Saturday 3 December 2016

€15,000 worth of rare musical instruments stolen from musician's home

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 23/07/2015 | 13:18

The expensive instruments were taken from the home of professional Irish musician Eamon Sweeney
The expensive instruments were taken from the home of professional Irish musician Eamon Sweeney
The instruments would cost €15,000 to replace

RARE musical instruments worth thousands of euro have been stolen from a house while the musician was on holiday.

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It was noticed yesterday that seven musical instruments, with a total value of €15,000, were missing from the home of professional musician Eamon Sweeney.

Eamon was away on holidays when intruders broke in through the window and took the instruments from his garden studio in Wicklow.

“They broke a window and came in and just took the instruments - nothing else,” he told Independent.ie.

The instruments would cost €15,000 to replace
The instruments would cost €15,000 to replace

“They didn’t go near the house, they didn’t take anything else. It’s kind of like they went there on purpose to get them - It’s like they knew,” he said.

Two of the instruments were very rare, specialised guitars that Eamon doesn’t believe would be able to be sold in Ireland.

One instrument, a 17th century Baroque guitar, would cost an estimated €5,000 to replace. Another high quality, handmade classical guitar by Joaquin Garcia would cost €7,000.

There was also a Renaissance lute stolen and a number of other guitars.

The expensive instruments are very recognizable and Eamon doesn’t think that they could be sold easily in Ireland.

“There would be very few people who would buy them. Even among classical musicians there are very few people who would know what the instruments are.

“I would suspect that they knew there would be high-value instruments and just took all of the guitar cases - they weren’t going to check them in the building.

“It’s a big blow, it really is,” he said.

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