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Pubs & Music in Ireland
One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, the Abbey Tavern oozes character and warmth. Dating back to the 16th century the pub has welcomed thousands of vistors from near and far, many of whom return time after time. A genuine tavern located in the lovely fishing village of Howth, with blazing turf fires, original stone walls flagged floors and gas lights, the Abbey Tavern is a haven from the hustle & bustle of modern life. Apart from the charming old-world bar, the Abbey Tavern is home to the superb Abbot Restaurant, offering a tempting selection of tasty dishes, paticulalry seafood which is brought from the harbour just 200 yeards away. The tavern also houses The Barn, where for the past 45 years the famous Abbey Tavern singers and dancers have entertained visitors while they enjo...read more
Known as Ireland’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head Pub building location dates back the 12th century to 1198. It is unclear how much of the original structure dates back to that period but you do get a sense of history within the walls of the Pub. ...read more
The Michael Coleman Heritage Centre draws together the many strands of the South Sligo musical traditional. The main building is a focal point for the living tradition, for which the area is so rightly famous and houses a theatre, a large audio-visual display on South Sligo, its music and the life of Michael Coleman. Interactive touch-screen facilities provide information on traditional music and instruments and a selection of music preformed by local musicians. Well-known exponents of the south Sligo style of traditional music give classes in a wide variety of instruments. A few miles west of Gurteen is the Coleman home which was integral in the development of traditional music in the area. A music archive, one of the most important elements of the whole project, is housed here...read more
Born into a poor farm when times in Ireland were hard on 20 July in 1877 in the village of Annascaul in County Kerry, Tom Crean was forced to leave his family and home and head overseas to England where he joined the Royal Navy at the tender age of 15 spending many years refining his skills as a seaman. This love of the sea was to grow and Tom took part in three expeditions to Antartica in the 20th century. When Tom retired in 1920 he returned home to his beloved Annascaul, he married and ran “The South Pole Inn”....read more
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Hike and Bike Tour last week in Ireland. We loved the Kerry peninsula, and in particular, Kilarney National Park.The biking part of the trip went flawlessly, except for us not being accustomed to riding on the left side of the road. Thank heavens we were mostly on not very busy roads! The Friday boat and jaunting car trip on the Kilarney Lakes and through the Gap of Dunloe were a real highlight! Thanks so much for all your assistance. Even the weather cooperated to help make wonderful memories for us of our Irish adventure!
Steve and Ruthanne, Ardoch ON