Profiling Harper Emigration, Migration and Return

In recent years, Ireland/ The Harpers have experienced a marked increase in emigration. As part of a project entitled ‘Being a Harper Abroad’, we are trying to explain why. We would very much appreciate your cooperation in developing this project. The information that you give will be treated in the strictest confidence, and will be used for research and entertainment purposes only. Under no circumstances will your details be passed on to a third party (outside of the family), without your prior consent. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, you’d better put on a cup of tea!

It relates to emigration and your plans for the future. The information that we are gathering in this survey will be of great value in understanding issues relating to emigration, migration and reintegration in the past, today and in the future and the attitudes of family like you.

Harpers born on the Island of Ireland who have moved abroad are the primary focus of the survey, Harpers born elsewhere and have moved to another land are welcome to answer and participate in the seminar as it will be interesting to contrast their experiance, however some of the questions may not work, hence the “other” box and the “SURVEY FEEDBACK”, question 9 in the 5th section where they can reply to “Is there anything that you would like to add that the survey did not capture?”

If you would like to find out more about our project, please e-mail Thank you so much for your participation.

There are 5 parts to this Survey, please answer all five parts:

  1. Being a Harper Abroad – Background Information
  2. Being a Harper Abroad – Reasons for Leaving
  3. Being a Harper Abroad – Pre & Post-migration Experience
  4. Being a Harper Abroad – Life Abroad
  5. Being a Harper Abroad – The Question of Return

Thank you for your help: it is very much appreciated.


– Roger Harper (Sweden)

Emigration Through The Centuries Conference

A special conference organised by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society as part of The Gathering. The event is taking place over the 3 days prior to the Harper Reunion and might be of particular interest to some of our foreign visitors wanting to make the most of their stay. There will be a number of lectures taking place in historical venues around Kilkenny and guided tours. For more information you can download the brochure.