Samhain, The Origins of Halloween
Oct31

Samhain, The Origins of Halloween

Possibly Ireland’s most famous known export after Guinness, the Halloween festival we celebrate today originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain signified the end of the Celtic year and the end of summer. It was also a festival of great importance with particular significance to the dead. The Celts split the year into four quarters and there were three other quarterly festival dates: Imbolc, the beginning of spring,...

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Brock-McGuire Band best traditional Irish music group worldwide? Yes.
Oct30

Brock-McGuire Band best traditional Irish music group worldwide? Yes.

Is the Brock-McGuire Band the best traditional Irish music group in the world? Yes. ​Musicians from the iconic Ricky Skaggs (with whom the band made a huge, award-winning album) to Bryan Sutton, to all of us on LiveIreland agree. Worldwide, there is no more respected group. The vid we include here also features a fabulous step dance from banjo player, Dave Curley. It was recorded at a house party in upstate New York a few months...

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Gallery: Guinness Brewery Dublin
Oct30

Gallery: Guinness Brewery Dublin

 

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Tourism to Ireland for the period January to September 2015 up 12%
Oct29

Tourism to Ireland for the period January to September 2015 up 12%

Tourism to Ireland for the period January to September 2015 up 12% The CSO have today issued Overseas Travel figures for the period covering July -September 2015. This release contains details of visitor numbers (which include same day visits) to Ireland along with Irish trips abroad. The main points in today’s release are as follows: · Total overseas trips to Ireland for the period January to September 2015 were up by 12% on the...

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Hike up to the Hell Fire Club in Dublin
Oct29

Hike up to the Hell Fire Club in Dublin

The Hell Fire Club on Mont Pelier Hill casts a foreboding presence over the south Dublin suburbs. (periscope tv video below) It was originally built as a hunting lodge by William “the Speaker” Connolly, politician and land owner, in or around 1725. It is reported that the stone used to build the lodge was sourced from a large passage grave and cairn, (burial place), which once stood on the hill, and a standing stone was...

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Queen of the Acoustic Scene: Laura Smith
Oct28

Queen of the Acoustic Scene: Laura Smith

Queen of the Acoustic Scene We first heard Nova Scotian Laura Smith on an album with The Chieftains called, Fire in the Kitchen. Great title, hey? Anyway, she was singing “My Bonny”. We include one of her versions here, though there is no video of her doing it, per se. There IS, also, a lovely song from the iconic Celtic Colours yearly event in Nova Scotia. She sings, “I Built a Boat” with the wonderful Tony...

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Lonely Planet: Dublin Top Ten Destinations 2016
Oct28

Lonely Planet: Dublin Top Ten Destinations 2016

Lonely Planet: Dublin Top Ten Destinations 2016 Stroll down the banks of the River Liffey today and you’d never guess that Ireland is only just emerging from an economic slump. Cosmopolitan Dublin knows how to bounce back, though – and with over 40% of the population under 30, the place pulsates with youthful vibrancy, optimism and creativity. This year marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the first event in a chain that led...

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Gallery: Stephen’s Green Autumnal Bliss
Oct27

Gallery: Stephen’s Green Autumnal Bliss

We had coffee at eleven and took a stroll down Stephen’s Green. (From Kaph Coffee Drury Street)...

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Failte Ireland: Positive Sentiment Within Tourism Soars on the Back of Successful Season
Oct27

Failte Ireland: Positive Sentiment Within Tourism Soars on the Back of Successful Season

Summer 2015 was a particularly successful season for most Irish tourism businesses, boosted in part by return visitors and favourable exchange rates, according to the findings in the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer. The Barometer is a survey of tourism businesses which seeks to gauge tourism performance for the year to date and prospects for the year ahead. Paid serviced accommodation providers recorded an excellent year so...

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Margeson on the Music October 2015

Margeson on the Music October 2015 Posted by Bill Margeson on September 18, 2015 at 3:00 Send Message   View Blog The Instrumental Album of the Year for 2015 will be The Return of Spring by Buttons and Bows. This globally loved group has not recorded in years, but here they are—still fantastic. Brothers Manus and Seamus McGuire on fiddles, Jackie Daly on button box and Garry O’Briain on guitar have created another diamond that...

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