In 1957, a young curator Fr Pat Ahern was sent to Kerry to establish a choir at St.John’s Chruch in Tralee. The choir received tremendous admirors and soon the Friar decided to explore more opportunities. They called themselves Siamsóirí na Ríochta.
The choir preserved some of the folk music and dance like ‘Munnix’ which would have disappeared otherwise. This was noted as one of the pivotal roles of the choir which resulted in the formation of the Siamsa Theatre.
The name ‘Siamsa’ is pronounced as ‘Shee-am-sa’ which means mirth and music, while ‘tire’ means ‘land’. Officially opened in 1991, the centre is a combined effort of Pat Ahern, Martin Whelan and architect Patrick O’Sullivan.
Today the Siamsa Tire stands strong while still functioning to offer platforms for artists from all over Ireland. The ‘Festival of Folk’ held annually is a major attraction here.
Tourists love to catch a show here to have an intimate experience with the art culture in Tralee.
- Book the tickets only on the official site.
- Tickets once books cannot be exchanged or refunded. Refunds are made only for show cancellations.
- Arrive on time as latecomers are not admitted inside until there is a break in the performance.
- Wheelchair spaces are available on request during booking.
- Photography and/or Video Recording are not permitted during performances.
- Ticketing process will vary widely as per the show you watch.
- Do visit the official website to choose a show and know its ticket prices.
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- Train: Tralee Train Station
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- Finnegan's Restaurant & Wine Cellar
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95% of people who visit Tralee include Siamsa Tire in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
59.06% of people start their Siamsa Tire visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Siamsa Tire
90.93% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Siamsa Tire
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Siamsa Tire. Great intimate little theatre, clean and comfortable. Don Baker and band were excellent. Great venue to enjoy a good show.
Intimate theater. The staff was extremely helpful and organized. The showninsaw was great. Would go again.
Excellent performance called Turos. Nice blend of impressive dance and music. Nice venue and friendly staff
Really special place. Always feels like a special occasion
This was so bad. Me or my family weren’t impressed at all. The dancing was not that good and the choreography was very repetitive. It felt like going to a 12-year old little sister/brothers school performance. It was definitely not worth the 30 euros nor the two hours of my life that I will never get back. The acting was very poor. It felt like the actors/dancers had no qualifications to stand on the stage. The air in the hall was also really bad. I can’t even say that their clothes looked nice, they were so boring and ugly. It was cool that they sang in Gallic though. An overall really bad show. I suggest you to not come here.