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Tionól 2021 – Uilleann Piping Recital now available

The main uilleann piping recital on the occasion of our annual Tionól is now available to watch here on the Archive! Tune in for some fantastic piping from:

  • Seán Potts
  • Fiadh Fitzpatrick
  • Fiacha Potts
  • Luke O’Brien
Clara Grunefeld
Tionól 2021 – Young Pipers Recital Now Available

Tune in and listen to some lovely piping recorded in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Headquarters in Henrietta Street in Dublin. The Young Pipers Recital is now available on the Archive here and features the following artists:

  • Paudie Blackwell
  • Ruadhán Collier Ó Briain
  • Susanna Kelly
  • Éamonn Ó Meachair
Anne-Marie Bell
Organisational Announcement

Na Píobairí Uilleann is pleased to appoint Maeve Gillen as Administrative Assistant effective 31st May 2021.

Maeve has recently completed a BA (Hons) Degree Level 8 in Media Production Management at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Maeve has also worked in retail and service industries and as a teacher of Irish Traditional music. Maeve is a fiddle player and uilleann piper. She received a HND in Irish Traditional Music Performance in 2020 which included a module in uilleann pipemaking.

Maeve will report to Anne-Marie Bell, Administrator at NPU, and we congratulate her on her appointment and wish her a long, successful and fulfilling career with the organisation.

Clara Grunefeld
Session with the Pipers recital series continues online

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s popular monthly recital series, the Session with the Pipers has gone on the road! We are delighted to present a number of pre-recorded episodes filmed all around the country, commencing with three editions from An Cultúrlann in Belfast.

The episode on 1st June will feature:

  • Maurice Bradley (uilleann pipes; fiddle)
  • Ciarán Kelly (guitar; accordion)
  • Harry Bradley (flute)
  • Róisín Chambers (song)

The July edition will feature:

  • Robbie Hannan (uilleann pipes)
  • Conor Caldwell (fiddle)
  • Diane Cannon (song)

The August edition will feature:

  • Jane Walls (uilleann pipes)
  • Martin Dowling (fiddle)
  • Davy Maguire (flute)
  • Len Graham (song)

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!

Clara Grunefeld
Annual Report 2020 now available

Please see here for Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Annual Report 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a difficult time for all throughout the world over the past 14 months. However, we are delighted to report on the wide range of services, programmes and publications delivered by NPU in 2020.

We would like to thank all of our members, friends, supporters, donors, volunteers, partner organisations and funding agencies for your incredible support throughout 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Anne-Marie Bell


Clara Grunefeld
Carlow piper Colm Broderick wins Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Na Píobairí Uilleann would like to convey its congratulations to Carlow piper Colm Broderick on the receipt of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal last weekend.

Colm Broderick, 22, comes from Graiguecullen in Carlow.  He is an All-Ireland winning uilleann piper, and is in demand as a teacher too. Colm plays a set of pipes loaned to him by Na Píobairí Uilleann that were made by Leo Rowsome in 1936. This set belonged to Seán Reid, and was previously loaned to piping legends including Willie Clancy, and Liam O’Flynn.

Speaking of his win, Colm said: “I’m grateful and humbled to have been selected as the winner, because the standard of musicianship was so high. Peadar Ó Riada has done a great job developing a competition like this which is friendly and supportive to musicians, which is not always the case. It’s an honour to be in possession of these historic pipes, and this award will keep me motivated to keep playing them as best as I can.  To win the Seán Ó Riada medal on them was really something special.” 


Clara Grunefeld
PipeCraft Course: Fabrication of Bore Probes with Conor Roche-Lancaster in May 2021
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We are happy to announce a new PipeCraft course “Fabrication of Bore Probes” with Conor Roche-Lancaster.

The course will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May 2021 (two days), 9.30am – 4.30pm each day at Na Píobairí Uilleann’s PipeCraft Training Centre, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh.

This course will cover the topic of measuring probes, and will include basic metrology relating to probes, probe design and fabrication, and best practices for using measuring probes.

The course costs €110 for members and €150 for non members (costs are per participant). Places are strictly limited. To register your interest or for more information please contact or call +353 1 8730093.

All courses currently taking place at PipeCraft do so in full compliance with guidelines from Government and the HSE to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Increased measures are in now place, including limiting numbers in the workshop, physical distancing where possible, increased ventilation, the wearing of face coverings, high standards of hand and respiratory hygiene, contact tracing and self-declaration. By registering for any such courses you agree to comply with the measures put in place by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Fionntan Byrne
Online Reedmaking Classes
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Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to announce another term of weekly online reedmaking classes. Beginner and intermediate/advanced reedmaking classes will be held on Zoom, and will take place on Monday nights at 7pm Irish time over the following six weeks:

  • Monday 17th May 2021
  • Monday 24th May 2021
  • Monday 31st May 2021
  • Monday 7th June 2021
  • Monday 14th June 2021
  • Monday 21st June 2021

The beginners class will be taught by Ultan Mac Gabhann, who has a great deal of experience teaching reedmaking both in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Henrietta St. HQ and as part of the instrument making modules taught by Na Píobairí Uilleann for Ballyfermot College of Further Education at our PipeCraft training centre.

The intermediate/advanced class will be taught by well known pipemaker Bill Haneman, who as well as reeding the instruments he makes himself, has great experience restoring and reeding instruments by other makers.

Ultan has provided a syllabus, and list of tools and materials required for beginner reedmakers taking his class. Before signing up, please see it here.

