Meet Ireland’s harp makers

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.


Harp makers

Brian Callan, Callan Harps Co. Galway

Davy Patton, Co. Roscommon

Jan Muyllaert, Navan, Co. Meath

Mervyn Waugh, Turmennan Harps Co. Down

Natalie Surina, Ériú Harps Co. Galway

Pat Cawley & Indra Karklas Indra’s Celtic Harps Co. Westmeath

Paul Dooley, Co. Clare

Paul Doyle Galway

Gerard Doheny, Co Laois

Ruairí McCann Narrow Water Harps Co. Louth /narrow-water-harps

Tim O’Carroll Killarney Harps Co. Kerry

Tomás MacUileagóid Eala Harps Dublin

Seán Smyth, Dublin

Graham Wright, Newport, Co. Mayo


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