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Posted By: keberoxu
08-Apr-16 - 01:16 PM
Thread Name: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
Subject: RE: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
I don't have a date for these newspaper quotes, which are surely decades old, archive material. The paper is the Irish Independent and the journalist is Marie O'Reilly.

All five of the Ní Sheaghdha sisters learned to play the harp, including the eldest, Máire Ní Sheaghdha, who is now Mrs. Michael Feirtear. Mrs. Feirtear had Mary O'Hara among her students in her harp classes in the Dominican Convent, Sion Hill. She has also been teaching the nuns in other Dominican colleges so that the harp tradition does not seem likely to die in our generation.

Much of the credit, for the current revival of enthusiasm for the instrument that is almost the symbol of Irish music, must go to the late Miss Caroline Townshend, a Cork woman living in Dublin. She herself studied the piano under a pupil of Wagner. She was already well into her seventies when the Ní Sheaghdha sisters joined her classes. Lelia and Moira Sheridan, both concert harpists and teachers, now married and retired, were among her pupils. So was Máire Ní Cáthain who taught Maureen Hurley. Most of the girl harpists who have been appearing on concert platforms at home and abroad, and on radio and television programmes, have been taught by Caroline Townshend or by her pupils.