Re: Any suggestions for my Ireland trip?
In Dingle, the best is to pop into Mazz O'Flaherty's record shop as dodomonk said (next door to Dick Mac's pub which I've had many an excellent session in) and ask Mazz what's going on that day (while there's always something in O'Flaherty's Pub things can be fluid elsewhere). There's usually something on in Ballyferriter and the drive out via Slea Head and Dunquin with a view of the Blaskets is excellent.
Doolin isn't what it once was but there's usually music in McGann's and O'Connors. I used to prefer McGann's but haven't been to Doolin for a few years and things may have changed. Relatively near by, there's always good music in Ennis (check in Custy's as already mentioned above to see what's on) and probably in Milltown Malbay too (plus Ennistymon). Between Ennis/Doolin and Galway, you may find a session in Kinvarra (ask if John Colfer is still playing anywhere)
I've always managed to find a good session in Galway. The main music pubs are listed at http://www.galwaycitypubguide.com/tr...ic-galway.html but there are usually other good ones off the beaten track as well.
I've found a session or two in Kinsale in the past but you may have to ask round. Further along the West Cork coast you may find sessions at Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Ballydehob, Baltimore and Schull (best to ask locally in each case). Between West Cork and Dingle, it's very well worth travelling round the Beara Peninsula (one of my favourite drives in Ireland) and you may find a session at Glengarriff (I've had a few good nights there).
Have a great trip!
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