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profile member asked on Jun 16, 2015

Nightlife on inishmore

what is the nightlife like on inishmore? would there be many people around of a sunday night we planning on going this sunday the 21st? is it true theres a nightclub on the island

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answered on 6/16/15 by
a VT member from North America

I hope people who know the Aran Islands will chip in. But since you're going soon, below is a helpful link describing itself as "Official Guide to the Aran Islands". I copied the link "from inside", in the "Where to Eat" tab.
Tí Joe Watty's - Bar, Pub, Café is said to be the top choice for nightlife. It certainly looks like the sort of place *I'd* like for entertainment!

[original link]

There are other options in that same tab. Also check out the "Highlights" tab.

I've never been to the Aran Islands but thought this could be helpful to you. It made me want to go. :-)


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answered on 6/16/15 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I've only made a day trip, years and years ago (long before VT or even digital cameras) but 'nightlife' in remote places in Ireland and the UK always tends to centre on the local bar/pub.

Here's the pub's website;

http://www.joewattys.ie/

I can't find opening times and no-one can tell you, of course, how many people might be there on the Sunday you visit.

I'd be entirely amazed if there were a 'nightclub' on the island. The total population is less than 1000 and there's no way a nightclub could make ends meet even if there were any demand. I expect there are communtiy discos, ceilis and suchlike occasionally.

This page lists the few places you can eat out and drink on the island:

visitaranislands.com/inis-mo...


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answered on 6/16/15 by
a VT member from North America

leics, I saw the Joe Watty's link you gave while writing my answer and it says :

"Our Summer Music Schedule is now in operation, that means music
7 nights a week and twice on weekends!
Open all day for Bar Food Service
Food Hours: 11.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
Lunch 12.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m."

I thought the music must happen during and/or after dinner. From all I read, it certainly sounds lively. :-) I could almost feel the craic just looking at the line-up of fiddlers, etc. during a live music session... (I think I'd rather eat before the place comes alive though...)


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answered on 6/16/15 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Well spotted, Lou. I couldn't see it for looking! :-)

I've found that music in bars and pubs generally starts no earlier than 9 and often not until 10, though it does depend to some extent on the individual bar/pub ad what music is happening. Music starting after they stop serving food is very common, for obvious reasons.


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answered on 6/16/15 by
a VT member from North America

Good to know! :-)

To think I found the pub's opening hours before I even knew where the Aran Islands are located!

I sort of thought of the Isle of Arran in Scotland...

And of wool jumpers (or geansaí) !


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answered on 6/16/15 by
a VT member from County Galway

I would suggest that if you are looking for night club entertainment you head for Galway rather than a night on Inis Mor


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answered on 6/16/15 by
a VT member from Richardson

Yeah, tony's right that Galway will have a lot more action than Inis Mor.

I have to admit that when, 1,000 years ago, I spent the night on Inis Mor, it was the dead of winter (actually, the night of January 1st, 1977, I think), and there was only one guest house open for visitors and only one pub open for the locals.

The pub then wasn't the sort of place to have a grand name and a website (not that websites existed then). Instead, it was a place that held old men, school-aged girls, and about 4 of us strangers. Naturally, all conversation was in Gaelic, and all the locals were served first before they got around to us foreigners...of course, given that there couldn't have been 20 people in the pub, this didn't take long ;-).

Your trip in the middle of June in the 21st century ought to be different, so whatever experiences I had long ago really won't serve for much...

It does serve to remind me, though, that the only photos I have from that time are damaged in a peculiar way. A student of mine sold me what she thought was an unexposed roll of film. In fact, she had failed to rewind it all the way so it merely looked unexposed. She had been to England and France, shooting the film. I was on Inis Mor with this same roll of film, so I had images of Dún Aonghasa (the ancient fortress on the island, facing North America across the Atlantic, usually spelled Dun Aengus in English) superimposed with images of the tower at Parliament in London, the Horse Guard, and other icons of the British monarchy. It was bizarre to have the ancient Gaeltacht confronting imperial Britain....well, wonderful accidents these images were...you can take a look at a few of them at [original VT link]

Thanks for the memories...

Bill


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answered on 6/16/15 by
a VT member from North America

Bill, The superimposed photos are strange and impressive! I recognise the cathedral at Chartres, with its two tall spires and between them, on the façade (above the rosette), the line up of huge sculpted statues.
At Notre-Dame de Paris, there's one tall spire (known as "la flèche", i.e., *the* spire, placed over the 4 pillars of the transept. The façade presents two great towers, each one with a flat top.

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