Aonghus agus Pádraig agus a iníon Aedín, leis na ceoltóirí a chaith mórán ama ag seinm leis agus lena chairde iomadúla ar fud an domhain. Leaba i measc na naomh go raibh aige.” 

Rugadh Paddy i nDomhnach Cearna sa bhliain 1938.  De réir mar a bhí níos mó daoine ag léiriú suime i gceol traidisiúnta na hÉireann chuir Paddy dúil sa cheol céanna.  Tharla sé go mbeadh sé ar dhuine de na daoine a chuirfeadh síol an cheoil ag fás i gcré an domhain. 

D’fhoghlaim Paddy ón sár-mháistir píobaireachta Leo Rowsome sna 1940í agus bhain sé cáil amach dó féin mar cheoltóir óg cumasach.  Ina dhiaidh seo thosaigh sé ag seinm le Ceoltóirí Chualann faoi Sheán Ó Riada agus bhunaigh sé Na Chieftains sa bhliain 1962. 

Sheas Paddy chun tosaí i measc cheotóirí ár linne lena chumas cóirithe agus lena thaifeadadh ceoil le The Chieftains.   Ag deireadh na 1960í agus na 1970í chuidigh a shaothar mar léiritheoir le Claddagh Records seasamh ealaíonta ar leith a bhaint amach chan amháin in Éirinn ach thar lear fosta. 

Bhí Paddy rí-lárnach d’fhuaim The Chieftains lena chuid ceoil ar an phíb uilleann agus ar an fheadóg. Bhí sé ábalta agus cumasach mar ealaíontóir agus, thaire seo, de bharr go raibh sé ina shár-léiritheoir comhoibritheach bhain an grúpa cáil amach ar fud an domhain.  Bhí bród orainn uilig go léir astu agus is boichte de thír í Éire inniu.

Oct
1
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
October’s Session with the Pipers Available on NPU-TV
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The October edition of Session with the Pipers will premiere on NPU-TV on Tuesday 5th October 8pm and will be available to view for a month.

The October edition is the second of three pre-recorded episodes filmed in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loinsigh in Baile Mhúirne, Co.Cork.   

It features:

  • Rob Fell (uilleann pipes)
  • Carthach Mac Craith (song)
  • Áine & Francis O’Connor (fiddle & flute)

All episodes will be available to view for free on NPU-TV. Donations are however welcome. Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Session with the Pipers always takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Stay tuned for great music and song!

Oct
1
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
The Ace and Deuce of Piping 2021 – online
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Na Píobairí Uilleann’s annual flagship performance event, The Ace and Deuce of Piping Concert.

The concert, which was pre-recorded from St Laurence’s Church at TU Dublin’s Grangegorman Campus, will be available to view free to all on NPU-TV (https://pipers.ie/npu-tv) from 8pm Saturday 2nd October. It features:

Kevin Conneff, Joe McKenna, and Tony Byrne;

Maighread agus Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill;

Fiachna Ó Mongáin, Oisín Ó Mongáin, and Marie McHugh;

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Paddy Tutty;

Claire and Breda Keville; and,

Leo Rickard.

Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin

It will be available to view on our website for one month from its release. Whilst it is free to all to view, donations to Na Píobairí Uilleann are gladly accepted. If you enjoy the work of Na Píobairí Uilleann and would like to support the organisation you can become a member at https://pipers.ie/register.

Sep
8
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
September’s Session with the Pipers Now Available
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The September edition of Session with the Pipers is now available to watch on NPU-TV.

The first in a series of three episodes filmed at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loinsigh in Baile Mhúirne in Cork, the September edition features Éamonn and Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Máire Ní Chéileachair and Aoife Granville. 

To watch this month’s edition, click here. Session with the Pipers is free to watch. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation.

Sep
3
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
In Person Classes Autumn Term 2021
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We are very happy to announce that we will be returning to in person classes in Henrietta St. on Tuesday 21st September 2021. In appreciation of your support in the past and especially during the Covid 19 Pandemic, these classes will be available for free.

The term runs until Tuesday 14th December with a break for the mid-term on Tuesday 26th October.

To register for classes or for more information please email ellie@pipers.ie or phone 01 8730093.

Students are reminded that to attend classes you must have an up to date membership of Na Píobairí Uilleann. For more information in relation to our membership, click here.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st September.

