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Clara Grunefeld
Leo Rowsome Graveside Commemoration cancelled

In line with the latest Government guidelines in Dublin regarding Covid-19, the Leo Rowsome Graveside Commemoration, planned to take place in Balgriffin Cemetery on Sunday 20th September has been cancelled. The Commemoration will take place at a later date which has to be confirmed.

Anne-Marie Bell
Pipe Making Mentoring Programme in Honour of Leo Rowsome

Thanks to the support of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to announce an uilleann pipe making mentoring programme. The programme will provide one-to-one mentoring to emerging pipe makers over an intensive one-week period.
The mentoring programme will take place between September 2020 and February 2021. Na Píobairí Uilleann will take into account all COVID-19 guidelines from HSE/Government.

The programme is named in honour of Leo Rowsome, uilleann piper, uilleann pipes teacher, and master uilleann pipes maker whose work continues to provide inspiration and set an example of excellence to pipe makers today. 20th September 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of his death.

Applications must be returned to info@pipers.ie by 5PM (IST) on Friday 11th September 2020.

Application forms are available here

Word: Application


Anne-Marie Bell
Cancellation of Annual Tionól and EGM 2020

Due to recent restrictions announced by the Irish Government, Na Píobairí Uilleann have decided in conjunction with Management at the Farnham Arms Hotel, Cavan, that Tionól 2020 scheduled for 11th – 13th September will not now take place and is cancelled. Where bookings have been made, the hotel should be contacted directly for cancellations at info@farnhamarmshotel.com or by phone +353 (049) 433 2577.

An online Tionól 2020 will take place instead, details of this will be announced shortly.

Please also note that the EGM planned for September 12th 2020 has been cancelled. A notice of an alternative date will be communicated to NPU Members in due course.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused and we hope that you and yours continue to stay safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Anne-Marie Bell


Clara Grunefeld
An Píobaire Vol. 16 No. 3 now available

We are delighted that the new issue of our Newsletter An Píobaire is available now.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, this issue of An Píobaire was published electronically on July 22nd. All members received their copy via email. If you didn’t get yours, please contact info@pipers.ie.

Clara Grunefeld
NPU Statement on RTÉ Prime Time Investigates

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) strongly condemns the reported sexual abuse and discrimination in the recent RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme. We praise the courage of those who came forward and spoke out, and we support their actions in doing so. 

NPU is an inclusive organisation and we aim to provide a safe environment for all to enjoy and participate in the Irish Traditional Arts with zero tolerance towards abuse of any kind.  

NPU implements an artistic policy along with a child protection policy. We actively promote fairness, transparency and diversity in our engagement with performers of all ages and backgrounds.


Ráiteas ó NPU maidir le RTÉ Prime Time Investigates

Cáineann Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) go láidir an drochúsáid ghnéasach agus an leithcheal ar bhonn gnéis a tuairiscíodh le déanaí ar chlár RTÉ Prime Time Investigates. Molaimid iad siúd a tháinig chun tosaigh le labhairt amach faoi seo agus an misneach a bhí acu sin a dhéanamh agus tugaimid lán-tacaíocht dóibh.

Is eagraíocht ionchuimsitheach í NPU agus tá sé mar aidhm againn timpeallacht shábháilte a chur ar fáil do chách inar féidir le gach duine páirt a ghlacadh agus taitneamh a bhaint as na hEalaíona Dúchasacha. Ní ghlacaimid ar aon bhealach le drochúsáid d’aon tsaghas.

Cuireann NPU beartas ealaíne agus beartas um chosaint leanaí i bhfeidhm. Cuirimid cothrom na féinne chun cinn go gníomhach. Cuirimid trédhearcacht agus ilchineálacht chun cinn chomh maith agus muid ag déileáil le taibheoirí de gach aois-ghrúpa agus de gach cúlra.

Clara Grunefeld
Féile Phíobaireachta 2020 – Festival of Uilleann Piping in August

Féile Phíobaireachta – 3 to 21 August 2020

Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that the first Féile Phíobaireachta will take place this August. We will host a variety of online classes, workshops, performances and demonstrations through Zoom and our Facebook page.

