UNESCO recognition for Irish uilleann pipes

Irish uileann pipes have been recognised as an important and unique cultural heritage symbol by UNESCO.

The recognition follows an earlier decisionby the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisationto inscribe the Irish Folklore Commission Collection into its 'Memory of the World' register  - writes rte.ie.

President Michael D Higgins has welcomed the move.

In a statement, President Higgins said the recognition of uilleann piping in Irish culture is an honour and a "valuable recognition of the skills, imagination, creativity and importance of those who make, restore and play na píobaí uilleann".

He said the music and craftwork of Ireland "connect us in profound ways, weaving together cultural memory and contemporary vision".

The President congratulated those who made this international recognition possible and said the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage not only celebrates human diversity and ingenuity, but raises "awareness of the importance of protecting our shared cultural heritage".

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