Music & Events

Music and Events in Doolin – Doolin is widely regarded as the home of Traditional Irish Music. Immerse yourself in Irish culture and experience Doolin’s musical roots with year-round music sessions in all the local pubs in Doolin. A bustling village, Doolin also hosts a number of exciting events and festivals throughout the year.

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OAIM – The Online Academy of Irish Music

Based in Doolin, the home of Irish Traditional Music, we offer the best online Irish music tuition in Irish traditional instruments. Our tutors are some of Ireland’s finest professional musicians. Join our community and learn Irish Music from the comfort of your home.

Doolin Music House

Experience traditional music in the home of Christy Barry, one of Doolin’s most celebrated musicians. Music, stories, laughter, local food and the Irish welcome are the ingredients to an evening which you will be guaranteed to enjoy!

Doolin’s Musical Culture – The Place, The People & The Passion

Get an insight into Doolin’s musical culture, why it’s considered to be “the home of traditional Irish music”, and what experiences you need to add to your bucket list while in the area!

Spaced Out Sessions

Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce its new Spaced Out Sessions. We’ll be running these gigs in our barn throughout Autumn to bring musicians. comedians and audiences back together in a socially distanced manner.

Music Sessions in Doolin at Fitz’s Pub

Music sessions in Doolin are a daily occurrence at Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Experience the best of folk and traditional Irish music daily this winter, with sessions taking place in the early evening and late into the night. 

The Burren Food Trail

The Burren Food Trail features a wide variety of different food providers, producers, visitor attractions and outdoor activities. Those behind the Burren Food trail are passionate about food, growing and producing it locally for you to enjoy.

Traditional Music Sessions

Doolin is renowned for traditional Irish Music, music sessions take place nightly across all of the bars; O’Connors, Fitzpatricks, McGanns & McDermotts.

The Burren Food Fayre

The 9th Annual Burren Food Fayre will be on again this year at the end of October 2020 as a VIRTUAL online event. For 12 consecutive nights, there will be live events free of charge. Starting 23 of October at 7 PM (Irish time).

Burren Winterage Weekend

Burren Winterage Weekend takes place on the October Bank Holiday weekend each year. It offers a chance to come together and celebrate the unique farming traditions of the Burren and other ‘high nature value’ farming landscapes across Ireland and Europe.

Music Minds Festival

Music Minds Festival takes place in Doolin annually in January at Hotel Doolin. The festival is a place for musical minds to gather, network, learn and be entertained in the wild and inspirational setting of Doolin by the Cliffs of Moher.

Doolin Writers Weekend

The annual Doolin Writers Weekend usually takes place on the last weekend in January. The weekend hosts a series of workshops, readings, advice from industry insiders, music sessions, open mic, and great food.

Russell Memorial Weekend

The last weekend of February every year sees Doolin remember its greatest music ambassadors the Russell brothers; Micho, Packie & Gussie. The brightest musicians descend on Doolin to attend workshops and perform.

Saint Patricks Day Parade

The annual St.Patricks Day parade makes its way through Doolin on the saint’s national day March 17th. It makes its way down Fisher Street, and through Doolin to Roadford and finishes up at the Russell Community Centre.

Doolin Surf Festival

Doolin Surf Festival takes place every March and is hosted by Hotel Doolin. The festival will host film screenings, guest speakers, art exhibitions, workshops, competitions, bands and DJs, and the best of sustainable local food and hospitality.

Father Ted Festival

A Festival of all things Father Ted. Daytime entertainment and craic for all the family, and night-time entertainment for adults only; highlights of a bus tour with tea and cake to Father Ted house!

Burren Slow Food Festival

Burren Slow Food Festival returns to Lisdoonvarna this year on the 15th – 17th May. The festival theme will be “Sustainable (Food) Development”.

Tour de Burren

Voted by Cycling Ireland Members as the best leisure cycling event in Ireland, the annual event takes place in the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan on Saturday, 19 June 2021.

Doolin Folk Festival

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county, The Doolin Folk Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting.

Doolin Motorcycle Fest

Doolin Motorcycle Fest will feature: Rock-n-Roll, Custom Bike Shows, Ride-outs along the Wild Atlantic Way, plus more! A jam-packed, jaw-dropping weekend that’s not to be missed!

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Love is in the air…
The world-famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival returns to Lisdoonvarna each year, featuring some of the country’s top country and western music acts and much more.

Cliffs Of Moher Cycling Challenge

Riverside Cycling Club Ennistymon is hosting its annual charity cycle for the 8th year running, starting and finishing in Ennistymon town on Saturday, 20th September 2021 in Ennistymon.

Music sessions – Our top picks

Doolin is famous for its traditional music sessions. With over 35 sessions per week in the summer it can be difficult to decide which one to attend. Here are our top picks !

The Russell Brothers

Micho, Packie & Gussie Russell were three brothers from Doonagore in Doolin. They were great musicians and attracted many visitors.

Fitzpatrick’s Bar

Fitz’s Eatery is known for its wholesome food and is popular with both residents and locals alike. Offering a calm and relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy your meal by the crackling open fire while listening to some of the finest singers & musicians in our nightly traditional Irish music sessions.

Roots of the Rhythm

Doolin is widely regarded as the home of Irish music. Music has always been an integral part of life in Doolin, due to its remote location, which strengthened community ties and ensured that traditions such as the Irish language, music, dancing were maintained.

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