SUMMER HARP OPPORTUNITIES at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland, in association with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is delighted to announce that the winners of our first ever scholarship for young harpers based in Ireland are:

Aoife Ní Chonghaile from Limerick and Ciarán McKenna from Co. Tyrone.

Warmest congratulations to Aoife and Ciarán who will take up their places at SSWC from 2 – 10th July 2022. Many thanks to everybody who applied; the future of harping in Ireland is safe and secure in the hands of talented and passionate young players and teachers.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with SSWC in 2023.


Scholarship for Irish Harpers to attend the Willie Clancy Summer School

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and Cruit Éireann │Harp Ireland have established a partnership to support the rapidly developing interest in Irish harping at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.

The summer school harp workshops, which  have been a feature of the annual Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy since 2007 and are led by Kathleen Loughnane and supported by a line-up of renowned harper tutors.

“The harp recitals at the summer school have become a major attraction for the general public and are now considered one of the highlights of  the  week’s programme of events while the number of  students  participating  has grown  steadily since we began in 2007” said Harry Hughes, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Director.  “This initiative to incentivise attendance by Irish harpers and to acknowledge the very positive work being done by both organisations is timely and we are delighted to be part of it”.

“Irish harping is now firmly integrated in the Irish traditional music world and recognised and celebrated internationally because of the excellence of its harpers and  its UNESCO status. We welcome this opportunity” said Aibhlín McCrann, Chair Cruit Éireann Harp Ireland. “The collaboration between Cruit Éireann/Harp Ireland  and Scoil Samhraidh Wille Clancy will ensure that harp studies and practice will remain central to the Irish traditional music heritage so effectively reflected by Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, and it will operate to our mutual benefit” she added.

Cruit Éireann │Harp Ireland, the harp tutors, guest performers, and the organisers of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, are very much encouraged by the enthusiasm, commitment, and progress indicated by harpers participating at the summer school since 2007.