Rose Mooney’s harp

Rose Mooney’s harp

This harp is kept at Collins Barracks, in the furniture department of the National Museum of Ireland. I understand that it was sold to the Royal Irish Academy, who deposited it in the Dublin Museum, by a man who claimed that it was the harp of Turlough Carolan, and it has often been called “the Carolan harp”.

Ann Heymann pointed out how the damage to the harp matches the description of Rose Mooney’s harp, and it is now considered most likely that this instrument was owned and played by Rose Mooney (1740 - c.1798).

It is not known where she may have got it, nor when or where it was made.


Simon Chadwick