Na Píobairí Uilleann

Hall of Fame Recipient

Na Píobairí Uilleann was founded in 1968 by pipers determined to halt the decline of their instrument

Hall of Fame Award 2018 Recipient: Na Píobairí Uilleann

In acknowledgement of the 50th anniversary of the organisation and of it’s central role in achieving UNESCO recognition of Uilleann piping as a unique aspect of world heritage.
Na Píobairí Uilleann was founded in 1968 by pipers determined to halt the decline of their instrument. The success of the project can be judged by the fact that, instead of the 50 pipers who founded NPU, there are now over 6000 players throughout the world.
The iconic sound of the Uilleann pipes is now appreciated globally as is evidenced by UNESCO recognition.

The award will be accepted on behalf of Na Píobairí Uilleann by it’s CEO, Gay McKeon.

“The Pipes, The Pipes are calling”

There will follow a gala concert featuring:

The pipers of the NPU (Gay McKeon, Emmett Gill, Sheila Friel and others)


Paddy Glackin (fiddle) and Robbie Hannan (pipes)
One of the most respected duos in the world of traditional music. Two master musicians at the top of their game. A treat for lovers of traditional music of the very highest calibre.


Pádraig McGovern (pipes), Dave Sheridan (accordion and flute) and John McCartin (guitar).
A trio of hugely talented musicians whose individual virtuosity and brilliant ensemble playing provides ample evidence that the music of their native county is in rude good health

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