Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland, is a collective of harp players working together to promote our national instrument, gain recognition for its unique status and secure its sustainability. Enabling inclusive contemporary expression of our 1000-year-old harp tradition is at the heart of what we do.
Many thanks to all our supporters who rallied to our call for support to gain UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage inscription for Irish harp playing. You will be pleased to know that we have already been placed on the National Inventory for Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In the meantime, our UNESCO submission has taken the first step. It will be returned to us in June 2018 for further clarification, if any, and the process will continue for the next eighteen months. If we are successful, the announcement will be made in December 2019. Your many letters and good wishes were heartfelt and we were delighted with the response.
Please indicate your support by signing our petition at https://www.change.org/p/harp-ireland-irish-harp-on-unesco-s-representative-list-of-the-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-humanity
Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland, was established in 2016 by harpers in collaboration with The Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon to support the continuing evolution of the harp. We are the driving force behind the harp in Ireland. We are ambitious for its future. We promote the harp, its organisations, its harp players and its harp makers. Our vision for the harp is that it will continue its current momentum - attracting more performers and new audiences and enrich Irish musical and cultural life.
We acknowledge the harp’s diversity; we encourage a breadth of harp repertoire and performance, while recognising the wide variety of repertoire and performance styles that the harp has reflected for hundreds of years.Read more
10 - 17 June, 17 - 24 June, 24 June - 1 July in Kilfenora, Co. Clare
International Harp Festival for Irish Harp, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
Kilmovee, Co. Mayo
Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
With Janet Harbison