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Clara Grunefeld
Traditional Arts Bursary Award 2020 by the Arts Council

Applications are now open for the Traditional Arts Bursary Award 2020 by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Deadline is Thursday, 30th July at 5.30pm. 

More info here.

Clara Grunefeld
Online Workshops and Master Classes for Pipers in collaboration with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and Na Píobairí Uilleann are pleased to offer a series of online workshops and masterclasses for pipers commencing on Monday 6th July.

All piping events in this series are available to participants at no cost but places must be pre-booked and a strictly limited number of places for each session are available. Please note that due to limited spaces available, each student may only register for one class and one workshop during the week.

This series of masterclasses provides an opportunity for students to listen to some leading uilleann pipers perform a selection of their favourite pieces for the instrument. Additionally, tutors will demonstrate their approach to playing the pipes. It is hoped that students find this insight useful in the development of their own piping. There will be an opportunity for students to ask questions at the end of each session.

Each online event will last for approximately 90 minutes and take place via online video calling platforms. Please note that classes may be recorded for internal educational purposes.

As all piping masterclasses and workshops are taking place online, we regret that we cannot stream by novice, intermediate, and advanced levels. Consequently, classes will be mixed ability, but it is hoped that all participants will benefit from the experience.

For further information or to book a place at any of the piping events, please contact Na Píobairí Uilleann through email info@pipers.ie or call +353 1 8730093 or +353 87 3670978. Please note: students are permitted to attend one masterclass and/or workshop subject to availability.

Monday 6th July

10am – Masterclass w/ Mikie Smyth (full)

3pm – Airs w/ Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (full)

Tuesday 7th July

10am – Pipes Maintenance w/ Mick O’Brien (full)

3pm – Masterclass w/ Mickey Dunne (full)

Wednesday 8th July

10am – Masterclass w/ Louise Mulcahy (full)

3pm – Regulators w/ Gay McKeon (full)

Thursday 9th July

10am – Reedmaking Demonstration w/ Jim Wenham  

3pm – Masterclass w/ Seán McKeon (full)

Friday 10th July

10am – Masterclass w/ Brian McNamara (full)

3pm – Tuning a Full Set of Pipes w/ Benedict Koehler (full)

All times Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Classes will be held on Zoom and might be recorded for internal educational purposes.

Supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Closure Update (2/5/2020)

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.

Clara Grunefeld
An Píobaire Vol. 16 No. 2 – Now Available!

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.

Clara Grunefeld
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020 cancelled

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.

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.


Anne-Marie Bell
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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


Emmett Gill
Annual Report 2018 now available

Annual Report 2018 is now available.

For a full Review and Audited Accounts for 2018 click on the link below.

Click the image to view the report.

Annual Report 2018

Anne-Marie Bell
Launch of Learn

Na Píobairí Uilleann are excited to announce the launch of their new ‘Learn’ series of videos.

This series focuses on the fundamentals of playing the uilleann pipes. It provides students with tips on how best to approach their playing, in order to avoid common pitfalls. The suggestions offered here, when adopted, facilitate ease of playing. It is hoped that teachers and makers of the instrument will also find the series useful. We recommend that you initially view the videos in the sequence listed.

Ideally a student should have access to regular tuition with an experienced piper and teacher. Na Píobairí Uilleann supports pipers and aspiring pipers in locations around the world. If you need any assistance locating a teacher in your locality, please refer to the list of teachers here or email info@pipers.ie.

As the uilleann pipes are a complex instrument, the wide range of resources provided by Na Píobairí Uilleann are invaluable to pipers and pipemakers at all levels of expertise, and we invite pipers, pipemakers and teachers to join the organisation here.

If you have any questions or comments in relation to the series, please email learn@pipers.ie.

The series can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Learn’ button located along the main banner of the Na Píobairí Uilleann website or by following this link

Anne-Marie Bell
Uilleann Pipe Competition at Holywood Music Festival

Wednesday 14 November , Queen’s Leisure Complex Studio, Holywood

For more information, see https://www.holywoodmusicfestival.com