A World of Music

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 and the surrounding area of north Clare. Here you’ll find song, melody, dance and poetry that talks to the heart of the Irish way – set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cliffs.

This is Tradition Come to Life!

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!
Five 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.

Take Note!

Miltown Malbay is a short drive away and hosts the annual Willie Clancy summer school every July. It is one of the longest running musical festivals held annually 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 ever year.

Moher at the Movies

Over the years, the Cliffs of Moher have starred in many much-loved movies:

The Yank – 2013 – Wet Ears Productions
Blind Pass – 2012 – Midnight Pass Productions
Burke & Hare – 2010 – Ealing Studios
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince – 2009 – Warner Brothers Studios
Into the West -1992 – Parallel Films
Hear My Song – 1992 – Miramax
The Princess Bride – 1987 – MGM
The Mackintosh Man – 1973 – Warner Brothers
Ryan’s Daughter- 1970 – Warner Brothers
The Guns of Navarone – 1961 – Columbia Pictures

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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