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Travelireland Volume 6 Issue 59 March 2019


The Home of St Patrick


Say Oui to the Franco Irish Literary Festival

Can’t Take Your Eyes Off

Jersey Boys Discover the Wonders

of Cobh

Keen for

Kilkenny Dingle Film Festival

Will (Pow) Wow Film Fans


Wonderful Wexford

Get Moving to

the Gaiety

St Patrick’s Festival to Turn Dublin Green

PAINT THE TOWN GREEN AT THE ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL St. Patrick’s Day is when everyone in the world wants to be Irish.After all, we are a country bursting with creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm.These traits will be on display during this year’s St Patrick’s Festival, taking place in Dublin between March 14 - 18. Packed with terrific events, here is our pick of the highlights. In the Footsteps of St Patrick with Pat Liddy Enjoy very special walks in celebration of Ireland’s national patron saint, in the company of professional guides led by the renowned Dublin historian and Travel Ireland Magazine’s own Pat Liddy. Did you know that much of the pre-Viking development of Dublin owes its origins to the legacy of St. Patrick? Starting at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street, these captivating two-hour tours will take in ancient sites including those around the two great medieval cathedrals of Dublin: Christ Church and St. Patrick’s. Dates: Mar 14 – 16 - 10.30am & 2.15pm; Mar 17 - 2:15pm only; Mar 18 10.30am & 2.15pm

Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair There is no better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day weekend than by sampling some of our country’s finest beers, listening to live music acts and tasting delicious local food offerings. Ireland’s largest craft brew gathering returns to Dublin’s Convention Centre, with more than 300 delicious samples available from both well-established and up-and-coming domestic breweries and distilleries. Dates: Mar 14 – 15 – 5pm – 11pm; Mar 16 – 12 noon – 11pm Céilí Mór Céilí Mór is a free large-scale outdoor, bilingual, participative event which celebrates traditional Irish dance, language and music. Hosted by former Riverdancer and champion Irish stepdancer Dearbhla Lennon, with worldclass accompaniment from the Matt Cunningham Band, learn the steps, enjoy the live performances and soak up the atmosphere.Taking place in Merrion Square, it is suitable for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Date: Mar 16 - 1pm – 3pm

St Patrick’s Festival Parade The St Patrick’s Day Festival Parade is a monumental occasion for Ireland and boasts an unforgettable atmosphere that cannot be missed. Starting at Parnell Square, see the procession’s magnificent creations as they travel through Dublin City’s streets as the capital turns green. Date: Mar 17 – 12 noon The Words That Bind Us Poetry Trail An international artistic collaboration of St. Patrick’s Festival with the Scottish Government, the British Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, The Words That Bind Us is a project that brings together poets from Ireland and Scotland to collaborate with a new generation of young writers through a series of workshops and performances. On March 18, they close off the project with a curated spoken word poetry trail around Dublin. Beginning at The Gutter Bookshop in Cow’s Lane, the event will celebrate the breadth and diversity of the city’s living poets. Date: Mar 18 – 1pm.

Be sure to check out the St. Patrick’s Festival website for the full line-up of events and more details at


Welcome to Leinster


Jersey Boys






St Patrick by Pat Liddy




Franco-Irish Literary Festival


Explore Leinster


Leinster Bars


Leinster Restaurants


Gaiety Theatre


Beginning – Gate Theatre


Welcome to Munster


Dingle Film Festival


Explore Munster


Cobh Heritage Centre


Munster Bars


Munster Restaurants


Cobh Tourism


St Patrick’s Festival


Welcome to Connaught


Connaught Bars


Connaught Restaurants




Explore Connaught


Welcome to Ulster


Ulster Restaurants


Armagh – Home of St Patrick


Ulster Bars

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Willkommen-Bienvenida-Bienvenue-Welcome to our March issue! Whether this is your first time visiting our shores or you are returning once again to trace the steps of your distant ancestors, here at Travel Ireland we hope in some small way to be able to gently guide you as you plan your stay here. This month, we shine a spotlight on some fantastic events happening across the country to celebrate St Patrick’s Day including Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival and Armagh’s Home of St Patrick Festival. Also, we give readers the low down on Bord Gais Energy Theatre show Jersey Boys, the Gaiety’s stellar March programme, Dingle Film Festival and the upcoming Franco-Irish Literary Festival. Pat Liddy writes about the history of Ireland’s patron saint while the magazine highlights the wonderful sights of Cobh, Kilkenny and Wexford. Whatever you end up doing, we at Travel Ireland wish you a hefty and heartfelt céad míle fáilte and hope you enjoy your stay.

