Entertainment in Ireland

There are plenty of entertainment options to pursue when visiting Ireland. From theatres and comedy clubs to cinemas and live music venues, there is something to excite and titillate everyone, no matter how you like to spend your evening.

If you want to listen to some traditional music but don’t want to battle through the crowds in the popular Temple Bar district, head to Doolin Music House. This is a small house owned by Christy Barry and he opens his home and plays wonderful traditional music – the price also includes wine and snacks. If you prefer something a little more rough and ready, there are, of course, numerous bars in Dublin and around the country where you can enjoy live music in a more traditional environment. O’Donoghue’s is one of the more popular venues but there are numerous others to explore.

To catch the latest blockbuster or arthouse films, the place to be is the Stella Cinema. Its art deco style and hidden entrance give the cinema a wonderfully clandestine feel and they have plush leather seats with tables and stools to boot.

If theatre is your forte then the Smock Alley Theatre, which dates back to 1622, hosts everything from traditional shows to murder mystery evenings. The theatre also serves dinner so you can also make an evening of visiting.

Curragh Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in the country and is known for being incredibly flat. Even for those who aren’t into racing, the atmosphere and hospitality opportunities are well worth the visit for the day.

For a multi-faceted evening, the Triskel Arts Centre offers a little something for everybody. The venue is a renovated church and the programme is an eclectic mix of movie screenings, art exhibitions, photography and a range of live music performances. There’s also a cafe serving food and drinks.