Some of Ireland’s most luxurious accommodation and finest foods are to be found throughout the many extravagant country houses on the island. Great food, spectacular settings, timeless charm, Irish country houses really make for an ideal break, so if you are planning a weekend or midweek escape in the New Year, here are some suggestions Dunbrody House Located on the dramatic...
St Patrick’s Day parades on the island of Ireland With parades and celebrations galore taking place across the island, Ireland is the best place to be this St Patrick’s day! The epicentre of the merriment is the huge St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin (16th-19th March). This year’s National St Patrick’s Day parade, driven by community, diversity, youth and sustainability values, will be...
CREDIT JILLIAN BOLGER, VISIT DUBLIN Every January TradFest Temple Bar fills the Dublin air with the uplifting sounds of bodhráns and banjos, fiddles and flutes. This year, the landmark traditional music festival runs from January 25-29, with a host of bars and performance spaces welcoming established and emerging musical talent from Ireland and beyond. The mainstay of the festival is...
There are lots of ways to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, from parades, parties and pints of Guinness to pilgrimage walks and hearty traditional Irish food. Ireland’s biggest festival is on the horizon and across the island towns and cities are gearing up for the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations (17 March). Fabulous festivals will take place in cities from Armagh in the north...
I enjoyed the bright morning hours of New Year’s Day for the first time in recent memory. The last strains of 2012 were eased away with a combination of cheese, chocolate and Spanish Grenache, as the hootenanny rang in the New Year and simultaneously called time on a hectic festive season that was both enjoyed and endured in equal measures. The...
Tens of thousands of traditional music-loving folk gathered in the town of Cavan for the 2010 Fleadh Cheoil and less than 24 hours into my maiden festival visit, I found myself smack bang in the middle of Lough Oughter. Dating back to the early 1950s, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of Music in Ireland) was established to promote Irish traditional...
Let the combination of sea, sand and serenity work its magic on a coastal break on the island of Ireland. If you’re ready for a break from the daily treadmill, you’ll find wave-lapped golden shores, dramatic cliffs and secluded hideaways waiting for you on the island of Ireland. Where better to enjoy great sea views than from a lighthouse. Stay in...
Two days of festivities will see out the old year and ring in the new, as Dublin puts on a spectacular New Year’s Festival. Live music from top musicians, street entertainment, electrifying visual displays and an exciting Festival Village are just some of the ingredients that will make up Dublin’s dazzling two-day New Year’s Festival. On New Year’s Eve a host of...
Some are used for affairs of State, others are must-sees on Ireland’s tourist travel, and many more converted into the living quarters for eccentric artists or American actors. And while scores remain in ruin along the coastal shores north and south of the island, many more have been converted into luxury hotels and guesthouses allowing visitors to step back...
As Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece Dracula reaches its 125th anniversary, Dublin prepares to paint the town red with vampirish bloodthirsty antics. This October the Bram Stoker Festival returns to Dublin (28 –31 October) after a two-year hiatus to celebrate Count Dracula and his creator in a weekend of ghastly thrills, spine-chilling spectacles and fun-filled frights. The world’s most famous vampire was the creation...

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