Make and Repair Your Own Bodhrán with Paraic McNeela

Paraic McNeela has been crafting bodhráns since 1978 and sold his first hand made instrument via his fathers news agency in the East Wall, Dublin.

As interest in his work grew, Paraic founded McNeela Instruments and now with his brothers Rory and Seán and colleague Vivien Pilson they design, develop, make and sell Irish traditional music instruments – flutes, bodhráns, concertinas, whistles, banjos, bouzoukis, mandolins, octave mandolins, harps, fiddles, guitars, and accessories – for people at home and aboard.

With handcrafting and developing new products the main focus McNeela Instruments the company has become known for its strong sounding, reliable products and inventiveness, as well growing to become one of Ireland’s main service providers for the care, repair and maintenance of Irish traditional music instruments.

Join us on Saturday August 6th from 14-17.00 for a workshop session with Paraic on how to “Make your own Bodhrán”. For the workshop McNeela Instruments D.I.Y. Bodhrán Kit will be available to buy with the workshop focusing on how to build your own, as well as tips on how to maintain and keep your bodhráns in good working order.

The workshop is free to attend and open to a general public, meaning you do not need ticket to the Fleadh to attend. The workshop take place in the Westmeath County Council “Green Tent” in Mullingar Park by Mullingar, Swimming Pool.


14.00-15.30: Paraic McNeela, McNeela Instruments:  Make and Repair Your Own Bodhrán

15.30-17.00: Repair Acts Declaration

Image credit: McNeela Instruments. Last accessed 14 July 2022