Cairde na Cruite

Friends of the Harp

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About Cairde na Cruite

Cairde na Cruite, since its establishment in 1960, has played a central role in the revival and development of interest in the Irish harp. While its original objectives espoused the provision of expert tuition and the publication of music for the Irish harp, its mission has evolved considerably over the last 50+ years and the society has made a significant contribution to the development of a vibrant dynamic role for the Irish harp, and its positioning within Irish traditional music.

Currently the society is actively involved in:

  • promoting interest in the Irish harp nationally and internationally,
  • continuing to integrate the wire and gut strung harps with mainstream Irish music through the medium of the Irish language where appropriate,
  • facilitating the provision of teachers of the Irish harp,
  • introducing a wider audience base to the ancient courtly harping tradition through information giving, recording and performance of the music,
  • publishing music for the Irish harp,
  • facilitating harp-hire on a short term basis for beginners.

Cairde na Cruite offers a wide range of activities which are carried out in a voluntary capacity by its committee. Apart from its annual festival, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, Cairde na Cruite

  • acts as an initial point of contact and information for anybody interested in the Irish harp,
  • organises 3 student concerts annually,
  • publishes an annual online harp newsletter called An Cruitire
  • publishes collections of music for the Irish harp, most recently: Rogha na gCruitirí, Harpers’ Choice, 100 Traditional Tunes for the Irish Harp.

 

Committee

Uachtarán / President:  Sheila Larchet Cuthbert

Cathaoirleach / Chairperson:  Áine Ní Dhubhghaill

Rúnaí / Secretary:  Helen Price

Cisteoir / Treasurer:  Kieran Cummins

Stiúrthóir na Féile / Festival Director:  Aibhlín McCrann

Scéim Ligin Cruite agus Eagarthóir / Harp Hire and Editor, An Cruitire:  Caitríona Rowsome

Miontuairiscí / Minutes Secretary: Fiona Gryson

Agus / Including:
Cormac de Barra; Maureen Daly; Rachel Duffy; Kathleen Loughnane; Méabh McKenna; Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla-Malone; Síofra Ní Dhubhghaill; Tara Viscardi 

 

Latest Stories

Cairde Na Cruite Featured on National TV

Prime National TV slot, RTÉ 1 features Cairde na Cruite.
This clip was aired on the Winning Streak programme on Saturday 19 October 2019. Read more ...

Winter Concert 2019

Our Winter Concert 2019 takes place on 19th October.

Cairde na Cruite celebrates National Harp Day with special guest, award winning harper Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín from Mayo joined by young rising stars of the harp in Ireland.

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Irish Harp Center Stage in Paris

Irish Embassy in Paris puts Irish Harp centre stage.

An evening of celebration of Irish harping at the Irish Embassy in Paris was very kindly hosted by the Irish ambassador to France, HE Patricia O’ Brien, on 16 October 2019.

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