Tour Overview


Real Traditional Irish Music Tours of Ireland

Irish Tourism are the only tour operator offering real traditional Irish music tours of Ireland. Our tours will help you discover the very best in traditional Irish music through recitals, sessions and demonstrations featuring some of the greatest names in traditional music in Ireland today including renowned composer Peadar O’Riada, Donnchadh Gough from the band Danu and Jack Talty a well known concertina player, composer and producer. In Ballyvourney you will meet popular traditional Irish dance instructor Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy and learn a few steps yourself. 

Do You Play Traditional Irish Music?

If you play traditional music we encourage you to bring your instruments along as participation is always welcome and this is an ideal opportunity for you to play with some of the best musicians in Ireland from the oldest traditional style to modern and contemporary interpretations. However, these tours are suitable for anybody with an interest in traditional Irish Music.  


What's included

  • 9 Nights’ Accommodation with Private Facilities
  • Transport in luxury touring coach 
  • Irish Breakfast Daily
  • 6 Evening Meals 
  • 1 lunch 
  • Traditional Music Recital & Questions Session with Donnchadh Gough and friends in Dungarvan 
  • Ring Traditional Music Session in Mooney's Pub 
  • Traditional Irish Dance Session with Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy 
  • Traditional Irish Music Talk with Peadar Ó Riada  
  • Thursday Night Trad Music Session in The Mills Inn Ballyvourney 
  • Stories Through Song Tour & Information Session with Joe Creedon 
  • Gougane Barra Guided Tour 
  • Dingle Peninsula Tour 
  • Traditional Music Recital & Questions Session with Jack Talty and friends in Ennis
  • Entrance Fees to the Following Attractions & Sites: Dublin Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Lismore Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle, Gallarus Oratory, The Blasket Centre, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, The Irish Traditional Music Centre.

Tour highlights

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Burren
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Dublin Castle
  • Blasket Centre
  • Blarney Castle
  • Kilkenny Castle

Overnights for this tour

  • Dublin for 1 Night 
  • Dungarvan for 2 Nights 
  • Ballyvourney for 2 Nights 
  • Dingle for 2 Nights 
  • Ennis for 2 Nights

Accommodation options

  • Superior & First Class Hotels
  • 4-Star Country Manor Houses
  • 4 & 5 Star Irish Castles
  • Any Combination of the above

Day 1 - Arrival in Dublin Airport & Afternoon City Tour

On arrival into Dublin Airport transfer directly to your hotel. At 2pm meet your tour guide at the hotel and begin a half day tour of Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the famous Book of Kells is kept; the haunting portrait of the Famine Memorial; and rows of beautiful Georgian houses with brightly coloured doorways. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of government for many years and today plays a leading role in political activities. Return to your hotel in time for your welcome dinner and informal get together. After dinner why not check out the Temple Bar area which often has great traditional music on offer. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included. 

Day 2 - Dublin, Kilkenny - Dungarvan

Check out of your hotel and travel to Dungarvan in County Waterford, en-route visiting the magnificent Kilkenny Castle which dates back to 1391 and was the seat of the famous Butler family.  After some free time to explore Kilkenny travel onward to Dungarvan which is renowned for traditional Irish music, Irish song & dance and the Irish language.  This festival town has as a great name amongst traditional music supporters and it’s welcoming restaurants and pubs offer a unique experience in an old world atmosphere. After dinner this evening meet three well-known local musicians including Donnchadh Gough, an accomplished Uileann Pipes & Bodhran player from the acclaimed Irish music band ‘Danu’ for an informal recital and questions and answers session. Tonight take the time to explore Dungarvan’s traditional music scene, we recommend a trip to ‘The Local’ which has frequent live Traditional Irish Music. Overnight in Dungarvan, Dinner Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 3 - Lismore & Ring Music Session

Leave your hotel and travel the short distance to the heritage town of Lismore. Founded in 636, it was established as a monastic settlement that flourished to become one of the great centres of learning. After lunch (included), we visit Ring or 'An Rinn' in Irish which is an official Gaeltacht area near Dungarvan. In a Gaeltacht the spoken language is Irish and the Gaeltacht is also a great place to discover real traditional Irish Music. Visit Mooney’s Pub for a Traditional Music Session. Mooney’s is famous for sean-nós singing, traditional Irish music and late-night sessions. Writers, poets, film-makers and artists have used Mooney's as a meeting place for decades- the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers and the Fury Brothers to name but a few. Overnight in Dungarvan, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included. 

