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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

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.

 

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