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Kings College London Ukulele Society Visit to UkuHooley.

Kings College London


UkuHooley in Dun Laoghaire is really pleased to welcome a group of 28 members of the King’s College London Ukulele Society to a special “hands across the water” meetup on Saturday next 28th March.  To accommodate our visiting ukers as well as our own members this special meetup is happening at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

So welcome to James Chong and all his friends from King’s College and wishing you a happy and enjoyable trip to Dublin this weekend.

(ps: This week’s meetup is fully subscribed as we had to let the hotel know the final numbers attending in advance- sorry!)


Ukulele Beginners Course in Dublin

“Ten week Ukulele Beginner course is starting in Dublin City Centre next Monday 2nd of march.
Ring Nora at 0863649691 or email her at

We constantly get enquiries for ukulele lessons so if you know anyone who wants to learn the ukulele then this is the course for them. Its run by Nora Artola a very experienced ukulele teacher. Nora has been giving lessons for some years now under the title “Ukulele Lessons In Dublin”.

Ukulele Lessons in Dublin Facebook page:

This new course starting on Monday 2nd March is being held at the Carmelite Centre in Aungier St. (just off Grafton Street.


Noras New Course

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It’s Ukuhooley Christmas Party Time!


It’s Ukuhooley Christmas Party Time!
Saturday Dec 6th at Foley’s Bar & Restaurant on Merrion Row

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Yes folks, it really IS that time of the year again. Time to grab your Santa hat and trusty ukulele, brush down that song you’ve been practising before heading into town for the Ukuhooley & UkeIreland Christmas Party.

If you’ve been to a Ukuhooley Christmas Party before you will already know it’s going to be a rootin’ tootin’ blast of ukulele fun & frolics. There will be finger food, plenty of time for ukulele sing-alongs and a chance to perform that song you’ve been quietly slaving away on!

There will also be a chance to win a ukulele in the raffle along with many other Yuletide party highlights.

It’s a perfect opportunity for us ukulele lovers to get together for an annual reunion of all those who have attended any or all of our Ukuhooley events over the last eight years. Even if we haven’t seen you recently, you would be more than welcome so come on down! We’d love to see you again, have a chat and play uke together.

Especially for the festive occasion that’s in it, Shay (Zefferelli) Bagnall has created one of his classic videos and our beloved Honorary Hawaiian Dan McNulty has designed a brilliant Hawaiian Christmas party poster, thanks guys!

So join us at Foley’s of Merrion Row on Saturday December 6th from 7.30pm ’til late.
You know you want to!

PS. Don’t forget your uke!

Ukulele Hooley By The Sea 2014!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again – Ukulele Hooley time!
Over the weekend of August 23/24, Dun Laoghaire will again play host to Ireland’s 5th international ukulele festival Ukulele Hooley. Over the past five years the Hooley has become one of the biggest ukulele festivals in Europe and last year nearly 20,000 people attended the 9 hour long concert in the People’s Park.

The festival features :

Ukulele Workshops (chance to improve your playing skills)

Big Ukulele Open Mic (an opportunity to perform in front of an appreciative audience of uke lovers)

The Ukulele Bus Busk (what could be more fun than joining an open topped bus of ukulele players as they travel around the Dun Laoghaire playing and busking?)

The Big Ukulele Event: Nine hour concert in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire featuring some of the world’s best ukulele players. This has turned into a great family day out with people coming and picnicking with friends and family while chillin’ to the strains of the ukulele.

There’s something for everyone at the Ukulele Hooley-so don’t miss it!

Ukulele Hooley 2014 blue poster

You know you'd love to be here!
You know you’d love to be here!
Joe Byrne

64 Wine Ukulele Ensemble at the Bloomsday Celebrations.

On a beautiful sunny Bloomsday (the recently christened) 64 Wine Ukulele Ensemble played an hour of songs that were straight from the original Bloomsday period. The suitably attired audience (it WAS Bloomsday!) seemed to enjoy it so much the ensemble were asked to play again the following day.
The ensemble were Dan McNulty, Nicola Reeves, Nuala Dempsey, Pat Connolly, Tony Boland, Julia Fox, Sheilagh Fox, Jill Siddall and finally thanks to Maestro Tommy Sheridan for his hard work.
A good day was had by all.

Tommy Sheridan is either about to conduct or levitate.
Tommy Sheridan is either about to conduct Dan and Nicola or levitate.


Joe Byrne
Joe Byrne


Nuala Dempsey & Sheilagh Fox
Nuala Dempsey & Sheilagh Fox

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Ukulele Lessons In Dublin

Ukulele Lessons In DublinLearn how to play the uke!! New 5 Week Beginners Courses starting after Easter.

Our good friend, talented ukulele player and teacher Nora Artola, runs ukulele lessons for beginners and intermediate players on a regular basis in Rialto D8. Nora has two weekly beginner classes starting just after Easter :

Beginners Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30(29/04/14)

Beginner Saturdays at 10:00 am(Starting date 03/05/14)

5 weeks €65
Rhythm and Strumming
Rhythm fingerpicking
10 Basic chords
Reading Tabs for melody playing
Uke facts, history & more!

We constantly get enquiries for ukulele lessons on the website so if you know anyone who is thinking of learning to play the uke, perhaps you could let them know about Ukulele Lessons In Dublin

You can contact Nora on phone no: 086-3649691 or email her at:
Facebook Page:

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Ukulele Group for St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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Well it WAS only a matter of time before the ukulele would take its place in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and its fitting it should be in an Irish Parade. Our good friend and fellow uker, Ciaran Allen has been approached by DLRCOCO about the possibility of a ukulele group taking part in the first ever Stepaside Patricks Day parade. Ciaran is putting together a book of ukulele standards for the parade and a joint group from UkuHooley in Dun Laoghaire and Rugs in Rathfarnham are practising to take part. Ciaran says he would welcome any ukulele players to come along and join in “It will be starting at 1.00pm on Monday 17th (groups to be there at 12.30pm) opposite Kilgobbin Church (Kilgobbin Lane) and then walking into Stepaside where we will be playing on stage.”

Rathfarnham Ukulele Group = RUGS!


The Rathfarnham Ukulele Group started last year in Rathfarnham.  This is their first video – Elbow’s “One Day Like This”. A great bunch of ukulele players and newcomers are welcome.
RUGS meet on Mondays @ 7-9.30 in the Educate Together School on Loreto Avenue Rathfarnham.
Contact 0879882213 for further details.
Check out the RUG’s Facebook page for all updates.