Phoenix Park Dublin
Feb27

Phoenix Park Dublin

The best thing about living in Dublin is that you are a stones throw away from the sea and the mountains, offering quick escape from the busyness of the city. The city centre itself has many green spaces such as the famous Stephen’s Green and the secluded Iveagh Gardens. But the jewel above all else is the beloved Phoenix Park. Known affectionately as “the Phoeno” or just, “The Park” and steeped in...

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New Tourism Ireland video showcases Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones locations
Feb27

New Tourism Ireland video showcases Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones locations

Tourism Ireland has created a new Game of Thrones video to coincide with the launch of season 6. The video shows fans exploring some of the incredible Northern Ireland filming locations seen on HBO’s smash TV show, and the immersive activities visitors can do there. Northern Ireland is called Game of Thrones Territory for good reason. It’s been one of the show’s main filming locations since 2011, and is home to iconic locations like...

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Global Greening line-up for St Patrick’s Day 2017
Feb22

Global Greening line-up for St Patrick’s Day 2017

Stadiums, statues, castles and towers will go green to celebrate our national day One World Trade Center in New York, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona and Cloth Hall in Ypres join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening for the first time One World Trade Center in New York – the main building of the re-built World Trade Center complex in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – will...

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Thatched Cottages Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford
Feb19

Thatched Cottages Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford

Kilmore Quay still retains it’s 19 century traditional thatched cottages in all their splendour. Traditionally thatcher’s used natural materials that could be sourced locally, for example water reeds by the river Slaney, wheat reed or straw from the farm. There are various designs that can be chosen for a thatched roof. The ridge of the roof can be very decorative or simple. Designs can be flush, block cut, bobbin, wrap...

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5,000 years of history come alive in Tourism Ireland’s latest video
Feb15

5,000 years of history come alive in Tourism Ireland’s latest video

5,000 years of history come alive in Tourism Ireland’s latest video Tourism Ireland has unveiled a charming timelapse video, showcasing locations around Ireland’s Ancient East – including Glendalough, Newgrange, Castletown House, Hook Lighthouse and Kilkenny Castle. Called “Dawn to Dusk in Ireland’s Ancient East”, the short film showcases some of the wonderful attractions visitors will experience when they travel here. From ancient...

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Saint Valentine and Whitefriar Street Church Dublin
Feb04

Saint Valentine and Whitefriar Street Church Dublin

John Spratt, an Irish Carmelite and local of Cork Street, Dublin was reportedly a great orator and strong supporter of the local poor. He had studied theology and philosophy in Spain before his return to Dublin in 1822. In 1825 he acquired lands on which to build a church. The lands had once been held by the Carmelite Order in medieval Dublin pre Reformation. The church was finalised in 1827. Designed by George Papworth, a noted...

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Imbolc
Feb03

Imbolc

February 4th is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. At this time of year it is thought that the pre-Celtic ancients of Ireland celebrated Imbolc. The festival is thought to have celebrated the birth of spring and rebirth of the land. Imbolc was one of the four cross quarterly festivals along with Bealtaine, Lughnasa, and Samhain. The Mound of Hostages in Tara aligns with the rising sun at this time of year...

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