EIRE: On Tara's Arms

"The harp that once through Tara's halls the soul of music shed" last week became belatedly the official coat of arms of the Irish Government. But the old instrument, concluded Dublin's newspapers, was still as mute as the poet said. One trouble was that in all Eire there were only eight people bothering to learn to play the thing.

To be sure, said one paper, there was a good harpist at the Royal Dublin Society's concert, but she was a Russian. Besides, said another, the traditional harp of the great Brian Boru had 30 strings, and this heraldic harp had...

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