Welcome to the website of vzw Firbolg,
the Belgian association of Uilleann Pipers.

Lessons / workshops



Once or twice a year we organise a ´Tionol´, a gathering of pipers.

During these weekends you can attend workshops uilleann pipes for beginners, for seasoned pipers or a workshop reed-making.


Tionol 20-22 April 2018 with Diarmaid Moynihan, Modave, Belgium

Diarmaid Moynihan is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers and composers. He has been involved in music professionally since his early twenties and has a long and distinguished recording, performing, and composing career. His tunes easily find their way to the repertoires of colleague musicians. The Malbay Shuffle, The Waterbed and The Ivory Lady have - amongst other masterpieces - for example been recorded by Lunasa and Flook . Besides his cooperation with e.g. Donal Lunny, Guidewires, Liam O’ Moanlai and Alan Stivell, Diarmaid is in our countries best known for his own band Calico, he elected together with his brother Doncha.



Diarmaid Moynihan on youtube:






From Friday, April 20, 2017 (20h) till Sunday, April 22 (14h)



CENTRE ''LES CENT FONTAINES'' Rue du Centre 20, 4577 Modave, Belgium

(www.lescentfontaines.be) 16 km south of Huy.



Pipers: 170 €, all in

Partners and children: 85 €



Friday April,20: arrival from 7 pm onwards + informal session from 8 pm


Saturday April, 21 : 8.00 am-8.45am: Breakfast

9.15 am – 12 : Workshop Uilleann Pipes

12.30 : Lunch

14 pm – 15.30pm: Workshop Uilleann Pipes

16 h – 17h30: Workshop Uilleann Pipes

18.30 pm: Dinner

20 pm.: Solo concert Diarmaid Moynihan + jamsession


Zondag April,22: 8.00 am-8.45 am: Breakfast

9.30 am – 12: Workshop Tune Composing or free practice

12.30 : Lunch

14 pm: pictures + departure


Beginners lessons:

Unexperienced pipers are also welcome on our pipers weekend. They can get suitable lessons from Roger de Wouters or Henk Coudenys, dependant on their level. On Saturday a beginners workshop with Diarmaid Moynihan is planned from 16 pm till 17.30 pm.


Practical details:

  • Registration on before is necessary; payment in advance is preferred. Places are limited.

  • Vegetarian meals can be obtained, but have to be ordered at least one week in advance.

  • Bring your own sheets, towels, soap and shampoo or reserve your sheets on before (extra cost: 5 €)

  • Drinks are not included in the price and will have to be paid separately on Sundays, before departure




Modave is close to the E42, exit Huy. Your navigation system knows the way.




Tel: 0032(0)93869711 (Henk Coudenys)



Please pay in advance on account

BE18 3770 9286 0965 (bic: BBRUBEBB) of

Peter van Riel, Firbolg

Joos van den Steenelei 67

2100 Deurne Antwerpen




Past Events:

Tionol 21-23 April 2017 with Maire NiGhrada, Modave, Belgium

Tionol  April,15-17 2016 with Leonard Barry at Wépion (Namur), Belgum

Workshop and solo-concert Leonard Barry, October, 10th 2015, ’t Ey Belsele

Tionol 24-26 April 2015 with Fergus Finnegan in Nevele (Eastern-Flanders), Belgium

Tionol and Workshop Reed Making on 3 - 5 October 2014 with Fergus Finnegan



Private lessons

You can contact one of us:


Henk Coudenys: beginners and intermediate pipers (0032 (0)9 3869711 -

Roger de Wouters: beginners and intermediate pipers -

Raphaël De Cock: beginners and intermediate pipers -

Rob Goossens: regio Limburg -