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Address: IDA Park | Connemara. Co Galway. Route N59, Roundstone, Ireland
Phone Number:
3539535808
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
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Roundstone Music & Craft - within the walls of an old Franciscan...

Roundstone Music & Craft - within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery ( 1845) in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone.Connemara Here you can see Ireland's oldest craft - Bodhran making. The Bodhran or Irish Drum is probably Ireland's oldest musical instrument - The Pulse of Irish Music - and this ancient craft is carried on at Roundstone Music. Regular Talks and demonstrations are given about this famous instrument. Pls book IN advance E 7.50 Per PERSON .. "TALK" by Malachy Kearns e mail bookings please .. PREFERABLY min 8 people (or E 60.00 TOTAL Charge for small group) ., Open 7 days 11.00 am to 6 pm ... OPEN 6 Days in winter ( closed sun ) open 10.15am July/ Aug

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Nice place to stop when touring rural county galway. You get to see the many unique irish musical instruments and the craftsmanship that goes into making them

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
Eugene J
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Prospect Park, Pennsylvania

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Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Nice place to stop when touring rural county galway. You get to see the many unique irish musical instruments and the craftsmanship that goes into making them

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the shop after followings signs for the monastery. There was no monastery, just the remnants of a tower but headed into the shop anyway. The shop was large and had plenty of gifts / clothes / musical instruments and would provide plenty of browsing if that was your interest. As noted by other reviews the shop did have a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is where the heartbeat of Irish music comes from. The Bodhran provides the beat and some of the finest in the land are made here in Roundstone. They have an amazing selection to suit any ablility from decorative wall hanging, beginner, intermediate or professional player. All made right there in the shop. I was lucky enough to meet Mrs.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I really don't know what the people complaining about this lovely shop are going on about. I guess it proves the old adage that you get out of an experience what you put on as we have always found Malachy and the other craftspeople to be delightful, patient and happy to go out of their way to help. I understand... More 

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malachyIreland, Owner at Roundstone Music & Crafts, responded to this review

Thank You for Your kind honest review. I notice Aug seems to peak with miserable like reviews. ,, eg ' looks like 1980's shop'. We are a craft workshop and our craft please God will never change ,, it's not meant to. Anyway it's bewildering how one answers some comments. eg ' nothing to see ' ,, eh ,,, free... More 

Waterford
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I travelled with four friends, one of whom had specifically wanted to go to Roundstone to buy a bodhrán, as she's a music teacher who works with ethnic instruments a lot. The shop smells incredibly musty and dusty, and seems incredibly out of date, as if it was stuck in the 1980's, as shown by the plethora of VHS and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

This is not a nice shop. It is damp and musty. There are do not touch the merchandise signs all over the place. The owner shouted at my teenager daughter and told her not to try on the baseball caps. She was extremely rude. A very strange and unwelcoming place.

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malachyIreland, Owner at Roundstone Music & Crafts, responded to this review

Hello , I am sorry you saw no worth in my Craft business. In our Music section Signs are at Wind Instruments as per EU Hygiene Regulations for Mouth - Wind Musical Instruments so that we respectfully protect our customers from disease . Sign re wearing Tweed Hats is necessary as so many visitors groups become excited taking photos wearing... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I hope this is the right place.. Malachys on the sign and there are a few wee craft pottery shops and a music tourist shop. Pottery ok and nice to see local crafts, only one of the wee shops was open the other had a back in 10mins sign and we went back twice over 20 mins and it still... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Roundstone Music & Crafts has friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff that will help you pick the right tin whistle or drum or other souvenir to make you or your gifted one happy. They sell all kinds of interesting souvenirs that you won't find elsewhere. Malachi, the owner, is a gem among men and is incredibly helpful with information about Ireland... More 

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malachyIreland, Owner at Roundstone Music & Crafts, responded to this review

Hi. It's very uplifting to read your positive comments. Since I married Gifty , my Ghanaian Black wife , I notice a pattern in Aug Esp of nasty untrue comments about my shop /staff. Gifty works daily at Retail end and this year alone received about 40 v special invitations to USA /Canada from people who say they would cherish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

In search of gifts for folks back home, we stopped into several shops. Many of the crafters in the crafts village personify the friendliness of Ireland. For example, in the pottery shop I listened in as a family conversed with a potter. When my turn came and I bought an inexpensive owl-and-a-pussycat, I was greeted with as much attention and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is almost as much a museum as a shop. Malachy was friendly and willing to let a bunch of college students learn about the history of the Bodhran and how it was made. He even let us try our hands at playing them (badly). The shop has a nice mixture of items to buy as well and is very... More 

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