THE HARP, Ireland's national instrument, will be celebrated in the Galway City Museum this Saturday from 10.30am, with exhibitions, talks, and concerts.
From 10.30 to 12 noon, there will be a display of Irish harps made by Paul Dooley, Callan Harps, and Eriú harps; from 12 noon to 1pm, harp students of all ages and levels can take to the stage to demonstrate Ireland’s harping heritage; at 2pm, leading harpist Kathleen Loughnane, will give a talk on the manuscripts of Patrick O’Neill (1765-1832 ), which give an insight into the eclectic range of popular music in south Tipperary/Kilkenny in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
From 3pm to 4.30pm, in association with Cruit Éireann, there will be a concert with Paul Dooley, Kathleen Loughnane, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Floriane Blancke, and more.
The events, which are part of National Harp Day, are in association with Harp Ireland/Cruit Éireann. Admission is free. Advanced booking is advised for some events. Contact 091 - 532460 or www.galwaycitymuseum.ie