Miltown Malbay is situated in West Clare and is one of Clare’s musical and cultural homelands. Traditionally, the town was a hub for local farmers who brought their grain to be milled. The town originally had 5 corn mills although only 3 can be seen today.
Origin of Name: Although Miltown Malbay is not on the coast, it takes its second name from ‘Mal Bay’.
The town is renowned for its singers, dancers and musicians – most especially the famous Willie Clancy. Each year in early July the festival ‘Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy’ is held in celebration of the music and tradition of Clancy.
A good way to immerse in the Miltown Malbay story of traditional music, song and dance is to experience the West Clare Music Makers’ Visitor Centre. Here you can read first-hand accounts about renowned musicians, enjoy an 8-minute film on the stories behind the music as well as learn about the origin of the instruments used and the people who played them. The centre is open each day from May to September.
There are many types of accommodation available in Miltown as well as in the close by Spanish Point – from hotels to comfortable B & B’s. The pubs in town provide a wide variety of entertainment with traditional music.