10 Top Traditional Irish Nights of Entertainment this Summer

By Jayne Leonard
10 Jun 2015

Experience a true sense of Ireland's cultural heritage at a Traditional Irish Night of entertainment, hosted in venues throughout the country. Enjoy music, song and dance; indulge in superb traditional meals; and hear Ireland’s greatest myths and legends told by some of our best storytellers. Whether you are captivated by the global Irish-phenomenon that is Riverdance; or you simply take to the stage to show your own talents at a local ‘Seisiún’, you're guaranteed to take home memories that will last a lifetime. 


Comhaltas Seisiún - A Music Trail through Ireland, Nationwide

25 June - 30 August 2015

Comhaltas Seisiún, now running for 35 years, is a unique traditional entertainment experience taking Comhaltas Seisiún place at over 50 venues throughout Ireland. A stage show of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling, it captivates both locals and visitors alike. The second half of the show, which follows on from some light refreshments, invites guests to take to the floor with a step, tune, song, or story. So if you wish to preform don’t forget your instrument or dancing shoes!

The show takes place on various days of the week, depending on location. For full details of your nearest Seisiún see www.Comhaltas.ie/events/seisiun.


Festival of Folk 2015, Siamsa Tire Theatre, Tralee, Co. Kerry

5 May - 19 September 2015

A Festival of Folk features three distinct shows running throughout the summer months – Festival of Folk Siamsa Tireeach showcasing the best of Irish music, song and dance. Fadó Fadó celebrates the joys and sorrows of a rural family in Ireland long ago through lively singing, music, dancing and mime. Oileán celebrates the Blasket Islands in times past, capturing the islanders' traditions, customs, songs and stories; while Turas features music from all corners of Ireland stunningly entwined with dance and song.

The different shows take place on various dates and times throughout the summer. For full details, and to book, see www.SiamsaTire.com.


Medieval Banquets at Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare (and seasonal banquets at Knappogue Castle Co. Clare and Dunguaire Castle, Co. Galway)

Year Round at Bunratty Castle 

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet is truly a fantastic experience. Cross the drawbridge, be welcomed Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Co. Clare, Irelandby the Butler, admire the 16th century furnishings and enjoy a goblet of Honey Mead. Guests will then move to the Banquet Hall for a sumptuous four course dinner with fine wines (and no cutlery!) while enjoying a superb selection of traditional Irish songs and instrumental music. You may even be crowned King and Queen of the banquet … or thrown in the dungeon! Banquets are also run in Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay; or Knappogue Castle near Quin in Co. Clare.

Bunratty Banquet runs twice nightly year round, the others run seasonally and on selected dates. For full details on all three venues, and to book, see www.ShannonHeritage.com


Traditional Irish Night at the Corn-Barn, Bunratty Folk Park, Co. Clare

1 April - 1 October 2015

For a magical evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance, head to the Corn-Barn in Bunratty Folk Park. Visitors will be welcomed by the ‘Fear an Ti’ with a glass of Honey Mead, before sitting down to an evening of entertainment from the finest local singers, dancers and musicians. Dine on a traditional and wholesome four course dinner to include Irish Stew or Poached Irish Salmon served in the ambience of 19th century Ireland. Stories, instrumentals and ballads all weave the story of Irish music though the ages - a true traditional evening in a welcoming and homely setting.

The show takes place on selected dates. For full details, and to book, see www.ShannonHeritage.com.

Riverdance 20 Returns, The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin 2

23 June - 30 August 2015

The international Irish dance phenomenon that is Riverdance returns to its hometown this summer for its 12th season at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. Since it began in 1995, breaking all box office records during its world premiere, Riverdance has been seen live by 25 million people in over 465 venues worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to see this stunning fusion of Irish and international music and dance - full of energy, sensuality and spectacle - on its 20th anniversary tour.

The show takes place Tuesdays to Saturdays. For full details, and to book, see www.GaietyTheatre.ie.

Trad on the Prom, Salthill, Co. Galway

12 May - September 24 2015

Now in its 11th consecutive year, Trad on the Prom allows the audience to experience the passion of Ireland's past through a contemporary production of world-class music, song and dance. Featuring performers from 'Riverdance', 'The Chieftains', 'Lord of the Dance' and 'Feet of Flames' this show is guaranteed to offer an unforgettable experience in the City of the Tribes. With almost 700 five star reviews on TripAdvisor, it's not to be missed. Packages with a pre-show dinner or overnight accommodation also available.

The show takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. For full details, and to book, see www.TradOnTheProm.com.


The Spirit of Ireland featuring Celtic Kings, INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry

21 May - 31 October 2015

The Spirit of Ireland, a show seen globally by over 1 million people, will take up residency this Spirit of Ireland Celtic Kings INEC Killarneysummer at the INEC Killarney. Enjoy a two hour spell-binding evening of music, dance and song from a cast of twenty fantastic dancers, musicians and singers with support from The Celtic Kings. You can also book a sumptuous pre-show banquet featuring the best of Irish food, while serenaded by live entertainment.

The show takes place from Sundays to Thursdays. For full details, and to book, see www.inec.ie.


The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol, Westport Town Hall Theatre, Co. Mayo

17 June - 30 September 2015

This fantastic traditional show is based on the real-life story of the renowned Pirate Queen Grace O' Legend of Gráinne Mhaol WestportMalley (Gráinne Mhaol). A mysterious warrior woman turned icon of international feminism, Grainne Mhaol’s legend is told through this captivating two-hour performance of Irish music, song and dance. An energetic and passionate show that has received rave reviews, The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol is not to be missed on your summer stay in Westport.

The show takes place on Sundays & Wednesdays. For full details, and to book, see www.GrainneMhaol.com.


An Evening of Food, Folklore & Fairies at the Brazen Head, Dublin 8

1 March - 30 December 2015

Visit Dublin’s oldest pub for a unique and entertaining Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies - voted the No. 1 Nightlife Dinner Entertainment in Dublin from 2011 to 2014 on TripAdvisor! Hear magical tales of Irish folklore, and gain a deeper understanding of Irish history through the world’s oldest form of entertainment - storytelling. Enjoy a candlelit traditional dinner along with Irish music in a cosy and relaxed setting, and share stories of your trip to Ireland with fellow diners. Afterwards, head downstairs to enjoy more live music in a venue that dates back to 1198.

The show takes place nightly. For full details, and to book, see www.IrishFolkTours.com.



The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Year Round

Running for 26 years, the Merry Ploughboys Live in Concert is a fantastic traditional music show held Traditional Irish Fiddlein the only musician-owned music venue in Ireland. Be captivated as All-Ireland and World Champion Irish Dancers take to the stage in an authentic show with plenty of interaction between the performers and the audience. Guests will also enjoy the very best of fresh and traditional Irish Food with a specially selected three-course menu. Option shuttle bus to the city centre available.

The show takes place nightly. For full details, and to book, see www.mpbpub.com.

Have you experienced a night of Traditional Irish Entertainment? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the Comments below!


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