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The Music Makers of West Clare / Ceoltóirí Iarthar an Chláir
The Music Makers of West Clare / Ceoltóirí Iarthar an Chláir


This unique visitor attraction in Miltown Malbay provides an unparalleled insight into the music, song and dance of West Clare, an area long synonymous with Irish traditional music. With two specially produced videos and a series of 22 illustrated panels, The Music Makers of West Clare provides a narrative of traditional music and local history and of the major personalities and events that shaped traditional music over the years, with particular emphasis on the musical heritage and history of Miltown Malbay and West Clare.

It was set up in 2013 by the voluntary community heritage organisation, Oidhreacht an Chláir (OaC), in association with Shannon Images. The panels, drawing on OaC’s huge archive of audio, video, photographic, print and original interview material, give an authentic feel for the musical and cultural heritage as lived and experienced by the local community since the 19th century. One of the videos gives the historical context to the evolution of Irish traditional music, and the other, The Session, demonstrates a lively local session of music and set-dancing,
The Music Makers of West Clare ( and also on Facebook)
is open Monday to Saturday from 11.00 am to 5.30 pm all year round and at other times by arrangement throughout the year. Admission is €5 (with group reductions). All income generated goes to support the work of OaC in preserving our rich musical heritage.

Beidh an-fháilte romhaibh cuairt a thabhairt orainn agus táimid cinnte go mbainfidh sibh tairbhe agus taitneamh as an taispeántas.

Oidhreacht an Chláir ( continues to collect and store all archival material, both audio and paper-based, and is currently working on an international system of reference for ease of access online. As part of its commitment to the promotion of the living musical tradition, it also organises annual musical events, in particular Ireland’s greatest festival devoted to the concertina, the Concertina Cruinniú, a mid-February weekend of tuition, public lectures and concerts led by Noel Hill.


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