Dublin Trad Sessions

Dublin Trad Sessions



Directions 1.6km - City Centre - Merrion Row

If you ask any Dubliner where is the best place to catch a Trad Session, O'Donoghue's on Merrion Row is usually the first place that springs to mind. Inextricably linked with the Dubliners and Christy Moore, (who have famously spent many a night entertaining the bar’s clientele), it’s as authentic an experience as they come. There is live music seven nights a week, and it’s always a special experience. It’s basically exactly the pub that you picture in your mind when you think of great Dublin pubs.

The Cobblestone


Directions 3.7 km - Smithfield

Located in the picturesque Smithfield area, The Cobblestone draws on owner Tom Mulligan’s family’s five generations of rich musical heritage to create an atmosphere steeped in tradition. With lively trad sessions seven days a week, the bar is a draw for many of Ireland’s most accomplished musicians. 

Events to look out for include the Na Piobairí Uilleann (Pipers Seisiún) on the first Tuesday night of every month, as well Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Singer Songwriter nights, Sean-nós Singing and Dancing, Set Dancing, Céilidh, History Talks and more.

TIP: If you’d like the opportunity to try out an Irish instrument, check out the Balaclavas Session every Wednesday night in the Backroom when Tom’s daughter Síomha and Jacqui Martin, (both fiddle players), instruct those not brave enough to play in the front bar. (And yes, Balaclavas really are supplied for the extremely self-conscious).



Directions 1 km – Camden Street

Devitts trad sessions are a local affair, with local musicians and singers as well as ‘blow-ins’ enjoying the lively sessions held nightly from Wednesday to Sunday.

Expect Sean Nós (old style) singing, mixed in with ballads and more uptempo tunes, and don’t be surprised if the whole pub joins in.

Wednesday -  upstairs from 9.30pm - Open Trad Session with The Quinn Family & Friends
Thursday - Saturday - upstairs from 9.30pm until late - Live Irish & Trad Music
Sunday - downstairs from 6.30 until late - Trad Session (no cover charge)

Johnny Foxes


Directions 13.9 km - Glencullen

Situated in scenic Glencullen at the top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox's is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs - and famed as the highest pub in the country.

There is live traditional Irish music in the bar every night, plus on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as larger bands that play through the year on selected dates. You can also catch an Irish Dancing performance at their famous 'Hooley Night' which includes Dinner & Show (reservations recommended).

TIP: There is a shuttle bus to and from various city centre locations which you can book online.

The Merry Ploughboy


Directions 8.6 km - Rathfarnham

Playing together since 1989, the Merry Ploughboys are one of the longest performing live bands in Ireland.They were the original anchor band in Johnny Foxes, before going on to establish Taylors Irish Night at Taylors Three Rock, and ultimately buying their own pub in 2006.

There is live music in the bar every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 9.30pm and a traditional Irish Music Show that runs almost every night of the year, tickets for which can be booked online.

TIP: There is a shuttle bus to and from various locations in the city centre which you can book when buying tickets to the show.  

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Céilí


Directions 9.3 km - Monkstown

If you have always wanted to experience a proper Céilí, the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Céilí is the real deal. It’s on every Friday night from 9pm until midnight in Comhaltas’s Monkstown Headquarters. Music is provided by a live Céilí band playing traditional instruments including the fiddle, tin whistle, flute, accordion and bodhrán. The dancing is fast and furious, but you won’t get away with using that as an excuse not to join in with a “Caller” on hand to call out the dance steps, and encourage newcomers to hit the dance floor.

Entrance is €10 and includes tea/coffee and scones. Mrs Doyle would be proud.

The Irish House Party


Directions 2.0 km - Pembroke Road

If you’d like to experience some traditional Irish music, but would prefer 'Dinner and A Show', to a pub Session, The Irish House Party offers an evening of entertainment performed by All-Ireland Champion musicians and Irish dancers, plus a 3 course traditional Irish dinner, followed by a nice cup of tea (or coffee if you must). You’ll have a cup of tea won’t you? Ah, go on, go on, go on...

You can book online on their website.


Great Breakfast Places

Great Breakfast Places



Lock 6 Cafe

Directions (210m)

Lock 6

Located just around the corner in a 200 year old cafe overlooking the canal, Lock 6 Cafe serves simple fresh food made in-house daily. The vibe is relaxed and unpretentious, the coffee is good (Ariosa, roasted in Ashbourne, Co Meath) and the food is wholesome and filling - think porridge with stewed rhubarb, or scrambled eggs with chorizo. Pastries come courtesy of Dublin’s Bakelicious artisan bakery.

Open Monday - Friday 7.30am - 3.30pm


Project Black

Directions (350m)

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Just want to grab a coffee and go? Head straight to Project Black, Ranelagh's newest specialty coffee shop. They serve Two Fifty Square artisan coffee, and a range of pastries and grilled sandwiches, and are located right beside the Ranelagh Luas stop; perfect for mornings when time is precious.

