A small fishing village on the west coast of Ireland, often referred to as the capital of Irish traditional music
Doolin is renowned world wide for its wealth of Irish Traditional Music and attracts visitors of all ages and from all walks of life. Some have returned year after year since the 1960's, others stopped for a couple of days on their travels and never left. It is hard to tell what it is about Doolin that takes a hold of people, you'll just have to find out for yourself.
There are three Music-Pubs in Doolin: McDermott's, McGann's and O'Connor's. You will find music nightly in all the Pubs during the summer months and, if in the right place at the right time - some of the best sessions in the winter. Many well-known names in the Irish Traditional Music Scene have started out in Doolin and numerous already famous musicians have come just to join in a session.
The Russell Brothers lived all their lives in Doolin and achieved world fame with their music. Especially Micho, who toured Europe and the USA several times.Their names are synonymous with Doolin and the Irish music. Pakie died in 1977, Micho died 1994 and Gussie passed away in 2004. But the music lives on. The local Community Centre is named after the Russells and every year, on the last weekend in February, Doolin hosts the Russell Memorial Weekend in their memory.
Doolin Village was given it's name by the Townland of Doolin which lies half way between Fisherstreet and Roadford. This was once the location of Doolin House, Residence of the poet Francis MacNamara, the Landlord of this area in those days.
Nicolette, the daughter of Francis MacNamara and author of the book "Two Flamboyant Fathers" was married to Anthony Devas. The first couple of chapters of her book will give you some understanding of the characteristics of the MacNamaras, their friends and some of the old characters of Doolin in days long gone. Her sister Caitlín was married to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Regular visitors to Doolin also included well-known writers and artists, such as Augustus John, J.M. Synge and George Bernard Shaw.
Maybe it was the influence off those free and rebellious spirits, their love for the arts and their eccentricity that made Doolin such an accepting and forgiving place - rather more metropolitan than rural in it's ways.