Donegal + the North

Things to do in Donegal + the North

Stop into this traditional pub always full of music; Dark-eyed Hugh Gallagher, the owner, plays fiddle at the head table, and seven or eight other players lean into the circle and ease through a succession of tunes.

A 1999 brick structure in a village of painted stone, the center has classrooms, a small shop, and a 120-seat concert hall offering performances by some of the region’s tried and true masters. More and more, the rural traditions of Ireland will be sheltered in places like this.

The pub is home to impromptu traditonal music sessions.

The young musicians are quite good, and many of the tunes are authentic County Sligo standbys, by turns hard-driving and lilting.