Róisín Dubh (music venue)

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Jape performing at the Róisín Dubh.

The Róisín Dubh is an established live music venue in Galway, Ireland. It has hosted events such as the IMRO Showcase Tour[1] and the 2fm 2moro 2our. The name translates from the Irish language as the "little black rose".[2] According to Una Mullally in the Sunday Tribune, the venue is "the heart of live music in the city".[3]

In 2008 the Róisín won the IMRO award for Best Venue in Connacht and was nominated for Best Venue In Ireland.[4] It won the Regional Award for Connacht again in 2009.[5]

Nial Conlon of Dublin-based band Delorentos praised the venue's owner, Gugai, for welcoming the band when no other venue would.[6] Other notable fans who attend the venue include broadcaster Síle Ní Bhraonain.[3]


  1. ^ "IMRO Showcase Tour rolls into the Róisín Dubh". Galway Independent. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Róisín Dubh". Encyclopedia.com. Accessed 9 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b Una Mullally (2008-03-16). "THE S FACTOR". Sunday Tribune. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2009-11-15. At home, she hangs out at the Roisin Dubh in Galway . . . the heart of live music in the city. She used to be "one of the night clubber chicks" until she saw the apparent error of her ways. She likes Cathy Davey, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Roisin Murphy. 
  4. ^ "Róisín Dubh wins IMRO Award". Róisín Dubh. Accessed 11 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Live Music Venues of the Year announced". Hot Press. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  6. ^ Nial Conlon (2008-07-08). "On the Road - Delorentos in Cork and Galway". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-02-22. The Roisín Dubh in Galway is one of the best venues in Ireland, and even though it’s raining again, I enjoy carrying the gear along the side of the canal into the back entrance of the venue. All the walls there and outside the apartment where the bands stay are covered with graffiti and it’s always interesting to see what’s changed since the last time you were there. [...] Halfway through the gig, one of the lads from Disconnect 4 came up onstage to present us with the Roisín Dubh award for album of the year. That was a massive deal for us - we haven’t won many awards and this one was extra special to us. Gugai, who runs the Roisín, was one of the first people to give us a gig, when we couldn’t even get gigs in Dublin. He has been one of the biggest supporters of unsigned bands we have ever come across. When we were first coming to this venue we saw records by Jape, Giveamanakick and David Kitt in plaques on the wall of the bar, long before we even had enough songs for an album. It was a great feeling to see our record sitting in that bar alongside them, things like that make you feel like you’re doing something right. 

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Coordinates: 53°16′13″N 9°03′30″W / 53.27023°N 9.05820°W / 53.27023; -9.05820