Please note that during the Covid-19 crisis things are changing rapidly, and the information below isn't correct.

HOWEVER...we're delighted that Sweeney's (Claddaghduff) and Oliver's (Cleggan) are open again, complying with the restrictions/regulations. Others will follow.
No music sessions are yet permitted (as of 5th July).



 We don't yet have details of Olivers' plans for regular sessions during the 2020 season. As soon as we have them, we'll post them.

For the moment, note that Oliver's have had early trad and singing sessions every Wednesday during the summer season. They're great sessions, and musicians and singers are welcome to join in.

See the gallery below, of photos of the Oliver's sessions, from previous years.

Joyce's Bar, on the edge of Cleggan Village, and right on the edge of Cleggan Bay, is where you'll find regular music and  dance every Friday night, YEAR ROUND (late-ish...). It's a very popular destination, and you're likely to meet not only many of those living on the Peninsula, but people fond of dancing from all parts of Connemara.


Newman's Bar, also on the edge of Cleggan village, is a great venue to be, later on (from about 10.30pm) on Saturday nights, if it's good music and entertainment you're after.  In fact, it's so popular that often during the summer months there's music on another night also (check with the Newmans about this). Newman's, run by Bernie and Richie Newman, has long been synonymous with good music; Richie is a very well-known musician and singer - equally at home with the banjo, guitar and mandolin - and he has a great voice and a lovely range of songs. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, check out Newman's on Thursday nights too, because you'll often find a grand session going on that night also! Sunday nights too, if there's a demand.
    Locals and visitors alike come up to sing, or join in the tunes. Richie makes all of us sound good! And he is usually joined by well-known accordion player Eugene Barry, and often by other local musicians, on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, 'box', bodhran, spoons, concertina, harmonica....and of course singers and the occasional dancer! The action starts around 10.30 pm or so, and it's worth staying up for.

The Pier Bar, Cleggan,is also worth checking out, as they often mount music sessions of an evening, or even the occasional impromptu session laid on by musicians passing through! We hear tell of more or less regular music sessions of a Sunday evening during this summer - especially during the summer months. Lots of locals of all ages like to visit this venue for the craic; so head along to the Pier Bar and you'll receive a grand welcome, especially if you mention that you read about it here!

Visit (and 'Like' and follow) their Facebook page to find out what's coming up.


Sweeney's Strand Bar has occasional musical events on Saturday and/or Sunday nights during the summer months. Check Sweeney's window for posters advertising upcoming events; or enquire in the bar or shop.