A huge thank you to all our audiences who came to Music in Monkstown this year, we hope you enjoyed the performances. Thank you also to our fabulous performers, Nathalia Milstein, The RTE Contempo Quartet, Barry Douglas, Maighréad McCrann and Réamonn Keary, The Palestrina Choir, John Hearne, Aura Stone and Peter Ryan.


We have already announced the dates for Music in Monkstown 2019. It will take place from 6 - 8 September and will feature concerts by pianists Hugh Tinney and Emma Abbate, the Sacconi Quartet and more. Watch this space for more information on Music in Monkstown 2019!


Music in Monkstown is the brain-child of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra's principal clarinetist and Monkstown resident John Finucane, supported by other enthusiastic local music lovers.

After four incredibly successful years featuring exceptional artists such as Celine Byrne, soprano, pianists John O'Conor and Michael McHale, Music in Monkstown was back in Monkstown Parish Church from 7 - 10 September 2018 for its fifth annual festival.

This year's programme featured concerts by some of the world's finest musicians: pianists Nathalia Milstein and Barry Douglas, the RTE Con Tempo Quartet, violinist Maighread McCrann and the gorgeous harmonies of the boys of the Palestrina Choir.

The aim of the Music in Monkstown festival has always been to offer to the people of Monkstown and surrounding areas chamber music of the highest international standard and this year is no exception. Five fantastic concerts, each with a different outlook on the world of music and each one brought to your doorstep!

The festival is also proud to offer musical delights for young children too, through our collaboration with ClassicalKids who offer relaxed, affordable, accessible classical music concerts for parents, children, toddlers and babies in community settings.

Music in Monkstown is grateful to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council for their invaluable ongoing support.

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Monkstown is one of the loveliest remaining villages in the Dublin area, with many amenities to hand. It has plenty of appealing shops, good places to eat and drink and the ambiance is one of relaxed elegance. Already a popular venue for classical music concerts, we are delighted to bring Monkstown its very own music festival.

Monkstown Parish Church

The venue for all our Music in Monkstown concerts, Monkstown Parish Church was redesigned by the prolific 19th century church architect John Semple, who also created the Mansion House's Round Room in Dublin city centre. The church was a particular favourite of Sir John Betjeman, the British Poet Laureate and church historian who served as Press Attache with the Britisch Embassy in Dublin in the early 1940s. For him Monkstown Parish Chruch, which he visited frequently when staying with Gate Theatre founder Lady Wicklow who lived nearby, was on of the best examples of Semple's work around the city's suburbs.