Irish music and language

Visitors to Ireland always notice that road signs and public notices are written in Irish as well as English. But in most parts of Ireland you’ will seldom hear the Irish language used in daily life.

Here at the end of the Dingle peninsula the language is very much alive; you’ll hear it spoken all around you – in shops, cafés and pubs, and by people of all ages. And while everyone is happy to speak English, we are also glad to teach you a few words, or to encourage you to use what Irish you already have. We hope you will take a cúpla focail – couple of words – away as a souvenir of your holiday.

Music is an international language and Irish traditional music is a vital part of our local heritage. You will find live music in many of the pubs and, if you are a musician yourself, many opportunities to play or sing.

Conventionally, traditional Irish music′ s played in unison, rather than being harmonized, and the sequence of tunes, and invitations to sing, is led by the senior figure present. So, if you are a musician, you will want to watch and listen for a while to get the feel of what is happening before joining in.

And if you just love to listen, you will want to order at the bar, find yourself a seat, sit back with a drink and tap your foot. Or you can take in one of the regular early evening concerts held in Dingle in the summer months, given by local and other celebrity players.


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