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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My family and I from Canada were camping through Ireland about 8 summers ago. We came to your studio/house to buy a Bodhran. Your grandsons were there visiting, and my children still remember your wife’s comments about how much work they were and it was about time for them to go home. Anyway, after much debate-and a little talk about the beautiful lures you were also making-and two visits, we bought my a Bodhran and two tippers you had made. I was a beginner, but my wife carried the Bodhran on her lap in our small rental car the rest of the trip, and I practiced in the campgrounds, and took it to pubs through Ireland to play along. Today, I still enjoy your wonderful instrument, and use it regularly during choir concerts and Ceilidhs. Thank you for your craftsmanship and kindness. You signed the inside of the drum on the skin upon my request, but it has pretty much disappeared now. Tha t was a longer than expected note,but I. Wanted you to know your work is being used, and not just sitting in a cupboard here in Canada. I am a pianist, and take the Bodhran with me to play in the hotel after a days work when I’m travelling. Thank you. Hope you’re well. Mitchell Cox, musician ARCT, BMus c.1984 Music Director, Bridge Street United Church c.2017 Director, Vocalese Choir c.2011 Choral Director, Northumberland Orchestra and Choir c.2017 Examiner, Royal Conservatory of Music c.2004