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Fionntan Byrne

PipeCraft Course – Reed Making with Eamonn Curran


Introduction to reed making with Co. Monaghan pipe maker Eamonn Curran.

Eamonn is a very experienced reed maker, maintaining sets at the Armagh Pipers’ Club. Beginner and intermediate reed makers welcome on this course. All tools and materials will be provided. Participants must be 16 and over.

Date: Monday 29th July – Wednesday 31st July 2019 (3 day course).

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Location: PipeCraft, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Cost: €75 per person.

If you are interested in participating in the course or have any queries in relation to courses at PipeCraft please email info@pipers.ie or call +353-1-8730093.

Fionntan Byrne

PipeCraft Course – Bellows Making with Joseph Walsh


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Bellows Making with Co. Laois pipe maker Joseph Walsh.

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July (2 day course).

Location: PipeCraft, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Cost €180

Places are limited and booking is essential. Email info@pipers.ie or call +353 1 873 0093.


Anne-Marie Bell

Registration now open for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019 will take place from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July

Please call 01 873 0093 to register and make payment for class fee (€140)

All students must present themselves at registration on Monday 8th at 9am at the West Clare Resource Centre, Ballard Road, Miltown Malbay in order to be assigned a class

Daily piping recitals will be held at 1:15pm in the Community Hall. Piping concert will be held on Wednesday 11th July at 8pm in the Community Hall.

Reedmaking will take place at the West Clare Resource Centre, Monday to Saturday inclusive.

Full details of all events can be found here: http://www.scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com/

For further information please email info@pipers.ie or phone +353 1 873 009


Anne-Marie Bell

The Piper and The Earl at The National Library


Seamus Ennis, piper 1919-2019.

Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone 1550-1616.

Saturday 8th June 2019  12 noon – 4.30pm

The National Library, Kildare St, Dublin.


All welcome. Admission to all events is Free (first come, first served).


A special afternoon event of talks and music in the National Library commemorating the lives of two great Irish cultural and historical figures, Seamus Ennis and Hugh O’Neill.

This year marks the centenary of  the birth of Seamus Ennis, the celebrated uilleann piper, singer, collector and storyteller. Also a backward look into the turbulent history of Ireland in the late 16th Century and an examination of  the life of the Great O’Neill through music, drama and story.

12 noon – 12.30pm Professor Ciaran Brady TCD.  ‘The Life and Times of Hugh O’Neill’, Earl of Tyrone.

12.35 -  1.05pm Peter Browne, piper and former RTE producer. ‘The Life and Music of Seamus Ennis’.


Lunch Break


3.00 – 3.15pm  An introductory talk about Michael Holohan’s new double CD ‘The Road to Lough Swilly’ (Na Piobairí Uillleann commission) by Dr. Fintan Vallely, flautist, lecturer and author of the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork University Press, 2011.


3. 20 – 4.30 pm A Recital featuring Mick O’Brien, renowned uilleann piper and teacher, Donal O’Kelly, actor and playwright, The Boyne Valley Chamber Orchestra and Michael Holohan, composer, producer and musical director. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase.


With the support of The National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Council.