Aug
4
Anne-Marie Bell
August Session with the Pipers available now on NPUTV
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The August episode of Session with the Pipers is now available to watch on NPU-TV.

It was filmed at An Cultúrlann in Belfast and features Jane Walls (uilleann pipes), Martin Dowling (fiddle) and Davy Maguire (flute), and Len Graham (song). 

Watch it here. Session with the Pipers is free to watch for everyone. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation.

Jul
26
Maeve Gillen
New staff appointments announced by Na Píobairí Uilleann / Baill foirne nua fógartha ag Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Monday July 26, 2021

Na Píobairí Uilleann is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniela Ferretti and Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile to the administrative staff of the organisation following an extensive recruitment process.

Daniela will succeed Anne-Marie Bell as NPU Administrator as the latter departs to pursue further academic studies. Ellie takes over from Clara Grunefeld as Administrative Assistant as Clara departs to return to her native Germany.

Taking up her position on August 13 next, Daniela will manage a vibrant office dedicated to the delivery of world class services to uilleann pipers, makers, piping enthusiasts and the world of Irish traditional arts. Reporting directly to the chief executive, she will play a central role in the day-to-day implementation of NPU’s annual arts plan, organisational strategy and the future development of the organisation. Ellie commences her role with NPU today and will report to the Administrator.

Speaking about the organisational developments, NPU Chief Executive Gay McKeon said: “On behalf of the Na Píobairí Uilleann I would like to sincerely thank Anne-Marie and Clara for their contribution to the work and progress of NPU over the past number of years and wish them both the very best in their future endeavours. I would also like to congratulate Daniela Ferretti and Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile on their respective appointments and wish them every success in their new roles.”

Daniela Ferretti, an uilleann piper, studied Contemporary Music at the University of Macerata, Italy before moving to Dublin where she worked in the advertising industry. She has assisted NPU as a volunteer for International Uilleann Piping Day over the past ten years.  

Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile, a fiddle player, music teacher with a keen interest in the arts, has recently completed a Master in Music and holds a BA (Hons) Degree Level in Applied Music from Dundalk Institute of Technology.

For further information contact NPU  info@pipers.ie  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 Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

W: www.pipers.ie E:info@pipers.ie P: 00353(0)1 8730093

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Preaseisiúint de chuid Na bPíobairí Uilleann

Dé Luain 26 Iúil, 2021

Tá áthas ar Na Píobairí Uilleann a fhógairt gur ceapadh Daniela Ferretti agus Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile mar bhaill de mheitheal riaracháin na heagraíochta i ndiaidh phróiseas fairsing earcaíochta.

Tiocfaidh Daniela i gcomharbacht ar Anne-Marie Bell mar Riarthóir NPU, agus Anne-Maire ag fágáil le tabhairt faoin staidéar acadúil an athuair. Ceapadh Ellie mar Chúntóir Riaracháin in áit Clara Grunefeld, atá ag filleadh ar na nGearmáin, arb as di ó dhúchas.

Cuirfidh Daniela tús lena post ar an 13ú Lúnasa, agus déanfaidh sí bainistiú ar oifig bheomhar atá tiomanta do sheirbhís den chéad scoth a chur ar fáil do phíobairí, do dhéantóirí píob, do dhíograiseoirí píob agus do shaol na n-ealaíon traidisiúnta. Tuairisceoidh sí go díreach don phríomhfheidhmeannach, agus beidh ról lárnach aici i gcur bhfeidhm laethúil phlean ealaíon bliantúil NPU, an straitéis eagraithe agus fhorbairt thodhchaí na heagraíochta. Cuirfidh Ellie tús lena ról le NPU inniu agus tuairisceoidh sí don Riarthóir.

Ag caint dó ar na forbairtí eagraíochta dúirt an príomhfheidhmeannach, Gay McKeon: “Ba mhaith liom, thar ceann na bPíobairí Uilleann, buíochas ó chroí a ghabháil le hAnne-Maire agus le Clara as a ndearna siad ó thaobh obair agus forbairt NPU le roinnt blianta anuas, agus guím gach rath orthu amach anseo. Ba mhaith liom comhghairdeas a dhéanamh le Daniela Ferretti agus le hEllie Nic Fhonnghaile as a gcuid ceapachán agus guím gach rath orthu ina gcuid ról nua.”

