Visitors to the Dungarvan area for the past ten years have flocked to the Park Hotel each Tuesday to experience the highly praised Cúil Cheoil show. As part of the countrywide "Seisiún Trail", the wonderful performers drawn from the surrounding parishes also attract a huge local following. Featuring champion musicians, singers and dancers the group is also in demand for various events and festivals.
The Cúl Cheoil show is renowned for the huge variety of instruments, the sparkling dancing and the songs and singing in Irish and English. Harp and Uilleann pipes, for many, the hallmark of traditional Irish music, are given pride of place. The blending of Accordions, Concertinas, Fiddles, Flutes, Guitar, Bouzouki and Bodhrán brings out the unique sound which is part of the authentic Ireland which our tourists expect. The dancing ranges from the wonderful spirited local set to the graceful slip jigs and the scintillating reels.
For many years the Seisiún Trail organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has been a vital tourism ingredient at more than 30 venues nationwide. The unique shows which feature a formal programme in the first half give members of the audience a chance to participate in the second part. At the interval there is a complimentary cup of tea or coffee. Very often some well known exponent may turn up to give a song, play tune or tell a story. The season begins annually on Tuesday mid July until mid August. Tickets for the show, which commences at 8.30pm sharp, are available from Dungarvan Tourist Office and Ben O'Neill's Music shop O'Connell St.