Saturday 7 December 2019

New generation of harpists in Gaelscoil

A new generation of harpists are learning to play Ireland's national instrument thanks to a Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) PEACE IV funded project.

A new harp programme has been launched in Gaelscoil Dhun Dealgan in partnership with Music Generation Louth as part of its Reach Out Programme.

Deirdre Ni Bhuachalla of Music Generation Louth said: 'We are very grateful to PEACE IV for funding this vital music tuition project to Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan. I am particularly delighted to be part of an expansion of the numbers learning our National Instrument especially as Harp Ireland is hoping to achieve UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status for the Irish Harp. It is also fantastic for me personally to have the opportunity to teach harp through the medium of the Irish language.

Áine Uí Choinne, Príomhoide, Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan commented: 'We have a rich tradition of music-making in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, and we are absolutely thrilled to now add harp tuition to our other instrumental classes. An investment in expensive instruments such as harps would never have been possible for us, so we are extremely grateful for the five instruments we now have on loan. Coupled with expert tuition from Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, the corridors of the school are alive with beautiful harp music. Is breá linn na siansaí ceoil a chloiseann muid timpeall na scoile!'

This project is supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland, and the initiative has also been supported by Louth County Council.

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