The Sounds of Ireland


Molly Malkinski is a student at Montclair State University and is an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Dublin, Ireland.

When we think of music in Ireland, a few names come to mind: Bono, Hozier, Damien Rice,  The Cranberries, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, the list goes on…

But since I’ve started making my way through Ireland, I have found that there is just as much talent on this beautiful country’s streets than there is on the stages of world renowned arenas.

Whether the sound is soft and simple…



Or rambunctious and full of energy…



Whether it’s a one man band…




Or a team effort…

galwaygirls1_dublin_ireland_mollymalkinski_photo8One of Galway’s all gal bands.


The best of Ireland’s sounds come in all shapes and sizes and might even include a dancing side act.

aranislandband_dublin_ireland_mollymalkinski_photo10This little band will be one of the first sounds you’ll hear after stepping off the ferry onto Inis Mor, one of Ireland’s 3 Aran Islands.

tinydancergalway_dublin_ireland_mollymalkinski_photo11 One of Galway’s many acts and his biggest fan.

And after listening and wishing you could take the sound home with you…the antique shops, record stores and music shops on every corner let you do just that.

antiqueshoprecords_dublin_ireland_mollymalkinski_photo12 Treasures Antiques’ record collection, found in Kilkenny.

galwaymusicshops_dublin_ireland_mollymalkinski_photo13 Moloney Music shop, one of countless music shops in Galway.

The world awaits…discover it.


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