Entertainment

Top Choice Traditional Music in Doolin

Doolin Music House

For a change from Doolin's crowded music pubs, book ahead to visit local musician Christy Barry's cosy home, which is filled with artworks by his artist partner Sheila. By the open fire, Christy plays traditional tu…
Top Choice Opera in Cork City

Cork Opera House

Given a modern makeover in the 1990s, this leading venue has been entertaining the city for more than 150 years with everything from opera and ballet to stand-up comedy, pop concerts and puppet shows. Around the bac…
Top Choice Opera in Wexford Town

National Opera House

Opened in 2008 Wexford's gleaming opera house packs more architectural punch inside than out, but sports state-of-the-art acoustics and superb views from the top-floor bar. In addition to hosting the opera festival …
Top Choice Theatre in Galway City

Druid Performing Arts Company

Internationally renowned, the Druid Performing Arts Company was established in 1975 and is famed for staging experimental works by young Irish playwrights, as well as new adaptations of classics. When it's not touri…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Cork City

Triskel Arts Centre

A fantastic cultural centre housed partly in a renovated church building – expect a varied program of live music, installation art, photography and theatre at this intimate venue. There's also a cinema (from 6.30pm)…
Top Choice Live Music in Grafton Street & Around

Devitt’s

Devitt’s – aka the Cusack Stand – is one of the favourite places for the city’s talented musicians to display their wares, with sessions as good as any you’ll hear in the city centre. Highly recommended.
Theatre in Temple Bar

Smock Alley Theatre

One of the city’s most diverse theatres is hidden in this beautifully restored 17th-century building. It boasts a diverse program of events (expect anything from opera to murder mystery nights, puppet shows and Shak…
Horse Racing in The Curragh

Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh is the oldest and most prestigious racecourse in the country, and one of the finest flat-racing courses in the world; even if you’re not a horsey type, it’s well worth experiencing the passion and atmosp…
Traditional Music in Merrion Square & Around

O'Donoghue's

There's traditional music nightly in the old bar of this famous boozer. Regular performers include local names such as Tom Foley, Joe McHugh, Joe Foley and Maria O'Connell.
Live Performance in Quin

Knappogue Castle

The only way to visit this stately 15th-century castle 3.5km southeast of Quin is to attend a touristy but fun medieval banquet. Following a cup of mead and harp music, visitors sit down to a four-course meal accomp…