15 March 2022 – AGM followed by a talk on The Gaelic Harp, speaker Mark Doherty

Coleraine Historical Society AGM


Talk on The Gaelic Harp by Mark Doherty

The Meeting, which is open to Coleraine Historical Society members only, will see the election of Committee and Office Bearers. Nominations and new committee members are welcome and we would encourage Coleraine Historical Society members to consider taking an active role in the ongoing success of the Society.

Speaker Mark Doherty

Mark Doherty with North Harp

Mark is a Belfast-born amateur historian and cultural enthusiast. He has fond memories of his days of youth spent in the company of relatives in Coleraine. He is a qualified tour guide who works at Belfast City Hall, Clifton House and the Harbour Offices, the three oldest organisations in the city. His interests are broad and he delights in giving talks and tours on a wide range of themes. Mark has a long fascination with the Gaelic Harp and has paid his respects to the three oldest surviving examples, carefully preserved in Scotland and Ireland.

The Gaelic Harp

This ancient stringed instrument has at least 1,000 years of history in these islands. In Ireland, the ancient Harpers were the elite of society, equally revered by the Planter and the Gael. Attempts were made to use the harp for political purposes, but the stature of this refined source of complex melody remains untainted. Ireland is unique amongst the nations of the world in using a musical instrument as its oldest national symbol. The last of the ancient Harpers ended his days at Magilligan, and this talk will look at him and the long history of this most fascinating of instruments.


The AGM will start at 7.00 pm, is open to Coleraine Historical Society Members only who will receive an e-mail Zoom invitation from Chair Geoff Warke. Details are also available on the web site Coleraine Historical Society ( where you will also be able to join the Society, the annual fee is £15.00

The programme of talks will continue on 19/04/2022 with Derek Sinnamon on Mountsandel

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