Music, Storytelling and Dance at Bunratty Castle

Music, Storytelling and Dance at Bunratty Castle


Shannon Group’s tourist experiences and attractions company, Shannon Heritage, is delighted to announce that Bunratty Castle and Folk Park will be hosting an afternoon of Traditional Irish Music, Dance and Storytelling during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Taking place on Sunday 4th August from 11.30am to 4pm the afternoon is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and hands clapping and prove the accuracy of the Christy Moore song lyric: “If it’s music you want, you should go to Clare”.

Many of the Bunratty Castle animators including resident musicians, actors and seanchaí, will be supported by local youth performers from Helen Hehir’s School of Dance as they perform a mixture of Irish music, set dancing, step dancing, and storytelling in various locations throughout the park making it a perfect day out for the entire family.

You can even be part of the festivities yourself by performing a tune or two on the day. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park are inviting visitors on the day to bring along their musical instruments and join the resident performers in some impromptu seisiúns. Regardless of age, level or music genre this promises to be to a show like no other found in Co Clare. Also, both the new Pet Farm and Fairy Trail will be open to entertain the little ones on the day.

Mike Glynn, one of Bunratty’s most loved animators, best known for his traditional festive storytelling at the park’s annual Christmas experience, will also be entertaining and enthralling children with tales of Ireland of old. Visitors can join Mike by the open fire in the Loop Head Farmhouse as he recounts old wives tales of Bunratty in a bygone age. With his colourful style of storytelling Mike is guaranteed to have visitors of all ages hanging on his every word.

Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Group’s tourism company, Shannon Heritage said: “We are really looking forward to what is going to be a fantastic day of music, dancing and storytelling at Bunratty Castle. Bringing our attractions to life through storytelling is what our team does best and we have a fantastic line-up of entertainment planned that will make it a great day out for all ages.”




Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.