To register, please contact our office by email to or by calling +353-1-8730093. Fees are €50 members and €75 non-members for the six-week term.

Clara Grunefeld
Annual Tionól 2021 – online registrations are now open

We will hold our Annual Tionól 2021 online this year on 28th and 29th of May, including reedmaking and piping workshops, young piper’s recital and piping recital. See full schedule here.

Online registrations can be made through our online shop here. To register for the lecture, please email

Clara Grunefeld
Na Píobairí Uilleann welcomes pipers Patricia Logan and Rita Farrell onto new Board

Press Release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann – Irish version see below.

Friday April 16, 2021

Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to welcome uilleann pipers Patricia Logan and Rita Farrell onto its Board. Both women were approved at a meeting of the NPU Board this evening.

As a previous long-serving Board member Logan, from Athlone in Co Westmeath, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the governing body of the Association. She worked in the further education sector in Dublin as a teacher and deputy principal for over 30 years before taking early retirement in 2018.

A former student of the pipes in NPU in the 1980s, Logan is married to well-known pipe-maker Donncha Keegan and lives in Leixlip in Co Kildare.

Farrell, a native of London with Irish parents, first began her involvement with traditional music at a young age in the city under the guidance of Marian Gill and Damien Mullane before learning the pipes from leading uilleann piper Emmet Gill.

A previous recipient of the NPU Scholarship Scheme for young students of the instrument, Farrell is a graduate in architecture from Queen’s University Belfast where she conducted research into soundscapes in Irish music as part of her Masters programme. She is currently practising in London.

A regular public performer on the pipes, Farrell features on NPU’s, The Rolling Wave, A New Generation of Pipers CD. She has since become a prominent member of the London music scene and continues to teach from her home in the city.

Speaking about the appointments, NPU Chairman Caoimhín Mac Aoidh said: “On behalf of the Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann I’m delighted to welcome Patricia Logan and Rita Farrell. Patricia’s authoritative knowledge of the NPU governing structure and uilleann piping in general will be extremely valuable to the new Board while Rita’s perspective as a young practitioner will help shape our efforts to support the piping community and the ambitious programme laid out by the staff of NPU under the Executive leadership of Gay McKeon.”

For further information contact Clara Grunefeld  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 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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Fearann Na Píobairí Uilleann fáilte roimh na píobairí Patricia Logan agus Rita Farrell chuig an mBord Nua.

Preaseisiúint de chuid Na bPíobairí Uilleann

Dé hAoine 16 Aibreán, 2021

Tá an-áthas ar Na Píobairí Uilleann fáilte a fhearadh roimh na píobairí Patricia Logan agus Rita Farrell chuig an mBord. Glacadh le hainmniúchán na beirte ban ag cruinniú de chuid Bhord NPU tráthnóna.

Chaith Logan, arb as Baile Átha Luain i gContae na hIarmhí di, tréimhse fhada mar bhall den bhord roimhe seo, agus tá neart taithí agus eolais le tairiscint aici do bhord stiúrtha an Chomhlachais. Tá breis agus tríocha bliain caite aici ag obair san earnáil oideachais i mBaile Átha Cliath agus í ina múinteoir agus ina leasphríomhoide. Chuaigh sí ar luathscor sa bhliain 2018.

Ba dhalta píobaireachta de chuid NPU í Logan sna 1980idí agus tá sí pósta leis an bpíobaire aitheanta Donncha Keegan. Tá cónaí uirthi i Léim an Bhradáin i gContae Chill Dara.

Is as Londain ó dhúchas do Farrell, arb as Éirinn dá tuismitheoirí, agus is sa chathair sin a thosaigh sí ag foghlaim an cheoil thraidisiúnta agus í óg, faoi stiúir Marian Gill agus Damien Mullane. Thosaigh sí ag foghlaim na bpíob ina dhiaidh sin leis an bpíobaire aitheanta Emmet Gill.

Bronnadh scéim scoláireachta NPU d’fhoghlaimeoirí óga na huirlise ar Farrell, agus bhain sí céim ailtireachta amach i gColáiste na Banríona, Béal Feirste, mar a ndearna sí taighde ar fhuaimdhreacha an cheoil thraidisiúnta mar chuid dá céim mháistreachta. Tá sí ag obair i Londain faoi láthair.

Bíonn Farrell ag seinnim go minic ar an bpíb agus tá sí le cloisteáil ar The Rolling Wave, A New Generation of Pipers, ceirnín de chuid NPU. Is ball aitheanta de phobal ceoil Londain í agus bíonn sí ag múineadh óna baile sa chathair sin.

Ag caint dó ar na ceapacháin, dúirt Cathaoireach NPU, Caoimhín Mac Aoidh: ‘Thar ceann Bhord na bPíobairí Uilleann tá an-áthas orm fáilte a fhearadh roimh Patricia Logan agus Rita Farrell. Beidh eolas údarásach Logan ar struchtúr stiúrtha NPU agus ar an bpíobaireacht go ginearálta ina bhuntáiste don Bhord nua, agus cuideoidh peirspictíocht Rita mar cheoltóir óg lenár gcuid iarrachtaí tacaíocht a chur ar fáil don phobal píobaireachta agus leis an gclár uaillmhianach tá leagtha amach ag meitheal NPU faoi cheannasaíocht fheidhmiúcháin Gay McKeon.

Is féidir tuilleadh eolais a fháil ach glaoch ar Clara Grunefeld  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 Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath.

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

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