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Organisational announcement


Na Píobairí Uilleann is pleased to appoint Éanna Harrington as Administrative Assistant effective 3rd May 2022.

Éanna who has previously worked in sales administration and auctioneering will bring his experience to the NPU administrative team. He has a Bachelor in Arts, Nua-Ghaeilge & History from Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and plays the uilleann pipes.

Éanna will report to Daniela Ferretti, Administrator at NPU and we congratulate him on his appointment and wish him a long, successful and fulfilling career with the organisation.

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile

Registration for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2022 Now Open!


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2022 will take place from Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 10th July 2022. Uilleann piping and reedmaking classes will run from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th July inclusive, from 10am until 1pm each day.. Pre-registration is essential. For full details on uilleann piping classes and to register, click here:

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2022 – Pre Registration for Uilleann pipes & Reedmaking Classes

Note that all students must make payment via the NPU shop item above, and complete this form to assist with class allocation. For students under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must return the parental consent form.

Please contact info@pipers.ie with any queries.

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile

Leo Rowsome Unissued Recording from April 1928 added to Archive

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Leo Rowsome - Uilleann PipesLeo Rowsome was born 5th April 1903. To mark his birthday, we are delighted to share a previously unissued recording of his piping.
These two set dances, Rodney’s Glory and Bonaparte’s Retreat, were recorded by Leo Rowsome in April 1928.
The record was a test pressing and was never commercially released. 94 years after the recording was made, it is now publicly available for the first time through online archive here.

Special thanks to Helena Rowsome Grimes for sharing the record. Thanks also to Harry Bradshaw for transferring the record and completing the sound restoration work.

We hope you enjoy the music!

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile

Scholarship Applications Now Open for 2022


Scholarship Applications Now Open for 2022

NPU to award scholarships to eight young pipers in 2022

Na Píobairí Uilleann will award eight piping scholarships in 2022 to young uilleann pipers. Subject to demand, one scholarship will be reserved for non-Irish applicants. Successful recipients can use their scholarship to avail of tuition at any of the following summer schools:

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

The Scholarship process for 2022 is open until midday Monday 2nd May (GMT/UTC). Applications must be supported by recordings of solo piping by the applicant. Click here for further information on how to apply, and see the application form for all terms and conditions. If you or anyone you know may benefit from receipt of a scholarship, we encourage all applications! Applicants must be under 20 years of age at the commencement of the scholarship they wish to attend.

Na Píobairí Uilleann will also be awarding one pipe making scholarship in 2022 to a developing uilleann pipes maker. This will provide the opportunity to spend a week with an established maker at their workshop. More details on the pipemaking scholarship and how to apply will follow. Please contact us with any queries.

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