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

Maire NiGhrada (°1959) grew up in a musical
family, learned to play the tin whistle when she was ten and graduated to the uilleann pipes at the age of twelve.

Except for her contribution to the legendary
compilation ‘The Piper’s Rock’ from 1978 (with amongst others Davy Spillane, Jimmy O’ Brien- Moran en Gabriel McKeon), there are very few
recordings available of her. Which is a pity, as she has marvellous musical skills and technical
qualities on the pipes. Which supplies us of an
extra reason to come and see her live and receive her tuition during this weekend!

Maire Ni Ghrada on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0-g3vFvcy8


From Friday, April 21, 2017 (20h) till Sunday, April 23 (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,21: arrival from 7 pm onwards + informal session from 8 pm

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

9.15 am – 12 : Workshop Uilleann Pipes with Maire NiGhrada

Tuition beginners: Henk Coudenys & Roger de Wouters

12.30 : Lunch

14 pm – 15.30pm: Workshop Uilleann Pipes with Maire NiGhrada

beginnerslessen: Henk Coudenys

16 h – 17h30: Beginners: workshop with Maire NiGhrada

Seasoned pipers: free practice

18.30 pm: Dinner

20 pm.: Solo concert Maire NiGhrada + jamsession

Zondag April,23: 8.00 am-8.45 am: Breakfast

9.30 am – 12: Workshop Uilleann Pipes with Maire NiGhrada

Beginners: free practise / attend lesson Maire

12.30 : Lunch

14 pm: pictures + departure

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 .

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


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



Tel: 0032(0)93869711 (Henk Coudenys)


Please pay in advance on account of vzw Firbolg asbl, Sonseindestraat 90, 9620Zottegem, Belgium : BE 30 0688 8991 5211 (BIC GKCCBEBB)




Past Events:

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 -