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An impromptu trad session broke out on the Clare Island ferry and it's just joyous

American tourists sitting there thinking this must happen all the time.

CLARE ISLAND, JUST off the west coast of Mayo, was basking in sunshine yesterday – just like the rest of the country.

This place...💛

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And it was yesterday that Rory Donnellan set out with a few lads for his stag party on the island.

Among the group, his brother Fergus, friend Denny Collins and Rory himself all play a bit of trad from time to time and had brought along their instruments for the craic.

Given the fine weather, they were on board the Clare Island ferry yesterday afternoon when they decided to go to the top deck and bang out a few tunes. And they ripped it up for the American tourists sitting up there

Luckily the driver of the boat was on hand to capture it on his phone and it’s gone viral on the ferry’s Facebook page today.

Denny, playing the fiddle with the shades, told DailyEdge.ie how it started:

We brought the instruments, and suddenly I got the idea to hit the top deck, and I was soon followed by Rory and his brother.

It was on the sun drenched top deck that they found an enthusiastic audience:

There were a few Americans on the boat and they were blown away by it! We were playing all day here yesterday. It was an excellent stag party, not the usual stag party! We’ve definitely left our mark with the locals too, we won’t want to go home

They stayed on the island last night, and kept the session going in the local when they hit dry land

Denny and stag Rory play in the band called Going for Chips together, as well as various other musical outfits between them. They just can’t get enough of the trad:

We got off the ferry, and played outside the hostel. Then we had the dinner, and went to the local and played all day until closing time. Ironic that we’re in a band and spent the full day of the stag party playing music but the craic was 90!

Those American tourists probably won’t forget their trip on the Clare Island Ferry any time soon

Hello again, Clare Island, it's good to be back. 🌄🌊💛😊

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And on the return journey today the lads were at it again – this time with The Saw Doctors’ Clare Island

Appropriate.

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