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Brian Boru, the last High King of Ireland (d 1014), is said to have been an accomplished player, but while he is attributed with all manner of skills for which there is no evidence, surviving 12-century annals refer to the Celtic harp being the only music played during the Crusades.

At this time, the Gaelic harp was revered in Celtic culture (and all over Europe).

The oldest is the one on which the 'official' national emblem of Ireland is based: the Trinity College Harp.

Also known as the Brian Boru or O'Neill harp, this 15th century Irish harp is on display in the Long Room of Trinity College, Dublin.

Today, a representation of the traditional harp is to be found on the Presidential Seal and on many official documents, on passports, on the flag of Leinster (but not the national flag), on Irish euro coins and as a logo for a number of prominent state-supported organisations such as the National University of Ireland.

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Surviving examples of ancient harps Less than a dozen Celtic harps survive from the medieval (pre-1700) period.Characteristics of the Celtic harp The traditional Irish harp's distinguishing features are its use of wire (usually brass) strings and its resonating chamber carved from a single log (traditionally willow).The highly tensioned strings are played with fingernails, producing a very clear sound.Guinness bottle labels are perhaps its most famous gig while a heavily stylised harp puts in an appearance on the tail fins of budget carrier Ryan Air. It is also known as the Celtic harp, the Gaelic harp, the clàrsach (in Scotland) or the cláirseach (in the modern Irish language).Purists might argue some minor points of difference, but to the layman, these terms are synonymous. While its earliest origins are lost, the Irish harp has a certain history dating back at least 1000 years.