Day 4 - Music & Dance in Ballyvourney

Travel to Ballyvourney, a Gaeltacht village in south-west cork and an area synonymous with Traditional Irish Music. En-route visit Blarney Castle which was built nearly 600 years ago by Cormac McCarthy, one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains.  After checking into your hotel meet Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy, regarded by many as the most experienced set dance instructors in Ireland. After your class and dinner, meet Peadar Ó Riada for a talk on ‘The history and origins of traditional music and what it sounds like in an indigenous community’.  Peadar is the son of influential Irish musician and composer Sean Ó Riada, and has continued to follow in his father's footsteps. While his roots remain in Traditional Irish Music, Ó Riada has incorporated classical, Eastern, and European modern influences into his work also. Tonight try out your new dancing skills at the Thursday Night Trad Music Session in the Mills Inn bar. Overnight in Ballyvourney, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included. 

Day 5 - Stories through Song & Gougane Barra

Leave your hotel and travel the short distance to the town of Inchigeelagh, here you will meet local man and renowned traditional singer, Joe Creedon. Joe has a keen interest in the oral history and traditions of Ireland, especially the practice of telling local stories and legends through songs and balladry. After some tea & scones, accompany Joe to the old Inchigeelagh church yard and through his songs and stories you will learn a little bit more about West Cork’s colourful history. Leave Inchigeelagh and head to Gougane Barra an area of outstanding natural beauty; here you will spend time with another local guide. Gougane Barra has been the subject of many songs and stories a local and well-known poet Máire Bhuí Uí Laoghaire for example immortalised the area in verse through her poem ‘Cath Céim an Fhia (The Battle of Keimaneigh)’. Overnight in Ballyvourney, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included. 

Day 6 - Dingle Sightseeing/Dingle Music Scene

Your tour of Ireland takes you to Dingle today via the pretty town of Killarney where you will have some time to peruse the shops or have a bite to eat if you wish. On arrival in Dingle the remainder of the day is free for your own personal sightseeing or shopping. Dingle Town is one of the few places in Ireland where you can enjoy traditional Irish music any night of the week. In addition there are weekly Summer Concerts in St. James Church with the Dingle Beehive Theatre Company providing the entertainment. Overnight in Dingle, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 7 - The Dingle Peninsula

Following breakfast depart the hotel and begin a tour of the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps not as well-known as the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located, the Dingle Peninsula is less busy but every bit as beautiful. Visit the dry stone early Christian church Gallarus Oratory. According to local lore, if you can successfully climb through the window at the back of the building your soul will then be cleansed, however as you will discover, this is a little hard to do! Then to the west of the town the scenery is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands. Visit the Blasket Centre which tells the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their culture and traditions. Return to Dingle for more Ceol agus Craic! Overnight in Dingle, Bed & Breakfast Included. 

Day 8 - Dingle to Clare

Travel from Dingle to Ennis, County Clare, stopping en route at the heritage town of Adare. Next, travel the short distance to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. This remarkable fortress was built in 1425 by the McNamara Clan and is one of Ireland's most complete castles – completely furnished on the inside. After checking into your hotel, take some time to relax before this evening’s music recital. Meet with meet three well-known local musicians including Jack Talty for a traditional music recital and informal questions and answers session. Jack is a renowned concertina player composer and producer, he has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and Australia, and has contributed to over 25 albums to date. Overnight in Ennis, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included. 

Day 9 - The Cliffs of Moher/Irish Traditional Music Centre

No trip to Ireland is complete without seeing our most famous visitor attraction, the Cliffs of Moher. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day the Aran Islands and Galway Bay can be seen, as well as the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and the Twelve Pin. Continue through karst landscape of the Burren to the Burren Centre in Kilfenora. The Burren Centre gives the visitor an introduction to the visual delights and ancient mysteries which await to be discovered in this unspoiled corner of Ireland. Last stop on your tour today is the Irish Traditional Music Centre in Milltown Malbay where you can learn more about music in Clare and its origins. Return to Ennis where there will be time to explore this colourful town if you have not done so already.  Overnight in Ennis Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 10 - Return Home

Travel to Shannon airport in time for your outbound flight. 

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