Evening Entertainment in Kerry
After a long day of sightseeing, hiking, shopping, cycling or whatever you enjoy, once the sun goes down, towns and villages around Kerry come to life with music, song and dance. Whether it's the 'craic' in a small, country pub or a dynamic stage production in one of Kerry’s music and theatre venues, you will find it here - and everything in between. Festivals all around the county are bustling with a myriad of evening activities for all the family and streets come to life with musicians, magicians, performers and puppeteers to entertain all ages.
The villages and towns of Kerry have an abundance of great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars on their quaint streets which specialise in fine locally produced food, traditional Irish music - folk ballads and impromptu sing songs. The villages of North and East Kerry in particular, are renowned for their special music sessions and are masters in the art of story telling.
The tourist capital of the county, Killarney, is always in holiday mood and offers a fantastic range of night-time entertainment. Ireland's National Entertainment Centre [the INEC] is located at the Gleneagle Hotel and hosts some of the best national and international artists. The INEC, an amazing 2000 seater venue has announced the Irish run of the hit stage production Dancing Queen and this July will also welcome the exclusive Irish run of Michael Flatley’s, Lord of the Dance. The Gleneagle ballroom celebrates 50 years of nightly family entertainment and this summer, welcomes entertainers such as Sharon Shannon, Brendan Shine, Mike Denver and the Dolans. For a scary alternative, the Killarney Ghost Bus with tales of heroes, traitors, ghosts and villains is another evening option. There are such a wide variety of pubs, excellent restaurants, cafes and clubs around Killarney that every taste is catered for and a 'good night' is always guaranteed.
Tralee, the commercial capital of Kerry, has no shortage of evening entertainment. Siamsa Tíre in Tralee is the home of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.
It brings together the people of Kerry and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the best of Irish culture – music, song and dance. Thousands of visitors to Kerry have enjoyed performances here as a highlight of their trip to Ireland. There is an energy, a wildness, a passion about these performances, using the best of traditional arts, which come together to create a memorable and emotional experience for visitors.
The Greyhound Stadium in Tralee provides another option for an entertaining night of racing. With high standard dining facilities, trackside seating and tote service to your table, all you have to do it sit back, relax and enjoy a great ‘Night at the Dogs”.
Then there are all the bars and traditional pubs which populate the centre of the town - some hidden away on the squares and others on narrow streets. The pubs are well known, each with its own distinctive style and atmosphere. The many fine restaurants and hotels offer everything from fine dining to pub grub and everything in between.
St. John’s Theatre in Listowel has become a premier venue in the South West for the promotion of Visual and Performing Arts, featuring the best local, national and international product in Theatre, Music, Dance and Exhibitions.
The Tinteán Theatre, Arts and Cultural Centre is the National Traditional Theatre of Ireland, based in Ballybunion, County Kerry. The Theatre is famous for its Arts, Cultural and Heritage Society which tours nationally and internationally with its traditional Irish dance productions. The Tinteán Theatre presents productions in all performance genres both from in-house and touring theatre companies and is delighted to welcome Rebecca Storm on the 28th of July.
Cinemas are on offer in Killarney, Tralee, Listowel and Dingle, which can entertain children and young teenagers during the stay in Kerry.
Often regarded as the gourmet capital of Ireland, Kenmare offers a fantastic range of eating experiences at a wonderful selection of high quality restaurants. A lively bustling town in the evenings, music and song can be enjoyed in the many cosy bars.
The Carnegie Arts Centre, which was established in 2008 hosts Films, Concerts, Drama, Visual Arts Exhibitions, Workshops and Comedy. This multi-purpose arts centre has a 140-seat theatre, a full-size cinema screen, a performance area and a gallery space for art exhibitions.
The Ring of Kerry has a number of villages in it environs where spontaneous music sessions can erupt at any hostelry at any time, and good food is served everywhere specialising in local produce from local suppliers. There's nowhere quite like the Ring of Kerry as, it’s all about the atmosphere and the traditional Irish Pubs in a special setting. The village of Sneem in particular is known for its high ratio of pubs to population in the country, where good company from local characters is guaranteed!
The Dingle Peninsula and Dingle town are a hive of activity at night time, where Celtic traditions are evidently strong and, as a result a traditional music session can be heard drifting out of many a bar window as tourists and locals enjoy the ‘craic agus ceol’. Renowned for its excellent seafood restaurants and traditional Barfood, the Dingle Peninsula has in recent years become a haven for artisan food producers with the highlight of the food calendar being the annual Dingle Peninsula Food & Wine Festival.
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