Is píobaire í Daniela Ferretti, a rinne staidéar ar an gCeol Comhaimseartha in Ollscoil Macerata, san Iodáil, sular aistrigh sí go Baile Átha Cliath mar ar oibrigh sí san earnáil fógraíochta. Tá cúnamh tugtha aici do NPU mar oibrí deonach ar Lá Idirnáisiúnta na bPíob Uilleann le deich mbliana anuas. Is fidléir agus múinteoir ceoil í Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile a bhfuil an-spéis aici sna healaíona. Bhain sí máistreacht amach sa cheol le deireanaí agus tá céim onórach aici sa Cheol Feidhmeach ó Institiúid Teicneolaíocht Dhún Dealgan.

Is féidir tuilleadh eolais a fháil ach teagmháil a dhéanamh le NPU  info@pipers.ie  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 Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath.

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

Suíomh Idirlín: www.pipers.ie

Rphost: info@pipers.ie

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Jul
6
Clara Grunefeld
July Session with the Pipers Now Online
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The July episode of Session with the Pipers is now available to watch on NPU-TV.

It was filmed at An Cultúrlann in Belfast and features Robbie Hannan (uilleann pipes), Conor Caldwell (fiddle) and Diane Cannon (song). 

Watch it here. Session with the Pipers is free to watch for everyone. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation.

Jun
17
Anne-Marie Bell
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2021 taking place online
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2021 takes place from Sunday 4th July to Saturday 10th July 2021.

Uilleann pipe classes run from Monday 5th to Friday 9th inclusive online.

All classes cost €60.

Class Times (All times listed are Irish Standard Time):

  • Uilleann piping classes will take place daily from 10.00am-11.30pm and 3.00pm-4.30pm. Each student will be placed in one slot according to their level and will be informed two weeks in advance with the time of their piping class.
  • Intermediate Reedmaking classes will take place daily at 10.00am-11.30am 
  • Elementary Reedmaking classes will take place daily at 3.00pm-4.30pm 
  • Regulator classes will take place daily at 3.00pm-4.30pm 
  • Air classes will take place daily at 5.00pm-6.30pm (This class is free of charge and open to all. To register, please email info@pipers.ie)

Registration details:

  • N.B. Only one ticket needs to be purchased per student. You cannot attend piping classes both in the morning and afternoon.
  • All class allocations will be made by Na Píobairí Uilleann
  • Each student will receive details of their class along with the relevant zoom link in advance of the classes

We ask that all students ensure their pipes and regulators are in working condition in advance of the classes. 

All students under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult during the online class. For students under 18, a Parental/Guardian Consent Form must be completed online in advance of the classes beginning.

For any further information please contact us on info@pipers.ie or phone +353 1 873 0093.

 

Events:

Daily piping recitals will be held at lunch time. View here.

 

A piping concert will be held on Wednesday 7th July at 7pm.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-registration-156504833169

Full details of all events can be found at https://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/online-school. 

 

Jun
16
Clara Grunefeld
Services provided by Minding Creative Minds
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The Department of Tourism, Culture, Media, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media funds Minding Creative Minds (MCM) to provide a free advice and counselling service to everyone in the arts, culture and  creative sectors.

MCM offers a service of a consultation with Irish solicitors including those specialised in family law matters, property conveyancing and criminal law. This provides 30 minutes of free legal advice per legal topic per person on a one to one basis.   If there are further  legal issues arising following the consultation, MCM have advised that they would be in a position to explore these further.

Services are available  in the following  areas

  • A 24/7 free dedicated phone helpline
  • Up to 6 free counselling sessions
  • Advice on practical, day-to-day issues that cause anxiety and stress
  • Financial Assistance & Consumer Assistance – Consultation with qualified financial advisors who can offer advice on household budgeting, borrowing/debt management, retirement planning, saving & investments
  • Career Guidance & Life Coaching – Access a panel of career coach specialists for career guidance
  • Mediation Services – Help with disputes in the workplace, or issues related to family business, defective goods & services, building & construction

Further information on these services and MCM  can be accessed here

MCM  have also set up Meet and Greet Sessions for attendees to share experiences, advice with each other and conversation with peers: http://mindingcreativeminds.ie/2021/05/27/meet-greet-session-6-june-21st/ 

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