3. Harp craftsman, Tim O’Carroll
There’s nothing quite like the delicate sounds of an Irish harp. These huge yet graceful instruments have become a symbol of Ireland over the years, enriching the harmony of many a traditional tune. Situated within the rugged Ring of Kerry, master crafter Tim O’Carroll shapes beautiful harps in his workshop in the town of Killarney. His first masterpiece was borne from 18 months of passion and dedication, forging a design that is known as the Inishfallen Harp. Killarney Harps are made from beautiful woods such as ash, cherry, mahogany and walnut, and the design is inspired by the rich culture and beauty of Killarney. If you'd like to hear harps in action, be sure to stop by Achill International Harp Festival (October), which welcomes harpists from as far afield as South America every year. Expect an eclectic collection of traditional, blues, folk and jazz recitals surrounded by the wild beauty of Achill Island, County Mayo.