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Jan
14
Clara Grunefeld
Online Reed Making Courses from 25th January – now full
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Na Píobairí Uilleann will hold two online reed making courses over six weeks, both commencing Monday 25th January 7.00pm GMT. No experience required!

The courses will be taught by Ultan MacGabhann who has many years’ experience teaching reedmaking, both in Henrietta St. as well as on the pipemaking course we operate in conjunction with BCFE, and by well known pipe maker and very experienced reed maker Bill Haneman.

Course costs €50.

Due to high demand, both of these two courses are now fully subscribed. To register your interest for other upcoming courses, please email us at info@pipers.ie. Students will need their own tools and materials.

The course takes place at 7pm GMT over Zoom on the following dates:

  • Monday 25th January
  • Monday 1st February
  • Monday 8th February
  • No class on Monday 15th February (mid-term)
  • Monday 22nd February
  • Monday 1st March
  • Monday 8th March
Dec
23
Clara Grunefeld
Session with the Pipers – Special Festive Episodes Online on 26th December and 1st January
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Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to announce that two special festive episodes of the beloved concert series “Session with the Pipers” will be available on NPU-TV in the coming weeks.

The two programmes were filmed in Henrietta Street in December and will be available exclusively on NPU-TV on Saturday 26th December and Friday 1st January 2021 at 8pm, respectively. The episodes will be available to view free of charge for one week each.

In place of buying a ticket, we ask that you consider making a donation to Na Píobairí Uilleann, a link is available on the video page.

Here’s the line-up of the online concerts:

26th December
  • Emmett Gill & Jesse Smith (uilleann pipes & fiddle)
  • Rosie Stewart (song)
  • Noel Hill (concertina)
  • Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin
1st January 
  • Sheila Friel (uilleann pipes)
  • Nell Ní Chróinín (song)
  • Conor and Paddy McEvoy (fiddle & piano)
  • Presented by Doireann Ní Ghlacáin

 

Dec
4
Clara Grunefeld
Breandán Breathnach Commemoration 2020 – Taking Place Online
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Na Píobairí Uilleann is delighted to present a short documentary about Breandán Breathnach on the occasion of this year’s Breathnach Commemoration on Saturday 5th December. The full film “Breandán Breathnach – Píobaire, Caomhnóir, Scoláire (1912-1985)” will be available on NPU TV and Social Media from Saturday 5th December at 8pm and feature Éadaoin Bhreathnach, Seán Potts, Gay McKeon and others. 

 

Dec
3
Clara Grunefeld
Na Píobairí Uilleann confirms Barra McGrory Q.C. to join Board
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Press release on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann, 3rd December 2020 *Irish below*

Na Píobairí Uilleann is pleased to announce that Barra McGrory, Q.C. has accepted nomination to the Board of the organisation.

Barra is a native of Belfast and qualified with a BA degree in Ancient History and Celtic Studies from Queens University Belfast. In 1987 he qualified as a Solicitor following in his father, Paddy’s, footsteps. Barra undertook the position of Chairman of the Solicitor’s Criminal Bar Association in 1990 and was made a Queen’s Council (Q.C.) in 2007. In 2009 he transferred from the solicitor’s profession to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

The development over recent years of the Charities Governance Code for organisations with charitable status has rightfully seen a number of changes aimed at establishing best practice standards for the governance of such bodies. Recognising and agreeing with these requirements Na Píobairí Uilleann, the body working to promote all aspects of uilleann piping wherever it is played or appreciated, recently altered its Constitution to provide for membership at Board level of persons who bring unique sets of skills to the organisation. The active participation at Board level of such persons will ensure the existence of governance structures and standards of Na Píobairí Uilleann which are best fit for purpose.

Mr. McGrory successfully navigated one of the most difficult legal positions on the island of Ireland when undertaking the position of Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland in 2011. As the first Catholic appointed to the position, legal sensitivities could not have been more challenging in the post-Peace Process period. Following six years in the latter role Mr. McGrory returned to private practice where he is one of the few senior counsel practicing regularly in both Irish jurisdictions and in Britain as a member of the Bar of England & Wales. 

In addition to his considerable legal skills, Barra McGrory has previously served on arts bodies in Northern Ireland and has a strong commitment to fostering community and traditional arts. He comes from a family of noted traditional musicians and is himself a skilled musician.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann, Dr. Caoimhín Mac Aoidh, Chairman, noted:

“The Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann is most fortunate to avail of the considerable expertise of such a skilled and dedicated person as Barra McGrory. We greatly look forward to his contributions and working with him on many exciting projects. Na Píobairí Uilleann has achieved astonishing results in its work promoting, developing and passing on the unique tradition of uilleann piping in its more than fifty years of existence. While extraordinary and challenging milestones have been realised and surpassed, it is critical that the Board of Na Píobairí Uilleann continues into the future ensuring the highest standards of governance making certain those seeking to play the music, those who enjoy its performance and the wider public who are disposed to this uniquely Irish instrument continue to appreciate exceptional service.”

