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The LIR Whistle

A modern whistle for a new age in Irish traditional music.

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About LIR Whistle

The "Lir Whistle" is inspired by nearly a thousand years of traditional celtic flutes and whistles, but has been designed with the modern player in mind. Having worked side-by-side with some of Ireland’s great whistle players, we have adapted a time honoured design to allow the player the ability to effortlessly flow across three octaves whilst maintaining a smooth tone. 


What makes the Lir whistle unique is the specially selected materials used in the body of the whistle. We use much more copper in our brass compound. This makes the whistle much stronger and in doing so creates a much more stable sound, allowing the player to push the boundaries of what the humble tin whistle can do.

All our whistles are machined by hand, then fully inspected and played by our expert players here in the west of Ireland.

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The Children
of Lir

The Children of Lir

Once upon a time, in the land of Ireland, there lived a king named Lir who had four beautiful children: Fionnuala, Aodh, Fiachra, and Conn. The children were the light of their father's life and he loved them more than anything else in the world.


One day, Lir's wife passed away, leaving him to raise their children on his own. Lir was heartbroken, but he knew that he had to be strong for his children. He remarried a woman named Aoife, who was kind and loving to the children at first.


However, as time passed, Aoife grew jealous of the love that Lir had for his children. She began to resent them and treated them poorly. Eventually, Aoife grew so resentful that she cast a wicked spell on the children, turning them into swans.

The children were devastated and begged their father to help them. Lir was grief-stricken and searched far and wide for a way to break the spell. He consulted with wise men and women, but no one could help him.


The children were forced to live as swans for 900 long years. They flew across the land, never able to rest or find a home. They endured countless hardships and trials, but through it all, they remained devoted to each other and to their father.

Finally, after 900 years, the spell was broken and the children were returned to their human forms. They were now old and withered, but they were overjoyed to be reunited with their father and to once again feel the warmth of the sun on their faces.


The Children of Lir will always be remembered in Irish folklore as a symbol of the enduring love between a parent and their children. Their story reminds us to cherish our loved ones and to never take them for granted.

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