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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 to the 14th through 18th centuries – is currently preserved in Trinity College, Dublin. … Read More →