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Deimhníonn Na Píobairí Uilleann go mbeidh Barra McGrory Q.C. ina chomhalta den Bhord

Tá áthas ar Na Píobairí Uilleann a fhógairt gur ghlac Barra McGrory le hainmniúchán mar chomhalta de Bhord na heagraíochta.

Is as Béal Feirste ó dhúchas Barra agus bhain sé bunchéim amach sa Stair Ársa agus sa Léann Ceilteach in Ollscoil na Banríona, Béal Feirste. Cháiligh sé mar aturnae sa bhliain 1987 agus lorg a athar, Paddy, á leanúint aige. Sa bhliain 2007 ghlac Barra le Cathaoirleacht Chomhlachas Barra Coiriúil na nAturnaetha agus rinneadh Abhcóide de chuid na Banríona (Q.C.) de sa bhliain 2007. In 2009 d’aistrigh sé chuig Barra Thuaisceart Éireann.

Mar chuid den fhorbairt a rinneadh ar an gCód Rialachais do Charthanais le blianta beaga anuas, tá athruithe áirithe tagtha chun cinn, faoi mar is cóir, le caighdeáin dea-chleachtas a leagan amach do rialachas eagraíochtaí dá leithéid. Aithníonn agus aontaíonn Na Píobairí Uilleann – eagraíocht a fhéachann le gach gné den phíobaireacht a chur chun cinn cibé áit ina seinntear í nó ina ndéantar ceiliúradh uirthi – leis na hathruithe sin. Is mar gheall air sin a athraíodh bunreacht Na bPíobairí Uilleann le deireanaí le ballraíocht ag leibhéal an Bhoird a cheadú dóibh siúd a bhfuil scileanna uathúla le tairiscint acu. Cinnteoidh a leithéid de bhallraíocht ghníomhach ag leibhéil an Bhoird go mbeidh na struchtúir Rialachais agus na caighdeáin is oiriúnaí don fheidhm ag Na Píobairí Uilleann

D’éirigh le McGrory post atá ar na poist dhlíthiúla is dúshlánaí ar oileán na hÉireann a stiúradh nuair a ghlac sé le ról Stiúrthóir Ionchúiseamh Poiblí Thuaisceart Éireann in 2011. Ba é an chéad Chaitliceach a raibh an post sin aige, agus bhí dúshlán ar leith ag baint le cúrsaí dlí sa tréimhse sin i ndiaidh phróiseas na síochána. Tar éis dó sé bliana a chaitheamh ag plé leis an ról sin, d’fhill McGrory ar an gcleachtas príobháideach. Tá sé ar an mbeagán abhcóide sinsearach a bhíonn ag obair i ndlínsí na hÉireann agus na Breataine, agus é ina bhall de Bharra Shasana agus na Breataine Bige.

Sa mhullach ar a chuid scileanna dlíthiúla iomadúla, tá tréimhsí caite ag Barra McGrory ar choistí ealaíon i dTuaisceart Éireann agus tá sé tiomanta do chur chun cinn ealaíon traidisiúnta agus pobail. Tógadh i dteaghlach mór ceoil é agus is ceoltóir bisiúil é féin.

Ag labhairt dó thar cheann Bhord Na bPíobairí Uilleann, dúirt an Cathaoireach, an Dr. Caoimhín Mac Aoidh:

Tá an t-ádh le Bord Na bPíobairí Uilleann go mbeidh fáil aige ar shaineolas dhuine a bhfuil díograis agus scil Barra McGrory aige. Táimid ag súil go mór lena chuid rannpháirtíochta agus le bheith ag obair leis ar go leor tionscnamh spéisiúil amach anseo. Tá torthaí iontacha bainte amach ag Na Píobairí Uilleann ó thaobh thraidisiún uathúil na píobaireachta a chur chun cinn, a fhorbairt agus a chur ar aghaidh ó bunaíodh an eagraíocht breis agus caoga bliain ó shin. Cé gur baineadh amach agus gur sáraíodh spriocanna móra, dúshlánacha ó shin, tá sé ríthábhachtach go leanfadh Na Píobairí Uilleann le caighdeáin rialachais arda ionas go gcinnteofaí go mairfeadh an tseirbhís ar leith a thugtar dóibh siúd ar mhaith leo an uirlis a chasadh, dóibh siúd a bhaineann sult aisti, agus dóibh siúd atá báúil leis an uirlis shainiúil seo i gcoitinne.  

Dec
1
Clara Grunefeld
Covid-19 – Update 1st December
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In line with the end of level 5 of Government restrictions, starting on 2nd December, NPU will be partly manned each day. Staff will be available for contact via phone and email from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Until further notice, the building in 15 Henrietta St. will remain closed to the public.

You can continue to contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm (GMT) Monday to Friday. 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. We are currently striving to ship orders on a weekly basis. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions there might be delays in delivery and interruptions of service to some destinations. If you have any questions about your order, please email info@pipers.ie.

Please check the News section on our website or our Social Media for the latest updates.

Nov
10
Anne-Marie Bell
Funding Opportunities for Traditional Artists
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To support individual artists and the wider arts sector in Ireland, we will keep our site visitors and members updated on funding opportunities that may be of interest.

