Culture

You’ll sense it the moment you arrive – the strong musical tradition that is so much a part of the magic of the Cliffs of Moher’s history and attraction as well as the surrounding area of north Clare. Here you’ll find melody and song deep rooted in the people and the landscape – set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cliffs.

You may very well be treated to a live musical performance in the open air – a long-standing tradition at the Cliffs.

There can be no finer, more authentic Irish experience than standing looking out from the Cliffs as the waves swell, the birds soar and the wind blows – as you listen to the harmonies of a visiting band or choir.

From the serene beauty of a Celtic harp to the lively reels of a tin whistle player – this is tradition come to life.

Busk It!
Busking pitches are set aside at the Cliffs, specifically for local buskers wishing to bring their talent to the Cliffs. 12 annual busking licenses are available every year – given to buskers who meet the scheme criteria. Buskers who perform on a regular basis during the year can have their licenses renewed annually.
In addition to this, students who are registered at recognised musical summer schools, such as Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, can apply for a day license to practice their skills onsite.
For more information on getting a busking licence please contact info@cliffsofmoher.ie.

LOOKING FOR MORE TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Miltown Malbay is a short drive away and hosts the annual Willie Clancy summer school every July. It is one of the longest running annual music festivals held since 1973 and is attended by students from all over the globe to be schooled in Irish music and dance.

The famous Kilfenora Ceili Band has its home in the village of Kilfenora – just 20km to the north east of the Cliffs of Moher.

Nearby Doolin is to Irish traditional music as New Orleans is to Jazz – home of the Russell brothers who led the rebirth of traditional Irish music in the 1960’s. The Micho Russell Festival is held in February every year.

Moher at the Movies

Over the years, the Cliffs of Moher along Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way have starred in many much-loved movies. 

Popular titles like Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince (2009) and The Princess Bride (1987). 

Romantic adventures such as Leap Year (2010), and Ryan’s Daughter (1970). 

Action & Adventure movies like The Guns of Navarone (1961) The Mackintosh Man (1973) and Into the West (1992). 

Comedies Hear My Song (1991), Burke & Hare (2010) and The Yank (2013). 

The Cliffs have also featured in music videos such as Maroons 5’s Runaway (2011) and Westlife’s My Love (2000). 

One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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