Violin shops in the Republic of Ireland

November 26, 2021, 4:33 AM · Hi there,

I am flying/travelling to Ireland next year, probably without my violin. Does anyone have any recommendations for violin shops that I might be able to arrange the loan of a violin from?

I will be in the Cork area.

Thanks!

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November 26, 2021, 4:19 PM · I'd suggest visiting a luthier rather than a shop. Many makers will have a few nice older or trade instruments available, and they'll be well set-up with proper attributions etc. There are a few shops in Ireland that sell violins along with accordions, flutes, guitars etc. They're fine in their way but don't expect the finest of adjustments or specialist knowledge.
November 26, 2021, 5:31 PM · I suggest you ask your question on thesession.org
Edited: December 10, 2021, 1:34 PM · I'd look for a city or town with an university or university college. The likelihood is that the university or college will have a music department, and where there is a music department a luthier is likely to be in the area. Try Cork, in the southern part of the Republic.
Edited: December 14, 2021, 6:12 PM · Hi

I am living in Ireland (not in Cork though) and I can tell you that the University with a music department there, is called University College Cork or UCC. Its basically in the middle of Cork city. Their website is here : https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/ and they are also on Twitter. Their email is:
music@ucc.ie if its easier for you to get in touch with them that way.
Good Luck!

December 16, 2021, 9:30 AM · Perhaps Ian Knepper Violins or Vegter Violins? (Credit: Google)
December 16, 2021, 2:10 PM · Thanks for the suggestions, all!
December 21, 2021, 8:38 AM · Good violin shop in ennistymon co clare
Brendan lynch sells secondhand violins
Also vegter violins is Luther dose set up repair sells some instruments too
Edited: December 22, 2021, 9:09 AM · About 20 years ago when I was a fairly raw middle aged beginner, I was in Ireland at a week-long Irish fiddle summer school. During that week the thread on one of my chinrest clamps failed. The chinrest of course fell off and could no longer be secured. I didn't have a shoulder rest.

The nearest violin shop was about 50 miles away, so one of the school's tutors took the opportunity to teach me the basics of playing without a chinrest, a skill I'm grateful for and still use occasionally.

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