Niamh Parsons appointed Saoi of Howth Singing Circle

On 23rd November 2017, at Howth Yacht Club, Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) Executive Committee member, Niamh Parsons, was appointed as a Saoi of the Howth Singing Circle (HSC). The award, made by Brian Doyle, was in recognition of Niamh’s service to the HSC over the previous eighteen years as singer, teacher and organiser. Doyle referred to Niamh’s eight CDs, her lengthy professional career as performer (especially now with guitarist, Graham Dunne), and to her teaching of many young performers – including the night’s Special Guest, Daoirí Farrell. Doyle also paid tribute to Niamh’s role within the MUI and called for support for the union’s defence of the beleaguered RTÉ orchestras.

The HSC meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Abbey Tavern. In addition, the HSC has a Young Singer in Residence – fiddle player and singer, Cathal Caulfield; performs in community events like the Prawn Festival, Blessing of the Boats and Sutton Methodist Church Singathon for the Hospice; organises the celebrated Howth Burns Nicht each January; and has been the organising force behind the highly acclaimed Fiddle Bus that has brought Scots and Irish musicians together.

Niamh has brought new songs and styles to the HSC, generously encouraged local singers, and provided a professional and informed perspective of club activities.

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SIPTU welcomes support of the Taoiseach for the future of RTÉ Orchestras

SIPTU and Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) representatives have welcomed the support expressed yesterday (Tuesday, 12th December) by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, for the future of the RTÉ orchestras and his call for the Ministers involved to seek to ensure both are maintained.

SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “Speaking yesterday during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, called on the Government to intervene in order to guarantee that funding for the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Orchestra would be ring-fenced into the future. He said the orchestras were a key component of the ‘musical eco system’ and they should not become a victim in a tug-of-war regarding the licence fee.Continue Reading

Discounts for MUI members


If you are using any of the retailers below, please be sure to show your MUI card for a discount.

Paul Ryan Music, 4 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – Tel: 01 679 8571

Everest Music, 2 Raven Hall, Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow – Tel: 01 286 1933

Goodwins Music, 134 Capel Street, Dublin 1 – Tel: 01 873 0846

Perfect Pitch, 35 Exchequer Street, Dublin 1

Perfect Pitch – Tel: 01 677 1553

About Us

The Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI), an affiliate of SIPTU,  represents musicians from every genre along with music teachers, singers and other music professionals.

The Union works hard to protect members, whether freelance or directly employed, from exploitation and has a successful track record of ensuring that members receive all contractual entitlements arising from their performances.Continue Reading