The Memoirs of Arthur O’Neill is a key source for the everyday life of a travelling Irish harper in the 18th century, as well as for details of many of the people and tunes of the time. Dictated by blind Irish harper Arthur O’Neill towards the end of his life in about 1800, to a secretary employed by Edward Bunting, the Memoirs are a fascinating historical document as well as a key source for the study of the early Gaelic harp. Two editions have been published in the past, one by Charlotte Milligan Fox in 1911 and one by Donal O’Sullivan in 1958. This 64 page booklet reprints in facsimile the 1911 edition.
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First published here 1st February 2015