Eminent Bards, Harpers, and Musical Composers

In the eighteenth century, the following were amongst the most eminent bards, harpers, and musical composers in Ireland:—Torlogh O’Carolan, the last and greatest of the Irish bards, a celebrated harper and composer, in Connaught; Cormac Comman, Thomas O’Connellan and his brother William; Roger and Echlin O’Kane; Cahir MacCabe; Miles O’Rielly; Charles Fanning; Edward MacDermott Roe; Hugh Higgins; Patrick Kerr; Patrick Moyne; Arthur O’Neill; and others, all in Ulster and Connaught. In Meath and Leinster, O’Carroll, Cruise, Murphy, and Empson or Hampson, were distinguished harpers: and Shane Claragh MacDonnell, in Munster, was an eminent bard. For further information on the Irish minstrels and bards, see the Works of Walker, Beauford, Miss Brooke, Ledwich, Bunting, Hardiman, etc.