A Guide to Temple Bar TradFest
The Dublin Temple Bar TradFest is the king of the Irish music festivals. It lasts for five days and five nights only and has been running every year since 2005. With over 200 events throughout, it can be a little overwhelming. We’ve done the hard work for you and come up with the things you have to see while you’re there:
- The Dublin Legends ( formerly world famous “The Dubliners“ ): ‘They have been performing throughout the world for over 60 years. The band garnered international success with their lively Irish folk songs, traditional street ballads and instrumentals.’
- Paul Brady: ‘singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists.’
- Dublin City Ramblers: ‘The Dublin City Ramblers were formed in Dublin in 1972 and have gone onto to become one of Ireland’s best loved ballad and folk groups.’
St Patrick’s Cathedral
This beautiful Cathedral is one of, if not the best venue to see music in during Temple Bar Tradfest. One of the big names and opener of the festival this year is Carlos Núñez, a traditional Galician bagpiper. If it’s one of those leaf crunching, crisp sunny days then get there early and take a little wander through the park next door before you head in.
Our Generator picks:
- We 3 Banjo http://www.templebartrad.com/Listofevents/we-banjo-3-chessboxer/
- Bellowhead http://www.templebartrad.com/Listofevents/bellowhead/
- Baile an Salsa http://www.templebartrad.com/Listofevents/baile-an-salsa/
- Betty Swing Machine http://www.templebartrad.com/Listofevents/betty-swing-machine/
Meeting House Square
You can pretty much guarantee that anything on in Meeting House Square will be amazing. A great little perk of this outdoor venue in January, is that it comes with a side order of a giant automatically closing umbrella, just in case it decides to rain down on you whilst you’re there. If you’re like us and a bit of a foodie at heart this square also offers a food market on Saturday each week. It’s all local and you can hoover down everything from fresh oysters and Irish cheese to Mexican street food and Spanish tapas. Tastylicious.
Secret of Kells Exhibition at The Ark
It was nominated for an Academy Award back in 2010 for a reason. Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon gave us an absolute gem when they released Secret of the Kells. This brilliant exhibition gives us an insight into the type of medieval art that inspired the film. We’re big fans and so will you be.
The Super Céilí
The Super Céilí is basically unmissable. It’s fair to say something which is referred to as ‘ceilî House Mafia’, we would normally mock, but in this case we wouldn’t dare. This will be an experience like no other, one which combines traditional Irish sounds with a DJ and insane visuals and specials effects, one which if you don’t go, you’ll just never know.
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Experience Gaelic Games
Have some fun with our pals over at Experience Gaelic Games. They do exactly what it says on the tin and will give you a chance to experience Ireland’s national sports such as hurling, football and many more.
This pub is a Trad music favorite. It’s located in the beautifully cobbled Smithfield square, it’s perfect for a pick me up and it happens to neighbour our lovely Generator Dublin.