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Traditional Irish Music

Egans – A Great Place to Hear Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish music has always been an important part of nights in Egans Bar. In Parkbridge, there has been a long history of memorable events, which stretch down through the years. The mixture of acoustics from the oak floor and furnishings make for a great sound. Furthermore, the atmosphere always works well with this to make musical evenings flourish. Click on the video below to hear the great  Ritchie Timmons singing the song The Rocks of Bawn.

Well Known Peformers

Some of the most celebrated traditional music performers in the country have played shows in Egans. A variety of these have included artists on the national circuit. You might know some of these: Seán Tyrrell, Jimmy Crowley, Joe Burke (with Anne-Conroy Burke, Michael Cooney and Terry Corcoran). Others who have been to Egans include; Gay Woods, Mary McNamara, Mick Kinsella and Johnny Connolly. A great many more have also played there and Egans has become known as a hidden gem in Wicklow. See below the great piper Joey Abarta and his partner the great dancer and concertina player Jackie Reilly who were passing through on a trip from Boston, USA.

Informal Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Importantly, Egans have also been hosting informal traditional Irish music sessions for decades. These have become particularly prominent between the mid nineties up to recent times. Also, these sessions sometimes include musicians, singers, set dancers, seanchaí (story tellers). There have even been poetry recitals. As a result, performers have often travelled from far away places. It is not known beforehand what way these nights will turn out. However, the customer is guaranteed a good night when any performer turns up to play.

A session in Egans Circa 2003 with Seán and Mary O’Driscoll, Dennis Brooks, Patrick and Larry Egan, Terry and Sharon Corcoran.

The Egan Brothers

Below is a YouTube video clip of the two Egan brothers playing in Kilkenny in the early 1990s. While they are not at home always, Patrick and Larry continue to play. They very often bring musicians back to Egans for a session.

Almost all of the traditional Irish music sessions occur spontaneously. Local musicians (and often local customers) taking part, usually on Saturday nights. If you are in the area, be sure to let us know. Contact Larry or Mary to find out if there is live music on the way this month! (05394 29144 or info “at” egansbar.com).

Below is a photo gallery of just some of the range of performers who have been coming to Egans over the years.

Egans Bar - Traditional Irish Music

The Wicklow Way

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A Convenient Pub on the Wicklow Way

Are you hiking the Wicklow Way and looking for somewhere to camp? Egans can help you out there. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, so just get in touch with a message at https://www.facebook.com/egansbarparkbridge

The Wicklow Way hike passes right beside Egans bar in Parkbridge. Nevermind the other stops, because with the stunning scenery, a warm welcome, hospitality and good quality goods, Egans will give you an authentic Irish experience that you will remember for years to come! You could be lucky if you are around for some of their great music events too!

The view of the valley around Egans Bar, Parkbridge from Newry hill

The view of the valley around Egans Bar, Parkbridge from Newry hill

The locations is most convenient – where the Wicklow Way and the Wicklow hills are at their southernmost, as you travel between Shillelagh and the low lying valley of the Derry river which flows through Clonegal. A description of this area is available here on the Wicklow Way website.

The bar is a short walk from an intersection at the townsland of Aghowle. You can reach it by walking south of Aghowle (next to Moylisha), descending through picturesque winding roads before straightening out at the bottom of the valley into Parkbridge. Below is a map which shows the route towards Egans from the intersection at Aghowle. If you are a good walker / hiker you will obviously beat the Google Maps estimate! The map below shows the route that you will take:

 

Services on the Wicklow Way

Hikers / walkers have been calling to Parkbridge for decades, and so a number of amenities are now available to those who call in to the bar or shop. Larry and Mary have a variety of services available for when hikers or walkers need supplies. Here is a list of just some of those services for you:

  • THE most friendly welcome you could imagine!
  • Free WiFi and phone charging facilities on site.
  • Free and excellent spring well water available.
  • Toilet facilities.
  • Egans house and farm is next to the bar.
  • A variety of local accommodation options close by – from self-catering Air BnB to traditional B&B.
  • A selection of soup, sandwiches, pizzas and other snacks that can be made available at short notice.
  • Tea, coffee and drink supplies.
  • A local taxi service to pick you up or drop you off on the Wicklow Way.
  • Other hiking supplies*
Campervan musicians park up for a Saturday night session in Egans

A short stop: campervan musicians park up for a Saturday night session in Egans

Contacting Egans

*Please contact Egans by sending a message on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/egansbarparkbridge or call on (05394) 29144. If there are any specific supplies that you might need, Egans will do their best to help, and Larry and Mary will help out wherever they can. It is also recommended to contact Egans on the Facebook page if you intend on visiting the bar early on in the day.

