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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From Darkness into Light, Winter Solstice
Dec31

From Darkness into Light, Winter Solstice

This year the winter solstice in Ireland takes place at 8.58am GMT on Tuesday the 22nd of December. It will be the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Solstice literally means “Sun Stands Still”.  This is the suns lowest point of inclination in the northern hemisphere, where to ancient peoples, it would have appeared to stand still for days until it ascended by degrees back into their skies from the solstice...

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Hellfire Club Archaeological Dig Under Way
Oct10

Hellfire Club Archaeological Dig Under Way

We recently visited the Hellfire Club in Dublin to savour the views of the city on a clear Sunday autumn day. We were very excited to hear about the current archaeological dig taking place at the site. We’ve written about the Hellfire Club here on liveireland; its history & popularity for day time excursions. What strikes you about Montpelier hill is that the site must have been of significant importance due to its relative...

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Clare Tourism meets Director of Milwaukee Fest
Apr26

Clare Tourism meets Director of Milwaukee Fest

The Executive Director of Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world’s largest Irish culture festival, visited Ennis this week to meet Clare Tourism representatives ahead of this year’s festival and as part of the promotion of Ennis as the host location for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2016 and 2017. Patrick Boyle met with Clare Tourism Representatives, including Clare County Council, the Ennis Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Committee and Shannon...

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Liam Neeson reads WB Yeats’ Easter 1916
Mar23

Liam Neeson reads WB Yeats’ Easter 1916

Liam Neeson’s love of Irish history is portrayed in RTE’s latest release Easter 1916 by WB Yeats. The Michael Collins star narrates the 1916 series of programs and this production is part of the “A Fanatic Heart” documentary by Bob...

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TradFest Temple Bar 2016
Jan19

TradFest Temple Bar 2016

TradFest Temple Bar 2016 takes place in Dublin from the 27th – 31st of January. Free events include family concerts on Saturday the 30th and Sunday 31st at City Hall from midday until 5pm and Live at the Hub Showcases on the 28th and 29th at The Old Storehouse, Crown Alley, Temple Bar. Amongst other up and coming musicians, Live at the Hub features liveireland 2016 music award winners. Liveireland best New Group, Connla play on...

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We’re hiring!
Dec31

We’re hiring!

liveIreland is looking for news readers and bloggers for 2016. Applicants should have a minimum diploma in media studies and or equivalent in broadcast media studies. Positions are part time and are subject to initial review contract time. A keen interest in Irish Tourism and related topics an advantage. Please send CV and cover note to Niamh and email to: eire <at> liveireland.com...

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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “Lockout”
Dec09

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “Lockout”

Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock combine elements of the Irish folk tradition with modern experimental rock sounds and have released two albums to date, 2008’s eponymous debut and 2012’s “The Brutal Here and Now”. “Lockout” is a new large-scale work by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock about the 1913 Dublin Lockout. For this project the band are joined by an...

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Teeling Whiskey Distillery Lights Up The Spirit of Christmas
Dec08

Teeling Whiskey Distillery Lights Up The Spirit of Christmas

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery, in the very heart of Dublin city, held their tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday with Dublin born actress Brenda Fricker switching on the lights as part of the celebration. Christmas Tree Lighting at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery​! from The Teeling Whiskey Company on Vimeo. Liveireland will be doing a full feature on the Teeling Whiskey Distillery for all you Whiskey lovers before the...

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