Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 4, Page 7

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 4, Page 7
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(:38)He was rather quiet and reserved in manner but quite friendly to speak to and had a nice sense. ofhumour. He had a good knowledge of Irish and at least a working knowledge of French and German,both of which lcngu ages I heard him speak on a few occasions.He was a good piper and hod a large repertoire of Dance tunes and also played some airs. On oneoccasion I heard him play part of The Fox Chase though I never heard him play the whole of it, Aswell, he was an accomplished musician in the modern style and could play the piano. I heard himplay some German folk tunes on the pipes to show that it could be done.I was present in the Vatican the day he played the War Pipes for Pope Pius X. To celebrate thePopes Episcopal Jubilee that year, among other events, Athletic competitions were held in theVatican and Ireland sent a team to compete. Five countries sent teams and each country organiseda pilgrimage to accompany ifs team. Among the Irish pilgrims were Eamonn Cecnnt and PadraigBreathnach and by request of the Pilgrimage Committee they brought their War Pipes and Brian Borucostumes to play for the team, On the day of our Audience with the Pipe if was arranged thatEamonn would wear his costume and play his pipes at the end of the ceremonies. I knew that andso I moved up to the front to see how His Holiness would take it. But the Pope did not know of itand so when his talk to us was ended he stood up to leave. But some of his entourage said to himNot yet and he sat back on his throne, Eam6nri left the Audience Chamber and started to playThe first puff sounded the drones and the Pope gave a startled look at the door through which thestrange noise was coming. The second puff sounded the chanter and Eamonn came in playing Iforget which march. He turned to the left across the end of the Chamber, then turned to the righttowards the top, right again across in front of the Pope, right again down the Chamber and out ofthe door through which he had entered. All the time the Pope kept staring at him in some surpriseAs soon as Eamonn left the Chamber the pipes stopped suddenly and when speaking to him after-wards he said a hole had come in the bag. It was very fortunate that that had not happened whilehe was inside, Because of that he played Padraigs pipes at the final athletic event on the Saturday,as he was better than the affer who was only a learner.On the day of the Audience we were warned against any demonstration it was against the rulesand we all promised to behave. But in spite of the warning, when the Pope left the throne andturned to go out there was a spontaneus burst of cheering and handkerchif waring. The Popestopped aid turned another startled look at us, but luckily nobody moved or fried to pushforward, seeing which the Pope went out.Each night we gathered in the Irish College for a ceidhlidh or conversazione and each night someofficials from the Vatican would be present. That night when they came they told us that thePope had been pleased to see and hear an Cecnntach as he admired people who loved and hadregord for their co intrys traditions and customs. As for the demonstration, he recogrdsed it hadnot been organised, but was the result of the Irish peoples faith and loyalty to the Holy See,When we heard that we were glad that we had cheered,Incidently, when the eIe ven events in Athletics had been run off Ireland finished up with 10firsts, 2 seconds and 1 third prize.Seosamh Breathn ach.THE FIRST PIPERS CLUB IN DUBLIN ******From page 3Although a report in the Freemans Journal (30.X .Ol ) spoke of the imminent publicati:on 0 f abagpipe tutor by a prominent member of the club, the tutor did not in fact see the light of day.The minutes are silent as to who the prominent club member was. Appeals to the Cork club andto the Feis Ceoil Committee for assistance suggest that lack of funds was the reason for its notbeing published.In 1901 the club decided to produce a monthly journal, An Piobaire (whence the name of thisbulletin). It was to contain notes on pipers at home and abroad, csv ticIes bycorrespondence,an Irish department and copies of all interesting letters received by the club (17.V. Ol) . Thefirst number appeared around July 1901. Under the date 29 Sept. 1902 Seamas UaCasaide hrecorded as agreeing to edit it. Later, on his resignation from the committee, this duty wasundertaken by Eamonn MacDonnchadho (13.XI.03). No copy of this journal seems to havesurvived. It must,however, have been a modest affair, in all probability in manuscrpt. Itcon7
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