We’re only stopping in Limerick overnight, so we essentially only had time for one thing: a visit to Dolan’s pub for a night of authentic traditional Irish music and dance with the O’Dalaigh family band, Trazz. Led by Tomas O’ Dalaigh on bodhrán and spoons, the band also featured three of his sons Oisin on tin whistle and accordion, Sean on fiddle, guitar and vocals and Cillian on flute, guitar and vocals, as well as Niamh (unfortunately I missed her last name) on harp and vocals.

The music never stopped from the moment we took our seats. There were plenty of airs, jigs and reels and a number of songs performed. A few that I knew were ‘Go Lassie Go’ (which I know as ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’), ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Molly Malone’. All around the room, hands were clapping and feet were tapping along with the music. There were a couple of demonstrations of Irish dancing, and we all got up for a waltz and a folk dance. Some members of the tour group joined the band for one number on spoons.

As you might imagine, this was my sort of night. Same goes for Marg. It’s the sort of music we love when we go to Port Fairy each year for the folk festival. We got up for the dances and joined in the craic. It was a lot of fun, and something I’ve always wanted to do. A memorable night in Limerick.

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