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Musicians pipe music into Stormont for International Uilleann Piping Day

By Staff Reporter

The sound of the pipes echoed around Stormont's Great Hall as musicians from all over Ireland gathered to mark International Uilleann Piping Day.

The fifth celebration of the unique Irish pipes at Parliament Buildings was organised by Co Down player Helena Rowsome Grimes.

Her father, Leo Rowsome, was a world-renowned player and maker, credited with helping the famous instrument to survive.

"He was the first Irish artist to appear on BBC TV and the first to play solo on the Irish radio station, 2RN. I honour him annually in organising this event at Stormont," she said.

During his career, Leo Rowsome taught some of today's best-known pipers, including Liam O'Flynn, who played at the funeral of Seamus Heaney.

Ms Rowsome Grimes said she hopes the event - hosted by Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann - will help keep the piping tradition alive.

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