- Arts Council Funding-Application Evaluation, 2019
HHSI supporters receive updates on activities (make sure you have signed up to our
e-newsletter), and in Ireland, can have access to material from the HHSI library.
If you are taking tuition with an HHSI teacher, you also have the possibility to rent an HHSI
Membership runs from January to December each year. All members are listed on this page, unless they wish to remain anonymous.
You can post us a cheque or postal order made payable to:
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland,33 Altamount Park, Kilkenny R95 R7DE,Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
We accept foreign-currency cheques for an amount equivalent to €35 or above.
You can make a direct credit transfer to:
Acc. Name: The Historical Harp Society of Ireland
Bank address: Allied Irish Bank, 3 High St, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland,
IBAN: IE39 AIBK 9331 9847 9670 49
BIC / SWIFT: AIBKIE2D
We collaborate with organisations and festivals around Ireland to offer early-Irish-harp
Discovery Days with a concert, talk and hands-on beginners’ workshop.
Online Zoom courses (sessions on six consecutive Saturdays) with expert presenters, on a
diverse range of topics. Levels: post-beginner to professional.
Ireland’s annual international festival for the instrument with concerts, talks, interactive
workshops and players’ sessions, and walk-in Beginners’ Taster events.
We support harp builders by carrying out cutting-edge scientific research on historic Irish
harps. We offer a free, downloadable database of information from our pilot project on an
18th-century Irish harp.
We can help you find an in-person or online tutor in Ireland or elsewhere.Currently we have
networked tutors and players in Ireland, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Brazil, and
We inspire, support and mentor the next generation of performers, in Ireland and
internationally, providing them with expert information and resources, and also with
We offer players working with HHSI tutors low-cost access to the first ever rental collection of
early Irish harps, based on medieval to 18th-century originals in museum and private
We aim to connect to as much useful and relevant information as possible, and to provide
our own outline of what historical repertory one can play on an early Irish harp.
Watch 80+ videos of concert performances, talks and workshops filmed at our events over
the years, made available as a free public resource.
500+ items in the first members’ library of copies of 17th- to 21st-century MS and printed
materials, sound recordings and ephemera related to early Irish harp, Gaelic history and
culture, and parallel European source material.
We are assembling a collection of antique and replica harps. If you are planning to donate
an 18th-, 19th- or early 20th-century harp, please consider us as a possible recipient.
Our work is raising national, and international, standards for performance, tuition, and harp
making, and is also leading to increased research outputs in the field, within academia.
Keep up to date with our activities, concerts, summer festival and all things early-Irish-harp.
Michael D. Higgins, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland is honoured to have the support of the President of Ireland for our work.
The Society is also immensely grateful to its funding bodies, supporters and associate members, without whose generous support our work to revive the early Irish harp would not be possible. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir: Thank you all very much indeed.
The HHSI is proud to be supported by An Chomhairle Ealaíon (The Arts Council)
Our unique collection of HHSI Student rental harps has been made possible with funding from The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network.
The above benefactors have given substantial material support in the form of acquisitions for the HHSI library, and / or harps, for which the Society is very grateful.