The fee for online classes and workshops is €8 for members and €15 for non-members per class. There is no limit on the number of classes each student can attend, however tickets are strictly limited and will be on sale from Wednesday, 22nd July 10am IST, on our online shop on a first come, first served basis. 


delivered via Zoom

*sold out* Tuesday, 4 August – 3pm IST

“Listening and Appreciation” with Harry Bradley

*sold out* Wednesday, 5 August – 3pm IST

“Advanced Regulator Playing” with Seán McKeon

Friday, 7 August – 3pm IST

“Reed Making Workshop” with Mick O’Brien

Tuesday, 11 August – 3pm IST

“Pipes Maintenance” with Joe Walsh

*sold out* Wednesday, 12 August – 3pm IST

“Reaching the Regulators” with Joseph Byrne

*sold out* Tuesday, 18 August – 3pm IST 

“Airs” with Peter Browne

*sold out* Wednesday, 19 August – 3pm IST

“Rhythms & Regs” with Gay McKeon

Online Classes

delivered via Zoom

*sold out* Monday, 3 August – 10am IST

Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn – Masterclass

  • Duration: 1.5hrs
  • Experience Required: 4+yr. playing
Thursday, 6 August – 3pm IST

Emer Mayock – Masterclass

  • Duration: 1.5hrs
  • Experience Required: 1-2yr. playing
Monday, 10 August – 10am IST

Peadar Giles – Masterclass

  • Duration: 1.5hrs
  • Experience Required: 6+mo. playing
*sold out* Thursday, 13 August – 3pm IST

Joey Abarta – Masterclass

  • Duration: 1.5hrs
  • Experience Required: 5+yr. playing
*sold out* Monday, 17 August – 10am IST

Cormac Cannon – Masterclass

  • Duration: 1.5hrs
  • Experience Required: 3yr. playing
Thursday, 20 August – 3pm IST

Kieran O’Hare – Masterclass

  • Duration: 1.5hrs
  • Experience Required: 2+yr. playing

Cancellations made up to 3 days before the class are eligible for a full refund. 

Clara Grunefeld
New Video: Instrument Making in Conjunction with BCFE
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We are delighted to present a new video on Pipecraft, marking the addition of new choices to BCFE’s instrument-making strand.

From September 2020, the following instruments will be offered: uilleann pipes, flute, harp, whistle, and mandolin/mandola. 

This video provides an insight into the course run by Na Píobairí Uilleann in conjunction with Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

The video features both past students and NPU’s CEO, Gay McKeon, speaking about their experience of the course and Na Píobairí Uilleann’s instrument making facility PipeCraft.

Watch the video here on our YouTube Channel.

Clara Grunefeld
“Piping from the Parlour” continues on a weekly basis

We are delighted to announce that “Piping from the Parlour” will continue on our Facebook page on a weekly basis.
The artists perform from their own homes and these are brought to you via our Facebook page at 8pm (IST) every Tuesday.
The series started on Tuesday 21st April and was broadcast every other day.
The first part of the series is now available for viewing on our online Archive here.
Here is the schedule of previous performances (all times listed are IST):
  • 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
  • 25/05/2020 8pm – Colleen Shanks
  • 27/05/2020 8pm –  Pamela Schweblin
  • 29/05/2020 8pm – Joseph Byrne
  • 31/05/2020 8pm – Seán McKiernan
  • 02/06/2020 8pm – Cillian Vallely
  • 06/06/2020 8pm – Tom Delany
  • 08/06/2020 8pm – Michael Stribling
  • 10/06/2020 8pm – Martin Nolan
  • 12/06/2020 8pm – Barry Kerr
  • 14/06/2020 8pm – Kara Doyle
  • 16/06/2020 8pm – Preston Wilde
  • 18/06/2020 8pm – Heather Clarke
  • 20/06/2020 8pm – Lachlan McKibbin
  • 22/06/2020 8pm – Marion McCarthy
  • 24/06/2020 8pm – Maeve O’Donnell
  • 26/06/2020 8pm – Donnchadh Gough
  • 30/06/2020 8pm – Jason Rouse
  • 02/07/2020 8pm – Leo Rickard
  • 04/07/2020 8pm – Mark Redmond
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.
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.