Blossom Harp Festival 2020 – 

Competitions will be held in Tuamgraney in St Cronan’s, one of the oldest church’s in Ireland, where Brian Boru himself walked…

(  registration’s  and  rules’   form below)

Rooms for tuning will be allocated on the day.


-Harp solo U 18 (minimum 3 years playing experience)

-Ensemble open age (minimum 1 harp has to be prominent in the overall arrangement)    Minimum of 3 and maximum of  6 members.

For all categories :

Own choice of music for a minimum of 5 and maximum of 8 minutes, performed continuosly.  Points will be deducted if over or under this time. Special attention should be paid to selection of tunes, and efforts should be made to play tunes other than jigs, reels and hornpipes, e.g. explore also the music from other celtic nations to provide as much variety as possible. Newly composed tunes are welcome provided they stay in the traditional celtic style. An effort should be made to ensure that the harp is the central focus of the arrangement.

List of pieces has to be given to adjudicators or organisors before the start of all competition.


    • and RITA O’DWD Perpetual Cup

  • COMPETITIONS ENTRY FEES       €20 per competition

  • Public will be admitted free of charge


    • Paiement by transfer to : BLOSSOM HARP FESTIVAL, Derg Credit Union, BIC : DEEUIE21; IBAN : IE61DEEU99222198306237
      • Paiement by cheque to :  Blossom Harp festival, Tuamgraney, Co Clare


    1) Ensemble competition is open to all ages. Harp solo is for competitors under 18 years old. Proof of age may be requested by the committee

    2) All entry forms for competitors under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or guardian

    3) In order that 3 Prizes per competition may be awarded it will be necessary to have at least 4 competitors (4 solos / 4 Ensembles) in any competition

    4)If a competitor is not present herself or himself when called for the competition he/she/they may be disqualified

    5)The committee will not be responsible for any at loss of, or damage to, competitor’s property

    6)For competitors’ full names and adresses must be listed on the entry forms

    7)Any objection must be written and signed by objector and handed to the secretary together with a fee of €10 within fifteen minutes of the close of competition and before the adjudicators decision is announced

    8)The decision of the committee shall be final and binding in respect of all matters relating to the competitions and this shall be accepted by each competitor

    9)Each competitor on entering the competition will be deemed to have read and accepted these rules

    10)Entries must be in accordance with these rules, fee(s) must be payed, and validity of an entry is the responsability of the competitor

    11)Entries fees cannot be reumbursed once paid.

    12)Entries are at the discretion of the committee

    13)Each competitor will have his/her wristband to compete

    14)Competitions will be acoustic only.

    15)Competitions deadline is: first day of festival i.e. 3d of April 2020.


1st Prize : Ciara Kennedy            €200 cash (Killarney Harps)

2d Prize : Ailbhe Dobson          €100 cash (Carmel Ni Farrell)

3d Prize :Aoife Ni Choistealbha    €50 cash ( Kevin Harrington)

4th Prize : Fabian O’Flynn            


1st Prize : Cuisle Beag            €200 cash (Killarney Harps)

2d Prize : Tri-Nacheile          €100 cash (Kevin Harrington)


1st Prize : Grace Minnock            €500 voucher Callan harp

2d Prize : Calia Harrington          €100 cash (Narrow Water)

3d Prize : Donnchadh Hughes    €50 cash

4th Prize : Andrea Coffey             O’Carolan Nobber festival voucher


1st prize : Rheidun Schlesinger & Paul De Grae  

€250 voucher Callan harp + €150 cash and Perpetual Cup Rita O’Dwyer ( Fiana Ni Chonaill)

2d Prize : Ellimay Fogarty and Jennifer Sargent   €200 cash

3th Prize: Naoise Barrett and Sorcha Fogarty      €100 cash

 Prizes given and made by Michael Hogan, stonemason, Tuamgraney, done in the local lime of Tuamgraney.; perpetual cup offered by Fiana Ni Chonaill to honor her grand-mother Rita who built harps…

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