Taisteal sásta (Happy Travels).




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Leinster - The East Coast Province Leinster is the most easterly of the four provinces of Ireland, and is the most populated with the city of Dublin at its heart. The province is made up of counties Dublin, Louth, Meath, Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Kilkenny and Wexford. These counties have a host of historic monuments, a picture perfect coastline and cities and villages thronged with things to do and see. County Dublin is the home to the capital city. Dublin is the administrative, cultural, and economic capital of the country. It is one of the most exciting places to visit with a thriving arts, musical and theatrical nightlife. All roads lead to Saint Stephen’s Green in the very centre of the city. You’ll find it at the top of Grafton Street, with Trinity College down at the other end. And just around the corner you can stroll around the cultural quarter of Temple Bar between Dame Street and the river that, famously, divides the North and the South of the city. If you want to escape to the country without

GPO, Dublin actually leaving the city, then you can head north to Howth Head, or south to the charming and culturally vibrant villages of Dalkey and Killiney. Half an hour on the DART train will take you from the centre of the city to what feels like the heart of the country. County Meath formerly known as the Royal County is the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland who were based around the Hill of Tara. Meath is also one of the most archaeologically important counties on the island with its Neolithic sites at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. These ancient religious sites (built before the Pyramids) have been excavated and restored in recent years making them some of the busiest visitors’ attractions in the country. The sites are all only less than an hour’s drive out of Dublin and are accessible



Phoenix Park, Dublin through the Bru Na Boinne Visitors Centre. The county also features the site of the Battle of the Boyne which was one of the great battles fought on Irish soil. For horse racing lovers, Meath has the wonderful Fairyhouse Racecourse, and there is also summertime horse racing on Laytown Beach. County Wicklow has several world famous sites and attractions, from the Glendalough monastic settlement with its Abbey and Round Tower, to the fabulous Powerscourt House and Gardens. The Wicklow Hills rising majestically over the county and the seaside town of Bray are just some of its many attractions. Offaly is situated in the centre of Ireland. Nestling between the Shannon River to the West and the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the East, Offaly is one of the lowest lying counties in the country. Any visitor should travel along the Royal Canal where one can experience a peace and tranquillity little known in our busy world. Kildare is the home of the National Stud, Newbridge Silverware and Maynooth College. Couple all these with Mondello Park motor racing, Naas horse racing course and Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park and there is something for everyone. Westmeath is a county which has at its heart the town of Athlone which is exactly situated in the middle of Ireland. It is home to the RTÉ

St Kevin’s Church, Glendalough

All-Ireland Drama Festival, the oldest pub in Ireland and some of the finest golfing, fishing and health spas on offer throughout the land. Louth is known as “the wee county” as it is the

smallest county in Ireland but what it lacks in land mass it makes up for in places to see. It is the home of the Cooley Mountains, the Boyne river which is famous for its salmon fishing and the beautiful Carlingford area. If it is a leisurely drive you seek Louth is the place to go. Carlow is where you will find three of Ireland’s key national walking routes – the South Leinster, the Barrow and the Wicklow Ways. Carlow is blessed with hundreds of miles of excellent and varied walking trails, and hosts a wonderful arts festival every June. Laois is where you can try your hand at a

