Lunasa, 24 Years On The Road
Mar28

Lunasa, 24 Years On The Road

One of Irish music’s most popular groups, Lunasa, continues to tear it up in their concert appearances as they enter their twenty-fourth year on the road. Our Bill & Imelda were at a recent concert at Chicago’s famous Old Town School of Folk Music. Actually, there were two concerts Saturday night, and both were filled. Imelda reports, “We go see them every time they’re in town. They continue to be incredible musically, as well as...

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Jameson Distillery Re-Opens New Tour Site
Mar28

Jameson Distillery Re-Opens New Tour Site

‘Jameson Distillery Bow St.’ in Smithfield, Dublin, to support Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy aim of attracting 1.9 million whiskey tourists to Ireland annually by 2025 Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has announced the reopening of the home of Jameson in Smithfield, Dublin, following a total investment of €11 million. The new...

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Cottage Watch: Kilmore Co Wexford.
Mar28

Cottage Watch: Kilmore Co Wexford.

Check out this beautiful nineteenth century thatched cottage in Kilmore Quay Co Wexford. It’s on the market for €180k but with Kilmore just one hour from Dublin and some of the best fishing grounds along the Co Wexford coast, it’s an ideal get away lair. Check out our Cottages of Kilmore Quay...

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Podcast: Myth in the Music Inbhear Scéine
Mar25

Podcast: Myth in the Music Inbhear Scéine

Siofra Kilroy interviews local Irish composer Joe Thoma of Kenmare, County Kerry on the South West coast of Ireland. Thoma has created a musical innovation in the form of ‘Inbhear Sceine’ about the Milesian invasion of Ireland and the subsequent wars with the Tuatha De Danaan around 2000 BC. Podcast: Myth in the Music Inbhear...

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Blessington Lakes County Wicklow
Mar25

Blessington Lakes County Wicklow

Just 25 miles from the centre of Dublin lie Blessington lakes. Beautiful and tranquil, there is a nostalgic tale of loss together with a sense of pride in their creation. In the 1930’s a decision was taken to build a dam at Poulaphouca waterfall. The waterfall now no longer exists. There was a need to supply Dublin with drinking water and hydroelectricity. The reservoir, officially known as the Poulaphouca reservoir flooded the...

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Rare Late March Snow Returns to Ireland.
Mar22

Rare Late March Snow Returns to Ireland.

Very rare cold weather returned to Ireland this week due to a north easterly which brought hill snow and severe rain downpours across the country. As you can see the contrast between spring and winter had instagramers out in force with some brilliant landscape shots. The sun returns on Friday Buiochas le dia! The view of #dublin @6:45am on a #cold & #wintery #baltic Tuesday morning, #march #2017 from #stockinglane .Managed to get...

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Dublin’s hidden gems
Mar19

Dublin’s hidden gems

Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new film called “Dublin – Tales of the Unexpected”, specially created to highlight some of the quirkier, lesser known things to see and do in Dublin. The 66-second film reminds our visitors that Dublin is a city filled with exciting things to do – some of them off the beaten track. From underground mummies to the 26 towers build to battle Napoleon, the film introduces viewers to an alternative Dublin,...

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Ed Sheeran Sings Galway Girl
Mar13

Ed Sheeran Sings Galway Girl

She played the fiddle in an Irish band But she fell in love with an English man Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand Said baby I just want to dance I met her on Grafton street right outside of the bar She shared a cigarette with me while her brother played the guitar She asked me what does it mean the Gaelic ink on your arm? Said it was one of my friend’s songs do you want to drink on? She took Jamie as a chaser,...

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Chicago Goes Green!
Mar12

Chicago Goes Green!

Chicago goes green for St Patrick’s Day! This is the big start of the St. Pat’s festivities in Chicago. Saturday, March 11 was the big downtown parade, through the city’s beautiful Grant Park. Sunday, March 12 sees the world famous South Side Parade. The downtown one is all slick, politicians, big floats–you know the routine. And, it is the one for which they turn the river a bright green by adding,...

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The Maguires take the country by storm
Mar12

The Maguires take the country by storm

Now, out of Co. Wicklow comes the Maguire Family. The family is another of those great Irish traditional music acts that seem to constantly spring up and keep the music vibrant–alive. Their new album is Little Giants and Other Oxymorons. We’ll be playing it a lot here on LiveIreland, and here is why. They are good. By that, we don’t mean “good” in the sense of cute or fun in a family way. We mean good....

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