Celtic Symbols–Irish Harp

October 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm 4 comments

Harp Candle Holder

Harp Candle Holder

Based on the ancient lyre, the Irish harp is one of the world’s oldest instruments–dating back to the 14th century.  The ancient Irish kings employed harpists to entertain them.  At one sad point in Irish history, conquering invaders made it illegal to possess an Irish harp–setting out to burn them all in a failed attempt to kill the “Irish spirit.”

The national emblem of Ireland, one of the oldest harps–dating back the the 14th through 18th centuries–is currently preserved in Trinity College, Dublin.  It appeared on the first unofficial flag of Ireland until the Tricolor was named the national flag in 1919.  It also currently serves as the flag of the President of Ireland and appears prominently on all of Ireland’s Euro coinage.

You can find the harp on much of the Irish jewelry, including rings, necklaces and lapel pins (www.wegotirish.com).  It is also part of the GUINNESS logo.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Online Stock Trading  |  October 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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    Reply
  • 2. Savannah  |  October 17, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.
    LOL,

    Reply
  • 3. irishpresidency  |  November 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    The Harp is a nice symbol.

    Reply
    • 4. wegotirish  |  December 22, 2009 at 9:19 am

      Even more than that, it has a lovely, soothing sound

      Reply

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