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The HHSI exists through the kind support of funders and members

"The HHSI is the only organisation dedicated to the early Irish harp. Through knowledge and ambition, the organisation has established itself and continues to advance the ways in which it can grow in the context of the traditional arts community and the wider music community. It is spearheaded by personnel who are deeply involved in the early harp tradition... this defines the ways in which HHSI informs and advances the history, repertoire, style and vision for the future for the instrument. The specific needs of this particular instrument and practice, the early Irish harp, cannot be fully met through other existing resource organisations.
The organisation has an exemplary track record in delivering high quality events to a devoted audience... At every level the programmed events and planned initiatives involve high quality and experienced artists and personnel…an artistic vision that is matched with suitably developed thought around each element and with a clear vision underpinning the activities…The creative and administrative team are highly experienced…HHSI continues to increase its reach with ever increasing success at engaging the public…It continues to excel as an organisation by delivering a specific and unique element of the traditional arts to the arts community and the wider public."

- Arts Council Funding-Application Evaluation, 2019

Become a Supporter

HHSI supporters receive updates on activities (make sure you have signed up to our e-newsletter), and in Ireland, have access to the HHSI library. If you are taking tuition with an HHSI teacher, you also have the possibility to rent an HHSI Student harp.

Membership runs from January to December each year. All members are listed on the HHSI Supporters page, unless they wish to remain anonymous.

  • €30+
    Associate Membership
  • €50+
    Yellow Brass Supporter
  • €100+
    Red Brass Supporter
  • €250+
    Silver Supporter
  • €500+
    Titanium Supporter
  • €1000+
    Gold Supporter
  • €2000+

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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

What your support achieves

The Historical Society of Ireland brings people together to rediscover the old Irish harp with wire strings, depicted in the national emblem and played until the early 1800s:

Early Irish Harp Discovery Days

We present nationally accessible early Irish harp Discovery Days with 'Listen – Learn – Have a Go!' events in collaboration with other Irish organisations, festivals and institutions.

Find out more here

The HHSI Rental Harp Collection

We offer players taking HHSI tuition affordable access to the first ever rental collection of early Irish harps. We have seventeen instruments in total: nine HHSI harp models based on medieval to eighteenth-century harps in museum and private collections. Cost: €35 p.c.m.

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The HHSI offers a tutor-finding service for early Irish harp tuition for term time classes in Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Armagh and Waterford. Classes are individual and normally last for sixty minutes. Longer lessons are also possible. We can also help you access online tuition available over Skype (and similar). Currently we have networked tutors to players in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Italy, UK and Japan.

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The HHSI Library

The HHSI has 500+ items in the first ever members’ library of books, periodicals, CDs and ephemera, devoted to early Irish harp and related subjects (Irish history and culture; 17th-21st century scholarly material; parallel European source material; sound recordings and ephemera). In 2020 our online catalogue went live in an integrated library management system.

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Artist Support and Mentoring

One-to-one artist support time is now a key, integral part of our remit to foster the rediscovery of the early Irish harp: mentoring artists and inspiring them through dissemination of the latest expert knowledge in the field and also helping them to network with diverse experts in this – and related – fields.

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The HHSI Harp Collection

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland is assembling a collection of antique and replica harps. If you are considering donating an eighteenth-, nineteenth- or early-twentieth century harp to a public collection or institution, please consider the HHSI first.

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Online Resources

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland aims to connect to as much useful and relevant information as possible. If you know of any additional links that may be approcriate please contact us.

Useful Links

The HHSI Youtube Channel

Watch 60+ videos of concert performances, talks and workshops filmed at our events over the years, recorded and made available as a public resource on our dedicated Youtube channel.

HHSI Youtube Channel

Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp

The HHSI’s Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp is Ireland’s international annual festival for the instrument with interactive presentations, workshops, talks, intensive daily tuition and walk-in Beginners’ Taster events.

Festival Site

Scientific Research

We support cutting-edge scientific research on surviving historic Irish harps by the world experts in the field. Learn about our project to research the Hollybrook harp, and access the project’s online resources for harp makers.

Report: The Hollybrook Project


Some of those we have coached and mentored over the years are now professional artists, harp tutors, harp builders and/or have achieved MAs and PhDs in the field from e.g. Ireland, Northern Ireland, The Canary Islands, Poland and the USA. Some of our international festival participants now bring their own students to Ireland to take part in Scoil na gCláirseach—Festival of Early Irish Harp each summer so our work is now giving rise to an international second generation of performers. Harp makers benefit from our scientific survey projects in having access to the most up-to-date data in order to build replicas of early Irish harps.

Arts Practice

We have a commitment to high-quality, collaborative arts practice. We have excellent links to – and have collaborated on programming with – many other music organisations, third-level institutions, churches and cultural centres – both north and south – in Ireland to provide concert events but also Illustrated Talks and Beginners’ workshop events for amateur and non-musicians to try out the early Irish harp. These organisations include: The National Museum of Ireland; The Office of Public Works; Trinity College Dublin; NUI Galway; Na Píobairi Uilleann, Dublin; Music Network; Galway Early Music Festival; The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Co. Dublin; The Remembering Bunting Festival, Belfast; Harp Ireland, Cairde na Cruite, churches and cultural centres.



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.

Platinum Supporters

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.

Arts Council Funding Festivals Arts Council Funding Traditional Arts Music Network Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Associate Members
  • Alise Devlin
  • Amanda Gydemo Östbom
  • Ann and Charlie Heymann
  • Anthony Cahill
  • Ashling Slater
  • Constance Quinlan
  • Debra Brewin-Wilson
  • Esther Hackett
  • Eva Sanchez Carreres
  • Gary Roy
  • Gillian Horrocks
  • Ivan Bradley
  • Jacqueline Lynaugh
  • Jeff Cowey
  • John Elwes
  • Karen Loomis
  • Kei Tadokoro
  • Lucy DeWolf
  • Mary Ann Gelly
  • Mary Johnston
  • Mary Nolan
  • Micheal Ó Catháin
  • Pascale Racine
  • Paul Mosse
  • Proinsias Ó Drisceoil
  • Ronan Browne
  • Sam Tyler
  • Sarah Durney O'Farrell
  • Sean Smyth
  • Shahnaz Mosam
  • Walter Reiter
Yellow Brass Supporters
  • Alex Golden
  • Edward Bunting
  • Joan Donaldson
  • Jonah McKenna Archer
  • Niamh Tumelty
  • Robert Dresner
Red Brass Supporters
  • Beth Richard
  • Caitlin Moon
  • Hitomi Kanayama
  • Jim Johnston
  • Joya Correia
  • Máirtín Ó Laithín
  • Maria Cleary
  • Marian Birch
  • Yasuteru Takahama & Mari Tanaka
Silver Supporters
  • Dawn Wisniewski
Gold Supporters
    Arts Council Funding Festivals
  • Harp Ireland
  • Colin Ireland
Support in Kind
  • Ann and Charlie Heymann
  • Ashling Slater
  • Brenda Malloy
  • Diarmaid Ó Catháin
  • Karen Loomis
  • Kathy DeAngelo
  • Maura Walsh
  • Simon Chadwick
  • Siobhán Armstrong
  • Sylvia Crawford
  • Mrs. Elsa Warren
  • Dr. Barbara Wright
  • Dr. Tristram Robson
  • 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.

Honorary Life Members
  • Seán Donnelly