We’re all looking to beat the January blues after the festive season? So Ireland is the perfect place for you if you like the dulcet tunes of traditional Irish music! Across the island, small rural pubs
to big city hubs are buzzing with traditional Irish music and dance sure to re-energise you as the new year kicks in.
First up is TradFest 2018
. This four-day long festival will get your toes tapping as it hosts an array of mostly free events in Dublin’s Temple Bar district. The cobble streets are transformed into a performer’s playground, as music and spectators spill out from the bars and fill the Dublin air with sound and laughter. Awarded the Best Traditional Festival award, it’s packed with craft markets and face-painters on hand to entertain the whole family.
Tucked away up in the Dublin Mountains, meanwhile, is Johnnie Fox’s
– a hearty pub that prides itself on its live music and dance every night of the week – and is an ideal resting place after an afternoon of hiking or scenic walks. The west is awake with wonderful live music guaranteed all over Galway City. Taaffes pub
is a city centre favourite for live traditional sessions and folk music performances. This pub has been operating for over 150 years and is still throbbing with music lovers seven days a week. In Westport, County Mayo, Matt Molloy’s
promises an intimate experience with live traditional music every night of the week. Owned by the internationally famous member of The Chieftans, this cosy spot is buzzing with craic (fun) and ceol (music) and is an absolute must visit for music lovers!
In Ireland’s oldest thatched roof bar located in County Antrim, The Crosskeys Inn
offers punters live traditional music four nights a week. It is no wonder why this cosy cottage received a recommendation by the Lonely Planet travel guide, as well as the ‘Country Pub of the Year 2017’ honour from the BBC Countryfile series.
So why not make it your New Year’s resolution to experience the authentic Irish pub scene and enjoy some brilliant live performances over a drink, or two!