Traditional Irish Music
Irish Music Pubs.
Any visit to Ireland is incomplete if you do not experience a
traditional Irish music session. The art of Irish music has been
handed down over the centuries from family to family and it is very
strong in the Shannon Region, and in County Clare in particular, the
so-called Home of Irish Traditional Music. Traditional groups play in
hundreds of pubs throughout the year, and the festival calendar has a
wide range of Fleadhs (music festivals) to choose from.
In the towns and villages throughout the Shannon Region you will find
a variety of pubs featuring traditional Irish music at set times
nightly throughout the year and more regularly in Summer and Autumn.
Over 100 pubs participate in the programme sponsored, developed and
promoted by Shannon Development. Admission to all pubs is free. Gigs
usually start at 9.30pm. Details are available from any tourist
centre, guest houses or B&B’s.
Traditional Irish Night
The Corn Barn in Bunratty Folk Park is the perfect setting for a
celebration of all the best traditions of music, song and dance as
enjoyed by the peasant folk of Ireland down through the centuries. You
are invited to enjoy the company of the finest dancers and musicians
of the local villages and experience the homeliness, friendship and
warmth of a true traditional Irish evening. Dine on delicious home
cooked food, excellent wine and join in the craic ….. you might even
learn a step or two.
Siamsa Tire – National Folk Theatre
Siamsa Tire of Tralee, is a folk theatre that recaptures on stage the
spirit of the life and times when the thatching of a cottage roof and
the flailing of a sheaf of corn was part of everyday life. To the
magic of pipes, the flute, the fiddle, and dressed in colourful native
costumes, the artists weave their intricate mime dances around the one
time familiar scenes.
Belltable Arts Centre
The Belltable plays host to Ireland’s leading theatre companies and
Limerick’s own professional, amateur, and community groups. Its
exciting year round programme ranges from theatrical productions,
concerts, dance, mime, poetry, readings and workshops.
St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre
A theatre, arts centre and tourist office in a former church. The
theatre presents a programme of plays, music events, art exhibitions,
films and light entertainment. There is also an annual drama Summer
School run in July and August.
Medieval Castle Banquets
A highlight of most visitors holiday in Ireland and the Shannon Region
is an evening enjoying an authentic, medieval banquet and
entertainment at the Medieval Castle Banquets held at Bunratty,
Knappogue, and Dunguaire Castles.
Bunratty Castle Banquet
At Bunratty Castle in County Clare you will share with up to 140 other
guests, a banquet with the great “Earl of Thomond”, toasting an era of
great Irish taste with excellent food, fine wines and honeyed mead.
You will be entertained by renowned Bunratty Singers with enchanting
melodies to the music of harp and violin. A memorable occasion full of
fun and good humour.
Enjoy an enchanting evening at historic Knappogue Castle. The ladies
of the castle, aided by the Earl’s Butler, will delight you with a
truly magnificent show of music, song and dance. This delightful
evening is complimented with dinner and flowing wine.
Dunguaire Castle Banquet
You can experience a medieval banquet feast of delightful wining and
dining, dramatic entertainment, with extracts from the literary works
of Synge, Yeats, and Gogarty chosen to lighten the heart and acted out
by artists perfectly moulding themselves into the part.
University Concert Hall
Located on the University campus in Limerick, this is the largest
purpose built concert hall in Ireland. It plays host to a wide variety
of entertainments throughout the year. During the Summer season, most
of the dates are booked for classical music recitals with the National
Symphony and Concert orchestras, and national and international; folk
and rock artists.
Glor Irish Music Centre
The Glor Irish Music Centre in Ennis, County Clare, the home of
traditional music opened in 2001. Glor is state of the art concert
venue dedicated to the performance of traditional Irish music and
features the country’s top musicians in a friendly and intimate
theatre setting. Restaurant and bar facilities available and a retail