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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McDermott’s Pub

McDermott’s Pub in Doolin is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Doolin on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic way. We serve bar food daily from 1pm to 9.30pm and have traditional Irish music nightly with some of the finest musicians in Ireland.

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 Yoga

Doolin Yoga is a studio run by Tricia McDonnell and offers a variety of classes, retreats, hike & yoga packages, outdoor yoga sessions, meditation classes and more here in Doolin. Visitors are welcome to drop in any classes.

Wild at the Cave Winter Nights

Wild at the Cave Winter Nights is a food series taking place at Doolin Cave on select dates between October and December 2021.

The Attic at Hotel Doolin

The Attic is the latest edition to Hotel Doolin, drawn from our love of music, gatherings and the arts. This unique space hosts live music, spoken word, theatre and comedy, something for everybody.

McGann’s Pub

McGann’s Pub is family run pub and restaurant, open all year round in the heart of Doolin. With Irish Traditional Music 7 nights a week during the summer months and delicious Irish food, you are guaranteed an amazing time at McGann’s Pub! 

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. 

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.

11 Tips To Enjoy An Authentic Irish Trad Session

Visiting Doolin, you’re never too far from the lyrical sounds of a fiddle or flute. But how can you ensure you experience the very best of Ireland’s beloved musical heritage? Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Fiddle + Bow Hotel

Fiddle + Bow Hotel is a unique 12 bedroom hotel right in the heart of Doolin, the home of traditional music in Co. Clare. Since its opening in late May 2019, we are focused on delivering high-quality bedrooms, being excellent hosts, and offering generous guest areas and a lounge bar.

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!

The Burren Food Fayre

Food lovers from all over Ireland are in for a treat this autumn, as the Burren Food Fayre is returning for a series of unique food and farm visitor experiences this October bank holiday weekend.

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.

Burren Slow Food Festival

Burren Slow Food Festival is an annual food event that takes place in Lisdoonvarna in late April/early May. 

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.

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 with sessions taking place nightly across all local bars and venues.

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.

15 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2021 – Doolin Style!

As iconic landmarks all over the world are lit up green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s high time we shook off the gloom of winter and had a proper chance to mark the arrival of spring. Here are 15 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2021 – Doolin style!

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!

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 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.

Hotel Doolin

Small Hotel, Big Personality. This village streetscape consists of a boutique style hotel with deluxe bedrooms, Chervil Restaurant, Fitzpatrick’s Bar, Cafe Sonas, Pizza Cafe, Gift Shop and Gallery, outdoor garden courtyard with marquee and a Tourist Information Office

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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