Cairde na Cruite in their aim to support harpists have a limited number of harps for hire to beginners. The following questions and answers aim to assist potential hirers in their quest to avail of a harp.
Harp hire: Caitríona Rowsome
Tel: +353 (0) 1 658 6224
In general a short waiting list will apply, but this depends on the demand at certain times of year.
A minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months. In general, we do not lend harps on a short term basis.
Our harps are mainly made by Irish harp makers and usually are the 34 string model. We also own a smaller harp which is suitable for beginners. A new person hiring a harp will be offered a harp as and when it becomes available.
No you will not own the harp as we are not agents for selling harps. Our harps have either been donated to the society or the society has bought them for the purpose of facilitating aspiring harpists.
Yes the harp is insured by the society while in transit from collection point to the hirer's home (provided that they are not left in a car unattended) and also in the hirer's home.
You may collect and return the harp to the harp hire organiser's home.
The cost is €50 per month with a minimum of 6 months for the first rental. This may be extended to a maximum of 12 months.
You will need to read and sign a Harp Hire Contract before taking possession of the harp. You will also need to have proof of your identity and home address.
You will need to pay to be a member of Cairde na Cruite in order to hire a harp. The cost of this is €10.00 per annum for students and €20.00 for adults and it will be added to the harp hire fee that you have agreed with the harp hire organiser. Payment is required when you collect the harp. Cheque payments should be made payable to Cairde na Cruite.