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Author:  Latticino [ Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:12 am ]
Post subject:  First trip to Ireland

Going with the family on a tour of Northern Ireland early this August (Inishfree Irish Music Tours). The leaders are folk musicians and the tour is slanted towards inclusion of musical entertainment (concerts and sessions) each evening. We are targeted to visit venues selected from Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, or Clare (9 day trip). As noted this is my first visit over. Any not-to-be-missed opportunities in early August? I think we have some flexibility...

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: First trip to Ireland

Feakle from 7-12 Aug (please note the website is currently still (partly) in 2018 mode)

Always a pleasant enough festival, if the weather holds.

The Galway arts festival is always good but I think that ends by July 29 this year. Tunes in the church is always good in Galway though (concerts daily throughout summer).

But, as I always tell people, best to just play it by ear, take it as you find it and enjoy whatever you stumble into. Feel the place up gently, as it were.

Author:  benhall.1 [ Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:59 pm ]
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I'm confused. None of those places are in Northern Ireland. :-?

Author:  Hi4head [ Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:22 pm ]
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benhall.1 wrote:
I'm confused. None of those places are in Northern Ireland. :-?


That’s what I was thinking too. My guess from looking at the towns is they meant the northern part of the Republic.

My wife and I just returned from spending two weeks in the northern areas (both sides of the border).

If they are going to NI, we’ve had great times in pubs in/around Randalstown. Especially going to the Crosskeys Inn. (Oldest thatched roof pub in Ireland.) Great music and very friendly folks.

Are you interested in sightseeing suggestions, or things more related to music?

This was our third trip and we’re already planning our next visit.
Chris

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:13 am ]
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benhall.1 wrote:
I'm confused. None of those places are in Northern Ireland. :-?



Confusion probably flows from the tour description.



'Tours for people who don't like tours' and 'We're in the music'. :P

Author:  benhall.1 [ Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:22 am ]
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Mr.Gumby wrote:
benhall.1 wrote:
I'm confused. None of those places are in Northern Ireland. :-?



Confusion probably flows from the tour description.



'Tours for people who don't like tours' and 'We're in the music'. :P

Ah. I see what you mean. A very confusing description. It seems to be a "Northern Tour" with "possible day trips across the border into Northern Ireland". It appears that none of the main points of the itinerary are in Northern Ireland, but they might decide to have a day trip or two across the border. They appear to be tours exclusively for people from North America (those who don't like tours, anyway). It would be interesting to find out who gets booked to play in the pubs and concerts.

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:29 am ]
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Quote:
It would be interesting to find out who gets booked to play in the pubs and concerts.


Singer songwriters perhaps ? :D

Quote:
Our tours are led by some of the best folk singer-songwriters in the United States, Canada and Ireland.

Author:  benhall.1 [ Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:37 am ]
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Mr.Gumby wrote:
Quote:
Our tours are led by some of the best folk singer-songwriters in the United States, Canada and Ireland.

I hadn't read that bit ...

Author:  kenny [ Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:43 pm ]
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"Who gets booked to play in the pubs ......."
https://youtu.be/EHLwkZ2Dxx4

Author:  Latticino [ Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: First trip to Ireland

Mr.Gumby wrote:
benhall.1 wrote:
I'm confused. None of those places are in Northern Ireland. :-?



Confusion probably flows from the tour description.


Sorry, guess I didn't check the map first. I was just going by their description and misinterpreted. Thanks for clarifying.

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