A Music History Tour of Ireland

History, scenery and art are all things Ireland has to offer both domestic and inbound tourists, but there’s also an impressive musical background that can be discovered. Aside from the well-known artists born and bred in Ireland, there are also many sights to see that have been inspired by music as well as places that have been part of music videos.

The Statues Inspired by Music

A recent survey by Chill Insurance asked 1,000 men and women living in Ireland about their favourite music-inspired landmarks, and here are some of the most popular for you to visit on your next trip.

Rory Gallagher Statue

Popular for Irish blues and rock music, Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, raised in Cork, and passed away in 1947. To keep his legacy alive a life-sized statue can be found on Main Street in Ballyshannon. If this is on your must-see list then parking is simple, with on-road pay and display options.

This statue came third on the list of top music-inspired landmarks with 17% of Irish men and women preferring this spot to visit.

Phil Lynott Statue

Known for his lead vocals, and as a bassist for Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott helped to write many of their hit songs and a statue now stands on Harry Street in Dublin. If you want to visit and take a picture with Phil then you can park at Q-park on Dawson Street and take a short walk to find him.

23% of those who took the survey chose this statue as their favourite music-inspired spot.

Molly Malone Statue

Once you have seen Phil Lynott, why not take a trip to see Molly Malone. Many of you may have heard of the song ‘Molly Malone’ a fictional tale about a fishmonger woman. In honour of this famous song, a statue of Molly Malone has been created in Dublin, originally positioned on Grafton Street it now stands outside the tourist office on Suffolk Street for all to see.

Although a fictional tale, this statue inspired by music came top of the list with 32% of respondents choosing it as their favourite spot.

Top Music Venues in Ireland

If music-inspired landmarks just don’t cut it then why not see what’s on in one of the many venues. Here are some well-known theatres and arenas to check out.


Head to the Dublin Docklands and on North Wall Quay you will find 3Arena. Opening its doors in 2008 as the O2 the first group to play here was U2, but the venue later changed its name. This is the place to be if you are looking to watch well-known artists play live, such as Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.


If you are in search of a smaller venue that nourishes home-grown talent then try Whelan’s. With a seating capacity of 400, it has a more intimate atmosphere than the 3Arena. Although smaller, international names have also played here like Arctic Monkeys and Kate Nash.

Cork Opera House

This venue is spectacular offering a 160-year history it has played host to some of the world’s jazz legends. Now the opera house showcases the best in comedy, theatre, and music making it a must visit as one of Ireland’s most popular venues.

There is so much Ireland has to offer when it comes to musical touring so hop in the car and start your journey, you never know you may be inspired.