Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
Harpers at the Crawford Gallery

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
Robert Naughton at dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
An enthusiastic audience for some Wexford harpers

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
Monkstown Comhaltas Harpers at the Lexicon

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
Teresa O'Donnell tunes up at the RHA

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
Local Post Office, Nobber, Co. Meath

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day 2018
DIT harpers appearing on TV am

National Harp Day 2018

Lá na Cruite, National Harp Day October 20 2018 was a resounding success – another heart-warming response from harpers all over Ireland and farther afield. Bhí ceol binn beo na cruite le cloisteáil ag ceardlanna, seisiúin, coirmeacha ceoil, leáchtanna agus taispeántais i ndéanamh cruite. Audiences from Donegal to Dingle, from Belfast to Bandon were treated to the wonderful sound of harp-playing at concerts, sessions, Harpathons, pop-up sessions, talks and demonstrations of harp making. Harping friends in the Isle of Man, Greece, the USA, and as far away as New Zealand joined us to celebrate our national instrument.

A big thank you to the Arts Council, RTÉ lyric fm and all the local coordinators, who rowed in behind us. We couldn’t do it without you! Míle buíochas daoibh ar fad.

This was our second major initiative to promote Ireland’s national instrument, encourage more people to learn the harp, attract 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 Armagh, Belfast, Dublin, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Laois, Louth, Meath, Cork, Wexford. Audiences from Donegal to Dingle, from Belfast to Bandon were treated to the wonderful sound of harp-playing at concerts, sessions, Harpathons, pop-up sessions, talks and demonstrations of harp making.

Harp Events Around the World

Associated harp events happened virtually with our harping friends in the Isle of Man, Greece, the USA, and as far away as New Zealand. 2018 saw a significant increase in the number of harpers from Northern Ireland taking part, and we were delighted to welcome them on board.

Thanks to one and all for taking part. Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís.

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National Harp Day 2018 Highlights

Galway Highlights

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Mayo Highlights

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Kerry Highlights

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Wexford Highlights

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Wicklow Highlights

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Dublin Highlights

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Northern Ireland Highlights

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Elsewhere Highlights

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