Welcome to Irish Bodhrans

Hi, my name is Paul and I live in a small seaside town in Northern Ireland called Ballycastle in the County of Antrim. As a native of Ballycastle I am interested in craft and music and the promotion of Irish Traditional Music also plays an important part of my life. I was employed as a Department Manager in a large supermarket and watched the cut-trust business develop. I have always had a great respect for the traditional crafts and especially working with wood which has given me great pleasure. I started playing the Bodhrán in my spare time and some years ago perfected the old skills of reproducing several sizes of drums from the 15" Glenariffe fixed skin bodhran to the 18" tuneable drum, which is for the more professional players. I decided to devote my full-time career to the making and perfecting of handcrafted locally made Bodhráns and I liaise closely with the makers of the traditional Lambeg drums and share the skins according to size and availability.  Please Note:  We use Natural Goat Skin and therefore the skins vary in density and texture, some may be quite see-through and others have small markings or pigments - these are all natural and do not affect the quality of the skin.  (The white skins are processed and mainly supplied from abroad) 

We are unable to complete Family Crests and only designs as per our webpage can be completed

A description of the beautiful North Antrim scenes which have given their names to the Paul McAuley Bodhrans.

Go to Blas Ceoil (blas ceoil bbc iplayer) to see and listen to Paul playing the Bodhran in Series 4. If you go into Dick Glasgow plays 'My Former Wife' in The House of McDonnell, Ballycastle - its well worth a visit. (series 4 of Blas Ceoil).


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I am writing to say how pleased I am with my bodhran that you sent to me just before you left for Australia. When it arrived in January all I could do was a couple of quick, light strokes just to hear how the skin sounded. However, I was really pleased as soon as I opened the box. The quality of my bodhran is fantastic. Every part of it is smooth to the touch and just to handle it gives me such pleasure. I'm thrilled with the skin tone which is already rich and mellow. I'm so looking forward to being able to really explore its potential when my elbow permits. Thank you so much for discussing my purchase on the telephone, and the trouble and care you took over my bodhran. I'm so pleased I chose you to make it for me. I would recommend you, without hesitation, to anybody else that was considering buying a bodhran. Yours sincerely, Deborah Amor