International Harp Festival

An Grianan

Sunday 25th June to Friday 30th June 2017 are the dates to put in your diary for our next International harp festival, at An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

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Who Should Attend?

We accept harpers of all ages, standards and styles from absolute beginners to advanced players. Participants are graded and assigned to mentors who can offer them the best opportunity for improvement. (Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult).

Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish harp. Develop skills and repertoire � from ancient harpers� tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels. Have the experience of a lifetime at An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth!

Open to the general public

While our student harpists are immersing themselves in expert tuition for the week, why not come along and join in the fun? Members of the public can attend any or all of our exciting line-up of workshops and concerts too. More >>

An exhibition of Irish and Pedal harps is on view for the duration of the festival. The exhibitions are mounted by a number of premier Irish and international harp makers.

Enquiries and bookings: Tel: + 353 87 262 9136 / + 353 1 676 8998 Email:


An Grianán in the village of Termonfeckin, Co Louth, is easily accessible as it is just 50km from Dublin and is near the M1. There is a regular train and bus service between Dublin and Drogheda, the nearest town. A bus and taxi service is available between Drogheda and An Grianán, the Festival venue, where comfortable accommodation is provided, along with excellent food and all the facilities needed to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable week.

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The Festival mentors/tutors are drawn from the foremost figures and in the world of Irish harping represent some of the most respected and experienced teachers in Ireland and include a number of internationally renowned performers. Harpists who have taught at the festival in the past include:

Áine Ní Dhubhghaill

Áine Ní Dhubhghaill
Áine has worldwide acclaim as a harper and teaches harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her recordings include several film scores and CDs and a feature on Ciarán MacMathúna's series "A Touch of the Master's Hand". She has also premiered compositions by Dr Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Savourna Stevenson. As a Concert Harpist, Áine has played with orchestras and ensembles including RTÉCO and RTÉNSO.

Cormac De Barra

Cormac De Barra
Cormac has performed throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. With Anne Marie O'Farrell he has frequently appeared in concerts/recitals for harp duet and currently tours with singer Hazel O'Connor as well as performing regularly with singer Máire Ní Bhraonáin and her band. Visit Website


Maire Ní Chathasaigh

Maire Ní Chathasaigh
Maire has developed a variety of new harp techniques, particularly in relation to ornamentation, with the aim of establishing an authentically traditional style of Irish harping. Together with guitarist Chris Newman, she records and tours extensively all over the world. Visit Website


Helen Davies

Helen Davies
Helen has held orchestral posts in Sweden and Ireland and is particularly associated with the work of Shaun Davey. Now based in Copenhagen, Helen's main work is in the field of contemporary improvised music, blending acoustic and electronic sounds with trumpet player/composer Palle Mikkelborg. Visit Website


Dearbhail Finnegan

Dearbhail Finnegan
Dearbhail combines a busy career as a soloist with teaching harp in the O'Carolan Harp school in Nobber, Co. Meath, the birthplace of Turlough O'Carolan. She is currently Director of the Meath Harp Ensemble which she formed in 2003. She travels extensively, performing in Europe and the USA and has released a number of recordings for Irish harp. Visit Website


Kim Fleming

Kim Fleming
Kim has performed in Europe Africa, Japan, Europe and the USA along with many prestigious performances in Ireland.



Gráinne Hambley

Gráinne Hambley
Gráinne is a native of Co Mayo and travels widely performing and teaching the Irish harp. She specialises in teaching Irish traditional music 'by ear' and is also a very proficient concertina player. She has featured on a number of recordings and has released three solo CDs. Visit Website


Kathleen Loughnane

Kathleen Loughnane
Kathleen Loughnane is highly regarded for her work in arranging traditional Irish dance tunes and airs for the harp, and also for her research into the music of Irish harper composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1999, she co-founded the group Dordín. Kathleen was nominated in the Traditional Music Awards category for the Meteor Awards in 2010. Visit Website


Anne Marie O'Farrell

Anne Marie O'Farrell
Anne Marie's development of the Irish harp as a concert instrument has led to performances and recordings for TV and radio throughout Europe, the USA, Scandinavia and Japan. Anne-Marie is especially noted for her transcriptions of keyboard, lute and pedal harp repertoire for the Irish harp, and for her unique levering techniques. Visit Website


Caitríona Yeats

Caitríona Yeats
Caitríona is recognised as one of the most distinguished of present day harpists and has performed with much success in Europe and the United States. Catríona has also given numerous masterclasses and workshops and is currently harpist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.


Aisling Ennis

Aisling Ennis
Aisling, a freelance concert harpist, is a passionate performer, composer and teacher. A former student of the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she holds a first class honours degree in performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and a first class Master's degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from UCD. Visit Website

Harp Festival Evening Concerts, Daytime Concerts and Afternoon Workshops

Our harp festival features a series of daily evening concerts which are open to the public. These concerts remain a major highlight of An Chúirt Chruitireachta and are one of the major annual showcases for Irish harping throughout the year.

Our harp festival also features a series of daily lunchtime workshops. Festival mentors and workshop specialists give participants an opportunity to experience world-class performers in a truly informal setting.

View Concerts Programme 2016                                                                                        View Festival Schedule 2016


What Can I Learn?

Tutoring sessions are conducted on a modular basis so that participants can benefit from a collaborative multidisciplinary teaching approach. A full range of harping techniques are covered and include:

  • Irish harping techniques
  • Traditional ornamentation
  • Session and group playing
  • Wire strung harp styles
  • Music of the 16th and 17th century Harpers
  • Singing in Irish and English

If participants have specific requirements, we'll endeavour to ensure that they are addressed during the week.


Pedal Harp

A pedal harp class for Irish students is offered at an Chúirt Chruitireachta. This gives Irish students an opportunity to study with a number of world class exponents of the instrument from within and outside Ireland as well as enabling them to maintain active contact with harpers of diverse styles. It also allows Irish harpers to experience the classical harp repertoire and appreciate the capacity of the orchestral instrument.

Fees & Booking

  • Adult rate: €795
  • Student rate: €475
  • Pedal harp rate: €550
  • Listeners: €700

The above fees include all tuition, concerts/workshops, accommodation and full board. An Grianan offers single and double rooms ensuite. Space is limited, so apply NOW to ensure your place! Applications with €100 deposit as soon as possible please.

Please note that all deposits are non-refundable and must be paid in Euro.

Please send Cheques/Deposits made payable to Cairde Na Cruite to:
Cairde Na Cruite, c/o Rachel Duffy - 133 Corke Abbey, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

This can be sent by post along with the required deposit of €100 if this method is preferred.

For further information on Festival Bookings please contact:
Email:, Tel: + 353 87 262 9136 / + 353 (0) 504 20783

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