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A Night of Ceili and Craic

974 Glenshane Road, Dungiven, Dungiven, Derry, BT47 4SD
people clap as a woman plays the violin in a pub
  • people clap as a woman plays the violin in a pub
  • people dancing in a pub while others look on, some of them are clapping
  • a woman is laughing while a man holding a pint of Guinness looks on
  • people gathered around a table in a pub while they raise their glasses to each other. a woman in the background is playing a banjo.
  • people talking while someone plays the irish fiddle


The Ponderosa is Ireland's highest bar & restaurant with breath-taking views of the Sperrin Mountains.#

It offers everything you could wish for in the way of old world charm and atmosphere, especially in Paddy Joe's traditional Irish pub. It's renowned for its evenings of music and dancing - or 'ceili' ('kay-lee') as they say in Irish. Throw in their unique blend of fun and banter (known locally as 'craic') and you're in for an unforgettable evening!

The Ponderosa is a perfect place to enjoy an experience called 'Ceili and Craic'. This experience is an evening devoted to the essentials of traditional Irish culture, hospitality and socialising. It's not an occasion you'll be forgetting anytime soon!

A plentiful array of historical images and artefacts on the walls sets the scene, each one related to the history of this time-honoured Irish pub. Also on display is the text of Seamus Heaney's most famous poem: 'Digging'. The great poet did his digging in boglands very similar to those surrounding you now.

Following a relaxed introduction, you'll take your seat for supper as traditional Irish music plays. The menu focuses on locally-sourced produce and includes such favourites as Irish stew and shepherd's pie. You'll want to sample the colcannon too. Another local speciality, it's made with mashed potatoes and kale. Supper is served with wheaten or Guinness bread, followed by cups of tea and delicious shortbread biscuits! A hearty meal which sets you up for the evening ahead.

Now it's time for the festivities to begin. There'll be skilled musicians providing live music and expert Irish dancers who will perform a mixture of jigs, reels and other dances. Expect 'a bit of craic' and great entertainment for all the family to enjoy. Plus there's opportunities to join in, should the mood take you. Perhaps you'd like to try your hand – or feet – at 'The Waves of Tory'? Or maybe a quick jig like the ones you've just seen? Needless to say, there are always plenty of photo and video opportunities - along with laughs - at the Ponderosa.

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