Early Irish harp discovery events around Ireland

Discovery Days

Would you like to hear, learn more about, and even get your hands on a copy of an ancient Irish harp and be taught a tune?

Join us at one of our HHSI Discovery Days around Ireland, where you can meet us, hear this rare instrument played in concert, have your questions answered at an illustrated talk, and – if you sign up early enough! – take one of up to eight places in a hands-on Beginners’ workshop.

What's involved?

HHSI Discovery Days are suitable for adults and children over the ages of ten. They have three components:


Hear a prize-winning singer and Ireland’s foremost historical harpist collaborate in a 45-min. lunchtime concert of evocative, 18th-century harp songs and solo harp music.


Listen to, and ask questions, at a 45-min. illustrated talk on the fascinating history of the old Irish harp, put together by a world expert in the field.

Have a Go

Join a 75-minute, hands-on workshop for absolute-beginners. Harps copied from medieval to 18th-century originals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 15 October 2022


Lá Fionnachtana i gcomhar le Cumann Cláírsí Stáiriúla na hÉireann / Discovery Day in association with The Historical Harp Society of Ireland

  • 3.00 p.m. FOGHLAIM (léacht) / LEARN (illustrated talk) — Úna Ní Fhlannagáin
  • 4.00 p.m. BAIN TRIAIL AS (ceardlann thosaitheoirí) / HAVE A GO! (beginners’ workshop) — Eibhlís Ní RIordáin 
  • 8.00 p.m. ÉIST (ceolchoirm) / LISTEN (concert) — Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde + Siobhán Armstrong

N.B. Beidh an Lá Fionnachtana seo as Gaeilge / This Discovery Day will take place in the Irish language. 

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