Rouse’s Pub

53 Pearse Street, Ballina, Mayo, Ireland

  • Schedule: Saturday, Wednesday.
  • Telephone: 09621083

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Rouse’s Pub

The Wednesday session only runs in July and August. The Saturday session runs all year round. Both 9.30 pm until midnight. A mixture of tunes, played at a good lively pace, and songs, with tasteful accompaniment. Friendly musicians. A beautiful old fashioned bar in the main street of Ballina.

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Yes, I can vouch for the "lively pace" of the Rouse’s session tunes.
Friendly bunch with a fiddler in the core group who has found an ingenious solution to the old problem we fiddlers face: no room to swing a bow. She simply holds the bow half way up the stick. No exaggeration.
Any of you who have been to sessions in Newfoundland can attest to the dizzying speed Newfies play at.
Well they’re almost that fast at Rouses. No matter what speed the tune starts out at, the banjo player will speed it up, guaranteed. A highlight of the session I attended a couple of weeks ago was the singing of an Englishman called John. His full-throated bass voice was a traffic stopper. With an intensity of gaze that would transfix anyone, he sang well and silenced the loud room. But it was Mary Donnelly (I believe that’s her name) the accordion player who gave a tender, beautiful rendition of Eleanor Plunkett that I will remember.

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Milles excuses! The accordion player at the Rouse’s Pub session I was at in August, who played the touching performance of Eleanor Plunkett, was Mary Munelly, not Donnelly as I miswrote. (Sorry Mary—I hope I’ve got the spelling right this time)