Open Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am - 6pm

See the menu here


Grove Road Cafe

Directions (450m)

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Perched beside Portobello Bridge, Grove Road Cafe is a treat for those who enjoy a side of people watching with their morning eggs (or porridge). The food is delicious (and freshly made on site each day), and the coffee (supplied by Roasted Brown) is worth getting out of bed for.

Open 7.30am - 5pm Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm Saturdays
10am - 5pm Sundays

Breakfast 7.30-11.30am Monday - Friday
Brunch 9am-4pm Saturdays 10am-3pm Sundays

See the menus here




Directions (800m)

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It's fair to say that Cinnamon is a bit of a Ranelagh institution. It's popular with everyone from  laptop warriors, to young mums, to local business executives having a 'breakfast meeting' (any excuse to pick up one of their freshly baked raspberry scones!) . It's big enough to get lost in, so find a cosy corner and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, or grab a coffee and pastry and go. You won't be disappointed.

Breakfast Served 8AM -11.30AM Monday - Friday
Breakfast & Brunch 9AM-4.30PM Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

See the menus here



Directions (650m)


If you're looking for some soakage (and possibly a Bloody Mary) to ease the pain after a big night out, look no further than Dillinger's, Ranelagh's own New York Style diner. Portions are enormous and with classic dishes like American Style Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, and Steak ‘N’ Eggs to choose from, you are guaranteed to leave happier than you came in.

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday only 11:00 – 16:00

See the menus here




Directions (1.3km)

We are HUGE fans of Bibi's. It's one of those 'hidden gems' that locals tend to keep a closely guarded secret, and for good reason. The Turkish Eggs are legendary, as are the French Toast, Granola, Sausage Rolls, Scones, Cheesecake Brownies... you get the picture. Be prepared to wait for a table at the weekend.  And be prepared to want to go back for seconds.

Mon–Fri, 9am–4pm (Food done at 3.30pm)
Sat 10am–5pm (Food done at 4pm)
Sun 10am–5pm (Last food orders 4pm)


Stay In An Historic Dublin Property

Stay In An Historic Dublin Property

Celebrate the 1916 Centenary with a stay in Min Ryan's former home.

Exactly 100 years ago today, on Holy Thursday 1916, prominent young Nationalist (and Sean MacDermott’s sweetheart) Min Ryan (former resident of 19 Ranelagh Road) set off from Ranelagh to Wexford. With her she was carrying a message that was to signal the start of the Rising, however on Good Friday Eoin MacNeill sent her back again with a message to cancel. When the Rising eventually did start on Easter Monday she and her sister joined the rebels in the GPO.

After Sean MacDermott was captured by the British, Min and her sister were his last visitors before his execution by firing squad in the early hours of May 12, 1916. In one of his final letters from Kilmainham Gaol, he told his family that “if I think of any other things to say I will tell them to Miss Ryan, she who in all probability, had I lived, would have been my wife.”  Min later married General Richard Mulcahy, who served as Chief of Staff of the IRA during the War Of Independence and was responsible, with Michael Collins for re-organising the Volunteers throughout the country after the 1916 Rising. He was later Minister for Defence and Commander-in-Chief of the army in the Free State.

During the time that Min and Mary-Kate Ryan lived at Ranelagh Road, the house served as a meeting place for the GHQ staff of the Irish Volunteers, and was where Sean T O'Kelly (Mary-Kate's eventual husband and future President of Ireland) spent the night before the Rising.

In this 1965 RTE interview, as well as talking about her recollections of how she and her family became involved in the Republican movement, she fondly recalls the many parties that they hosted at 19 Ranelagh Road.

Min was clearly a woman who took entertaining seriously, so it is with great pleasure that we continue the house’s long tradition of hospitality by announcing the opening of Ranelagh Rooms on the centenary of that historic journey.

Ranelagh Rooms comprises 3 luxuriously appointed suites, each of which has been named after a local Ranelagh legend – Hollywood Icon (and proud Ranelagh girl) Maureen O’Hara, Richard Crosbie (who undertook Ireland’s first manned flight (in a hot-air balloon!) from Ranelagh Pleasure Gardens, and of course Min Ryan herself.
Following in Min’s hospitable footsteps, we have considered every detail to ensure our guests’ comfort. From our comfortable King Size double beds (fitted with luxurious hotel quality bed linen), to the Nespresso Machines, FREE wifi, and carefully selected library of books in each room, we believe it's the little details that make a stay special.
To ensure a proper warm Irish welcome, guests will find a selection of the very best Irish products to welcome them when they arrive - bottles of Ballygowan Water on the beside tables, a Butler's Irish Chocolate on each pillow, The Handmade Soap Company’s luxurious natural products in the bathroom, as well as a selection of McCabe’s Artisan coffee and Java Republic Specialty Teas in the tea station.
The location is second to none, with Ranelagh’s vibrant pub and restaurant scene and intimate village atmosphere, plus Dublin City Center and all it’s many attractions on your doorstep.

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