Music Nights: Irish music way out west

Ireland is a very popular country for music lovers and musicians alike. Increasingly, arts festivals are using more unusual venues like old churches for gigs, which are very atmospheric and there are often ‘Open Mic’ sessions for aspiring musicians. The nights are getting longer and the weather’s getting colder. This suggests it’s now perfect weather for finding a music session in a lovely Irish pub and relaxing for the evening. Here are a couple of suggestions near some of our properties.

De Barra’s pub in Clonakilty, West Cork is a gem. The original owner was Noel Redding, bass guitarist with the Jimmy Hendrix Experience. The pub is packed with music memorabilia. The venue is intimate and popular with very well respected musicians internationally. Picture this, snug in one of our lightkeeper’s cottages out on Galley Head during the day, then into Clonakilty for a memorable evening.

Doolin in County Clare (pictured in this post) is renowned worldwide for its traditional Irish music pubs. The three pubs, McGann’s, O’Connor’s and McDermott’s, have music all year round. You could stay in the very special Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House and travel over to Doolin for an evening of music and pub grub.

In the northwest of the country, County Sligo is a real draw for musicians. We have been hearing great things about the Feis Ceol there from some musicians we’ve been talking to. You could stay in our Schoolhouse at Annaghmore and enjoy the musical offerings of the county.