While many of us will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again from the safety and comfort of our own homes, that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the magic of a session of traditional Irish music live from the outside. ‘an Irish pub!
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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Roadside Tavern Gastro Pub in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, is showing live a series of performances specially curated by owner and master brewer Peter Curtin.
IrishCentral is excited to team up with The Roadside Tavern to bring you their special St. Patrick’s Day Music Event on Wednesday, March 17 from 1 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. GMT on the IrishCentral Facebook page.
Co Clare’s virtual St.Patrick’s Day festivities this Wednesday will feature five hours of live Irish music from musicians in North Clare, including:
- Liam Kelly and Oisín Marsh
- Michael Hynes and Johnny Conlon
- Charles Monod and Adrien Lyons
- Blackie O’Connell and Cyril O’Donoghue and Sarah Clarke
- Christy Barry of the Doolin Music House and James Devitt
Each artist will receive an appearance fee from The Roadside Tavern and viewers are invited to make a voluntary online donation which will be shared among the group. Musicians will really appreciate it!
Technical support is provided by Kevin Hegarty and Lou Merkel. Under current restrictions, social distancing will be observed at all times and hand sanitizers will be in place. There will only be one group of artists on site at a time. No alcohol will be for sale, displayed or consumed.
Owner Peter Curtin says: “Since opening in 1865, The Roadside Tavern has attracted talented musicians from all corners of the world.
“Micilín Conlon, Oliver Tennyson, Tommy Peoples, The Fureys, Ted Furey, Michael and Seamus Hynes, Micho Russell, Gussie Russell, Seán Tyrrell and many others were among the guest and in-residence musicians.
“This is the second St. Patrick’s Day in my memory that will not see the pub crowded with locals and tourists. However, I am encouraged that today’s technology means that I can do something to support struggling artists during this difficult time and that a global audience can enjoy the ambiance of the Roadside Tavern of. far. “
About the roadside tavern
The Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna is a world famous Clare pub. She was born with Lisdoonvarna in the middle of the 19th century. The pub was created by local owner Pierce Creagh.
It was purchased in 1893 by Christopher Curtin, a baker by trade. He married Nora and they expanded the business to include a bakery. The arrival of the West Clare Railway at Ennistymon ushered in a new era for Lisdoonvarna as a holiday destination and this also allowed the Curtins to develop a side business as wholesale butter merchants.
Nora and Christopher ran the business together until 1944, when they passed it on to the youngest son, John, and his new wife, former Mary Monahan of Clonroad, Ennis.
They had a hard time coming with the postwar depression years. Nonetheless, the business survived and Peter says Roadside is now Lisdoonvarna’s only real pub, the rest being hotels and cocktail lounges. Peter’s father passed away many years ago and his mother passed away more recently. In addition to the pub, Peter runs the popular Burren Smokehouse nearby and is an avid local historian.
The Roadside Tavern has been a well-known venue for traditional music for over a hundred years. Many well-known names have entertained Roadside customers over the years. They include Christy Moore, Davy Spillane, Tommy Peoples, the Fureys, Seán Tyrrell, Paul Dooley, Christy Barry, Mickaleen Conlon, Sharon Shannon and many more.
Many famous people have passed by the Roadside Tavern over the years. On the walls are numerous photographs, posters, illustrations and musical instruments that tell a wonderful living story of the North Clare area and the Roadside Tavern itself.
You can find out more about The Roadside Tavern on its website and Facebook page.
Tune in to The Roadside Tavern’s live Irish music session for St. Patrick’s Day on the IrishCentral Facebook page this Wednesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. GMT!