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 / Harp Hire:  Áine Ní Dhubhghaill

Miontuairiscí / Minutes Secretary: Fiona Gryson

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

 

Harp Festival 2020

Harp Festival online 2020


DONATE

Help support our festival, our regular concerts and our other activities to revive and promote the Irish Harp. We welcome donations and new members. Click here to become a friend of Cairde ne Cruite. We guarantee that we will acknowledge your donations and membership fees.


ONLINE SHOP

Visit our online shop and choose from our wide range of harp music

Visit the online shop


HARPS

Cairde na Cruite hires out harps to beginner harpers.

Hire a Harp 


NEWSLETTER

Cairde na Cruite publishes an annual online harp newsletter

An Cruitire/The Harper

Read An Cruitire 2019

Latest Stories

Student Concerts 2020

Join us at any of our students concerts below. Always a wonderful afternoon of harping in a beautiful setting. All requests to play should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Aine Ni Dhubhghaill at 087 2629136.

Sunday 26/4/20, 3pm Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
This concert has been postponed due to COVID-19

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Festival 2019

2019 saw another great year of harping at An Chúirt Chruitireachta. We celebrated with harpers and musicians from all corners of the world.
View images from the 2019 festival below with thanks to Kieran Cummins.

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Cairde na Cruite featured on national tv

Watch Cairde na Cruite harpers on the National Lottery Winning Streak programme, Saturday 19 October 2019. Read more ...
 
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