UILLEAN pipers from Gaoth Dobhair were centre stage with Hollywood actor Brendan Gleeson in Dublin earlier today as Minister Joe McHugh celebrated a worldwide accolade for the traditional Irish instrument.
Up and coming Donegal musicians Niamh Landale and Irial Ó Casaide were on hand at the National Library for the announcement by Donegal TD and Culture Minister of State McHugh.
Actor Brendan is a huge fan of Uilleann Piping and wanted to be at the announcement where he was entertained by the Donegal duo.
Minister McHugh welcomed confirmation that Uilleann Piping has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
“The Uilleann pipes are beautiful indigenous instruments and I was delighted that Niamh and Irial were at this event today giving our tradition – and their tradition – the worldwide recognition it deserves,” said the Donegal TD.
“It was great to chat to Brendan too about his love of Irish culture and music. He has a particular interest in the pipes and wanted to be here to mark the occasion.
“I want to pay tribute to all those over the past half century who reversed the decline in the making and playing of the pipes including those in Donegal who were part of that.”