Round Tower, Glendalough range of activities from paintballing in the Stradbally Woods to western-style riding at Fossey Mountain, bowls at the only indoor bowls stadium in the Republic or tie a fly at the unique Irish Fly-fishing and Game shooting Museum. Kilkenny City was voted Ireland’s Top Tourism Town for 2013 by Failte Ireland which is Ireland’s main tourism body. It was voted Cleanest Town in Ireland at end of 2013 by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), and has also been voted 9th friendliest city in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. The city was in addition voted Most Friendliest City in Europe. Couple all these awards with a huge countywide cultural heritage trail and it is a must see destination for any visitor. Longford is situated in the basin of the River Shannon and the upper catchment area of the River Erne. It is ideally located in the heart of the Lakelands region within easy reach of many stunning and historic tourist attractions. The county’s accessibility to many of Irelands main towns and cities make it a prime location as a holiday base. Finally, Wexford is famous for its glorious sandy coastline and together with County Waterford is known as ‘The Sunny South East’. You can also visit the oldest lighthouse in Europe which stands on the Hook Peninsula. So now you know, whether you are a family group, a couple, or a single traveller, there is something for everyone in Leinster!



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You Can’t Take Your Eyes Off

JERSEY JERS R EY RS E BOYS BOY BO OYS YS Due to overwhelming demand, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys will return to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for a two-week run from Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 16.



Th juke The jukebox kkebbox musicall tells ll the h remarkable k bl t t true story of the 1960s American rock ‘n’ roll group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Just four boys from New Jersey on the wrong side of the tracks, they ended up becoming one of the most successful bands in history. Jersey Boys is packed with the group’s greatest hits including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You. The show is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the band. It is structured as four “seasons”, each narrated by a different member of the group who gives his own perspective on its history and music. Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys has earned 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 25 million people. Debuting on Broadway in 2005, the production closed in January 2017 as the

12 h longest l h h New N 12th running show in the York professional theatre scene’s history. It was also adapted into a Clint Eastwood directed film in 2014. Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. The acclaimed West End production closed then in March 2017 following nine amazing years in the English capital. During this time, the show earned rave reviews. Benedict Nightingale from The Times said, “Oh What a Night.There were times when I felt that the performers were making even the Beatles sound somewhat lacking in musical texture,” while  Quentin Letts from  The Daily Mail stated, “I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a big thumper of a show with fantastic songs.” The first UK and Ireland tour of the show was also a record-breaking success. It ran for 18 months, from September 2014 to March 2016. At the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Jersey Boys’ stellar cast will include Michael Watson as Frankie Valli, and Simon Bailey, Declan Egan and Lewis Griffiths as Valli’s bandmates Tommy De Vito, Bob Gaudio

and The allll d Nick N k Massi. M Th actors have h previously performed their roles to great acclaim: Watson and Bailey in the West End, Egan in the West End and Australia, and Griffiths in the first UK and Ireland tour. Actor Dayle Hodge will return to the production also to play Valli at certain performances. The Four Seasons was one of only two American groups (the other being the Beach Boys) to enjoy major chart success before, during, and after the British Invasion. The band’s original line-up was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best-selling musical acts of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. Tickets for Jersey Boys are priced from €21 and are on sale through Ticketmaster outlets. This will be the third time the show returns to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, attesting to how much Irish audiences have taken this musical to their hearts. For information about Jersey Boys, visit Bord Gáis Energy Theatre’s site at



Keen for Kilkenny Discover All the Great County Has to Offer


s we move into Spring, now is the time to explore Kilkenny, a fantastic bustling city and a rich and varied countryside in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. The beautiful medieval city is located on the River Nore in the southeast of Ireland and has plenty to see and do. Whether it's the lively nightlife, medieval heritage, cultural attractions, outdoor activities, the arts and crafts scene, shopping, festivals or just a break away, Kilkenny town and county has it all. Currently the Irish Foodie Destination of the year, Kilkenny is famed for its food and hospitality offering. With local producers, food festivals, farmers’ markets, trails, cookery schools, gastro pubs and Michelin star dining experiences, the county



