Colmcille 1500, ‘Strings of Heaven’

Harpists representing Harp Schools from the Causeway Coast and Glens area at Downhill Demesne. Photo Credit: http://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

I was delighted to take part in this wonderful project by Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh of Scoil Ruaidhrí Dall which celebrates 1500 years since the birth of Colmcille. Comcille, also known as St Columba, is linked with the Causeway Coast and Glens area. Nodlaig’s original piece of music for harp and voice is entitled ‘Strings of Heaven’. You can watch the beautiful video here: https://youtu.be/BSzCxCzEfeI

The video includes footage from the stunning Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne and was filmed at St Aiden’s Church in Magilligan. This is also the burial place of Dennis Hempson, the last of the great Irish harpers.

There is an incredible revival of Irish harping in the Causeway Coast and Glens area right now, and it was very special for Scoil Ruaidhrí Dall, Dungiven, Ballycastle Harp School, Hempsey Harp School, Garvagh and Causeway Harp School, Portballintrae to all get together to celebrate our very special shared heritage and tradition.

You can read about the project in more detail here: https://niarchive.org/projectitems/colmcille-1500-strings-of-heaven/

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