Not only is Ireland home to a beautiful scenic backdrop and is rich in history and art it is also renowned for its impressive musical background.
Home to some of the world’s most successful artists, both past and present, music lovers alike visiting the country can have a front row seat to a road trip specifically dedicated to a variety of the world’s most famous artists’ hometowns, locations featured in some of the most iconic music videos of all time and various beloved musical-inspired landmarks.
Set off with your favourite people and see an entirely different side to this beautiful country in the comfort of your own car. If you’re planning your musical road trip, make sure your insurance is up-to-date, talk to experts at Chill Insurance.
Follow in the footsteps of your favourite Irish musicians:
If you’re a fan of U2 your first stop should include a trip to Cedarwood Road in Dublin, where U2 frontman, Bono grew up. The street itself later inspired Bono to create a song with the same name.
Boyzone fans should head over to the Northside of Dublin and County Meath where lead singer Ronan Keating grew up. You can even visit the shoe shop Korky’s shoes in Henry Street, Dublin where Ronan himself worked before finding fame with the boyband.
A member of the much-loved band, One Direction, Niall Horan was born in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Despite leaving his hometown and moving to London, it is known that Niall will often return home for visits and can be found enjoying a pint at Danny Byrnes pub on Pearse Street.
See the sights from some of your favourite music videos:
A location made famous with the song ‘Galway Girl’ by Ed Sheeran, this is a must stop destination for any Ed Sheeran fan, the video itself is filmed in destinations including O’Connell’s bar in Eyre Square, outside Gino’s Gelato ice cream shop on William Street and the Herons Rests B&B on The Long Walk.
Carnew Street, Dublin was the location set for hit song ‘Stop’ by The Spice Girls, a residential street of terraced houses in Ireland. It is reported that each household was given 100 Euros for sealing off the road while filming took place.
Find Ireland’s musically-inspired landmarks:
Molly Malone statue
‘Molly Malone’ is a popular Irish song that tells a fictional tale of a fishmonger woman who traded on the streets of Dublin. Over the years it has said to have become the unofficial anthem of the capital city. The statue can be found outside the Dublin Tourist Office on Suffolk Street.
Windmill lane recording studios
Another favourite Irish musical landmark to visit is Windmill Lane Recording Studios. Opening in 1978 it has seen famous faces such as U2, Sinead O’Connor and The Script record here and has operated as one of Irelands largest recording studios.
Originally located in Dublin’s South inner city, now you can find the new Windmill Lane Recording Studio at 20 Ringsend Road in Dublin City centre.