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When people think of Ireland and music they tend to think of traditonal music, bodhrans, fiddles and maybe U2. But Ireland is home to many amazing musicians and has played host to the recording and filming of several famous music videos. So if you have treble clefs in your veins and rhythm in your soul I suggest you check out these musical landmarks of Ireland. From memorial statues to video locations, I’ve got you covered. You might even want to take a road trip (Check out this musical road trip itinerary put together by www.chill.ie for inspiration) stopping at some of these iconic locations along the way.
Famous Musical Locations in Ireland
The Phoenix Park, Dublin
Every heard of The Corrs? They’re a family band consisting of three sisters (Andrea, Sharon and Caroline) and one brother (Jim). They were massive in the 90s and early 2000’s. Their video “Runaway” was filmed in the Phoenix Park. Phoenix Park is also a very popular venue for open air concerts. Artists such as Justin Timerlake and The Killers have played there previously, with Ed Sheeran set to play there later this year. And sure, the park is always worth a visit if only to see the deer that roam the park freely.
Whelan’s Pub, Dublin
You may recognise this pub from a scene in the movie version of Cecelia Aherne’s novel, “P.S. I love you”. Whelan’s is a musical institution in Dublin. It’s been serving up the best in live music for over 25 years. The Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, Jeff Buckley and Mumford & Sons are just a few of the acts to have graced the stage of Whelans. You never know what up-and-coming talent you’ll see there. It’s well worth a visit. Legend has it that Morrissey was once refused entry to the famous pub because the bouncer didn’t recognise him. Have a look at their upcoming gigs here.
The Phil Lynott Statue, Dublin
I brought my boyfriend to see this bronze statue and he had no idea who Phil Lynott was (I’m blaming this on him being from Cornwall). Phil Lynott was, of course, the frontman of Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy. The band is best know for “Whiskey in the Jar” and “The Boys Are Back in Town”. The statue can usually been found on Harry Street just off Grafton street, right beside Bruxelles pub. Though it has a tendency to disappear due to damage and reappear suddenly after being repaired.
The K Club, Kildare
Yeah this was a shock to me too. It seems Gucci Mane (incredibly popular American rapper) filmed a music video in the prestigious K Club. “Members Only” was shot entirely on the grounds of the golf resort in Kildare, which is normally better known as a popular spot for couples tying the knot. Even if you’re not into rap, the K Club is still a stunning spot to visit on any trip to Ireland.
You all know what I’m talking about, ED SHEERAN. The music video to his hit song, “Galway Girl”, was, for some reason, filmed entirely in Galway city. During the video he chases Saoirse Ronan around the city getting into all sorts of trouble. Ed has a musical history with Ireland. He has previously busked in Galway as a young teen. Make sure to have a pint in O’Connors Pub as that’s where much of the video is filmed.
Inniscarra Dam, Cork
Hozier’s smash hit “Take me to Church” took the world by storm in 2013. It was shot at Inniscarra Dam (they had to sneak in) and cost around €1,500 total. No one expected it to become a massive phenomenon but it was nominated for awards at the Grammys and the MTV VMAs. The dam itself is located on the River Lee and is well worth seeing.
Grafton Street, Dublin
Grafton Street is the main pedestrianised shopping street on the South side of Dublin city. Walking up it will you will hear a variety of different buskers no matter the time of year or day of the week. If you’re in the city on Christmas Eve make sure to stop by as it’s a tradition for famous musicians such as Bono, Glen Hansard, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script) and Damien Rice to busk in aid of charity.
Let’s Wrap it up!
These are just a FEW examples of places in Ireland with a musical link. There are PLENTY of others. If you think of any make sure to let me know in the comments section. I’ll add them in when I have time. Also, if you want to read more about travelling Ireland in general then make sure to browse some of my articles in the recommended reading section below!
– Irish Phrases That Don’t Translate
– The Ultimate Guide to the Causeway Coast and Glens, Northern Ireland
– 20 Things to do in Dublin – A Local Guide
– A First-Timer’s Guide to a Weekend in Dublin
– Railtours Ireland – Exploring the North by Train
– Getting Travel Vaccinations in Ireland
– Whiskey Tasting in the Old Jameson Distillery