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Breandán Breathnach Commemorative Event 2021
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The Breandán Breathnach Commemorative Event takes place annually in Henrietta Street on the first Saturday in December. The event celebrates the life and achievements of Breandán Breathnach. Breandán Breathnach was one of the most significant figures in uilleann piping in the twentieth century, as a piper, organizer, researcher and collector. 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 be held on Saturday 4th December 2021 and will honour the contribution of piper, reedmaker, pipemaker, and teacher Dan O’Dowd. Dan was a close friend of Breandán’s. The event will include classes in uilleann piping with Eugene Lambe and Donncha Keegan. There will also be a reedmaking workshop with Cillian Ó Briain. The evening’s activities will feature an open discussion “Memories of Dan O’Dowd”, which will be hosted by broadcaster Peter Browne and which will include a contribution from Dan’s granddaughter Deirdre Leech. It will provide an opportunity for some of Dan’s many friends and students to share their recollections of Dan. The formal events of the day will finish with a solo piping recital featuring three performers: John O’Brien, Noel Pocock, and Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh.

*In line with Government restrictions, all events will be limited capacity and all attendees 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.

Programme of Events:

10:00 am – 3:30 pm: Classes

Members €30 – Non Members €45
*As there is limited capacity, booking is essential. 
To register for classes email or call +353-1-87-30093.

Piping Class – Eugene Lambe
Piping Class – Donncha Keegan
Reedmaking Class – Cillian Ó Briain

7:30 pm: Doors Open

*As there is limited capacity, we are operating a reservation list for all evening events. Please contact the office to reserve a place at or call +353-1-87-30093.

8:00 pm: ‘Memories of Dan O’Dowd’

Hosted by Peter Browne with Deirdre Leech

9:00 pm: Recital

Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh
John O’Brien
Noel Pocock

Fionntan Byrne
Online Reedmaking Classes
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Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to announce another term of weekly online reedmaking classes. Beginner and intermediate/advanced reedmaking classes will be held on Zoom, and will take place on Monday nights at 7pm Irish time over the following six weeks:

  • Monday 17th May 2021
  • Monday 24th May 2021
  • Monday 31st May 2021
  • Monday 7th June 2021
  • Monday 14th June 2021
  • Monday 21st June 2021

The beginners class will be taught by Ultan Mac Gabhann, who has a great deal of experience teaching reedmaking both in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Henrietta St. HQ and as part of the instrument making modules taught by Na Píobairí Uilleann for Ballyfermot College of Further Education at our PipeCraft training centre.

The intermediate/advanced class will be taught by well known pipemaker Bill Haneman, who as well as reeding the instruments he makes himself, has great experience restoring and reeding instruments by other makers.

Ultan has provided a syllabus, and list of tools and materials required for beginner reedmakers taking his class. Before signing up, please see it here.

To register, please contact our office by email to or by calling +353-1-8730093. Fees are €50 members and €75 non-members for the six-week term.

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