Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 6

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 1, Page 6
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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- (5)The suggestion of Vallancey has become a fact with GrattanFlood. No explanation is offered as to how an Irish word.uuilleannff could be. corrupted into the English woollen in 16thcentury England and more unlikely still how it should again becorrupted or anglicised into union in 18th century Ireland.I had always thought that the expression more power to yourelbow referred to drinking rather than to piping. It may beadded that Grattan Flood is even ieee reliable than eitherWalker or Vallancey.Breandan BreathnachPIPERSONeills Irish Minstrels and Musicians, published alrnostsixty years ago, is a work which has afforded hours of pleasantreading to countless traditional musicians. It is not sur-prising then to hear the wish expressed that it be brought upto date. Unfortunately; this would be a task more difficultthan would appear at first sight; much more would be involvedthan compiling a history of the pipers who flourished sincethe d teof its publication. To say this is in no way tobelittle ONeills achievement. Irish Minstrels and Musicianswas a pioneer work, in com iline which the author to a largeextent had to rely on the accuracy and enthusiasm of correspondents.It was inevitable then that the work should suffer from defects.What roally is required is a fresh work, combining thematerial presented by ONoill(amended whore necessary), whateverescaped his net as well as a history of the period from 1913onwards. The formation of Na Piobairi Uilleann makes theundertaking of such a work quite feasible. In fact, Tomas 0Canainn, Corcaigh, has already taken the first step, the com-pilation of a catalogue of the pipers mentioned in ONeillsvolume. This catalogue is reproduced, hereunder, in the ex-pectation that other members will now do their part. Anyinformation additional to that given by ONeill about any ofthe pipers listed and all information about pipers not inciudedin the list should b.c forwarded to Tomas. (If the ihformationis from a printed source a reference to the source will suffice)The existence of portraits and photo raphs of pipers shouldalso be notified as well as any other information about pipers(e.g. legends, lucal:place names) known to members. Summariesof all information received will be published in the bulletinover the names of the contributors.NPU has already members in virtually every county in Ireland,in England, Scotlaild andthe United States. With their enthusiasticcooperation, the materials for compiling a history of the pip scan be gathered within the coming twelve months. Tomas 0 Canainnsaddress is Ard Earra,GleannMaighir, Corcaigh.PIPERS LI TED IN IRISH MINSTRELS & 1VIUSICIANSMichael Anderson Edward BlakeU. 1850 Sligo 1825 LimerickWilliam Andrews Owen Bohanb. 1873 Dublin 1850 GalwayPatrick BohanJimmy Barry1870 Cork awayJohn K. Beatty William Boyleb. 1821 Westmeath 1870 Galway
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