Thursday 14 December 2017

'Piping Postman' to play for Rising TV drama

Dublin's 'Piping Postman' will bring his uilleann pipes to the GPO for RTE's Road to the Rising event today.

Eamonn Walsh (61), who lives in Tallaght, was approached by the national broadcaster to provide music as Dubliners get the chance to step back into history for the day.

A world champion player, he got his nickname from colleagues as he has been working for An Post since 1979.

Today he will wear an old-style postman's uniform and play his pipes at a number of events in the city centre.

"I will be playing a bit of background music at Liberty Hall Theatre as the guests arrive for the screening of Insurrection," he said.

The Telefis Eireann drama tells the story of the Rising as it might have unfolded had television existed in 1916, and it hasn't been shown for almost 50 years.


"Then I'm going up to the GPO to play music there. It will be all music from around that era like Mise Eire and Boolavogue," said Mr Walsh.

"It's a great honour to be involved. I think its going to be a really great family day out."

The uilleann pipes are Ireland's national instrument along with the harp, the father of two added.

Originally from Mayo, he said he is looking forward to playing next year at centenary commemorative events.

Mr Walsh is one of the many people giving up their time to make it a special day in the capital today.

The events that led to the Easter Rising are being explored at a host of activities in the city centre, with O'Connell Street turned into a 1915 thoroughfare.


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