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May
3
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Closure Update (2/5/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, is currently closed as Government restrictions are in place until 18th of May.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

You can still place orders in our store. We are striving to post orders on a weekly basis to ensure regular delivery to our customers. As the guidelines are subject to constant change, we will review the situation on a regular basis. Please bear with us, we will keep you updated, and apologise for the inconvenience caused! If you have any questions in relation to your order, you can email info@pipers.ie.

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

Unfortunately, all NPU public events previously planned to be held in April and May 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the online archive for a range of educational materials and past events. You can also stay tuned with our regular social media updates. 

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

May
1
Clara Grunefeld
An Píobaire Vol. 16 No. 2 – Now Available!
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We are delighted that the new issue of our Newsletter An Píobaire is available from today, 1st May 2020.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, this issue of An Píobaire was published electronically. All members receive their copy via email. If you didn’t get yours, please contact info@pipers.ie.

Apr
30
Clara Grunefeld
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 cancelled
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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 is cancelled.

For anyone who has paid for uilleann pipe or reed making classes via our registration, NPU will arrange a refund.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@pipers.ie if you have any queries.

This is the message from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy:

To all our tutors and participants at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the organisers of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have been reviewing the evolving health crisis and considering various ways in which the 48th summer school might be run safely and successfully.

When discussing options, the organisers were concerned with the health and safety of participants, visitors, the local communities and the general public.

Therefore, taking into account the current situation and restrictions, the prevailing uncertainties and the advice of the HSE, it has been regretfully decided that the summer school programme will not run in 2020.

Stay safe everybody.

Apr
24
Clara Grunefeld
Scholarships 2020
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Na Píobairí Uilleann will award 12 piping scholarships for 2020.

We are aware that some summer schools may be cancelled this year due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Successful applicants in 2020 will be able to carry their scholarship over into 2021, should their chosen summer school not take place. Alternatively, scholarships may be used to attend a course of piping tuition later in 2020 after previous approval by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Successful applicants can attend piping classes at any of the following:

  • Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
  • South Sligo Summer School – Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo,
  • Scoil Acla – Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
  • Joe Mooney Summer School – Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim.
  • Catskills Irish Arts Week – East Durham, N.Y.
  • Ceol na Coille – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Application must be supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant. See application form for terms and conditions. Closing date for NPU Summer School Scholarships is Friday 1st May 2020.

To download the NPU Scholarship Application form as a PDF click here, or as a Word document click here.

 

Apr
21
Clara Grunefeld
New Online Performance Series “Piping from the Parlour”
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We are delighted to announce the launch of “Piping from the Parlour”, a new series of online videos featuring various uilleann pipers.
 
The artists will perform from their own homes and these will be brought to you via our Facebook page at 8pm (IST).
The series begins on Tuesday 21st April and will be broadcast every other day until the 19th May 2020.
 
Here is the schedule of the performances:
  • 21/04/2020 8pm – Tommy Keane
  • 23/04/2020 8pm – Colm Broderick
  • 25/04/2020 8pm – Louise Mulcahy
  • 27/04/2020 8pm – Leonard Barry
  • 29/04/2020 8pm – Rita Farrell
  • 01/05/2020 8pm – Seán Gavin
  • 03/05/2020 8pm – Tom Creegan
  • 05/05/2020 8pm – Michael ‘Blackie’ O’Connell
  • 07/05/2020 8pm – Amy Campbell
  • 11/05/2020 8pm – Jimmy O’Brien Moran
  • 13/05/2020 8pm – Ronan Browne
  • 15/05/2020 8pm – Peter Laban
  • 17/05/2020 8pm – Sheila Friel
  • 19/05/2020 8pm – Gregorio Bellodi
  • 21/05/2020 8pm – Pádraic Keane
  • 23/05/2020 8pm – Deb Quigley
  • more artists will be confirmed
 
The full series will be available for viewing on our online Archive at a later date. You can also watch all past episodes on Facebook, you don’t have to be signed up to see them!
 
Our thanks goes to The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon for making this possible.
 
 
Apr
9
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Closure Update (14/04/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, is currently closed as Government restrictions are in place until 5th of May.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

Orders for products from our online shop can be placed with us at  www.pipers.ie/store however, unfortunately we will not be in a position to process or ship them until the current government guidelines have been lifted. As the guidelines are subject to constant change, we will review the situation on a regular basis. Please bear with us, we will keep you updated.

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

Unfortunately, all NPU public events previously planned to be held in April and May 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the online archive for a range of educational materials and past events. You can also stay tuned with our regular social media updates. 

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

Apr
8
Clara Grunefeld
Documentary “Liam O’Flynn – Píobaire” 12th April 2020, 9.30pm, TG4
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The documentary “Liam O’Flynn – Píobaire” will air on TG4 Sunday, 12th April at 9.30pm (IST). 

The feature documentary tells the story of master piper, Liam O’Flynn, from his membership with iconic Irish supergroup Planxty, through to his ground-breaking orchestral work in The Brendan Voyage. Liam was Honorary President of Na Píobairí Uilleann at the time of his passing in 2018.

Here is a little preview.

Liam O'Flynn documentary

Mar
30
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Closure Update (30/03/2020)
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Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation the Na Píobairí Uilleann headquarters building at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 will be closed until Tuesday 14th April.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5 pm (IST) Monday to Friday and you can leave a voice message if you cannot get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to contact individual members of staff directly you can do so by email.

Orders for products from our online shop can be placed with us at  www.pipers.ie/store however, unfortunately we will not be in a position to process or ship them until after 14th April (this date is preliminary and will be reviewed according to Government guidelines).

We will continue to keep visitors and members updated via email, website, and on social media platforms.

We are cancelling all classes occurring up to 14th April and postponing April events until further notice.

We wish you and your families the very best and hope that you stay well during these challenging times.

Mar
17
Anne-Marie Bell
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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We wish all of our visitors and members a Happy St.Patrick’s Day! 

For all of you at home, whether that’s in Ireland or elsewhere, we’d like to share a few archival items with you to mark the day: 

Since there’s no parade this year, here’s something to lift the spirits – an image taken at a St.Patrick’s Day parade in the late 1940s / early 1950s.
Photographed is Pat & Jim Brophy (Pipes), Tom Brophy (Accordion), Jim Seery (Fiddle), Betty Nevin (Dancer) outside the GPO, Dublin.
Thanks to Brendan Collins for sharing this photo with us!

 

 

If you’re stuck at home this St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a Notes & Narratives with Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh from March 2012 that may be of interest. Watch “The Stories, Songs, Music and Dance of St. Patrick” on our online archive 🎶👉https://bit.ly/2U8vXs9

Notes&Narratives is a monthly lecture/performance series which is streamed live on NPUTV & later added to www.pipers.ie/source

 

Mar
12
Anne-Marie Bell
Important Notice: Cancellation of Classes and Events Postponed Until 29th March
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In light of recent Government measures announced on Thursday 12th March, Na Píobairí Uilleann are cancelling all classes occurring up to 29th March and postponing March events until further notice.
 
Our premises at 15 Henrietta Street and Pipecraft (Clonshaugh) will close to the public from Friday 13th March. 

 

We are still contactable via email (info@pipers.ie) and phone (01 873 0093).