Doolin Music House

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Doolin Music House
5
19:00 - 20:30
Monday
19:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
19:00 - 20:30
Friday
19:00 - 20:30
About
Christy Barry and his partner Sheila have entertained friends and musicians at their home for many years, sitting around the fire playing music and telling stories. Although the pub sessions are extremely popular they realized that many of their visitors preferred to listen to traditional music in the intimate environment of their home. As a result of this they decided to open up their atmospheric home to visitors so they can experience local Irish music in the relaxed surroundings of their home. Christy talks and discusses the history of traditional Irish music and plays great tunes. Visitors can enjoy the experience of visiting a local home, enjoying local company and listening to a good traditional music session around the fire. Sheila is an artist and her works surround the rooms in the house creating a truly art home atmosphere.
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FlwerGirl
Boerne, TX47 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We spent our entire 16 day trip looking for "trad" at pub after pub. Finally found it here! Lovely, intimate experience in their home hearing wonderful music and enjoying stories of the music and the people. Also, just the right length of time for the evening.
Written 26 May 2022
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Yolanda L
3 contributions
May 2022 • Family
My favorite experience in doolin! It was a very nice experience meeting such talented poeple and seeing how much music means to them! The history behind the music is very interesting, and some sad moments that make you appreciate how far the Irish have come.
They played very beautifully!
My son had found a small instrument earlier that day at a thrift shop and took it with him to show them. When he showed Chris the instrument he asked my son to join them for a session! My son was soo stoked and the other guests really enjoyed seeing that wholesome experience.
Written 12 May 2022
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Roxanne L
8 contributions
Apr 2022
We traveled to Doolin from the U.S. because our Dad wanted to immerse himself in Irish Music. Doolin Music House entirely delivered. Our evening was fun, educational, and the music could make you weep with joy and sorrow. More than just entertaining, Christy, James and Sheila made it a night to treasure.
Written 17 April 2022
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David O
Sarasota, FL2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Doolin music house is a must do
experience while visiting Doolin! It was an absolute pleasure to hear Christy and his friends play local tunes. The pride and respect Christy has for music is shown while he plays and also through the way he tells stories. It was a true honor to attend the session. We also really enjoyed getting to talk with Sheila. She provided an assortment of local cheese and crackers that were fantastic along with wine to sip on throughout the event.  This was a true highlight of our honeymoon and next time we're back in town this will be the number one thing to do on our list!
Written 2 October 2021
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Corina J
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Friends
Doolin Music House is a must if you are visiting Doolin or any of the surrounding towns in Clare. Sheila was a fantastic host and made sure we were well looked after during our visit. Christy and James are a great duo and it was incredibly endearing listening to their stories of years past accompanied with traditional Irish music. If you’re looking for an authentic Irish experience with some fun, laughter, and history, then you must book Doolin Music House. They’ve also got everything sorted so that you are distanced from others who are not in your group and with sanitiser etc about the place.

A tip: if you’re not driving I recommend you book a taxi well in advance unless you’re within walking distance. This is the case in most rural towns in Ireland.
Written 11 August 2020
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Corina thanks so much for this wonderful review. We are thrilled. We hope you visit us another time and our Art Gallery should be ready for a visit !!!. Thanks so much. Best Wishes Sheila
Written 11 August 2020
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Rebecca
London, UK27 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had a brilliant night listening to the music and the history of the songs, as well as local history and the funny anecdotes that Christy told us. I'd definitely recommend it if you're in or near Doolin.
Written 10 August 2020
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aislinn40
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
A really enjoyable evening spent with with very talented musicians.
Sheila was the prefect host..James and Christy engaged with younger children and we really enjoyed every note.This is a not to be missed event.
It was a great honour to be welcomed into an amazing talented house.Pictures on the walls sketched by local artists and Christy explains in detail all the local history.
Local ghost stories to eerie 17 century music played
solo by james
Our poor Taxi Peter had to wait as none wanted to leave.
Written 29 July 2020
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Aislinn thanks so much for this brilliant review. It means a lot to us. We really enjoyed you night with us. We hope you visit again and tell all the pals !!!!. Best Wishes Sheila ps Big hello to Miriam and Luke.
Written 11 August 2020
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AineEnnis
Galway, Ireland4 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We had a fantastic evening of music with Christy & James. With wonderful hospitality from Sheila. Our group had kids & teens and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I could not recommend this highly enough. A beautiful way to spend an evening in Doolin. Thanks again. We will definitely be back.
Written 10 July 2020
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Ann H
4 contributions
Oct 2019
A visit to the Doolin Music House was a highlight of our week spent exploring Ireland in October 2019. Sheila Quinn was a wonderful hostess and easy and quick to communicate with. Her artwork displayed in the home is stunning.

Christy Barry and his traditional music was the feature of the evening, accompanied by his friend James Devitt on the fiddle. Christy played flute, recorder, and gave us an amazing demonstration of playing spoons (not all at the same time of course!) In between sets, he shared stories of great local musicians and his own experiences growing up with music. The stories and music were grand! And so were the wine and local delicacies (smoked salmon and cheeses) offered. It was a wonderful gift to gather around a turf fire and enjoy traditional music and craic in a home.

Highly recommended!
Written 29 October 2019
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Mary C
1 contribution
Oct 2019
Oct 2019 was my first trip to Ireland and the Doolin Music House was definitely a highlight! Christy and James were amazing playing traditional Irish music. My personal favorite was Christy playing the spoons! Not only was the music and stories fantastic, Sheila couldn't have made you feel more welcome and comfortable. Oh and the wine & food really good too! A true display of Irish hospitality.

Thank you for a memorable evening of great craic! Hope to see you again!

Mary C.
Written 22 October 2019
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  • Wed - Wed 19:00 - 20:30
  • Fri - Fri 19:00 - 20:30
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