A Donation from the Rory Gallagher Family

August 3rd Irish The Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum Experience added a donation of memorabilia from the Family of Rory Gallagher to Apollo Studios. This donation is part of a long term goal to build musical bridges between Dublin and Ballyshannon. The two donations were brought by Eoin Gallagher, Nephew of Rory Gallagher and are part of a long term plan of raising awareness and celebrating Irish musical heritage with Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum. The Museum is delighted to add this to the Museum...
Claire Guinan Art Irish Rock Museum

Claire Guinan Art Irish Rock Museum

My ‘Heart and Soul: Portraits of Irish Musicians” is coming to Dublin. It features portraits of musicians from all genres of Irish music; Christy Dignam, Imelda May, John Sheahan, Lisa Hannigan and many more. Claire will be unveiling my newest portrait of Phil Lynott which was commissioned by his late mother Philomena, who gave her seen before photos of Philip. This portrait is to mark what would have been his 70th birthday. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 14th of August at 6pm in the Rock and Roll Museum Experience. All welcome to the Rock Museum Launch. Book Your Guided Tour...
Rory Gallagher Festival 2018

Rory Gallagher Festival 2018

Rock Spots to visit when at the Rory Gallagher Festival     The Rory Gallagher International Festival is back for a very special year, what with it being Rory’s 70th Birthday this year. It’s taking place from the 31st May to the 3rd June and this year it has a cracking line up for fans of the blues and rock n roll legend. They’re rounding the troops up with Band of Friends (Gerry Mc Evoy, Ted McKenna and MarcelScherpenzeel) headlining. Another legendary musician is playing the festival this year too. That legendary drummer is Thin Lizzy founding member Brian Downey and his band Brian Downey’s “Alive and Dangerous”. With Brian, Band of Friends, Wilko Johnson and many other internationally renowned musicians playing, it will be a 70th bash to remember! With this in mind we decided to compile a list of places for you to visit on your Ballyshannon based Rory Gallagher Trail.       5. Rory Gallagher Place Rory Gallagher Place was developed by Barry O’Neil, who is also the director of the music festival. Rory Gallagher Place is located in East Port and it’s a popular place for fans of the musican to visit. 4. Rory Gallagher Theatre   In 2005 The Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal was renamed The Rory Gallagher Theatre in Rory’s Honour. It has a wood carving of Rory on it’s wall and not only does it celebrate Rory but it also hosts some of the Rory Gallagher Festival each year.   3. Rock Hospital   When down in Ballyshannon you must drop into Rock Hospital, where Rory was born. Yes, he...
Record Store Day 2018 Our Top Picks

Record Store Day 2018 Our Top Picks

Record Store Day Releases 2018 Our Picks. We’re big fans of vinyl here at the Museum, not that we really need to tell you, you can see that from our vinyl collection below, which is actually the largest on display record collection in Ireland. You can also see us wax lyrical about how we think vinyl just sounds better here. Don’t get us wrong, we still listen to Spotify and stream online but there’s something about sinking into the couch and listening to your favourite album that is epitomised by the crackle of our favourite record on a  player. A post shared by Irish Rock Museum (@irishrockmuseum) on Apr 20, 2018 at 5:47am PDT Now, this year we’re delighted that Record Store Day 2018 has some great releases and  has been taken on board by lots of musicians so we’ve compiled a list of records we wouldn’t mind picking up for you below. Led Zeppelin Rock N Roll Sunset Sound Mix & Friends Olympic Studio Mix Led Zeppelin are kicking off their 50th year in business by joining Record Store Day with two releases, both produced by Jimmy Page and previously unreleased to the public. Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. Tom Waits is rereleasing the three piece entitled Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, originally released in 2006. These were previously only sold as Orphans, but now they’re available for the first time as stand alone albums pressed on 2 xLP 180 transparent grey vinyl. All three are available to buy so pick one up or three! Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ which will...
Vibe For Philo 2018

Vibe For Philo 2018

  Vibe for Philo is an annual event held to commemorate Phil Lynott on the anniversary of his tragic death. It’s obviously an event close to our heart with Phil having such a strong presence in the museum, and this year we’re doing a discount and we’re talking about all things Lizzy! Vibe for Philo 2017 This year the Vibe is gearing up for a special commemorations with two shows in Whelan’s s on the 3rd, and 4th  of January. The Vibe includes performances from some of the best Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy cover bands and is an event not to be missed by any fan of either! 2018 will mark 40 years since the release of Live and Dangerous, one of the most succesful live albums and DVDs of all time. Vibe is always a good show with this year sure to celebrate a great music history. Phil Lynott in the museum Phil Lynott is an iconic figure in Irish rock and music in general. As such he holds a very special place in the heart of the museum. Our dedicated Thin Lizzy exhibit features a range of interesting Phil Lynott memorabilia from his school report to his iconic mirror bass, kindly donated by the lovely Philomena Lynott. The exhibition is housed in Apollo studio, where Phil actually recorded quite soon before he died. Vibe for Philo discount and competition To celebrate Phil’s anniversary and the Vibe for Philo, we’re offering a 20% discount for the museum for the first two weeks of the year. All you have to do is enter the code VIBEPHIL18 when booking online, or present...
Some Irish Rock Connections to Queens of the Stone Age

Some Irish Rock Connections to Queens of the Stone Age

Some Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll links to Queens of the Stone Age As I’m sure many of you know  Queens of the Stone Age are playing this friday the 24th of November in the 3Arena in Dublin. This is going to be a little blog telling you the musical connections between Queens Of The Stone age and Ireland and there’s a lot more than you’ll think. The Nirvana Link Okay let’s go back to 1994, Nirvana were one of the biggest bands at time, they had 3 very successful albums on their backs and were on tour. They were scheduled to play RDS Simmons Court on the 8th of April, as all of us know that was the day it was announced Kurt Cobain had passed away. In the museum we have a poster that was donated to us by a member of the Irish Poster Association. If you’re a Queen’s fan then you already know the connection but if you’re still wondering what any of this has to do with Queens Of The Stone Age let us go on. Nirvana mainly (there were a few temporary characters in and out through the years) consisted of lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl. Now Grohl was devastated by the news of the passing of the singer of his band, and rightly so, he lost a close friend. But  a few years after Dave finished with Nirvana  he started a band called “Foo Fighters” Let me set the scene one day late 2001 Josh Homme rang Dave and asked him would he play drums for...