Sing along at Ukiyo the first karaoke bar to open in Ireland.

Irish people have developed a taste for noodles, sushi and sake and Ireland is a popular destination for Japanese visitors, workers and students alike.

To capitalise on this, Japanophile Duncan McGuire has opened Ukiyo on Exchequer Street in Dublin. Ukiyo seems like a typical Japanese restaurant however downstairs, customers can avail of four soundproof karaoke boxes.

Here diners pay 25 euro an hour to choose from a database of 30,000 songs in six different languages. A maximum of six people can be in a booth at any one time and there is a telephone line to the bar upstairs.

A group of Japanese women are delighted there is a karaoke bar in Dublin at last.

Now we can enjoy Japanese life and Irish life together.

Karaoke booths are not just for Japanese customers, many Irish people are also enjoying singing classic songs in an environment where musical ability takes second place to having fun.

It’s great if you can’t sing, because you can get away with it.

Jazz musician Herb (Herbie) Dade gives ‘Beauty Is Only Skin Deep’ by The Temptations his best shot, adding,

Karoake is great, you get rid of all your inhibitions.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 August 2004. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.