The longest running session in Ireland - Clancy's of Athy Celebrates 50 Years

Clancy’s is the home of the longest running free music session in Ireland. In 1966, Jim Clancy evicted all the dusty old bags of maize from the grocers storeroom and reopened it as a music room. 50 years later, Clancy’s is considered one of the greatest music pubs of eastern Ireland. The weekly ‘seisun’ still takes place. Every thursday night, somewhere between twelve and fifteen musicians now congregate here. They play fiddles, bodhrans, flutes and mandolines and sing songs. The tobacco-stained walls are pasted with scores from songbook, classical and traditional. Musicians come from all over to this very special session, the quality of musicians is second to none !

Clancy's Session has been features on the National Geographic programme 'How it’s Made', the film 'The Irish Pub' and 'The Irish Pub' book, Irish TV programme 'Play it by Ear' and a host of other events.

“Clancy’s represents the old style Irish bar and much has been done to bring it back to its original Edwardian state. The exterior is painted in the traditional combination of signal red,black and white. The old red formica sheets are still present on the bar counter. What is an unusual feature in a pub nowadays, smoke stained walls lined with memorabilia including pictures of former customers who once supped pints of porter in the pub. Here is a tribute to the way things were, a representative record of what survives and a reminder of the continuing allure of the Irish pub. In these pages, everyone can find the real thing. (Source : The Irish Pub book )

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