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One Week Courses

There are 2 different types of One Week courses: Intense Weeks and Course Weeks


Intense Weeks 

Our Intense Training Weeks are for harp players of all ages, stages and abilities wishing to improve their performance, teaching or improvisational skills and broaden their repertoire - oe even just begin the beautiful journey of harp playing!  Participants may choose from a half hour to two hours one-on-one daily lesson time (5 days) with Janet - and this can be taken in half hour lots, either separately or together.   A maximum number of participants on this type of week is 4.

On the Saturday, there is usually a workshop or Super Saturday programme which is open to the Intense Week participant (no extra charge) or the participant may wish to consider a day-trip out to a number of different destinations such as The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren in County Clare, Dingle or Killarney in County Kerry, or Galway city or a trip to Limerick city with visits to St.Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle, the Hunt Museum and its many other attractions.

2017 dates:  Please email us!  In August 2016, the Irish Harp Centre moves location to Derry in Northern Ireland.  Please email us your interest in future courses

See below for information on the fees and then click on the link to the booking page to book!

 

Group Course Weeks 

In the Group Course Weeks, training is offered in groups, both large and small, with concerts, lectures and workshops and a full evening programme. This course can have up to 12 participants and once again, all standards of harp player are welcome to participate - including total beginners!    Every day starts with 'Warm-ups' with Janet or class tutors.  Then, after coffee, there are small group classes with players similar to yourself.  At 2pm on 4 days, there are workshops and demonstrations and group classes again to 4pm when a number of local sightseeing options are organised - and on two afternoons, we take off for a great adventure to a choice of significant venues.

The evening programme features Concerts with Janet; Trips out to local sessions, Set Dancing and more!

Lessons on a second instrument or voice if you wish it  

See below for information on the fees and then click on the link to the booking page to book!

DATES In August 2016, the Irish Harp Centre moves location to Derry in Northern Ireland.  Please email us your interest in future courses

 

 

Trips Out for your mid-week and Saturday afternoon breaks: 

The Brian Boru Experience in Killaloe.
Just up the Shannon River from the Harp Centre is the ancient town of Killaloe which was the home place of Ireland's historic High King Brian Boru.  The trip starts with a visit to the Brian Boru Heritage Centre, then a visit to Brian's fortress overlooking the Shannon - and finally with a boat trip on the Shannon river to view the fort from the water.

Lough Gur
A short distance from Castleconnell is the mystical and ancient place of Lough Gur where this trip starts with a visit to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre introducing the Stone Age Settlement there (also the significant history with Brian Boru).  Then we visit the church ruin at Templenoe and the grave of famous 17th century harper Thomas Connellan.  Finally we visit the Grange Stone Circle, one of Ireland's best preserved ancient ritual places dating from 3000 BC.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Village
The 11th century Norman castle of the O'Brien Clan is Ireland's best preserved castle of its kind with a village of reconstructed historical dwellings on the site.  This is a wonderful place to experience life in Ireland of 100 years ago and in the evenings, the Medieval Banquets offer visitors a unique experience of dining regally as they did in Ireland many centuries ago! 

The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren
This is an optional day-trip to the extraordinary landscape of County Clare - the towering cliffs of Moher and the limestone fields of the Burren which are a listed world heritage site and certainly one of nature's wonders. 

Medieval Adare
Adare is world-famous for its thatched cottages, ruined abbeys and castles and it is a great place for shopping for Irish goods!  Starting at the Adare Visitor's Centre, this is a leisurely afternoon and afternoon tea is recommended in the Dunraven Arms Hotel, the old hunting lodge for Adare Manor.

Historic Limerick
Starting at King John's Castle which looms large and majestic over Limerick city, this afternoon's trip then moves to the 11th century St.Mary's Cathedral and finishes at the Hunt Museum.  There is also some time to explore Limerick city centre with all its pedestrian streets 


FEES

Fees for Intense Week bookings:
Intensity 1 (a half hour one-on-one each day)  €758
Intensity 2 (an hour one-on-one each day)  €1,028
Intensity 3 (one and a half hours one-on-one each day)  €1,298
Lessons in another instrument or voice per half hour @ €50 

Fees for Group Week bookings:
Per person: €960
Observer: €500

Harp hire
Staying at the Harp Centre: €60
Staying elsewhere: €100

Accommodation
At the Harp Centre in a shared room €175;  or in a single room €210
At a local B&B accommodation within walking distance of the Harp Centre  €259
For higher start quality accommodation, check out the Castleoaks Country House Hotel adjacent to the Harp Centre at  www.castleoaks.ie 

Lunches with Janet at the Harp Centre €60
Saturday dinner (and party!) at the Harp Centre €18 

Shannon Airport pick-up €60
Limerick Bus / Train pick-up €25
Annacotty Bus (from Dublin Airport) pick-up €12

Lessons on another instrument or voice with the Harp Centre staff  €40 per half hour
Attendance at the Bunratty Medieval Banquet  €60