All roads lead to Clarkes at the junction of Peter Street and Fair Street.
Locals will need no introduction but for the many thousands of visitors in Drogheda this week looking for the best pint, the best craic and the best music during the Fleadh Cheoil, Clarkes Bar at the corner of Peter Street and Fair Street would be the place to start.
Clarkes is one of very few traditional Irish bars left untouched in Drogheda – it looks small from the outside but, like Doctor Who’s Tardis, it is much bigger on the inside.
That’s because it has a sister pub, Odd Mollies, attached on one side and not one but two beer gardens out the back. Regulars refer to meeting people “out the back” or “out the outback” depending on which they’re in.
For the Fleadh they’ve converted the car park into yet another area, complete with the ‘Fleadh Stage’, fully functioning bar and toilets. There’s no official name on the new area but we suggest the Flaa Side (ask a local).
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Clarkes and Odd Mollies are the centre of live music in Drogheda all year round and they have a ten-day programme of music for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 and it’s free admission every night.
“Join us from Saturday 10th till Monday 19th as we deliver a festival experience like no other!” said manager Andy Casey. “Our schedule consists of some well-known local bands and DJs and top quality national and international acts.
“The production quality of our show will be equivalent to large productions that you may witness at festivals like Electric Picnic, Body & Soul or any other similar scale events around the country.
“Once again we proudly present the heart and soul of the Fleadh, Celtic Heritage. One of the most talked about performances during last year’s festival, these lads return to take up residency from Thursday-Monday from 6pm each evening with a bag full of traditional Irish tunes and ballads.
“We look forward to welcoming musicians through our doors once again. Expect sessions in every room, nook and cranny throughout our premises!
For the full programme of Fleadh gigs at Clarkes and Odd mollies see: https://www.oddmollies.ie/