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NPU Annual Tionól 2023 – Laois
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Na Píobairí Uilleann’s annual Tionól 2023 will take place on Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May in Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Cork Road, Abbeyleix, Co.Laois.

More details to follow. 

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Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event 2023
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The Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event takes place annually in Henrietta Street on the final Saturday in February. The event celebrates the life and achievements of Leo Rowsome. Leo Rowsome was one of the most significant figures in uilleann piping in the twentieth century, as a piper, pipemaker, organiser and piping teacher. The events of the day reflect all aspects of Leo’s piping legacy and include piping tuition, pipemaking and reedmaking tuition, a lecture and piping performance, followed by a social gathering with informal music.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday 25th February 2023. The event will include classes in uilleann piping with Jane Walls and the advanced piping class with Seán McKeon will have a focus on regulator playing. There will also be a class in reedmaking with pipemaker Joe Byrne. The evening’s activities will include a lecture by Peter Browne, “Pádraig O’Keeffe: The Last of the Fiddle-Masters”. The formal events of the day will finish with a recital featuring Tommy Martin, Lottie Cullen and the Wexford Pipers Quartet.

Programme of Events:

10:30 – 3:00 pm: Classes

Piping Class – Jane Walls
Regulator Workshop – Seán McKeon
Reedmaking Class – Joe Byrne

Classes €35 for members (€50 for non-members). To register for classes, please contact the office at +353-1-8730093 or email info@pipers.ie

7:00 pm: Reception

8:00 pm: Talk

Peter Browne – “Pádraig O’Keeffe: The Last of the Fiddle-Masters”

9:00 pm: Recital

Tommy Martin
Lottie Cullen
The Wexford Pipers Quartet

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Tionól Dhún na nGall 2023
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Tionól Dhún na nGall 2022 will take place on Friday 17th February to Sunday 29th February in Teach Hiúdaí Beag, Bunbeg, Ionad Pobail Dhún Lúiche, Moneymore and Crolly Distillery, Crolly. 

Programme of Events:

Friday 17th February

Venue: Teach Húidaí Beag, Bunbeg

8.00pm – Young Piper’s Recital followed by Piper’s Chair

Saturday 18th February

Venue: Ionad Pobail Dhún Lúiche, Moneymore

10.00am – Piping & Reedmaking Classes
Piping Class Teachers – Eoin Orr & Tom Clarke
Reedmaking Teacher – César Pastor

To register for classes, please contact info@pipers.ie or call +353 (0)1 87 30093. Classes are €35 for members (€50 for non-members).

3.30pm – Recital
Artists – Sheila Friel, Megan Níc Fhionnghaile & Cian McGrory, Cathal Ó Curráin, Martin Crossin, Theresa Kavanagh & Ian Smith

Admission: €15 for standard & €10 for students/unwaged/retired

Venue: Teach Húidaí Beag, Bunbeg

8pm – Piper’s Chair

Sunday 19th February

Venue: Crolly Distillery

12.30pm – Piper’s Chair


Below is a list of accommodation options within the area. For more information on local accommodation, you can check out https://www.gaothdobhair.ie/en/categories/accommodation-in-gweedore and Airbnb

An Chúirt Hotelhttp://www.gweedorecourthotel.com/
Caisleáin Óir Hotelhttp://www.donegalhotel.ie/
Teac Jack http://www.teacjack.com/
Danny Minnie’shttp://www.dannyminnies.ie/accommodation.html
Teac Campbellhttps://teac-campbell.com/
Teach Mhicíhttps://www.underthethatch.co.uk/miki#/property-page-information


Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
NPU Annual Tionól 2022 – Laois
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Na Píobairí Uilleann’s annual Tionól 2022 will take place on Friday 27th May to Sunday 29th May in Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Cork Road, Abbeyleix, Co.Laois.

Class bookings
Class bookings for reedmaking and uilleann piping classes can be made by phoning +353-1-8730093 or emailing info@pipers.ie with your name.
Spaces are limited. Class fees are as follows and are payable by phone in advance or on the day:
Two-day reedmaking: €50 members (€75 non members)
One-day uilleann pipes: €30 members (€45 non members)
Hotel bookings
For room reservations at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, please book directly with the hotel on +353-57-8730111. Please mention that you are attending the Tionól with Na Píobairí Uilleann when booking to secure the agreed prices for the weekend. The cost is €144 per person sharing including two nights Bed and Breakfast and one evening meal on Saturday.
Alternative Accomodation
Castle Arms (Durrow – approx. 8km Cork side) – 057 873 6117
Maldron Hotel (Portlaoise – approx. 15km Dublin side) – 057 869 5900


Friday 27th May

3:00pm – 7:00pm
Reedmaking Workshop
Spruce Reeds with Jim Wenham

Young Piper’s Recital
Featuring Senan Larkin, Niamh Morris, Aaron Fitzgerald, & Tove Byers

The Piper’s Chair

Saturday 28th May

10.30am – 3:30pm
Piping & Reedmaking Workshops

Piping Tutors – Colm Broderick, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, & Michael Foley
Reedmaking Workshop (contd.) – Spruce Reeds with Jim Wenham

4:00pm – 5:30pm

6:30pm – 8.00pm

9:00pm – 10:30pm
Piping Recital

Featuring Pamela Schweblin, Ciaran Somers, Alain Carroll, & Donnchadh Gough

The Piper’s Chair

Sunday 29th May

11.00am – 12:30pm
Lecture on Patrick Hennelly, pipemaker: “It was my wish I could make an instrument that could produce such sounds”

Speaker: Richie Piggott

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