Ionad na Cruite
Irish Harp Research Cluster

Ionad na Cruite was established at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2013 and was formally launched with a special performance by The Chieftains. Ionad na Cruite aims to stimulate scholarship, performance and advanced research on the Irish harp. It also aspires to being a national and international centre of excellence for the Irish harp at doctoral and postdoctoral level, to building effective links with colleagues in the field of harp research and performance internationally and to providing a stimulating environment for performances, research and interdisciplinary projects at the University of Limerick. Ionad na Cruite recognises the centrality of The Chieftains Fund (in memory of Derek Bell) in its founding. 



World Harp Traditions International Conference


Sandra Joyce & Helen Lawlor, Harp Studies, Perspectives on the Irish Harp (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016)

Harp Studies presents new research on the Irish harp, with perspectives from the disciplines of ethnomusicology, musicology, history, arts practice, folklore and cultural studies. Themes explored in this volume include iconography, reception history, diaspora, identity, spirituality and politics. Taking an expansive view of the harp through history and music, these essays individually engage with the variety of ways in which the harp has been interpreted and implicated in Irish culture, politics and music from the 9th century to the present day.

Contributors: Emily Cullen (Moore Institute, NUIG), Paul Dooley (UL), Eibhlís Farrell (DkIT), Ann Heymann (ind.), Sandra Joyce (UL), Helen Lawlor (DkIT), Colette Moloney (Waterford IT), Michelle Mulcahy (UL), Mary Louise O’Donnell (ind.), Ruan O’Donnell (UL), Anne-Marie O’Farrell (DIT, QUB), Adrian Scahill (MU), Harry White (UCD), Aaron Lawless (ind. artist), Niamh NicGhabhann (UL), Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (UL) & Helen Phelan (UL).