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Irish Traditional Folk and Folklore

Take a clockwise road trip around Ireland, starting in Dublin and visiting some of the country’s most notable traditional music locations.

  • 1. Dublin, Co.

    Dublin
    For music history, head to O’Donoghue’s pub on Merrion Row. The Dubliners learned their craft here in the early '60s and you can still find music in the back bar.
  • 2. Clonakilty, Co.

    Cork
    Clonakilty is a picturesque town that is famous for its black pudding. But it also has a formidable music reputation. De Barra’s on Pearse Street is the place to go. As the great Christy Moore put it, “there’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House, and then there’s De Barra’s.”
  • 3. Doolin, Co.

    Clare
    This seaside village is arguably Ireland’s most famous centre for traditional music. MacDiarmida’s is worth a visit. Close by is Lisdoonvarna, location of a much-missed festival immortalised in song by Christy Moore, now known for its annual matchmaking festival.
  • 4. Galway, Co.

    Galway
    Galway city has plenty of great traditional music, performed by everyone from street musicians to the biggest names in the business. The Crane Bar on Sea Road is a favourite stop for both musicians and audiences.
  • 5. Keadue Co.

    Roscommon
    Turlough O’Carolan, a blind harpist and composer who died in 1738, is one of Irish music’s pioneers. Every August, the O’Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival keeps his memory alive in this village close to where he’s buried.
  • 6. Westport, Co.

    Mayo
    Beautiful Westport is home to one of Ireland’s best music venues. Matt Molloy’s is owned by the Chieftans’ legendary flautist and has live music seven nights a week. If the man himself is in town, you might even catch him on stage.
  • 7. Ballyconnell, Co.

    Sligo
    Ellen’s Pub is a terrific music venue that dates back to the early 17th century. “Worth the trip if you can find it,” say the locals, adding “Ellen's is like 'Brigadoon' Don't expect it to be there next time you return.”
  • 8. Crolly, Co.

    Donegal
    Out in the windswept hills of Donegal, you’ll find Leo’s Tavern. Leo is the father of Clannad and Enya. The musical Brennan offspring grew up here listening to and learning from the musicians before making their own public bows on the same stage.
  • 9. Naul, Co.

    Dublin
    Before returning to Dublin, it’s worth visiting the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre. Named after the famous uilleann piper and song collector, the centre hosts a range of music events and concerts.
  • 10. Dublin, Co.

    Dublin
    Before returning to Dublin, it’s worth visiting the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre. Named after the famous uilleann piper and song collector, the centre hosts a range of music events and concerts.