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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. 

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Breandán Breathnach Commemorative Event 2022
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The Breandán Breathnach Commemorative Event takes place annually in Henrietta Street on the first Saturday in December. The events of the day celebrate all aspects of Breandán’s legacy and include piping tuition, reedmaking tuition, a lecture and piping performance, followed by a social gathering with informal music.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 3rd December. Full details of this year’s programme of events are available below. All are welcome to attend. For those interested in attending piping and reedmaking classes, please contact +353-1-8730093 or
Programme of Events
10am – 3:30pm: Piping & Reedmaking Tuition
Tutors: Séamus Ó Rócháin, Cormac Cannon, Meave O’Donnell & Louis Priour
€30 for members / €45 for non- members
8pm: “Memories of a trip to Willie Clancy in December 1972”
Pat Mitchell & Terry Moylan in conversation with Emmett Gill
9pm: Piping Recital
Performers: Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Seán Neylon & Colleen Shanks
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Templemore Tionól
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The 34th Annual Templemore Tíonol will be returning again to the Templemore Arms Hotel. The Tíonol will take place from Friday the 7th – Sunday the 9th October and will feature uilleann piping classes, reed making workshops and sessions throughout the weekend.

Classes will run on Saturday from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.00pm-3.30pm.

Tutors: Cillian Roche and Leo Rickard.

Reed making workshop with Jim Wenham and Paddy Hyland.

For more info contact: Brendan Collins 0876732020

All pipers welcome.

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Autumn-Winter Classes 2022
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Uilleann Piping & Reedmaking Tuition at HQ

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s regular Tuesday night classes at HQ, Henrietta Street will return for the Autumn-Winter term on Tuesday 13th September.

To register for classes or for more information, please contact or +353-1-8730093.

To welcome students back, we will be hosting a BBQ on Friday 9th September at 6pm with music and refreshments. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments and play a tune. Family and friends are welcome, especially those who are keen to start learning the pipes.

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PipeCraft Course: Reedmaking with Éamonn Curran
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Reedmaking upskilling with Co. Monaghan piper, pipemaker, and reedmaker Éamonn Curran. Éamonn has a wealth of experience maintaining and reeding sets at the Armagh Pipers’ Club. He also has a professional background in education, and has taught a number of reedmaking workshops for Na Píobairí Uilleann.

All tools and materials will be provided at PipeCraft, but participants are encouraged to bring their own tools along with them. Participants must be 16 and over.

Date: Monday 15th August – Wednesday 17th August 2022 (3 day course).

Location: PipeCraft, Unit 44, Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Cost: €75 per person (members)
€105 per person (non-members)

If you are interested in participating in the course or have any queries in relation to courses at PipeCraft please email or call +353-1-8730093.

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PipeCraft Course: Introduction to Reedmaking with Joe Byrne
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Introduction to reedmaking with Co. Kildare piper and reedmaker Joe Byrne.

Beginner and intermediate reed makers welcome on this course. All tools and materials will be provided. Participants must be 16 and over.

Date: Monday 27th June – Wednesday 29th June 2022 (3 day course).

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Location: PipeCraft, Unit 44 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Cost: €75 per person (members)
€105 per person (non-members)

If you are interested in participating in the course or have any queries in relation to courses at PipeCraft please email or call +353-1-8730093.

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Reedmaking Workshop with Cillian Ó Briain
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Reedmaking workshop with pipemaker Cillian Ó Briain as part of Fleadh Nua 2022. Lucas’ Back Bar, Ennis, 11am.

Followed by Piping Heaven, Piping Hell in Considine’s Bar at 4.30pm.

For more info see:


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 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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New Reedmaking Videos with Donnacha Dwyer, Finbar Furey & Dave Hegarty
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In early 2022, NPU filmed a series of reedmaking videos with expert reedmakers Donnacha Dwyer, Finbar Furey and Dave Hegarty.

The videos featured detailed demonstrations from each reedmaker of their personal approach to making concert pitch chanter reeds.

The series was filmed by uilleann piper and film maker Maitiú Ó Casaide with assistance from piper and reedmaker, Ultan Mac Gabhann.

Donnacha and Finbar were filmed in NPU’s building in Henrietta Street, Dublin and Dave was filmed at his home in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

We hope that this series of reedmaking videos will be of interest to reedmakers of all levels, pipers and anyone with an interest in the art of uilleann piping and crafts in Ireland.

This series was made possible through support from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Network Support Scheme 2021. Special thanks are due to the participating reedmakers Donnacha, Finbar and Dave for readily sharing their knowledge and experience.

The videos are available to all view on the website. As with all content on our website, no log-in or subscription are required to view the material:

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Finbar Furey

Dave Hegarty

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In Person Classes Spring Term 2022
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We are delighted to be returning to in person classes in Henrietta St. on Tuesday 11th January 2022. Classes will run for 13 weeks and cost €130 for the term. Uilleann piping classes will take place at 6pm, 7pm and 9pm while the reedmaking class will take place from 6:30pm – 8pm.

The term will run until Tuesday 12th April with a break for the mid-term on Tuesday 22nd February.

To register for classes or for more information please email or phone 01 8730093.

Students are reminded that to attend classes you must have an up to date membership of Na Píobairí Uilleann. For more information in relation to our membership, click here.

We look forward to seeing you on the Tuesday 11th January.

*In line with Government restrictions, indoor classes will be limited capacity and all attendees over 18 years will be required to provide a Covid 19 Cert (being fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months) and a valid photo ID.

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