receives well deserved regular critical acclaim. With its rich and fascinating brewing history, lovers of Irish ale can take a tour of Smithwick’s Brewery which began in 1710 in the heart of the city. If you want to experience the true authenticity of an Irish pub, head out of the city to any surrounding town and village for a local beer, gin or whiskey. A céad míle fáilte is guaranteed anywhere you go, and locals will be only too happy to give you some travel tips. There is rarely a quiet month with Kilkenny being the home of festivals. These include Savour food festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Tradfest, Kilkenny Roots Festival, Cat Laughs Festival, Kilkenomics and Kilkenny Animated, all of which are

known internationally. One of the oldest medieval cities in Ireland, Kilkenny is the ideal place to discover medieval architecture first hand. Ireland’s Medieval Mile in the city stretches between two of the most iconic buildings, the 12th century Kilkenny Castle and the 13th century St Canice’s Cathedral, with historic landmarks like Rothe House in between. The Medieval Mile Museum offers an interactive tour into ancient Ireland. Medieval Kilkenny can also be explored by visiting sites such as national monument Jerpoint Abbey. A great way to explore Kilkenny is with Ireland’s Medieval Mile Pass. At just €39 it includes admission to many of Kilkenny’s top tourist attractions including Kilkenny

Castle and Rothe House and Garden, and discounts in various cafes and restaurants. It is available throughout hotels in the city and online at Kilkenny is famous for its crafts with many international professionals being attracted to the county in the 1960s. This is down to Kilkenny’s Design Centre - the heart of craft in the city - and the National Design and Craft Gallery, Ireland's leading centre for contemporary craft and design. There are many craft studio’s in the county too with Jerpoint Glass in Thomastown, and Nicholas Mosse in Bennetsbridge. The city is best discovered by foot as one can take in the uniqueness of Kilkenny’s medieval cobbled streets and landmarks. Meanwhile, its countryside has many walking trails and river and woodland walks which are a great way to experience the county’s scenic views. There are many villages such as Inistioge which have been the setting for major films including The Secret Scripture, Widows' Peak and Circle of Friends.

Cycling tours are popular in Kilkenny too. With the city easily linked to many of the townlands, Kilkenny Cycling Tours provide plenty of regular guided tours or solo excursions. Kilkenny is the hurling capital of Ireland. While in the city get involved in the Kilkenny Way Ultimate Hurling Experience. This tourist attraction provides an exciting insight into the Ancient Celtic game which is over 3000 years old. Meanwhile in Stoneyford, drop by Fred Malzards, a location offering the traditional Irish pub experience along with lessons on how to hurl. Horse racing is a staple feature in Irish culture. Kilkenny has a picturesque premier racing track located just 15 minutes from the city in Gowran Park in the Annaly Estate. Gowran Park hosts 17 race meetings throughout the year. For golfers, Gowran Park also has an 18-hole golf course that meanders in and around the 130-acre Annaly Estate. The nearby Mount Juliet has the prestigious Jack

Nicklaus designed golf course. Kilkenny has lots for children to enjoy too. There are many family-friendly activities such as Castlecomer Discovery Park. Comprising of 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes, the venue features playgrounds, a tree-top walk, archery, canoeing, as well as the longest zipline in Ireland. Also, tourists can check out the world’s rarest animals in The National Reptile Zoo. Getting there is easy, leaving not so much…… While there are no direct flights to Kilkenny, the county is centrally located from all of the main Irish Airports. Visitors can rent a car and explore the countryside as they make their way towards a truly authentic Irish holiday experience in the heart of the Emerald Isle or avail of the many regular rail and bus routes. Check out for the best travel options.



Theatre Mermaid Arts Centre

Joxer Daly Esq by Eddie Naughton

Girls, adapting the story for the stage. It tells the tale of two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together. As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship. One is dreamy and romantic, yearning for true love. The other just wants to experience the life of a single girl. Dates: Mar – Apr 6 Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit

Straight off the back of his scene stealing turn in the Gaiety’s recent production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, Phelim Drew returns to the stage. He will revive Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic Juno and The Paycock for this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton (Inishfallen Fare Thee Well). Here we see Joxer Daly’s journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral.

