Brian Boru Millennium


August 18 – 24, 2014

The Irish Harp Centre invites you to a glorious week of festivities befitting a ‘High King’s Millennium’, featuring Ireland’s emblem, the Irish Harp. Concerts, musical sessions, and workshops throughout the week will culminate with a massed harp orchestra performing Janet Harbison’s new work, “Brian Boru, Lion of Ireland”, that has been specially composed for the festival and will be accompanied by choirs and bagpipes.

Brian Boru was himself a harp player, and Ireland’s national emblem – the magnificently crafted 14th Century Brian Boru Harp, now located in Trinity College Dublin, was for many years, residing with the ‘Recorder of Limerick’ in Castleconnell, the home of the Irish Harp Centre.  In the 1770s, the renowned harper Arthur O’Neill restrung the instrument and performed ‘Brian Boru’s March’ while parading through Limerick City to the delight of the throngs of people lining the streets.

  • Join us and learn more of the story of Brian Boru and his harp!

  • Enjoy a week of festivities with performances, late night gigs, day trips and tours!

  • Participate in the ‘Lion of Ireland’ production at St Mary’s Cathedral!

  • Feature your ensemble in the concert programme!

  • Join the Brian Boru Millennium Harp Orchestra at Brian’s own fort in Killaloe to perform the “March”!

We would love to see you there to mark the Millennium!


‘BRIAN BORU, LION OF IRELAND’, a new work by Janet Harbison of the Irish Harp Centre, Castleconnell, will be performed at St Mary’s Cathedral. Janet invites harp players with at least 2 years’ learning experience to join the Brian Boru Millennium Festival Harp Orchestra to perform with the choirs of Maire Keary-Scanlan, the Limerick Pipe Band, and various soloists.

1-Day Conference
“Brian Boru, His Harp and Legacy”
Irish Harp Centre, Castleconnell

Massed Harpers Performance of Brian Boru’s March
at Béal Boru, Brian’s Fort in Killaloe, Co. Clare

Late Gigs & Festival Club
The Locke Bar

Medieval Banquet Nights
Bunratty Castle

Historic Tours & Day Trips

Summer School







Directed by Janet Harbison
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Irish Harp Centre Manager: Martina Grace