The uilleann pipes are recognised as an important and unique cultural heritage symbol by UNESCO. This project supports the skills, imagination and creativity of those who make and play the uilleann pipes and ensures that our cultural heritage is passed down through the generations.
It is proposed to establish an uilleann pipe loan scheme based in Craobh na Mara, North Fingal Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann whereby four sets of Uilleann Pipes will be commissioned by an Irish Uilleann Pipe maker and they will then be in the custody of Craobh na Mara who will loan them on a two yearly basis to new students taking up the Uilleann Pipes. Research has shown that there is a lot of interest in taking up the Uilleann Pipes in the area, however, the start up cost is prohibitive.
This project will support the talented Irish Uilleann Pipe Makers and also support new students thinking of taking up this UNESCO recognised instrument until such time as they can purchase their own sets. Every two years the pipes will be loaned out to a new student of the craft ensuring as many people as possible get an opportunity to participate and ensuring the survival of this ancient Irish Instrument.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.