Irish soprano Celine Byrne joins a host of international and Irish singers to star as Madama Butterfly in Puccini’s most heart-wrenching opera. The classic takes us on the emotional journey of a devoted young Asian woman as she faces the truth about Pinkerton, the US navy lieutenant she marries. Dates: Mar 24 – Mar 30 Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit Also at Bord Gáis this month: Tommy Fleming Mar 3, Jersey Boys Mar 6 – 16 (more details on page 6), John Grant Mar 31

The Abbey Theatre



American Idiot

Beginning by David Eldridge

Set in the aftermath of a housewarming party, Beginning takes place in real time as the lonely host and a divorced friend of a friend flirt while bonding over their isolation. Staring Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge) and Marty Rea (Citizen Lane), this two-hander has been described as the perfect anti-romance for 21st century life, focusing on single people dealing with the challenges of connecting and sharing. Dates: Mar 28 – Apr 20 Tel 01 874 4045 or visit Also at the Gate this month: The Children Mar – Mar 23

The Olympia Theatre

Rhod Gilbert – The Book of John

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien

Irish author Edna O’Brien revisits her eradefining, previously banned novel The Country

The Gaiety Theatre

The Gate Theatre

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Return of Spring Mar 12

Madama Butterfly

Dates: Mar 24 Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit

Also at the Abbey this month: Opera Briefs Mar 26 - 30

Dates: Mar 23 Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Time Out called Gilbert’s The Book of John ‘a blistering tour-de-force’, while The Times said the comedian was ‘a joy to behold’.

Following a six-year break from stand-up, the multi-award-winning Rhod Gilbert is back with a brand-new live show. The current host of BBC2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired and the former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks,

The special 10th anniversary tour of American Idiot – the ground-breaking Tony awardwinning musical from rockers Green Day – is coming to Dublin. It tells the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world and features hit songs from the pop-punk band like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, “Holiday” and the acclaimed titular track. (more details on page 22) Dates: Mar 19 - 23 Also at the Gaiety this month: The Cripple of Inishmaan Mar – Mar 9, The Mirror Crack’d Mar 12 – Mar 16, Madagascar The Musical Mar 26 – 31 (more details on page 22)

Smock Alley Theatre

Port Authority by Conor McPherson Painting a vivid picture of life in contemporary Dublin, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (Seafarer, The Weir and Shining City) weaves together a moving and funny tale of loves lost and found, the consequences of big dreams and the significance of even our smallest choices. In Port Authority, a young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job for which he is not qualified and a pensioner receives a mysterious package. As each person confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings, and of the decisions they have made. Dates: Mar 4 – 9 Tel 01 677 0014 or visit Also at Smock Alley this month: Call Mr. Robeson Mar 4 – 9, Just an Ordinary Lawyer Mar 11 – 16, Fallen Angels Mar 18 – 23, Electric Mar 18 – 23, In the Window Mar 29

Saint Patrick By Pat Liddy


t. Patrick, whose Feast Day on March 17 has become in modern times an almost international event, is a Patron Saint of Ireland. Less well known is the fact that he shares this honour with two other Irish holy people of the early Christian period (5th/6th centuries); the missionary St. Columba (also called Colmcille) and the abbess Brigid (known as Bride in England). Along with these three, there are at least 300 other saints in the Irish religious calendar but, of all of them, only five have been formally canonised. Surprisingly this official ‘approval’ does not apply to the three luminaries mentioned above. In fact, the first officially canonised Irish saint was St. Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, who was only elevated to that status in 1199.



