BE IT on the State's coat of arms, the presidential flag, the back of an Irish euro coin, or the side of a Guinness pint glass, the harp is the undisputed symbol of Ireland, a position it has enjoyed since mediaeval times.
Galwegians who would like to hear, learn about, and even play a brass-strung early Irish harp can do so at Early Irish Harp Discovery Days 2018 at the Town Hall Theatre studio on Saturday March 10.
The event, presented by The Historical Harp Society of Ireland, starts at 1pm with a concert from harpist Siobhán Armstrong and singer Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin. At 2pm there will be an illustrated talk on the history of the old Irish harp, given by a world expert in the field, Simon Chadwick. At 3pm there will be a harp workshop with Sylvia Crawford, where participants can play copies of early Irish harps based on originals in the National Museum of Ireland.
Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre 9091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ).