Welcome to
Roundstone Musical Instruments
and the World of Bodhráns

Visiting the Workshop

the shop Roundstone Music and Craft Shop lies within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. It is a fine Craftsman's Craft shop, Music, fashion and coffee shop. The shop is owned and managed by "Malachy Bodhran"- Ireland's only full time Bodhran maker. Malachy explains his craft amidst the smell of goatskin, glue, varnish and perspiration. The story of the Bodhran, its name, why its playing style is the cleverest idea in the world of manual percussion. It beater or Bone originated as the leg of a sheep or goat..! Malachy made the stage drums for 'Riverdance' here in Roundstone.
Regular talks and demonstrations are given about this famous instrument.

Inside the music shop Bodhrans can be purchased here and they can also have Celtic designs hand painted on them or even a Family Crest. However, it is also an excellent place to relax over coffee or even use the outdoor picnic area alongside the monastery bell tower in this beautiful location right on the water. A large private car-park is also provided for our visitors.

Some of the other products available from the shop include:

Bodhran tutors, Books, Cassettes, CDs, Videos.
A full range of Musical Instruments associated with Irish Music.
Tin Whistles and Flutes
Fiddles, Accordions, Concertinas, Banjos, Bagpipes, Uuliaan Pipes, Bouzoukis, Dulcimers.
And of course Bodhrans, Ethnic Drums and lots of Percussion.

We also stock a huge range of CDs with the emphasis on Irish Music - the perfect place for brousing and listening.

Loads of Irish music and song books - from the very traditional to the modern.

A unique Irish Craft shop with the emphasis on authentic Irish Craft work.
A souvenir shop
and our much admired Fashion Shop - again supplying the best in Irish Fashion.

Alongside the workshop there is a small folk museum (entry free of charge) , a coffee shop, a Bureau de Change and a quaint absorbing shop "Craftsman's Craft Shop", located by the Historic Franciscan Monastery with its ancient bell tower, where the Dolphins paly in Summertime

Talks are given every day on The history, Making and Playing of the bodhran.
Singing is also part our lives here - after all we are a "Music Shop"!

When planning your visit to the workshop it's worth remembering that in Roundstone is situated in one of the most picturesque regions of Ireland and along with good fishing there are many activities to choose from , So before you travel why not visit Connemara tourism have a look at our beautiful part of Ireland, find your accommodation , hotel or B B. Here you will find all you need to help plan your visit.

Included here are some directions to help to on your travels to Roundstone


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Roundstone Musical Instruments Ltd.
Malachy Kearns,
IDA Craft Centre,Roundstone,
Co. Galway, Ireland.

Tel:+353 95 35808
Fax:+353 95 35980
E-Mail: [email protected]