St. Patrick’s origins are very obscure. He was born in Roman Britain but exactly where cannot be ascertained. In his own writings he called his birthplace Bannavem Taberniae, which doesn’t appear on any old maps or medieval references. Some say this location may be near Dunbarton in Western Scotland or, maybe more likely, in Wales. So, he is a Briton and not an Irishman which may come as a surprise to some people. The Latinised version of his name was Magonus Sucatus. He only became known as ‘Patrick’ after his consecration as a bishop around 431 when Pope Celestine conferred on him the title Patricius (meaning ‘Father of the People’ or ‘Noble One’, terms deriving from the Roman days). According to Patrick’s own account of his life in his famous Confessio, he was abducted by Irish pirates from his home when he was sixteen years old and served as a slave on what is believed to be Slemish Mountain in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. He escaped after 6 years taking a ship back home by a convoluted route. Eventually pursuing the life of his grandfather, Potitus, who was a priest and his father Calpurnius, who was a deacon, Patrick was himself ordained, possibly in France. Priests were allowed to be married then so it follows that if they had not

been, we would have had no St. Patrick. Patrick was not the first missionary to come to Ireland. Indeed, there were probably already some Christian settlements along Ireland’s east coast which would have been influenced by traders from other lands. This is why, in 431, the Pope sent a bishop called Palladius, not to begin the conversion of the Irish, but rather to establish the first diocese for existing Christians. Unfortunately, Palladius died a year later and Patrick, who had a deep knowledge of the Gaelic language and of the Irish people from his days as a slave, was then chosen to replace the deceased bishop. Patrick decided not to come to the eastern province of Leinster, as Palladius had done, but rather to go back to Ulster where he was familiar with the people and the countryside. Thus began his outstanding missionary work which, in a relatively short time and against many odds and hardships, converted much of the northern half of Ireland to Christianity. It is hard to grasp how he could be so successful at a time when communication through the heavily forested landscape, with rivers and rudimentary roads the only connections between scattered communities. The population of Ireland then is reckoned to have been around half a

million. Knowing the language was a huge asset but familiarity with the governing structures was his main advantage. Patrick knew that converting a chieftain first meant that his people would follow almost automatically. It was dangerous work. His life was threatened continuously especially by the pagan druid priestly class. They saw their power dwindling with the introduction of Christianity and didn’t give up easily. In fact, the often-misquoted fact that St. Patrick banished snakes from Ireland (there were never any snakes in the country) actually refers to serpents and not snakes. The serpents alluded to here were the

druids who were considered evil and serpent-like by the common folk. His later years were a life of hard labour, frustrations and jealous accusations. His autobiography, the Confessio, was really a defence to show that he had not abused his position to gain wealth and favours from the aristocracy but that instead, he remained poor and at the total service of the Irish people. He finally died around 462 (typically, even that date is disputed) and is reputedly buried at Downpatrick Cathedral, just south of Belfast. What then was Patrick’s legacy (apart from

the shamrock which he is said to have used to explain the three persons of the Trinity but even this is likely to be a myth!)? For one thing, his work was continued by his energetic disciples in Ireland until the whole land was Christianised. Then his monk-followers gradually spread across Great Britain, France, Northern Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, opening monasteries that became renowned as centres of learning (the famous Book of Kells is a prime example of this flowering of scholarship). Some claim that these foundations became the first proto-universities of Europe and helped to enlighten the so-called Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. In Dublin, the largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is situated on a site where a wooden church stood from the mid-5th century when St. Patrick came to this area and baptised the locals. The location of the well he possibly drew the water from is indicated just inside the main gate of the adjoining St. Patrick’s Park. For the Irish today, even for those who don’t subscribe to Christian belief, St. Patrick is somehow the embodiment of the nation, the connection that has united us with and has informed the rest of the world on who we are for many centuries, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, and will hopefully continue do so into the far future. Join Pat Liddy’s walking tours In the Footsteps of St Patrick from March 14 to March 18, part of the St Patrick’s Festival. See







Whether you want to sit back and soak up the culture at Dublin’s historic sites or get out there and explore the streets, meet the people and sample the Guinness, our guides can help you make the most of your holiday and see the city like a local.



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CREATE EVERLASTING MEMORIES IN WONDERFUL WEXFORD With its winding coastal roads, dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views, as well as Ireland’s best-sheltered beaches, Wexford is the cornerstone of the country’s Ancient East – a great location waiting to be explored.



