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THE mag­nif­i­cent sounds of the Uil­leann Pipes filled Stamps re­cently as pipers from all over the county gath­ered there to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Uileann Pipes Day. An in­stru­ment which has seen some­what of a resur­gence in re­cent years, the idea of Uil­leann Pipes Day is to pro­mote the in­stru­ment and it sees pipers take over venues all over the world from Amer­ica to Ja­pan.

In En­nis­cor­thy, a tal­ented bunch of pipers put on a great show for the as­sem­bled crowd in Stamps, keep­ing the mu­sic go­ing for nearly four hours.

‘We had a bril­liant crowd in,’ said Padraig Sin­nott, one of the or­gan­is­ers. ‘We had lads in from all over the county. Of course Wex­ford is known as the home of pip­ing! It was great craic though and ev­ery­one seemed to really en­joy them­selves. Stamps is a great venue and a few of us would play reg­u­larly at the Trad Ses­sions there of a Fri­day, so the cus­tomers would be used to that kind of mu­sic. In gen­eral we only have the one get to­gether a year, but we’re think­ing we might try and do an­other one over the Christ­mas pe­riod be­cause ev­ery­one en­joyed it so much.’

Padraig says that there has been a re­cent surge in pop­u­lar­ity for the Uil­leann Pipes and any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing should come along to a trad ses­sion or get in touch with any­one in­volved in the lo­cal mu­sic scene to get a few tips on how to get started and where to source their in­stru­ments.

Back: Ned Wall, Bren­dan Wick­ham, Padraig Sin­nott, Michael Mar­tin, Hamish Stu­art and Éanna Har­ring­ton. Front: Oisin Ó Fein­neadha, Sea­mus Mac Mathúna, Cather­ine Roche, Ger Bren­nan and John Mor­ris­sey

Cáit and Brid­get Sin­nott with Nel­lie and Michael For­tune.

Nan For­tune and Aili­ien Lam­bert.

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