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Trad on the Prom review

When Brandon and I were planning our 2 week trip around the Emerald Isle we tried to pick a variety of activities from budget to luxury, outdoorsy to cultural.  One of the evenings on our trip we chose to get gussied up for a romantic evening together and booked a dinner and show with Trad on the Prom.

The schedule for the show is released months in advance so I tailored our vacation around this event to be sure that we would be in Galway during one of the performances.  We decided to splurge and booked the dinner and show for 60 euros but you can just book tickets for the show for half that price.

We arrived in Galway early and immediately headed to the city centre for some shopping and to meet up with another American blog friend who happened to be visiting Ireland at the same time.  After a few pints I made my way over to Barry’s Hair Studio for a style and it was one of the best 30 euros I had ever spent!  Salon chairs with massagers, a stylist who brought me tea and massaged my scalp and a beautiful and quick hairdo made it all money well spent.  After that we headed back to the hotel to get ready.

Trad on the Prom
All dressed up and ready to go!

Dinner at Trad on the Prom starts at 7 and includes a delicious 3 course dinner with a complimentary glass of wine.  The show starts at 9 pm inside a small auditorium with limited seating so everyone has a good view.  We were seated in the second row.  Photography is allowed before and after the show but not during.  The Trad on the Prom includes singing as well as traditional Irish dancing but it is mostly a musical performance.  My favorite part was Emma O’Sullivan’s brush dance which you can see a Youtube video of here but all the music and dancing was excellent.

Trad on the Prom
The stage before the show

The Verdict:  I LOVED the Trad on the Prom show and would definitely go again if I had the chance but Brandon was pretty meh about it and wasn’t as thrilled.  My only complaint about the show was that they didn’t play Galway Girl but that’s technically an American song so it’s understandable.  Dinner was excellent but we didn’t eat anywhere else in Galway so I have nothing to compare it against.  Still, 30 euros for a 3-course meal and wine isn’t too bad.

How to Get There:  The Trad on the Prom is located inside the Galway Bay Hotel, right along the water.  It’s about 3 km from the city centre so take a cab or bus or you can drive there.

Other Tips and Tricks: If you’re a big fan of any of the Irish performers you can meet them and possibly get an autograph after the show so bring a notepad or favorite CD of their music for signing!

Child Friendly?  Older children would love see this authentic Irish performance (outside of a pub no less!) but I don’t recommend bringing young children especially if you are booking the dinner and show.  Our audience mostly consisted of middle-age adults and retirees.

Pet Friendly?  No

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