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Egans Bar Parkbridge County Wicklow | Pub on the Wicklow Way

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Events at Egans

March 2020 – Egans is CLOSED due to COVID-19.

Hello to our very loyal customers. Egans Bar, Parkbridge, will be closed effective immediately. Following advice from HSE, we have considered the health and wellbeing of families, customers, staff and most especially the vulnerable people in our area due to the risks posed by Covid-19. Please be safe, stay indoors and hopefully we will be back sooner rather than later. Thank you.

More updates to follow on our Facebook page

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Gerry Carthy – From Santa Fé, New Mexico, USA!

Gerry Carthy at Egans Bar Parkbridge

Gerry Carthy at Egans Bar Parkbridge, June 2019

See Gerry playing live:

Let us know if you are interested on our Facebook event.

Paddy Tutty and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail. A Rare Wednesday Night Session

Paddy and Caoimhín are two very well known musicians on the Irish traditional music scene, see the videos below. This is a rare chance to get to meet them and hear their music, so come along mid-week to Egans on Wednesday May 1st 2019.

Watch Paddy Tutty playing with the band Caladh Nua:

See Caoimhín Ó Fearghail playing on Irish TV station TG4:

Check out their music, hear some more tunes, and read more information on these musicians over on Copperplate Music or buy their new CD on Paddy Tutty’s website.

As a result of their great music that they play together, they recorded their duet album in 2018. Here is what John Carty had to say about that: “Congrats Paddy and Caoimhín on such a fresh respectful approach to our traditional music.” – John Carty, July 2018.

Do you enjoy these events, or do you have some suggestions for other events at Egans? Watch more videos about our musical events and leave some feedback for us on our traditional Irish music page.

Archive: A Box Combo!! Big Night of Music, Song & Story – Sat. April 13th 2019

As a result of the great session nights in February and March, a few musicians will be making a return to Parkbridge for more revelry. On the 13th of April, there will be a night of Irish traditional music, song and story with two young champion, virtuoso accordion players – Bronwyn Castles and Hughie Kennedy. Certainly, Bronwyn is well known in Wicklow and has won many Fleadh Cheoil competitions. Hughie is a regular musician on the session scene in Cork city. Maybe you can come along and check out these excellent musicians’ music!

Hughie Kennedy

Hughie Kennedy

Bronwyn Castles

Bronwyn Castles

Bronwyn will be bringing some friends from Wicklow and Hughie will be bringing some friends all the way from Cork. There will be songs and stories from some local guests too! We are also looking forward to seeing some very special guests from the Wicklow / Wexford area! Come along, it promises to be a very special night!

More info. at

Events at Egans

Locals in Egans Bar Parkbridge

Locals in Egans Bar Parkbridge

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. Hire a DJ, set 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

Reserve the full bar or for smaller events you can use the separate snug section. The snug has been used to accommodate a fundraiser for local sports and smaller traditional music sessions. Therefore, 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 and we are here to help.

Book your event by getting in touch with Larry and Mary now on (05394) 29144 or info “at” They will be on site to assist you. Egans provide friendly and experienced advice for your requirements.

Finally, you can 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, near Shillelagh 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! (087 2248420 or info “at”

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 Also, check out our Wicklow Way webpage for more information on how to plan and what Egans has to offer:

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: 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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