Spielberg’s masterpiece Saving Private Ryan. On Duncannon Beach, enjoy the thrill of kite surfing. Meanwhile, in Wexford, there is also Cahore Beach, Kilmore Quay and other sheltered, safe beaches such as Rosslare Strand, Poulshone Beach, Ballinoulart Beach, Europe’s longest continuous stretch of beach, Morriscastle Beach and many more. For holiday-makers interested in the past and culture,Wexford is home to a series of historical and architectural sights and some of the most scenic areas of Ireland’s Ancient East. These include Hook Peninsula, Johnstown Castle, Duncannon Fort, Loftus Hall and Tintern Abbey. They can all be enjoyed as part of a tour or on a leisurely walk followed by a tasty lunch. However, no trip to Wexford is complete without piling into the car for a drive, to stop off at one of the many coastal viewpoints.There one can soak up the salty spray of the ocean, capture the perfect photo, or collect shells of all shapes along the sandy coastline. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, culture or most importantly, a lifetime of memories to pass on to your own family, enjoy a holiday in Wexford this spring.

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The county is host to many exciting activities and adventures for all ages. Woodland walks, beautiful animals and a fantastic restaurant await in Wells House and Gardens. Meanwhile, Dunbrody Famine Ship experience provides an eye-opening tour of Irish history brought to life as you board a replica ship.This is then followed by lunch in a spectacular, glass-front restaurant setting. The Irish National Heritage Park on the banks of the picturesque River Slaney will take attendees on an unforgettable journey through Ireland’s past. There, experience the stories, sights and sounds that shaped our country. Onsite, the park boasts the award-winning Fulacht Fiadh Restaurant, where staff are always ready to give a warm welcome and hearty meal. While in Wexford, why not grow your sea legs on a boat trip to the Saltee islands. Or visit the county’s series of stretched, sandy beaches ideal for building sandcastles, water-sports enthusiasts, swimming in rock pools, splashing around in the salty spray, and simply enjoying the sand between your feet while munching down fish and chips. Great spots include the 13km oasis of golden sand that is Curracloe Beach and further south’s Ballinesker Beach. Both are renowned for being featured in Steven

Persian Cuisine

14-15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 1 - 01 677 3595 44/45 Lr Camden St., Dublin 2 - 01 400 5006 Delivery Number 01 4005700

Established in January 2000 Zaytoon restaurants have two branches in 14/15 Parliament street and 44/45 lower Camden street. They are casual diners offering delicious kebabs served with freshly made naan bread which is cooked in a traditional Persian clay oven. Often referred to as having the best kebabs in Ireland. Here at Zaytoon we pride ourselves on sourcing and providing the highest quality products. All our meat and poultry are Irish and fully traceable. By day Zaytoon is full of tourists and business people, by night it’s packed to the gills with midnight revellers jostling to get one of our famous kebabs!

French Tuition, Cultural Events, Library & CafĂŠ

New courses for all ages & levels starting April 1st!

The French Language & Cultural Centre 1 Kildare Street, Dublin D02KW52 (01) 676 1732 /


Free placement test every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm-7pm!


Now a significant date in Dublin’s literary calendar, The FrancoIrish Literary Festival is preparing for its 20th-anniversary edition, set to take place between April 5 – 7. Since its inception, the festival’s aim has been to widen and enhance the longstanding friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers, professionals or artists are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas on the subject in an informal setting. Panel discussions, interviews, readings, signings and exhibitions take place over the event’s three days. The festival’s opening night will kick off on Friday evening at the Multimedia French Library located within Alliance Française Dublin’s city headquarters. Situated at the corner of Nassau and Kildare Street in the heart of the capital, the first day will centre around a special performance or screening. This will then be followed on Saturday at Dublin Castle with the main events, book sales and various exhibitions taking place. The festival will then come to an end with a literary brunch on Sunday back at Alliance Française HQ. For its 20th anniversary the Franco-Irish Literary Festival has prepared a very special line-up of guests and events to explore this year’s central theme of Women. Acclaimed poet, short story writer and dramatist Biddy Jenkinson will be attending. Her work is noteworthy for being written entirely in the Irish language. Joining her is novelist, short story writer and playwright Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose highly anticipated upcoming novel The Narrow Land is released March 7. Set in Cape Cod in the late summer of 1950, it tells the story of a 10-year-old German war orphan and the son of an American officer killed in action who strike up an unlikely friendship with



