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Seisuns in Northern Ireland

Compiled by Sean Quinn IRTRAD discussion group

Updated 20 Apr 04

Belfast Sessions
Botanic Inn - Sunday,Wednesday 10 pm - 1 am
Duke of York, Thursday 10 pm - 1 am
Fibber Magee's, every night from 10 and Friday & Saturday also 5-7 pm
Hercules Bar, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9:30
Kitchen Bar - Friday and Sunday 9 pm- 1 am
John Hewitt, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 9:30 pm - 1 am plus Saturday at 6pm
McHughs, Wednesday, 10 pm - 1 am
Mercury Bar, Sunday 9 pm - 12 am
Parador Hotel, Thursday 10 pm - 1 am
Pats Bar, Saturday 10 pm - 1 am
Maddens Bar, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9 pm - 1 am
McGuinness's Bar (May St.) - Thurs
Queen's Students Union (Bun a' tee) - Sat
Rotterdam Bar, Monday & Thursday 9:30 pm - 1 am
The Eglantine (University Area) - Wed

South Antrim Sessions:
Mattie Moores CairnCastle Sat 4pm till 6pm
Crown and Shamrock Sandyknowes Wed 9pm
Millbay Inn IslandMagee Thur 9pm
Ballad Inn Ballynure Thur 9.30pm
McClenaghan's, Soldierstown, Glenavy Tues & Thur 9pm


North Antrim Sessions:
(N.B. some of these* include "Ballad Singing" i.e. "folk singing with guitars" NOT "traditional unaccompanied")
Monday Central Bar Ballycastle The Black Nun Folk Club*
Tuesday Carrick a Rede Ballintoy*
Wednesday Central Bar Ballycastle
Wednesday House of McDonnell Ballycastle (8 to 9.30pm)
Wednesday Skerry Inn Newtowncrommelin
Thursday Springhill Bar Portrush
Thursday O'Connor's Bar Ballycastle
Thursday Portstewart Arms Portstewart
Friday House of McDonnell Ballycastle
Friday Carrick a Rede Ballintoy*
Friday McCollam¹s Bar Cushendall
Saturday Smugglers Inn Bushmills*
Saturday Marine Hotel Ballycastle*
Saturday Skerry Inn Newtowncrommelin
Sunday Carrick a Rede Ballintoy*
Sunday Hunter's Bar Ballyvoy (5 to 8pm)
Sunday House of McDonnell Ballycastle (8 to 9.30pm)

Co. Down:
Bangor - Fealty's, High Street (Fri)
Lisbarnet House Inn, Lisbane, Comber Thur 9pm
Downpatrick - Mullan's, Church Street (Fri eve and Sunday afternoon)
Kircubbin - Saltwater Brigg (Fri)
Newry - The Cove, Hilltown Road (Tues)
Portaferry - Fiddler's Green, Church Street (nightly)
Portaferry - Coach Inn 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Co. Armagh:
Glassdrummond - Hearty's Folk Cottage (Sunday afternoon)
Forkhill - Welcome Inn (Tues)
Mullaghbawn - O'Hanlon's (Fri and Sat)
Derrytrasna - AOH Hall, Saturdays 9pm
Armagh City The Northern Bar (Hughes'), Railway
Street, Tuesdays 10pm
Armagh City Steptoe's (Treanor's) Moy Road, Sundays 6pm

Co Derry
Derry City - Peadar O'Donnell's, Waterloo Street every night
The Anchor Inn on Ferryquay Street Wednesday
Sandino's on Water Street occasionally has a session.
Magherafelt - Mary's, Market Square
Limavady - Owen's on Main Street
Portstewart - Smyths Wednesday

Co Tyrone
Omagh - Sally O'Brien's Thursday 9pm
Grant's, George Street, Saturday
Bogan's on Market Street When?
Dún U/ladh Cultural Heritage Centre (CCE) Saturday 9pm
The Sperrin Heritage Centre, between Cranagh and Sperrin Sunday afternoon in summer.
Creggan - The An Creagán Visitor Centre has a regular programme of traditional music and storytelling in the summer.
Dromore, Co Tyrone has a large session on the second Saturday of each month
Mickey Gallaghers in Mountfield second Tuesday of each month.
Clogher Valley (where?) second Friday of each month