NPU Achieves Investors in Diversity Bronze Award

29th November 2021

 NPU Achieves Investors in Diversity Bronze Award

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) is delighted to become the first Traditional Music organisation to be presented with the Investors in Diversity Bronze Award by the Irish Centre for Diversity.

The Award reflects the successful work carried out to date by NPU to embed Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) across the organisation, work that is increasingly important given the diverse interest in the uilleann pipes, both nationally and globally, and the emergence of new voices in Ireland.

NPU Chief Executive Gay McKeon said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the progress being made by Na Píobairí Uilleann, endorsed by the receipt of this Award. It is a very important milestone in our journey, striving for excellence in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion.

“We have worked diligently to champion these values in our activities and to show leadership in this area but it is important to stress this is very much an ongoing process.

“NPU is committed to continuing this work with the Irish Centre for Diversity to ensure that we reach all sectors of society, at home and abroad, and that we continue to assert the critical importance of equality, diversity and inclusion.”

NPU was recognised with the award following an analysis of its work, policies and training in relation to diversity and inclusion. A commitment to continuous improvement is a goal shared by both organisations and NPU will now prepare for the next step of the journey in enhancing its status further. 

Investors in Diversity is Ireland’s only D&I performance accreditation. The programme recognises D&I efforts and supports the journey of continuous improvement by providing a structured framework to transform practises and culture.


About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 when there were less than 100 uilleann pipers remaining. Today NPU is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to Sharing the Sound of Ireland through Access, Education, Performance and Preservation.

Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin, in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition, as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – PipeCraft – was established in 2011 to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking. NPU is accredited by UNESCO as a competent Non-governmental Organisation in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

NPU lobbied the Irish Government to ratify the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage which resulted in the inclusion of Uilleann Piping on the UNESCO representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2017. Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and Dublin City Council.


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