Seán played with many of the greatest traditional musicians at one time or another, to name a few; Joe Cooley, Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peter O'Loughlin, Bobby Casey, Martin Talty, Martin Rochford and Willie Clancy. When Johnny Doran lay on his death-bed Seán organised a benefit céili at Quilty co Clare for Johnny and his family.  When he last visited O'Mealy he found him in unfortunate circumstances and sent him a few bags of coal. He ordered from Leo Rowsome the best set he could make and these are now played by Liam O'Flynn. He was a friend of the famous Brother Gildas who wrote to Seán describing his meetings with Mickey Cumbá back around 1912.
A direct link with the old timers, Seán collected pipes around the countryside at a time when there was little interest. Most of them he gave away and often for nothing, providing he saw a keen interest or talent. Once someone criticised a novice piper in his presence, Seán's response was to comment 'All pipers are good, but some are excellent.' 
I could go on but I will leave that to someone who knew him longer than I and indeed for what hopefully, will be a feature article in the next issue. There was great sorrow among all who knew him when he passed away in 1978. Considering the aims of this society there is no greater person after whom it could be named. Rest in peace Seán and thank you. We are highly indebted to the Reid family for permitting us to name the society in the great man's honour. We would hope to do that memory the justice it so richly deserves, especially now approaching the twenty-first anniversary of his passing.
Articles submitted for publication will only be accepted from members. To enable an efficient and cost-effective solution to publication it has been decided to make the journal available only on CD ROM. Word and Excel ©  have been chosen for text and spreadsheets. Adobe Acrobat ©  files are included for use on alternative word processors. The second issue is planned to be a multi-platform CD ROM so that Mac © and Unix users can access the files easily. Adobe Acrobat reader can be down-loaded from the internet free of charge. Contrary to popular belief CDs and especially home-recorded CDs, are easily damaged. For your further information the actual recording is on the gold or silver top side, underneath the label. Please treat your CD with great care.
Articles will be numbered sequentially and each will have its own unique directory in order to aid searching and reference by computer later. As substantial associated material can be included easily with this technology these files will be stored in the same directory. Files can be pictures, drawings, charts, and music manuscript. Sound and video clips, when available, will also be included. If illustrations used in the text exist as larger or higher quality versions these too will be available separately in the relevant directory. This method will enable illustrations to be viewed and sound samples to be played while reading the text. A name index will be updated with each issue of the journal giving period (if known) and where mentioned in the journal. A start has been made to this and it is hoped to continue adding information to all published lists with the help of the recipients.
Although the notes for contributors sets out standards for articles in general, it is accepted that some contributors will be practical rather than academic and that their input is vitally important in achieving our goals. As we will undoubtedly be dealing with folklore and traditions we will accept anything considered to be of value to pipers, pipe makers and historians alike. The journal will therefore attempt to be a reasonably standardised set of papers. The style will obviously vary from contributor to contributor and their general format and wishes will be upheld against the suggested standard as being of greater importance. We expect modifications of the guide after this issue when ideas and suggestions for improvement are considered.
Copyright of the content of the journal belongs to the individual contributors or as acknowledged, on an item by item basis, and so must not be copied in whole or in part without written permission. Likewise, individual contributors to this journal have the personal responsibility for anything they submit and the editor will assume that the contributor has obtained any permission necessary.
The founding members of the society are, alphabetically : Ken Bloom, Seán Donnelly, Craig Fischer, Wilbert Garvin, Robbie Hannan, John Hughes, Ken McLeod, Pat Mitchell, Anne Moore, Jimmy O'Brien Moran, Barry O'Neill, Mark Walstrom, and Geoff Wooff. The governors of the society at the outset are Ken McLeod, who is acting chairman, publisher, editor and treasurer. Wilbert Garvin is acting secretary and will be graphics, layout and art editor for the next issue. Robbie Hannan and Jimmy O'Brien Moran will be the music editors and Sean Donnelly historical editor for volume two. Craig Fischer of Australia is co-ordinator for Asia Pacific and Mark Walstrom of the USA for the Americas.
It is a condition of supply that recipients of introductory free copies do not permit this journal or any part of it to be copied to any third party without prior permission. It may be viewed by anyone however, providing the viewing is on the recipients computer. The persons and institutions to whom copies of the first issue will be supplied are: NPU, IPC, ITMA, UFTM, UCL, Hugh Shields TCD, The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Muiris Ó Rócháin, Eric Montbel, Bill Ochs, Tom Munnelly, Máire Ní Ghráda, Keith Sanger, Graham Wells, Jackie Small and The Armagh Pipers Club. It is hoped to get a better level of communication with other bellows pipers around the world. There is much information to share.
All correspondence and requests for help should be addressed in the
first instance to the present editor :
Ken McLeod, 50 Rowantree Road, Dromore, co Down, BT25 1NN, N. Ireland.
Home phone number +44 (0) 1846 693141.
Daytime number is the same code with final 6 digits of 604100.
Fax final 6 digits of 604141.
e-mail :email@example.com home or firstname.lastname@example.org office.
A feedback column will feature in forth-coming issues. This will carry any additional information received, corrections and comment. Lists will be re-published as new information emerges. To reference a page in correspondence use the volume number, then the article number (centre top) followed by the page number, (top right) e.g. 1.In1.5 is this page. The journal was produced using Word 97 SR-1, Excel 97 SR-1  , and Adobe Acrobat V3  .
The society reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of supply, at any time.