Traditional Irish Music, also known as trad, is the very essesnce of what we are as a nation. There are few things that set us apart from our English speaking neighbours but our traditional Irish music is one of them. Traditional Irish music has spread across the world and has influenced other genres of music such as bluegrass and jazz. One of the many reasons people visit Ireland is to experience Traditional Irish Music live and in Dublin there are many places where you will find people taking out their fiddles, guitars and bodhrans and \’giving us an aul tune\’.
O\’Donoghue\’s, Merrion Row, Dublin 2
For a long time this was the home of Traditional Irish Music in Dublin and it is here that The Dubliners were formed and made their name. Today, it is a little more touristy and it can be tough to get a seat anywhere near the musicians. That said, O\’Donoghue\’s is an institution in Dublin and is worth a visit. Make sure you go into the old part of the pub as this is the most genuine part. It is also where the musicians play.
Walsh\’s, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
Even when there is no music, this little pub in the heart of trendy Stoneybatter is a gem of a place for a quiet pint. Walsh\’s hosts regular traditional Irish music sessions on a Sunday evening. Not a bad way to finish off the weekend.
Devitt\’s, Camden Street, Dublin 2
Devitts on Camden Street host music upstairs from Wednesday to Sunday. There is a famous Sunday session downstairs that always draws a crowd. After that you can get more live music up the road in Whelan\’s or chill out at Anseo across the road and see what the cool bar staff have on the stereo behind the bar.
The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin 7
The Cobblestone in Smithfield has been in the news quite a bit lately. Developers wanted to turn it into a hotel, the rest of the world didn\’t want that to happen. Thankfully, the rest of the world won and this magic realm of traditional Irish music remains a great place to catch the very best musicians in Dublin.
There is music here every day of the week from 5pm and at the weekend it starts at 2pm. The Cobblestone describes itself as a \”drinking pub with a music problem\” but in truth there is a never a problem here at all. This is one of Dublin\’s greatest pubs and the music is good for the soul.
The Celt, Dublin 1
A unique spot on Talbot Street in Dublin 1, The Celt is a hub of Irish cultural activity. They usually have live music seven nights a week starting at around 9.30. So hopefully when the restrictions are lifted soon, the musicians will be back and getting us tapping our feet.
City Language School Dublin
City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.