Our world-famous show is the original and still the best traditional Irish entertainment night. It is Ireland’s longest-running and most entertaining traditional Irish show. Set in a 16th century location, The Abbey Tavern show has been synonymous with the best of Irish hospitality and entertainment for over 50 years since its inception in 1963.
Traditional Irish Music and Dance
The evening commences at 7:30pm with a sumptuous three course dinner with a choice of two starters, four main courses and two desserts followed by a complimentary Irish coffee. The show, featuring our award-winning Dancers, Singers and Musicians begins at 8:15pm and showcases Ireland’s wealth of music, song and dance. Sing along to some of Ireland’s best loved ballads and songs such as ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Finnigan’s Wake’, ‘The Wild Rover’ and ‘Whiskey in the Jar’. Be mesmerized and thrilled by our dancers footwork and passion as they perform some of Ireland’s oldest dance routines such as ‘The Brush Dance’, and ‘The Sean Nos’ alongside tributes to internationally acclaimed shows. The show finishes at 10pm. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable night at The Abbey Tavern.
History of the Show
The original Irish music and dance show first appeared at the Abbey in 1962. The owner, Minnie Scott-Lennon, decided that musicians and balladeers performing in a relaxed sing-along manner would be popular. Within a short time the newly formed Singers were drawing capacity crowds into The Abbey Tavern. In 1963 The Abbey Taverns famous Traditional Irish Show was launched. The success and popularity of the business continued to grow, and soon The Abbey Tavern established itself as an iconic venue for Traditional Irish Entertainment. The success of the Abbey Tavern Traditional Irish Show quickly spread beyond these shores and before long the Abbey Tavern Singers were embarking on multiple tours of North America and releasing a number of live and studio recorded albums and singles, earning a gold record along the way. Since then many famous artists have graced the stage at The Abbey Tavern – The Dubliners, The Chieftans, Johnny McEvoy, Planxty, Christy Moore and Imelda May to name a few.
All New Show
Whilst staying true to the wonderful heritage of the original show that started it all, we have raised the production values of our show by introducing professional lighting elements and the talents of a professional sound engineer. Our dancers also now play an even more prominent role throughout the show and regularly volunteer members of the audience to join them on stage for some of the dances. All of which combines to make what was the best traditional Irish show even better. We invite you to come and see for yourself why we are the original and still the best night of Authentic Irish Entertainment.