Welcome to Harp Ireland’s Resource Hub.
We have a range of useful links, documents for download and videos to watch…
Harp Ireland Inaugural Lecture 2019
'The politics of the Irish Harp symbol from Henry VIII to Brexit' presented by Dr. Mary Louise O’Donnell. In May 2019, Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland organised a special inaugural lecture entitled 'The politics of the Irish Harp symbol from Henry VIII to Brexit' presented by Dr. Mary Louise O’Donnell. The image of the harp, symbolic of the political and cultural landscape of Ireland for centuries, evokes strong sentiments in the collective Irish imagination. Some form of harp has been played in Ireland for over a thousand years, but the iconic instrument only became the emblem on Irish coinage in the sixteenth century. Since then it has been symbolic of Irish culture, music, and politics and, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it became a significant marker of Irish identity. The Irish harp was adopted as the official emblem of the Irish Free State in 1922 and it has remained an image of continuity and stability in Irish politics and society for almost a century. This lecture explored the shifting interpretations and representations of the Irish harp symbol, in particular, over the last two centuries.
Harp Day North 2020
More than 45 intrepid harp players braved the elements and faced down Storm Ciara to spend a wonderful day of harping in the EA Music Education Centre in Portadown on Sunday February 9th. Led and coordinated by Eithne Benson for Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland and graciously hosted by Jan Hutchinson and her colleague Nuala Curran, the occasion was a great success. We were delighted to welcome Siobhán Armstrong, Cormac de Barra, Dr Janet Harbison, pedal harpist Gráinne Meyer and Ábhann, South Ulster and Elver Ensembles to Portadown for a second year, and we thoroughly enjoyed catching up and making music together with some of our finest performers, presenters and harp makers, who had made the journey to join us.
Advice for Teaching the Harp Online
These are challenging times for everybody, and we’ve been looking at how we might make life a bit easier for teachers and their students. Three of our teachers got together to pool their knowledge and share their experience of teaching the harp on-line. Our thanks to Deirdre Granville, Gráinne Hambly and Anne-Marie O’Farrell. If you have anything to add or further ideas, let us know and we will add them to the document and post them on our social media pages.