Club country

Attendances might be down and Amhrán na bhFiann may be giving way to guest appearances by TV stars, but Ireland’s local nightclubs are still surviving.

22nd February, 2015
Ardour on the dancefloor: the Foundry nightclub in Carlow Picture: Dylan Vaughan

‘It’s fickle, you know. It can be a fickle business,” said Eamonn Fitzgerald, as the owner of the Claremont nightclub stares out the panelled window onto Main Street.

It’s lunchtime on Monday in Lahinch, a seaside town with just 642 residents west of Ennis, Co Clare. Misty rain has enveloped the narrow streets, shops and hotels. Most of the businesses are shut, only to be brought to life again during the...

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