At this turning of the year, when the days are shortest and the nights longest, we wish you a peaceful and harmonious holiday.
2018 was a busy year for the HHSI with events around Ireland, north and south. We also revamped our website this year, with the help of Arts Council funding. A particular 2018 highlight was when we were informed that Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, has honoured our work by becoming our patron. To celebrate this, the President invited us to Áras an Uachtaráin in September to give presentations and performances for Culture Night.
We are particularly grateful to An Chomhairle Ealaíon (The Arts Council) for their generous support to us in 2018 for various strands of our activities, and we thank our collaborators and everyone who has helped us in any way this year in our work to rediscover and to share the music and traditions of the early Irish harp.
We will share more news about our 2019 events in the New Year. For now, we will leave you with the following dates for your diaries in case they are of interest to you:
Early Irish Harp Discovery Day
The Queen's University, Friday, 8 February.
[In association with Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann's 'Remembering Bunting Festival']
Scoil na gCláirseach—Festival of Early Irish Harp
Coláiste Pobail Osraí, 14–20 August.
Le gach uile dea-ghuí -
With every good wish -
Siobhán and the team at The Historical Harp Society of Ireland
Some photos from our 2018 events beneath.
See and read about our summer festival here.
Please visit our youtube channel in the New Year to see some of our 2018 concerts, workshops, talks and more.