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Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
New videos added to the Archive – Session with the Pipers, Leo Rowsome Commemoration, International Women’s Day

Tom Delany & Caroline Keane (uilleann pipes & concertina)A number of videos of various events over the last few months have been added to our archive. Also available through the archive are the most recent performances from the Piping for the Parlour series. 



Session with the Pipers – February 2022

Notes & Narratives – February 2022

Session with the Pipers – March 2022

International Women’s Day – March 2022

Leo Rowsome Commemoration – March 2022

Notes & Narratives – March 2022

Piping from the Parlour – 2022


Daniela Ferretti
Administrative Assistant – Job Vacancy

Na Píobairí Uilleann is seeking a permanent full time Administrative Assistant reporting to the Administrator.

For full details see the job description here.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 31st March 2022 at 5pm. Please submit a CV and covering letter to


Maeve Gillen
Gay McKeon speaks to Pádraig Ó Sé on Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Eachtraigh Dom

Gay McKeon spoke to Pádraig Ó Sé on the Raidió na Gaeltachta programme Eachtraigh Dom. They discussed our latest publication Uilleann Piping from County Kildare and the artist behind it, Joe Byrne. This album is the fifth CD in the Ace and Deuce of Piping series. Joe from Athy in Kildare recorded this album on a concert pitch pipes set of made by Paddy Hyland. 

Click on the link here to re listen to the programme: 

If you liked any of the tracks from this album you can go to our store and purchase a copy for yourself, just click on the link here:  or as a digital download from our Bandcamp here:

For more information, contact 

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan: Come & Try the Uilleann Pipes
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Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan will be holding a ‘Try the Pipes’ event on Sunday 13th March from 2pm-5pm in Monaghan Shopping Centre.

This event gives an opportunity for those interested or curious about the uilleann pipes to come along and try the out.

As part of the event Padraig McGovern  and staff from Na Píobairí Uilleann will be there to help in setting up and showing how to play the pipes.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
International Women’s Day 2022

Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to be marking International Women’s Day 2022 with a recital and screening of the recent documentary film Mná na bPíob on Tuesday 8th March at 8pm.

The recital will feature performances from Dublin based pipers Sorcha Ní Scolaí and Niamh Landale, and Colleen Shanks, a Michigan piper living in Clare. These performances will be live streamed through our channel NPU-TV.

Mná na bPíob was produced by Tyrone Productions and brings to the fore the lesser known stories of a group of female pipers from the mid 19th to 20th century. It also features musical performances from some of Ireland’s leading female pipers.

Doors open at 7:30pm and the recital will start at 8pm on Tuesday 8th March in Na Píóbairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta St. Dublin1 . Admission is free. All welcome. 

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Celebrating a chieftain: Paddy Maloney ar Chloch le Carn, RTÉ 1

A celebration of the life and career of Paddy Moloney, uilleann piper, tin whistle player, composer and founding member of The Chieftains is celebrated in this week’s episode from the series of Cloch le Carn on RTÉ 1 at 7pm on Tuesday 8th March.

Born in 1938 into a musical household in Donnycarney on the northside of Dublin, Paddy was surrounded by traditional music from a young age. He would master his craft as an uilleann piper under the watchful eye of tutor Leo Rowsome.

He came to prominence in the late 1960s as part of the group Ceoltóirí Chualann. Paddy would be instrumental in the arrangement and selection of music for the group which was put together by musical director and composer, Seán Ó Riada. The group would record the renowned live album, ‘Ó Riada sa Gaiety’ in 1969.

During his time as managing director of Claddagh Records Paddy would produce over 40 albums, many of them going on to become classics of the genre including The Liffey Banks by Tommie Potts and The Star Above the Garter by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford.

Paddy Moloney was best known as the founding member of The Chieftains. He would remain front and centre of the group for almost 60 years in a line-up that changed many times over the years and included musicians such as Seán Potts, Michael Tubridy, Martin Fay, Peadar Mercier, Seán Keane, Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, and Matt Molloy. Since 1962 they have been six-time Grammy Award winners and are recognised as having transformed and popularized Irish folk music around the world, touring and recording to great acclaim.

A founding member of Na Píobairí Uilleann he remained faithful to the piping tradition while courageously venturing into previously uncharted terrain, collaborating with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Sting, Sinéad O’Connor, Marianne Faithful and Ry Cooder. Paddy would be instrumental in helping The Chieftains take home an Oscar for composing and performing the original soundtrack for the Stanley Kubric film, Barry Lyndon.

Highlights of Paddy’s career often coincided with seminal historic events, such as being the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall of China. In Ireland he was involved in many major State occasions, such as Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979 when The Chieftains performed to an audience of over 1.3 million, and in 2011 as part of the historic visit to Ireland of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Paddy Moloney passed away in October 2021 following a short illness. This episode of Cloch le Carn looks back at his life and career through the eyes of those closest to him. Contributions from his daughter Aedín, Seán Keane, Michael Tubridy, Seán Potts and Gay McKeon.

