Bill O'Herlihy talks to Mícheál Ó Riabhaigh about the history of his historic set of Taylor uilleann pipes and the art of playing pipes.

a set back from the grave

Mícheál tells Bill O'Herlihy the story of how he acquired this set of uilleann pipes. The pipes were originally the property of Canon James Goodman, a protestant clergyman in Skibbereen, county Cork, and a professor of Irish at Trinity College Dublin. Canon Goodman was a famous piper and music collector. When Canon Goodman died he wished for his pipes to be buried with him and his good friend Alderman Phair made sure that this happened. However, Alderman Phair thought it a pity that such a set of pipes would just lie in a grave so just days after Goodman's burial the pipes were taken out of his grave. The pipes remained in Alderman Phair's possession for six or seven years before being passed on to Mícheál Ó Riabhaigh. 

The pipes were made by master craftsman Willie Taylor. 

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 29 March 1966.