Below is a list of current funding opportunities available to traditional artists:

  1. COVID-19 Completion Funding Scheme 2020

  2. Professional Development Award

3. Local Authority Arts Offices and the Arts Council of Ireland announce PLATFORM 31

A nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council 

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (LAAOs), in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work.

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a peer network. 

The scheme will establish a peer networking framework for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. The exact nature of this artist support framework will be informed by the proposals and interests of the 31 artists selected. The award is open to artists of any discipline and practice, based in Ireland, as well as multi-disciplinary practice and design of all kinds. It is designed to support mid-career artists who must have been in receipt of support/investment from a Local Authority Arts Office or the Arts Council within the last three years.  

Note: As these are non-NPU funding opportunities, please see the relevant website for the latest information and eligibility requirements. 

Oct
23
Clara Grunefeld
International Uilleann Piping Day on 7th November – Online Programme
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Online Workshops – Delivered through Zoom

  • 10am – 11.30am – Pipes Maintenance Workshop w/ David Lim
  • 3pm – 4.30pm – Advanced Masterclass w/ Seán Gavin *fully booked*
  • 5pm – 6.30pm – Intermediate Masterclass w/ Debbie Quigley *fully booked*

Times indicated are Irish Standard Times.

Note: Classes for International Uilleann Piping Day are free of charge

Places on this course are limited. To register your interest or for more information please contact info@pipers.ie or call +353 1 8730093.

Recital & Link-Up

8pm – Online Recital and Link-Up with organisers around the world on Facebook Live 

Our guests will be:
🎶 Wynton Moore (New Zealand)
🎶 Larry Dunne (USA)
🎶 Emmett Gill (Ireland)
🎶 Pamela Schweblin (Argentina)
🎶 Matthew Horsley (Australia)
🎶 Eriko Mizukami (Japan)

And we will be sharing highlights from the past 10 years.

Details on Pipes Maintenance Course

Na Píobairí Uilleann are pleased to announce that we will be holding an online pipes maintenance course using Zoom video calling. The course will take place with pipe maker David Lim.

The workshop will comprise of practical demonstrations on how to solve various problems that participants may have encountered with their pipes, and give them the confidence to attempt some of this maintenance work themselves. Topics will include:

  • rehemping loose joints
  • repair and/or replacement of valves in both bag and bellows
  • tying a chanter stock into a bag
  • cutting a bag to tie-in a blow pipe
  • a systematic approach to leak detection and repair
  • replacement of key pads
  • cleaning of uilleann pipes

Participants should send, in advance, any queries, faults, or problems that they might like covered when they make their application for a place on the course. They should have their own pipes to hand when logging in to the workshop.

Places on this course are limited. To register your interest or for more information please contact info@pipers.ie or call +353 1 8730093.

Oct
21
Clara Grunefeld
COVID-19 Update 21/10/2020
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In line with the Level 5 restrictions coming into effect from midnight on Wednesday 21st October, Na Píobairí Uilleann will close its headquarter office in Henrietta Street with all staff working remotely. Until further notice, the building will remain closed to the public. Thank you for your support in this regard.

You can contact NPU by email at info@pipers.ie or by phone at +353 1 8730093 during working hours 9am to 5pm (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 place orders in our online shop. We will be sending out web orders on a weekly basis.

We will continue to update our members via email, website, and on social media platforms.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the online archive to view an extensive library of video, audio and photographic materials for your entertainment and to aid learning and research. You can also stay tuned with our regular social media updates.

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

Oct
21
Clara Grunefeld
Fundraiser ‘Pipers for Paws’ with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
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Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and Na Píobairí Uilleann are looking for pipers to participate in the virtual fundraiser ‘Pipers for Paws’! 

Dublin City Centre & Balbriggan/North Co. Dublin Branches of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, in association with Na Píobairí Uilleann, are planning to present a Facebook fundraising concert on Tuesday 8th December at 7pm.

We are looking for submissions from pipers willing to play some tunes in video clips of about 5-7 minutes. The content will be pre-recorded and edited to create the online concert.

If you would like to participate or get more information, please contact us on info@pipers.ie or +353 1 8730093.

 

Sep
30
Clara Grunefeld
Irish Business Design Challenge by DCCI
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Design & Crafts Council Ireland in partnership with The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices have just launched an exciting initiative called the ‘Irish Business Design Challenge’.

The idea behind the Irish Business Design Challenge is to harness the ingenuity of the MSME sector, to help businesses and communities across Ireland, and to recognise and reward the resilience and innovation of micro, small and medium Irish businesses.

The Irish Business Design Challenge invites Irish businesses of all sectors to share the challenges they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 and the solutions they have designed to resolve them.

The Irish Business Design Challenge is open to three categories of business including micro (1 – 10 employees), small (11 – 50 employees) and medium sized (51 – 250 employees).

The overall winner will receive a prize fund of €50,000, with a €15,000 prize fund for the winner of each category and 2,000 for the runner-up in each category.

For further information and to enter –  see link here: www.dcci.ie/irish-business-design-challenge

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