Dine and Discover Irelands Musical Drives

Take a Musical Tour around Ireland with Chill Musical Drives

If you're planning a road trip around Ireland, consider taking out Chill Insurance to protect your car from any road accidents or damage. The only other advice? Enjoy your trip!

Aside from being rich in food, history, art and breathtaking scenery, Ireland is renowned for its impressive musical background. Chill Insurance have brought out a 'Chill Musical Drives' eBook with all the information you need when it comes to visiting some of Ireland’s most musical locations, from the birthplaces of famous artists, to iconic video settings, to creating the ultimate Irish playlist.  Nothing goes better with music than great food & wine, so we've decided to add a few of our favourite places to wine and dine during your musical roadtrip!

Places featured in the Chill Musical Drives e-book include:

Cork is foodie heaven
Cork

Inniscarra Dam on the River Lee where Hozier filmed part of the video for that anthem of a song 'Take me To Church'. Cork of course is home to a wealth of Good Food Ireland places to eat from tiny cafes to relaxed restaurants all dedicated to supporting local producers and using the very best of Irish seasonal ingredients in their dishes. Explore our collection of places to eat in Cork here.

Galway 

Galway is European Region Of Gastronomy this year so no better excuse to go gallivanting around the city like Ed Sheeran did with Saoirse Ronan when filming the music video for ‘Galway Girl’, visiting various places as they go. Galway offers a plethora of hidden gems as well as Michelin star dining, cookery classes, afternoon teas and food festivals - it's all here.  Treat yourself to a gourmet dining experience at any of the Galway Good Food Ireland Collection.

Dublin

Get the buzz on Grafton Street
We all remember the video for U2's music video for ‘Sweetest Thing’ where Bono takes his wife Ali Hewson on a carriage ride through the streets of Dublin as he tries to apologise for forgetting her birthday (he was in the studio on her birthday during the recording of The Joshua Tree)! If you're visiting and fancy recreating the journey head along Fitzwilliam Place onto Upper Fitzwilliam Street in the heart of Dublin city centre. Wander around to Grafton street and you are in the location of the music video ‘Falling Slowly’ featured in the musical Once with Irish actor and musician Glen Hansard (also of The Frames fame). In the film Once, Glen Hansard’s character is a busker on Grafton Street, where he meets his love interest played by Czech singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová.

Def Leppard are back performing in Dublin on Saturday 1st December 2018 - get your rock on and visit the music video location for ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, which was filmed inside the derelict stately home Mount Merrion House in Stillorgan, Dublin, now home to a community centre behind the original facade.

Hungry? Time to check out and check IN to any of the multitude of great places to eat in Dublin from city centre restaurants and cafes to suburban eateries. View our Collection of Dublin Places To eat here >>

Chill Insurance also conducted a survey, asking 600 Irish men and women about their favourite music-inspired locations in Ireland to help you plan an unforgettable road trip. Top of the results were:

International street performers at the now demolished windmill lane
1: Windmill Lane Recording Studios - Home to an impressive list of Irish and International recording artists and platinum selling albums, including the Rolling Stones, U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Script and Hozier. Originally the studios were based in Dublin's docklands and featured a fantastic graffiti wall which as since unfortunately been demolished. The Studios are now located at 20 Ringsend Road in Dublin city centre. Sure who knows who you might spot!

2: Rory Gallagher Statue - An icon of Irish blues and rock, singer-songwriter Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, Donegal and raised in Cork. Visit the life-sized bronze statue of the singer on Main Street in Ballyshannon town centre.

3: Molly Malone - "In Dublins' Fair city where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone" - so the popular Irish song goes that tells a fictional tale of a fishmonger woman who traded on the streets of Dublin.

The fabulous Phil Lynott
Set your own eyes on this infamous lady who is currently located outside the tourist information office (handy!) on Suffolk Street in Dublin having been moved from her original home of Grafton Street during Luas works.

4: Phil Lynott - Another HUGELY popular traditional Irish song - Whiskey in the Jar, was covered by the rock band Thin Lizzy in which Phil Lynott was lead vocalist and bassist. A wonderful bronze statue of him resides just off Grafton street on Henry Street where the flower sellers congregate.

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Check out our Google map below featuring all the above plus Ireland’s most famous hotspots for music lovers and the Good Food Ireland Collection of Places to Eat across the island of Ireland!  All Good Food Ireland members share our ethos of 'prioritising the core indigenous ingredients of Irish cuisine and promoting local and artisan food producers' so you can rest assured that wherever you see the Good Food Ireland sign you can be confident of a wonderful dining experience.

A Good Food Ireland editorial in collaboration with Chill Insurance.

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