The unique and haunting sound of Uilleann Pipes was first heard in Ireland almost 300 years ago. Before the Great Irish Famine of 1845 it is said that there was an uilleann piper in every townland in the country. The post-famine era, however, and early part of the 1900s saw a drastic decline. When Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Society of UilleannPipers) was formed to preserve the instrument there were less than 100 uilleann pipers left in the world.Since our foundation in 1968 uilleann piping has experienced an extraordinary renaissance - the art form has now developed into a major world music genre, with thousands of players globally. Consequently, demand for instruments and instruction continues to grow. Na Píobairí Uilleann delivers a wide range of services from our painstakingly restored 1740s building at number 15 on Dublin’s historic Henrietta Street. These services include providing access to instruments, education, performances and preservation. Now we have a unique opportunity to support evergrowing, worldwide demand for services by developing the award-winning design for an International Uilleann Piping Visitor Centre Theatre on adjacent site of no. 16. This award-winning design re-instates the original Georgian streetscape, creating an International Uilleann Piping Centre, Theatre, Training Facility and Archive showcasing this truly unique sound of Ireland – the Uilleann Pipes.
To learn more about the uilleann pipes, watch our introductory video here: