Patrick Byrne (c. 1794-1863)
A number of people have published info about Patrick Byrne.
One of the first papers on him was Henry George Farmer, ‘Some Notes on the Irish Harp’, Music and Letters, vol. XXIV, April 1943
Keith Sanger has had access to Shirley Family papers, and other archives, and has found a number of interesting references to Byrne. He has published some of them:
Ruth-Ann M. Harris & Sally K. Sommers Smith have written an interesting article with citations from Patrick's brother's letter: ‘The eagle and the harp: the enterprising Byrne brothers of County Monaghan’, Irish Studies Review, vol 18, no. 2, May 2010
The Irish radio station LMFM is broadcasting a radio documentary at 1pm on April 25th 2011, on the Irish harper Patrick Byrne. As well as interviews with local historians and early harp experts, the programme will feature music and song from Byrne's repertory, speciallty recorded by Ann Heymann. The show should be available to download after the broadcast from the LMFM podcast page.
More to come...