Killarney Harps was established by Tim O’Carroll in 2011 in the picturesque lakeland town of Killarney, in the heart of Kerry. Kerry’s cultural history is steeped in Irish traditional music and dance. The founder, Tim O’Carroll, has over 40 years experience working as a Joiner and Furniture Designer/Manufacturer. The experience gained in working with wood is reflected in the quality of the finished Harps. Tim’s enthusiasm and attention to detail is paramount to his work.
Years of experience and craftsmanship has resulted in instruments that now appear on stages across the country and globe for that matter. Musicians of the calibre of Kavan O’ Donohue play Tim’s Harps and speak passionately about the instrument. The ethos of Killarney Harps fits well with the present market. They produce a high end product at a reasonable level with a strong commitment to after sales service.
Kevin Harrington is an instrument maker based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, primarily focussed on modern Irish harps. Formally trained in violin making at London Metropolitan University (formerly London School of Furniture) and the Newark School of Violin Making, Kevin worked at several violin and double bass repair workshops in London including Thwaites, Bridgewood & Neitzert, and Laurance Dixon.
In 2012 Kevin returned home to Ireland and established his workshop in Wicklow, undertaking instrument repairs, set-ups and sound adjustments, as well as making new bespoke instruments. Gradually the focus of the workshop has shifted towards making modern Irish harps as well as early Irish harps. Clients range from professional to amateur, orchestral, jazz and traditional musicians alike. Musicians of all abilities and musical genres are welcome in the workshop.