Three days of live and original music celebrating the ancient Fishamble Street area of Old Dublin. Where once Vikings traded and sang songs of their exploits, Gods and adventures, where Handel premiered his Messiah, you will now hear Performing Songwriters, Traditional Irish Music, Ballads, Folk, Rock and Blues resonating with a thousand years of history, keeping the Irish creative traditions of storytelling and music very much alive.

For three days September 19/20/21 2017, Darkey Kelly’s is lighting the flame and sending out the signal both locally and around the World, reminding everyone of the heartbeat of music in Irish Culture and presenting some of the very best local exponents of the craft. Three special days of celebration, three days of music marking a place in time and space for all to soak up and feel alive.

Three days to live and remember. One, two, three, four….

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” Welcome to Darkey Kelly’s, one of the best known pubs in Dublin for traditional Irish music and also,  more recently, for new original music and songs.”

“You are now in one of the oldest parts of Dublin city and one of the most enduring legends surrounding Dublin has to be that of the woman – ‘Darkey Kelly’.  For generations Darkey Kelly was known in Dublins’ folk memory as the woman who was burned at
the stake for witchcraft but new evidence uncovered suggests that although she was innocent of witchcraft she still had a dark side to her character. The discovery of five bodies under the floorboards of the brothel she ran in 1761 suggests she may have been Ireland’s first serial killer! Fishamble Street is one of the oldest streets in the city also. Handels Messiah was first performed here in 1742 and every year on the 13th of April the Messiah is performed Free of Charge to a public audience.  The street here was known as the official fish market for Dublin until the end of the 17th century when the city markets were moved to the north bank of the River Liffey. From 1680, the General Post Office was located here and remained for 30 years.

We are passionate here in Darkey Kelly’s about Irish Music & Culture, with live performances every day of the week. All of our musicians are from the local area and they represent a tradition which has been passed on from generation to generation. We are also supporting our growing songwriter community with performances of new original material several days a week.

Whiskey distilling is part of our heritage too and here in Darkey Kelly’s we appreciate the time and skill that goes into perfecting each bottle. The Irish climate is well suited to fine whiskey making which is why the Irish never get upset by rain!!!!!!

“Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he’s a dead man. An Irishman’s stomach is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.”
– Mark Twain

Our whiskey list is constantly growing in line with the emergence of new distilleries popping up all over Ireland. Craft beer is taking the world by storm at present and here in Darkey Kelly’s we have a great selection of locally produced Ales & Beers on tap. It’s an exciting time for beer drinkers with so much choice out there!

We hope you  enjoy your visit to Darkey Kelly’s and if we can help you in any way please ask! “



Tony Floyd Kenna & P.J. Maher – Festival Directors.

Compilation Album (Under contruction)