October 15, 2015
Here at The Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa we want to highlight one of the great music venues that is on our own doorstep. As Christy Moore once said, “There’s Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House and then there’s De Barra’s". Located on Clonakilty’s Pearse Street, De Barra’s is one of those places that is alive with singing, music, and every spoken word from one end of the year to the other. They’ve been named in the Top 10 Traditional Pubs of Ireland by the Guardian and in the Top 10 Best Surfing Pubs by Surfing Ireland Magazine. They’ve also been shortlisted for both the best music venue in Munster and the whole of Ireland. Indeed bands travel from all over Ireland and further afield to play this celebrated venue.
As to why such bands go out of their way to play one of the finest music house's in Ireland can be summed up by Bell X1’s Dave Geraghty, who after headlining Live at the Marquee in Cork City to 5,000 people, made the trip down to play a short afternoon slot to just over 100 souls at De Barra’s “The fact that De Barra’s is nestled away in a gem like Clonakilty makes it all the better. It’s a magical town full of special people,” he says. “It’s one of those rare places where the music is in the walls, you know it the moment you walk in. This is not something that could be store bought.”
When you step into the front bar of De Barra's you are surrounded by music history on the walls and on the ceilings. By the always lit open fire, you’ll often find impromptu sessions with regulars and visitors playing tunes deep into the night. Out back, the stage has hosted some of the world’s greatest musicians, poets and singers over the years. It was here that Noel Redding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience made his home back in the 1990’s and put Clonakilty on the map as a music town second to none.
Run by the Blackwell family, De Barra’s has never let up in bringing the best entertainment to Clonakilty and for any of our guests staying for weekends or during the week, there is always something on there. Every week on Mondays and Tuesdays they have traditional and acoustic sessions. Coming this month “The Luminos” from Cork will be rocking it out the end of October. Early November sees the ever popular John Spillane returning for another gig. Most weeks they’ll have headlining acts from Friday through Sunday. So whether it’s Damien Dempsey or “Dr Feelgood and the Electric Mayhem” there's something to suit eveyone's musical tastes.
If music is your thing, and you fancy a break this winter and you’re looking for great atmosphere, friendly hosts and some of the most talented musicians around then join us here at The Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa and make sure to drop into De Barra’s for an evening to remember. For though the days are getting shorter, it only means the nights are longer and waiting to be filled with the best that Clonakilty has to offer.
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