Fri 7th - Thur 13th | July 2023

Field Trip

Visiting historic harps in Dublin

660 mins

Thursday July 13th

08:00 - 19:00 GMT +1

Event Overview


In-person festival goers can add this extra option (€60 inc. all travel, entry tickets and guided tour) to their All-Access ticket. Our annual field trip to examine historic Irish harps in Dublin takes place by private tour bus from Kilkenny to Dublin and back. You will be shown, at close hand, instruments that are not on display to the public. This rare opportunity is guided by experts in the field, Dr Karen Loomis, and Simon Chadwick. Return festival goers always look forward to this fun, social trip to Dublin and back (you can remain in Dublin at the end if that suits your onward travel plans better), and enjoy a rare opportunity to examine, discuss, and ask questions about the surviving old Irish harps seen on the trip. 

8.00 am - Depart Kilkenny 

10.30–12.00 pm - Trinity College Dublin:
• Book of Kells
• Trinity College harp (aka Brian Boru harp)
• Castle Otway harp

12.30–2.00 pm - Lunch

2.00–3.00 pm - National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks:
• Kildare harp
• Mulagh Mast harp
• Sirr harp
• Carolan harp
• Hollybrook harp
• Cloyne harp fragments
• Cloyne reconstruction

3.30–4.30 pm Guinness Storehouse Museum:
• Downhill harp

4.30 pm - Depart Dublin for those returning to Kilkenny

7.00 pm - Approx. arrival in Kilkenny

N.B. The field trip can be booked as an extra at checkout when buying a full access ticket

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