The Clancy Brothers Family Home 


The Clancy Brothers were an influential Irish folk group, which initially developed as a part of the American folk music revival. Most popular in the 1960s, they were famed for their trademark Aran Jumpers and are widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music in the United States and revitalising it in Ireland, paving the way for an Irish folk boom with groups like The Dubliners and The Wolfe Tones.

The Clancy Brothers, Patrick "Paddy" Clancy, Tom Clancy, and Liam Clancy, are best known for their work with Tommy Makem, recording almost two dozen albums together as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Makem left in 1969, the first of many changes in the group's membership. The most notable subsequent member to join was the fourth Clancy brother, Bobby Clancy. The group continued in various formations until Paddy Clancy's death in 1998.

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem significantly influenced the young Bob Dylan and other emerging artists, including Christy Moore and Paul Brady. The group was famous for its often lively arrangements of old Irish ballads, rebel and drinking songs, sea shanties, and other traditional music

It is impossible to pass Carrick-on-Suir today and not go into town and find the Clancys’ childhood home on William Street. As you can see, it is adorned with a simple plaque which says all that needs to be said.

Over the June bank Holiday weekend, annually the town of Carrick-on-Suir is transformed into a haven for local & visiting artists, performers and cultural enthusiasts as it hosts its annual Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival. The Festival honours the musical legacy of the Local world famous influential Irish Folk music group. Carrick-on-Suir is very proud of the Clancy Brothers achievements and it is only fitting that their contribution to Irish culture and music should be recognised and celebrated with a Festival.

Now in its 8th year running, this unique Festival has grown from strength to strength since the beginning and this year again we have managed to produce a prestigious vibrant and diverse Festival programme catering for all ages and tastes. So come visit Carrick on Suir May 27 - June 1 2015 and see this picturesque town transform into Ireland's folk and traditional music capital!