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Events at Egans

Egans Bar, Parkbridge have hosted a wide variety of events over the years, from 21st birthdays to tea parties to wedding receptions. So whatever the event, the bar comes alive with the mood you are looking for. Whether it is hiring a DJ, setting up a barbecue or a charity fundraiser, Egans bar provides a service that is both straight forward and tailored to suit your preferences.

Have an engagement party at Egans Bar Parkbridge

Have an engagement party at Egans Bar Parkbridge

Come to an evening of "Pot Still Whiskey Tasting" at Egans Bar Parkbridge

Come to an evening of “Pot Still Whiskey Tasting” at Egans Bar Parkbridge

Check out the list of events that are celebrated at Egans:

  • Host Your Wedding Reception: Events at Egans have included wedding reception, stag & hen parties.
  • Celebrate Your Birthday: 21st, 40th, 50th, we’ve even done a 100th (all parties catered for).
  • Gather after Christenings and other more formal gatherings such as funeral afters.
  • Launch CD’s and music albums.
  • Host food and drink tasting nights (Egans previously held a curry night and also a pot-still whiskey tasting night).
  • Cook up a Barbecue (this is usually to accompany a birthday party celebration).
  • See the hunt gatherings (the local hunt makes a number of trips to Parkbridge every year).
  • Help charity events (Egans have hosted Alzheimer association tea parties and cancer research fundraisers).
  • Celebrate Christmas parties (every year a Christmas party is held at Egans. Bookings for other parties are available from October onward).

 

Steam Rally Events at Egans late 1990's

Steam Rally Events at Egans late 1990’s

Event Reservation Sizes

Egans events are reserve the full bar, or for smaller events the separate snug section. The snug is used to accommodate the fundraiser for local sports or traditional music sessions. Any crowd, from 10-250 can be catered for. A local marquee tent rental can be fitted for larger events. Just let us know what you are looking for.

If you have an event coming up, book it by getting in touch with Larry and Mary now on (05394) 29144 or info “at” egansbar.com. They will be on site to assist you. Egans provide friendly and experienced advice for your requirements.

Upcoming Events at Egans bar from Facebook page:

View the gallery below which shows just some of the events that have taken place at Egans over the years.

Egans Bar Pot-Still Whiskey Tasting Evening

An evening of pure pot still whiskey tasting 

Throwback Thursdays - Patrick and Nicola's "See You Soon" Session! 15 Dec 2018

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.

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.

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.

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

The Wicklow Way hike passes Egans bar in Parkbridge. Nevermind the other stops, because with their warm welcome, hospitality and good quality goods, Egans will give you an authentic Irish experience that you will remember for years to come!

The locations is most convenient – where the Wicklow Way is at its 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.

The Wicklow Way - Egans Bar Parkbridge from Newry hill

The Wicklow Way – View of Parkbridge area from Newry hill

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. The map below shows the route that you will take:

 

Services on the Wicklow Way

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 walkers who 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*

Contacting Egans

*Please contact Egans either at info “at” egansbar.com or (05394) 29144 if there are any specific supplies that you might need and Larry and Mary will help out wherever they can. It is also recommended to contact Egans over the phone if you intend on visiting the bar early on in the day.

Check out this video blog of a Wicklow Way hike:

We hope you enjoy your trip, and look forward to seeing you in the near future.

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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