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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Winter Events at Irish Crafts in Doolin

Check out these fantastic upcoming events at Irish Crafts in Doolin. There’s something for everyone to enjoy this Halloween, Christmas and Winter season! 

Mike Hanrahan in Conversation with Eoin O’Neill

Anam Music is proud to present Mike Hanrahan in Conversation with Eoin O’Neill about his new book BEAUTIFUL AFFAIR – a story of Music, Food and Friendship. Mike Hanrahan In Conversation with Eoin O’Neill – Sunday, Dec 8th at 7pm.

Ennis Christmas Village 2019

Ennis Chritmas Village – Live Entertainment, Creative Crafts, Festive Food and lots of Christmas Cheer all under one Marquee. December 13th – 15th

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!

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. 

Christmas at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Christmas at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park takes place between Saturday 23rd November and Sunday 5th January 2019. Experience a winter wonderland of magical, festive atmosphere at Bunratty this Christmas. 

Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Cave

Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Cave takes place on select dates throughout late November and the month of December. A visit to Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee really is a unique, thrilling and fun-filled day out for every generation of your family.

Santa at Burren Nature Sanctuary

Santa’s on his way to the Burren Nature Sanctuary! Visit Santa throughout December from Saturday 7th December – Sunday 22nd December and take part in the festive activities that await.

Moher Hill Farm Santa’s Christmas Village

Explore Santa’s Christmas Village at Moher Hill Farm! Visit Santa throughout Christmas from Saturday 7th December – Monday 23rd December and enjoy the magical Christmas Village.

Burren Christmas Family Fayre

Experience the Burren Christmas Family Fayre this Christmas! Clare’s biggest indoor fayre takes place on Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December and will feature a variety of stalls selling gifts, cakes, and crafts, plus Santa will be in attendance for a meet and greet!


Mundy is appearing at Hotel Doolin on Sunday 29th December at 7pm. Join Mundy live in concert before he releases his brand new studio album being released in 2020!

Music Minds Festival

Music Minds Festival takes place in Doolin on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th January 2019 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 on 22nd – 24th March 2019 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 10th – 12th May. The festival theme will be “TASTE THE ATLANTIC – SEAWEED”.

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.

The Burren Food Fayre

The annual Burren Food Fayre kicks off again in Lisdoonvarna on October Bank Holiday weekend. With chef demos, food stalls, foraging walks, Live music and delicious local, artisan and wild food, this food-themed event is not to be missed. 

Burren Winterage Weekend

Each year the Burren Winterage Weekend focuses on a particular theme and promises a rich variety of events such as talks, field trips, farm demonstrations, farm walks, a farm innovation fair, book readings, a children’s art workshop and the community cattle drove to celebrate our farming heritage in the Burren.

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!

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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