Check out this video blog of a Wicklow Way hike that finished in Clonegal:

 

We hope you enjoy your trip whichever way it starts or ends, and look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Larry and Mary

Accommodation Near Egans

Egans Bar, Parkbridge is close to a number of different accommodation options in the south Wicklow, east Carlow and north Wexford areas. Book a BnB, self catering or a hotel. All of these accommodation options are within a fifteen minute drive. In order of proximity, the following are available year round:

Type Address Contact Map
Air BnB Walkers Cottage, Raheengraney (5mins, 6ppl) Peter Nesbitt Website
Self Catering Minmore Mews, Shillelagh (5mins) John Hayden (053) 942 9147 Website
Air BnB Ballinavortha House (10mins, 8ppl) Joe and Marge (086) 6089535 Air BnB Link
BnB Stoops, Coolattin (10mins) Stoops: 087 697 3124 Air BnB Link | Website
BnB Sheila Kirwan, Clonegal (10mins) Sheila: 053 937 7742 BnB Link
Hotel Mount Wolseley Hilton, Tullow (15mins) Tel: 059 918 0100 Website
Hotel The Millrace, Bunclody (15mins) Tel: 053 9375100 Website

 

A rough estimate of the geographic location of these accommodation choices in is available here: https://goo.Preview Changes (opens in a new window)gl/maps/syme3qM5Di82. If there are any accommodation options that you can think of that we have missed on here, please let us know! We are always on the lookout for new and nice places for our customers to stay.

Accommodation for Campervan Adventurers!

There is also a great car park available for anyone on camper van trips around Ireland. Bring your campervan to Egans early in the day and there will be plenty of space to park up. The ground in Egans car park is level and there have been plenty of campervan adventurers venturing through south Wicklow and staying in Egans car park.

Campervan musicians park up for a Saturday night session in Egans

Campervan musicians park up for a Saturday night session in Egans

Accommodation for Camping Adventurers!

Are you hiking the Wicklow Way and looking for somewhere to camp? Egans can help you out there also. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, so just get in touch with a message at https://www.facebook.com/egansbarparkbridge. Also, check out our Wicklow Way webpage for more information on how to plan and what Egans has to offer: https://www.egansbar.com/pub-the-wicklow-way/

Camping in South Wicklow - Egans Bar Parkbridge

Camping in South Wicklow – Egans Bar Parkbridge

Whatever your accommodation needs, just send a message to Egans here or even better on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/egansbarparkbridge to find out what the best option might be for you. Larry and Mary are always willing to help if you are passing through. Best of luck and see you soon, Larry and Mary.

 

Bord na Móna Hearth Sessions

Egans of Parkbridge won a competition to host Bord na Móna’s Hearth Sessions! First of all, the bar was never before put into a competition. Certainly no record exists of it in the local lore. In November 2017 Egans was entered into its first competition as an established bar. The Hearth Sessions with Bord na Móna is a 26-county contest which was supported by the Vintners Association of Ireland. Consequently, Egans bar was selected by Bord na Móna Hearth Sessions group as one of the 10 cosiest bars in Ireland. They ranked ahead of over 70 amazing looking pubs and bars around the country.

Entered into The Journal Newspaper

In late November 2017, the national newspaper “The Journal” (cosiest fires on www.thejournal.ie) published an article that listed Egans bar in 3rd place. As a result of being selected by Bord na Móna and published in The Journal, the bar went into a competition to host three well known bands – Ye Vagabonds (Carlow), Stephanie Rainey (Cork) and Little Hours (Donegal) for a Hearth Session.

Bord na Móna Hearth Sessions Competition

In the Hearth Sessions, Egans came second in the country. Most importantly, this support was from members of the public. Therefore, a lot of great comments were written from locals and other customers who have been to Egans over the years. In addition to this, the bar attracted over 500 votes. As a result, the Bord na Móna Hearth Sessions was held at Parkbridge. This was on December 1st, 2017. Read more about the competition.

The section below shows the Hearth Sessions event as posted on Facebook.

Finally, Egans extend a heartfelt thanks all of those people who supported them in the Bord na Móna Hearth Sessions. In particular, we are grateful for all the lovely comments from our clientele. We appreciate all the votes which helped us to win.

Beir bua and thanks again,
The staff at Egans

 

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