Na Piobairi Uilleann
On May 24, 2018 An Post has commissioned a stamp to commemorate the body, which reversed the decline in the popularity of the Uilleann Pipes, Na Píobairí Uilleann.
Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the society of uilleann pipers in Ireland, was founded in 1968.
In 2017 the instrument was recognised as an important and unique cultural heritage symbol by UNESCO. The uilleann pipes are descended from bellows-blown pipes that were known in Ireland in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Their modern name ‘uilleann’ is derived from the Irish word ‘uille’ (elbow) as the instrument is inflated with a bellows, rather than the player’s breath.
When Na Píobairí Uilleann was founded, there were less than 100 uilleann pipers remaining in the world. Today, it is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to sharing the ‘sound of Ireland’ through access, education, performance and preservation. The society is committed to excellence in values, governance and processes, organising regular concerts and festivals, arranging tuition and releasing publications and recordings.
The society has its headquarters in Dublin’s Henrietta Street from which it supports the ever-growing, worldwide demand for services. The uilleann pipes are an intrinsic part of Ireland, our heritage and our music. They are our sound.