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Have you seen this man's 11 guitars?

All 11 have been stolen, including some belonging to Aaron Mulrooney’s father who died recently.


IRELAND’S RURAL CRIME situation has been very much to the fore in recent times, with stories such as that of the Corcorans in Tipperary dragging the issue into the spotlight.

Offaly man Aaron Mulrooney has found himself the unfortunate victim of such a crime in the last number of days.

On Tuesday his collection of 11 guitars were stolen from his father’s home in Shannon Harbour, Co Offaly, south of Athlone.

aaron Source: Aaron Mulrooney/Facebook


shannon Shannon harbour, Co Offaly Source: Google Maps

At least 10 of the guitars are extremely rare and not easily replaceable. Some of the guitars belonged to Aaron’s father who passed away last year, and are of great sentimental value to him.

Aaron would like to recover one of the guitars in particular, a 1965 Les Paul which he and his father rebuilt between them.

guit3 Aaron Mulrooney

“If I were to only get one of them back it would be that one,” Aaron, a sound technician and musician, told TheJournal.ie.

It’s possibly the least valuable of the lot but it’s the one that means the most to me.

The guitar collection was stolen sometime between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. The collection was taken from a shed at the back of the house where Aaron’s father and Aaron himself rehearsed for more than 30 years.

“We didn’t actually notice they were gone until Wednesday,” says Aaron, who has offered a reward for the guitars’ return.

The gardaí have been informed and a forensic examination has taken place. The hunt for the stolen instruments has now taken to social media where Aaron’s plight is being shared countrywide.


“They could have taken other equipment, speakers and decks that are worth far more money, but the things they took I could never replace in a hundred years,” says Aaron.

It’s important to get the word out because the way I’m feeling now I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
The support of everyone around has been just fantastic. Between offering me guitars of their own and such. It really means an awful lot.

If you know anything about Aaron’s missing guitar collection you can contact Garda Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 250025, or call to any Garda station

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