Meet the Maker | A Celebration of Unesco Recognition for Uilleann Piping

Recognition for Uilleann Piping

UNESCO has recently included Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  This important global accolade reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity.  UNESCO has now agreed that Irish Uilleann Piping – often referred to as ‘The Sound of Ireland’ – merits this recognition. Kilkenny Tradfest 2018, wants to celebrate this!

Uilleann Piping is the first Irish element to be recognised by UNESCO, and the campaign for inscription on the Representative List was led by Na Píobairí Uilleann, who lobbied for Irish ratification of the UNESCO Convention, and assisted the Irish Government in preparing the nomination

We are delighted to welcome musician and master craftsman Mickey Dunne to Kilkenny for this special event. Producer of traditional Uilleann pipes, Mickey studied the art of Uilleann pipe-making under the tutelage of the legendary master pipe-maker Cillian O’Briain. A musician all his life; Mickey now teaches masterclasses in the University of Limerick’s World Music Centre, where he was also a previous Musician in Residence.  He has inspired many of today’s best Uilleann Pipers. Mickey’s reeds are legendary so come along to experience a touch of his magic.

Locally, the Kilkenny Pipers’ Club have been to the fore in preserving pipe playing in Kilkenny and have trained many young pipers over the past 10 years. They will join in the discussion and the music.


  MC Martin Bridgeman.



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16 March 2018


National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny


Free Admission

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