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Irish Harp

IRISH HARP. Similar to the Uilleann pipes, the Irish Harp has also gone through a  revival fueled by the commitment of Comhaltas ‘To restore the playing of the Harp and Uilleanne Pipes in the National life of Ireland’ and also by Cairde na Cruite, who have played a  central role in the development of interest in the instrument. The harping tradition has always been alive in Wicklow, harpers including the late Antoinette Mc Kenna, harpist and composer influenced many of the younger generation however the connection with the harp in Wicklow goes back even further. There is documentary evidence that a meeting was held in the monastic site of Glendalough in the 11th century between musicians from Wales and Ireland to set down the 24measures of string music, thereafter Glendalough was regarded as the spiritual home of the harp in Ireland. Since its foundation in 2007 Bray Comhaltas has trained over 16 harpers some have gone on to study harp in in university and return to tutor the next generation of Wicklow harpers, and so the tradition continues.

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