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Roundstone, Music, Scenery, Good People

In Roundstone you will find a busy little harbour, where local fishermen prepare and return with the days catches of lobster, crayfish, crab and mackerel, plus a variety of other fish. You will also find many shops lining the main road which showcase the artistic talents of the locals.

Roundstone is situated in the heart of Connemara, on the west coast, an area of great natural beauty, as well as being the birth place and inspiration for many artists. It has also been described many times as a "botanists delight" as many wild flowers, rare to this country, are found in the area known as Errisbeg which rises almost to a 1,000 ft (west of the village).

Roundstone nestles amongst the twelve Pins and is bordered by the vast Atlantic ocean. It is one of the oldest fishing villages in the Connemaras. In the village itself, there are lots of B&Bs, guest houses, hotels and pubs with traditional music most evenings, and some excellent restaurants.

Malachy Kearns - Roundstone Music

I spent a delightful hour chatting with Malachy and the lady in the music shop after picking out my Bodhran. You will find nobody more knowledgeable than Malachy on the nuances of the instrument.

Roundstone Music and Craft Shop lies within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery. It is a fine Craftsman's Craft shop, Music, fashion and coffee shop. The shop is owned and managed by "Malachy Bodhran"- Ireland's only full time Bodhran maker. Malachy explains his craft amidst the smell of goatskin, glue, varnish and perspiration. The story of the Bodhran, its name, why its playing style is the cleverest idea in the world of manual percussion. Its beater or Bone originated as the leg of a sheep or goat. Malachy made the stage drums for 'Riverdance' here in Roundstone.

Regular talks and demonstrations are given about this famous instrument. Bodhrans can be purchased here and they can also have Celtic designs hand painted on them or even a Family Crest.

However, it is also an excellent place to relax over coffee or even use the outdoor picnic area alongside the monastery bell tower in this beautiful location right on the water. You might even be treated to seeing dolphins at play. Alongside the workshop there is a small folk museum (entry free of charge) , a coffee shop, a Bureau de Change and a quaint absorbing shop "Craftsman's Craft Shop".

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  • Pros:Friendly People, Easy to Navigate, Not Crowded in High Season
  • In a nutshell:Here beats the rhythm of the Connemaras
  • Last visit to Roundstone: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2007
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