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.

Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland, is currently working towards getting the harp in Ireland considered for ratification under the UNESCO 2003, UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

UNESCO defines intangible cultural heritage as the representation of living forms of heritage that cannot be touched – unlike, for example, our built heritage. It refers to the practices, representations and expressions that are central to the lives and identities of our communities, groups and individuals. As our national symbol, the harp is intrinsic to our Irish identity and to our sense of ourselves.

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About Us

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.

What We Do

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.

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What’s On

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day

Did you know that there are currently more than 1000 harp players in Ireland? Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann’s first major initiative was to hold a national harp day to celebrate this wonderful upsurge of interest in the instrument, introducing it to even more players and to new audiences and recognise the harp’s unique place in Irish musical and cultural life. Harp events took place at a number of key venues in cities and towns nationwide including Belfast, Dublin, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Laois, Louth, Meath and Wexford.

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