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

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 4
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Chairman, NPU
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Píobaire, An
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(3)-3youthful lady pipers, Mollie Morrissey,and Maire MacCarthy, twoyoung ladies who became internationally famous in later years. Itis of interest to hote that some of the instruments belonging tothe old pipers of those days are now in the possession of membersof the present club.Cormac 0 Caoimh became a member of the Cork Pipers Club atthe age of eleven, and in later years became the greatest Irishdancer and adjudicator of all time. The club today has the dis-tinguished honour of having Cormac as its President. He stilldances at the clUbs functions.The troubled times in Cork proved a severe setback to theclub. The rooms were raided by the Blackan-Tans, the musiciansbeaten up, and their.instruments smashed, and it was not untillater that uilleann piping and piper aking were revived by the lateTadhg Crowley, and ho and Noilus Cronin kept the art alive inCork city.People sauntering down Merchants Quay any evening were oftenentertained by the beautiful sound of uiileann pipe duets, comingfrom the workshop of Tadhg Crowley, were he and the late and veryfar ous Johnny Doran, a travelling piper, were playihg to theirhearts delight. Cumann Na bPiobairi in Cork today (revived inMarch, 1962) is a very flourishing club. Its membership iscomprised of a variety of instrumentalists, with uilleann piperswell to the fore, some of the latter being only nine years of age.An annual concert of traditional music, run in the MunicipalSchool of Music, draws crowds from all over Munster. Artistswho have contributed to these concerts include, Leo Rowsome,Soamus Connolly, Cait ni Chuis SeanOSe Con Foley G-roup fromLimerick and a choice troupe of fiddlers and flute players fromSligo.Ivlicheal 0 RiabhaighPIPESIt is proposed to reprint verbatim in eadh number of AnPiobaire references to the pipes from firsthand sources. Briefcomments will be added with a view to eliciting from readersopinions on points which seem to require explanation or larification. It will be seen that what is proposed here is an essentialpreliminary step in compiling a history of the instrument andaccordingly is complementary to the wo k roposed in respect ofthe pipers. Apart from the ultimate aim it is hoped that readerswill find the quotations, at least, of interest.D i ] eann PipesIn the description i the Hall of Tamar, translatedfrom an ancient manuscript, and published in the twelfthnumber of Collectanea do Rebus Hibernicis, we find aplace alotted for the Cuislinnaigh; a word, which,etymologically considered, evidently implies Bagpipers.At this day the pipers call their bellows, Bollog nacuisli, the bellows of the Cuisli, or veins of the armon the inside at the first joint: and as this joint onthe outside is denominated Ullan or Uilean, (that is, elbow,)-J
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