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Na Píobairí Uilleann

posted 7 Nov 2012, 06:41 by web master   [ updated 8 Nov 2012, 05:43 ]
On Friday, September 14th 2012, Mr. Gerry Lyons and Mr. Donncha Dwyer, from Na Píobairí Uilleann, visited the school to talk the boys about the Uilleann Pipes. The boys from Room 17 and Room 19 were invited to take part in the demonstration in the school hall.

Scoil Mhuire has a long piping tradition. One of world’s most famous pipers, Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains, is a past pupil of Scoil Mhuire and it is here that he first learnt to play music. Mr. Lyons, our guest speaker from Na Píobairí Uilleann, is also a past pupil.

So who are Na Píobairí Uilleann?

By the 1960s very few people in Ireland were playing the pipes and far fewer, perhaps only five, were engaged in the making of the instrument. The Society of Uilleann Pipers known as Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Uilleann Pipers) was founded in 1968 at grassroots level by pipers themselves, in order to prevent the art of piping and pipe-making from dying out. Their headquarters are in Henrietta Street in Dublin 1 and you can find out lots more about The Pipers Club by visiting .

Breaking News!!

We are delighted that Scoil Mhuire has been chosen as the only primary school in Dublin to offer a brand new pilot programme which aims to teach a number of 5th class boys how to play the uilleann pipes. The boys will have a piping class once a week with Mr. Dwyer and we hope that by the end of the year, they will be able to play a few well known tunes and perhaps even perform in the school concert!

This pilot programme, supported by the Dublin City Council, has been made possible through funding from The Arts Council and allows the boys to avail of free piping classes for a whole year.

The Piping Demonstration

The boys viewed some videos which explained the different parts of the uilleann pipes and how they are played. Mr. Lyons gave the boys the opportunity to pass around a piping bag, the bellows and the chanter – the three main parts of the Uilleann Pipes – to see how each part works.

At the end of the demonstration, some boys were invited to try out the pipes. They needed a little help getting the pipes on as they are quite complicated. Luckily, Ms. Stapleton was on hand to help out. She knows how to play the uilleann pipes too, so she’ll be able to give the boys any extra help that they may need.