Cloch Le Carn, Tuesday 8th March, 7PM on RTÉ One

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
From student to master; Joe Byrne’s piping exhibition a fitting reward for a gifted scholar
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Press release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Saturday February 26th, 2022

Joe Byrne, Uilleann Piping from Co Kildare (The Ace and Deuce of Piping #5)

Joe Byrne Uilleann piping from county kildareNa Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce the publication of Joe Byrne, Uilleann Piping from Co Kildare, the fifth release in NPU’s Ace and Deuce of Piping recording series.

Joe, from Athy in Co Kildare, has produced a recording of outstanding quality, featuring many classic tunes performed in a manner redolent of the great piping masters yet very much with his own individual, accomplished stamp.

As one of the first students to follow a learning pathway introduced by NPU and Music Generation some years back when he enrolled in the Laois piping classes under Gay McKeon’s guidance, Joe Byrne took his initial steps on a practice set acquired through NPU’s Pipes on Loan programme funded by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme.

And not only has Joe become a leading practitioner, he is also a consummate reed-maker and has completed a course in uilleann pipe-making at NPU’s PipeCraft training centre in partnership with the ‘Ceoltóir’ course at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

He now teaches regularly for Music Generation and Na Píobairí Uilleann and is a regular performer and teacher at traditional music events nationwide.

Joe Byrne, Uilleann Piping from Co Kildare is available to purchase on This album will be launched as a part of the Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event on Saturday 26th February at 9pm.

Further Information contact Maeve Gillen  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

W: P: +353-1-8730093



Emmett Gill
New Reedmaking Videos with Donnacha Dwyer, Finbar Furey & Dave Hegarty
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In early 2022, NPU filmed a series of reedmaking videos with expert reedmakers Donnacha Dwyer, Finbar Furey and Dave Hegarty.

The videos featured detailed demonstrations from each reedmaker of their personal approach to making concert pitch chanter reeds.

The series was filmed by uilleann piper and film maker Maitiú Ó Casaide with assistance from piper and reedmaker, Ultan Mac Gabhann.

Donnacha and Finbar were filmed in NPU’s building in Henrietta Street, Dublin and Dave was filmed at his home in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

We hope that this series of reedmaking videos will be of interest to reedmakers of all levels, pipers and anyone with an interest in the art of uilleann piping and crafts in Ireland.

This series was made possible through support from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Network Support Scheme 2021. Special thanks are due to the participating reedmakers Donnacha, Finbar and Dave for readily sharing their knowledge and experience.

The videos are available to all view on the website. As with all content on our website, no log-in or subscription are required to view the material:

Donnacha Dwyer

Finbar Furey

Dave Hegarty

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Funding Opportunity: Platform 31 Artist Support Scheme


Nationwide scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices in collaboration with the Arts Council opens for applications on March 3 2022

Following on from its successful pilot in 2020-21, the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers (ALAAO) is once more collaborating with the Arts Council to present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to be supported to investigate how they might develop their practice or make work in a different way. Designed to support and enable career development for 31 mid-career artists – one artist will be selected from each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland – there are two elements of support for participating artists in this pilot scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental programme. Informed by last year’s pilot, the PLATFORM 31 developmental programme will provide coaching, advisory support and networking opportunities for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. Designed to support mid-career artists, PLATFORM 31 is open to artists of any artform, medium and practice – as well as multi-disciplinary artists, living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in Ireland.

Applications open from March 3rd to 30th 2022.
For more information see or email

PLATFORM 31 is managed by Wicklow County Council on behalf of The Association of Local Authority Arts Officers, in collaboration with the Arts Council.

Fionntan Byrne
Tionól Dhún na nGall 2022

Poster Donegal Tionól

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s annual Tionól Dhún na nGall takes place this year between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th February 2022 in Teach Hiúdaí Beag, Bunbeg. Please note the change of venue. The full programme of events is available here and includes:

  • Classes in piping and pipes maintenance with Jane Walls, Buzz Ó Briain, and Martin Crossin;
  • Concert featuring Gay McKeon, Derek McGinley, Gearóidín Bhreathnach, Lachlan and Murdoch McKibbin;
  • Pipers’ Chairs;
  • An opportunity to ‘Try the Pipes’ for anyone who is interested.


The tionól will take place in Teach Hiúdaí Beag in Bunbeg, in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht. Stunning views abound in the surrounding area. Previous years’ events have been very successful and those in attendance have reported a weekend full of music and camaraderie. The Saturday evening recital will take place in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, a short distance away from Teach Hiúdaí Beag’s.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in attending the classes, registrations can be made by calling +353-1-8730093 or by emailing

A list of accommodation is available here.

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