The big day – 17 March – will soon be here, and once again people all around the world will be inspired to pay homage to St Patrick, Ireland, and Irish culture and heritage. As one of the most popular cultural events on the planet, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions every year. Yet the enigmatic and larger-than-life figure...
Ireland’s islands are worlds unto themselves and none more so than the history-rich, natural wonders that are the Skelligs. Off the coast of County Kerry, two jagged islands rise out of the Atlantic Ocean – ruggedly beautiful with centuries of history hewn into their very rock. These are the Skelligs – Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Thanks to its recent appearance in...
Go behind the scenes at Ireland’s top film locations If there were an Oscar for best film location, Ireland would have a long list of credits. When it comes to dramatic settings you can’t do much better than the island of Ireland, which is why it’s become the ‘go to’ place for movie-makers. It’s where Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star...
A new festival full of incredible adventures in and around the celebrated Irish town of Killarney, County Kerry, is set to get underway this spring. The inaugural Wander Wild Festival, running from 25 – 27 March inclusive, promises a long weekend packed with unique experiences in some of the most amazing natural settings anywhere in the world. Offering an eclectic choice of...
A Global Celebration of Irish Culture and Heritage returns to the streets of Dublin, 16-20 March, 2022 The programme for Ireland’s National St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin has been unveiled, marking the return of the world’s most iconic St Patrick’s Day celebrations live and in-person for first time since 2019.The theme for this landmark event is Connections and the scope of...
The Irish capital will be thronging with literature lovers this year as the city celebrates the centenary of James Joyce’s revered masterpiece Ulysses. All over the globe in 2022 a host of literary events, exhibitions and artistic commissions are set to mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of one of the most iconic works of English literature.  However the author’s...
Feb 1st 2022 Whether looking for a romantic break by the sea or in a city, by a lake or in a castle, Hastings Hotels has something to suit every taste and budget this Valentine’s.  And after the last two years, lovestruck couples deserve a little time out to relax and recharge.  The Northern Ireland hotel group’s Valentine’s packages cost from £80pps...
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An idyllic region in the Irish midlands offers a surprising array of attractions and many hidden gems you won’t want to miss. County Offaly sits in the heart of Ireland with the majestic River Shannon on its western borders and the soft rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom mountains to the east.A wild mountain park, great expanses of bogland, towering...
On an island that seems just perfectly designed for lovers there’s no shortage of stunning destinations where you can steal a romantic kiss. It doesn’t have to be exactly on 14 February, but think of the brownie points you can score if you can set up a romantic smooch somewhere in Ireland for Valentine’s Day itself. Here are 10 of...

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