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Accounts and Receipts

Financial documents and receipts relating to the activities of Na Píobairí Uilleann. Included are an entry sheet for ‘Cumann na bPiobairí Uilleann / Uilleann Pipers' Club Members Private Sweep on The Grand National, Run at Aintree..., 1963; a hardback copy listing names & subscription payments to Na Píobairí Uilleann (1968-1972), the first entry is as follows ‘26th October 1968. Convention held at Bru na Gael, North Great George’s Street. Subscriptions were collected by me and the names of subscribers noted with addresses.’ The copy also includes ‘income’ and ‘expenditure’ accounts for these years. Also included are receipts for among other things, printing of the society’s newsletter An Píobaire, the printing of photographs from a pipers’ gathering in 1973, receipts for materials relating to reed making e.g. ‘12 balls of hemp, £1.07’ as well as receipts for the purchase of publications.


This subseries relates to the various activities carried out by Na Píobairí Uilleann to promote their organisation, as well as, the art of uilleann piping and pipe making. These activities include the publication of it newsletter An Píobaire, exhibitions on uilleann piping, the promotion of the uilleann pipes through participation in music competitions like Feis Ceoil and the establishment of pipe making companies throughout Ireland.

Administration, Premises and Equipment

This subseries contains correspondence, accounts book, membership lists, receipts, meeting minutes, rules and objective documents, insurance policies, rent notices, bills and equipment manuals relating to the early years of Na Píobairí Uilleann, particularly to the period when their premises was located at 32 East Essex Street, Dublin 2.

An Píobaire

Letters, notices and articles sent to Breandán Breathnach relating to the society’s newsletter An Píobaire. Most of the material dates to the early 1970s including an article and illustration from Ronnie Wathen (Wathen, Ronnie, 1934-1993), Es Cloí, Deyá, Mallorca entitled ‘Beginning the pipes: a personal note’ (10 Nov 1970); ‘Latest News Snippets from Pat McNulty’, Glasgow’ (May 1972) and a retraction statement from Theodor Podnos, New Jersey, U.S.A ‘Theodor Podnos regrets the erroneous statement made in his lecture of June 19, 1972 concerning the tunings of modern Highland chanters’ (30 April 1973). Also included are two copies of An Píobaire Nov [1977] and May 1982.

Breandán Breathnach Collection. Cassette 1 [sound recording] / [various performers]

Murphy, Denis, Kerry, singing in English A1;
speech in English A2–4;
fiddle solo A2, 6–10?;
fiddle in duet A5? 14–16?;
Unidentified performers [O'Keeffe, Padraig / O'Keefe, Padraig,, Kerry? Murphy, Denis, Kerry? other?], fiddles in duet? trio? A4;
Unidentified performer [O'Leary, Johnny, Kerry?], accordion in duet A5, 15;
Unidentified performer [Clifford, Julia, Kerry / London?], fiddle solo A11–12;
Unidentified performer [Clifford, Billy, Kerry / London?], flute solo A13;
flute in duet A14?, 16?

Running Order:
1. Song: Down Our Street
2. Speech, Hornpipe: Untitled [Story about Padraig O'Keeffe writing a hornpipe for Denis Murphy on a bank of turf that Denis and his father were working on; the bank of turf was in a bog called 'The Runaway Bog' and was 6 sods high], The Bank of Turf [The Stook of Turf]
3. Speech: Untitled [Story about Padraig O'Keeffe borrowing a new bicycle and selling it for drink; other anecdotes about Padraig O'Keeffe, including how Padraig O'Keeffe spent a weekend drinking during his time as a teacher]
4. Polka, Speech: Untitled [The Groves of Gneevegullia], Untitled [Anecdote about how Padraig O'Keeffe lost his job as a teacher]
5. Slide: Untitled
6. Air: Untitled [Caoine Ui Neill / Caoineadh Ui Neill / The Lament for O'Neill]
7. Slide: Untitled
8. Slide: Untitled [Denis Murphy's Slide; The Dark Girl in Blue]
9. Air: Untitled [Caoine Ui Dhomhnaill / Caoineadh Ui Dhomhnaill / The Lament for O'Donnell; dub from an acetate disc?]
10. Air: Untitled [The Wounded Hussar; The Banks of the Danube]
11. Air: Untitled [An Raibh Tu ag an gCarraig? Dub from the LP 'The Star above the Garter'?]
12. Hornpipe: Untitled [Johnny Cope]
13. Air: Untitled [Caoine Ui Neill / Caoineadh Ui Neill / The Lament for O'Neill]; clipped at end – tape runs out] [END OF BAND ONE]
14. Slide: Untitled [Padraig O'Keeffe's Slide]
15. Slide: Untitled [Mick Mahony's (1)]
16. Polka: Untitled [Jimmy Doyle's Favourite] [END OF BAND TWO]

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