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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New Tourism Ireland film shows what makes Ireland unique!
Jan29

New Tourism Ireland film shows what makes Ireland unique!

Sheep rush hour, cable car commutes and private public beaches – some things visitors will only find on the island of Ireland! Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new film called “Only on the island of Ireland will you find …”, featuring eight things that make the island of Ireland unique, including deserted beaches and a matchmaker’s dream. The short film showcases eight unique experiences and things that visitors will only find when they...

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A walk in Bushy Park, Dublin.
Jan29

A walk in Bushy Park, Dublin.

Dublin is famous for it’s parks like Stephen’s green, The Phoenix park etc, but most of its suburban parks have some great walks and a ton of history behind them. Bushy Park in Terenure with its Sports facilities like Tennis and Skateboard park were the likes of famous skateboarder Tony Hawk honed his skills is probably one of the most overlooked parks to see. I took a stroll through it this morning (Sunday) and...

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Irish Whiskey Museum offers something to pour over
Jan29

Irish Whiskey Museum offers something to pour over

The only Irish whiskey museum in the world has opened its doors in the centre of Dublin. The unique attraction chronicles the story of Irish whiskey, looking at everything from its taste and flavour, to the rise, fall and current worldwide renaissance of the Irish whiskey industry. The museum features a range of enjoyable, interactive exhibitions spread out across five rooms in a location right in the heart of the city’s ‘golden mile’...

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The liveIreland Music Awards 2017
Jan01

The liveIreland Music Awards 2017

The liveIreland Music Awards 2017 (2017 Livies) 2016 was a terrific year for Irish music. In general, the Livies Awards reflect a number of much younger acts this year. These artists are doing what has always been done in Irish music—changing it and keeping it at the same time. This year’s Livies winners reflect that perfectly. If ever there were a year where the old saying “Youth must be served” is evident, 2016 was the one. In any...

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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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