Tickets: Online at The Town Hall Theatre:, or phone +353 (0)91 569777 and at door (Workshop: advance booking strongly advised at the HHSI +353 (0)83 860 9677)

Have you always wanted to play the harp? Would you like to know more about the history and traditions of Ireland’s iconic, ancient instrument?


You may never have heard the early Irish harp before, though its image is on every euro coin. This is a rather special harp – Ireland’s ancient instrument – strung with brass wire. Played by Carolan, among others, until the turn of the nineteenth century, it is now being rediscovered and can be heard on this island once more.

LISTEN (€15/€10)
Each Discovery Day begins with a lunchtime recital of solo harp music and harpers’ songs, given by Armstrong herself, Ireland’s foremost performer on the instrument, with the prize-winning Irish singer, EIbhlís Ní Ríordáin.

LEARN (Free)
This is followed by an illustrated talk on the fascinating history of the old Irish harp, given by a world expert in the field, Simon Chadwick.

PLAY (€15/€10)
And then it’s time to hand out the harps! The HHSI has a unique collection of copies of early Irish harps copied from originals in the National Museum of Ireland. These will be given to the small number of lucky participants who sign up in advance to take part in the hands-on workshop which rounds off these very special days. (Advance booking advised.  Suitable for +10 years and adults).