Na Píobairí Uilleann Celebrates 50 Years

Na Píobairí Uilleann Celebrates 50 Years

Pipers' organisation to launch new album of young pipers at annual Tionól.

Na Píobairí Uilleann marked 50 years since the organisation’s founding with an event last night (Wednesday, 23 May) and will continue with a series of events over the coming weekend. 

Na Píobairi Uilleann was founded in 1968 to preserve and promote uilleann piping. Speaking at the reception, Chief Executive Officer Gay McKeon drew attention to the diversity of pipers in Ireland and across the world, and the continuing relevance of the organisation’s motto, ‘sharing the sound of Ireland’. Performing at the reception were father and son duo, Seán and Fiachra Potts, and young piper Amy Campbell.

The reception also featured the presentation by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha of a certificate marking the contribution of the NPU to musical life in Ireland. An Post will also mark the 50th anniversary with a specially commissioned stamp. 

The organisation will launch a new CD today (Thursday, 24 May) at St Laurence’s Church at DIT Grangegorman, called A New Harvest – A Generation of Uilleann Pipers, featuring performances from Claire Fennell, Peadar Giles, Joe Byrne, Kieran Joy, Robert Fell, Fionntan Byrne, Claire Fennell and Eimhear Nic Comhaill. The launch concert is part of the NPU Annual Tionól, taking place 24–26 May, which also includes the organisation’s AGM as well as workshops, classes, and recitals.  

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Published on 24 May 2018

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