About Us

The Home of Irish Music

McNeela Instruments is a specialist in traditional Irish music instruments. They supply traditional Irish music instruments such as flutes and concertinas to the Irish tradition music community. Paraic McNeela, the founder, has music players’ needs and wants in mind when designing new products. He strives to create products that make people stop and think. His main goal is to supply premium instruments at reasonable prices.


The History of McNeela Instruments


McNeela Instruments is a family-owned business. The McNeela family is originally from Mayo and grew up in East Wall Dublin City. The McNeela family is made up of four brothers, all with an interest in traditional Irish music. Paraic, the third child, made his first bodhran in 1979. Paraic was always interested in quality craftsmanship and because he loved Irish traditional music, he decided that he would combine both his passions to create bodhrans. In 1979, he began making bodhrans for a living. Paraic was born to a East Wall newsagent, and his father sold him his first products there. Although bodhrans weren’t very common at the time, they became increasingly popular as traditional music became more popular. Paraic started selling his bodhrans in music shops, and later expanded to supplying traditional instruments.

Paraic works now with his brothers Rory, Sean and Vivien Pilson. They export traditional Irish instruments throughout Ireland and abroad. McNeela Instruments is proud to have developed new traditional instruments from Ireland. They try out new materials, test new shapes and work with new manufacturers to develop new instruments. A new product can take many years to get to market. It took five years for the Wren Concertina to be developed. The Phoenix Concertina was a huge success. Paraic and John O’Brien are now creating a premium low whistle with the most recent in Swiss precision engineering. Handcrafting and developing new products is a process that is focused on making reliable, strong products. This cannot be achieved quickly.

McNeela Instruments expanded their product line. They pride themselves on being a one-stop shop for all things traditional music. They offer a full line of McNela concertinas, Flutes and Violins as well as Bodhrans and a variety of products from other manufacturers such Des Seery Flutes and Roy McManus.

There are many other instruments we have that aren’t displayed here. Please contact us if you don’t see what you need. We also offer instrument repair and restoration services. Visit us in Baldoyle Industrial Estate if you are a Dublin resident.

Contact us

Mon-Fri, 9.00am to 4:30pm
Sat 11:00am to 2.00pm

Please fill in the form below or email us at: info@mcneelamusic.com

You can also reach us at: (00353) 1 8322432

If you are a resident of Dublin, why not visit our factory showroom at Baldoyle Industrial Estate.
Address: Unit 137 Grange Dr, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin 13, Ireland.

We are located next to the Frame Factory Frame Factory Photo Framing. We’d like Dave to be credited for being the best picture framer here in Dublin.