A Demand for Irish-made Harps

The resurgence of interest in harp -playing has led to an unprecedented demand for Irish-made harps. While the numbers of Irish harp makers are slowly increasing, the supply of harps is insufficient to meet this demand; an issue that was highlighted by Toner Quinn in his report to the Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon, A Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland (2014).

In her subsequent 2016 report on harp making in Ireland, Emer Mayhock, Traditional Arts Adviser to the Arts Council noted that harp makers operating in Ireland are doing so in an isolated manner with little outside support. Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland is determined to support the Irish harp-making tradition to secure its future, and will work with Irish harp makers to promote their instruments.

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Paddy Cafferky, Harp Maker

In 2018, Achill International Harp Festival, in association with Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland commissioned Kilig Productions to create a short film celebrating the work of master craftsman Paddy Cafferky from Urlár, County Mayo. Paddy is one of the leading Irish harp makers of his generation. We aimed to produce a record of his precious workmanship and to celebrate the contribution he has made to the harp world.

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