Dated to the 18th Century
Current whereabouts uncertain; Privately owned but on display in Malahide Castle, Ireland, in 1984.
"High Headed" design;
36 strings, longest 115cm
This harp was first drawn to public attention by Nicholas Carolan's in 1984. This harp's soundbox is pieced from planks rather than carved from a solid block in the usual fashion.
Nicholas Carolan tells us that it was then owned by William Kearney, who acquired it at an auction in Ardee, Co. Louth, in 1975, where it had come from a local country house. According to Mike Billinge (wirestrungharp.com, retrieved Jan 2011), the harp was again auctioned in 1999 after the death of Kearney.
Though it is not entirely clear which of the two harps owned by Kearney and displayted at Malahide Castle is which, The Irish Times, 11 Nov 1999 reports the sale of an 18th century Irish harp from Kearney's collection on November 24th, 1999, at James Adams Salerooms, with a price (apparently the estimate?) of £4000. The catalogue describes it as "the casse decorated with scrolls".