acclaimed artists Edward and Jo Hopper. Other Irish guests include Emilie Pine, whose collection of essays Notes to Self won An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018; John Boyne, author of the best selling 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; and Ailbhe Smyth, an academic, feminist and lesbian activist. The festival will also welcome a host of acclaimed French artists.These include TV presenter Claude Sérillon, novelist Eric Reinhardt, Academy award nominated actress Marie-Christine Barrault, TV reporter and writer Mathilde Daudet, journalist and professor Mazarine Pingeot and many more.

Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers, professionals or artists are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas on the subject in an informal setting

All events are open to the public and free of charge, while simultaneous interpreting will be provided in English and French. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is the result of the successful collaboration between Alliance Française Dublin, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy and a Franco-Irish committee composed of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academics. It has been supported to great effect by the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland,

Irish Writers’ Centre, and various cultural and commercial sponsors from Ireland and France. The festival also has been awarded the prestigious Dublin UNESCO City of Literature label. For more information on this truly unique event in Dublin’s cultural calendar, see Meanwhile, be sure to visit Alliance Française Dublin’s site at to discover all the upcoming events the French language and cultural centre have to offer. Located in a listed Irish Heritage site, the non-profit organisation and registered charity seek to promote French culture, along with providing a place for intercultural exchanges.Their venue hosts a multimedia library aimed at francophiles, a café named La Cocotte and an exhibition space for an ever-changing array of interesting contemporary artworks.



Explore Leinster

The Chester Beatty Library

The War Memorial Gardens When you are visiting IMMA in Kilmainham, you should walk on over to Islandbridge about half a kilometer further on. The gardens there are dedicated to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the 1st World War. The names of all the soldiers are contained in the beautifully illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the granite bookrooms in the gardens. Not merely a place of remembrance, they are also of great architectural interest and beauty. They are one of only four gardens in this country designed by the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). The others being Heywood Gardens, Lambay Island and those in Howth Castle. The sunken rose gardens, herbaceous borders and extensive tree planting on view here make it well worth that extra bit of a walk. Open all year round. Tel: 01 475 7816

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Guided Tours Glasnevin is one of Ireland’s most popular attractions. Located 2.5km from Dublin centre, this is a hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery where over 1.5 million are buried. Guides are passionate about sharing their love of history and recount the stories of Ireland’s fascinating past through daily walking tours. A history lesson made fun and memorable by guides who know their stuff, be prepared to enjoy yourself. Awarded Best Cultural Experience in Ireland and listed at no. 2 on Tripadvisor, Glasnevin is a cemetery of historic importance. Museum, genealogy, gift shop and café on site. Open daily for guided tours and re-enactments

Pat Liddy Walking Tours of Dublin

If you really want to get to know the city, then walking around with an entertaining and professional guide is the best way to discover its history and hidden treasures. Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin have been offering their famous tours for over a decade. The tours are described as entertaining and full of history. Even for someone who lives in Dublin, the tours surprises with loads of hidden facts. You can choose from a wide range of scheduled tours (all year round), including three brand new tours designed to get you off the beaten path. Docklands – The New Old Dublin, Hidden Gems of the Northside and The Tempting Whiskey Trail around the historic Liberties. Private tours can be arranged at any time geared to the topic of your choice. Tours are offered in main European languages. Find Out More Book at: Contact: or 00353 10832 9406

The only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’ and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the many highlights that you’ll find on display here. And be sure to avail of the excellent guided tours that the loquacious and extremely well-informed guides provide there, free of charge. They take place on Wednesdays at 1pm and on Sundays at 3pm and 4pm. Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Tel: 01 407 0750

The National Museum of Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) Kilmainham Gaol may seem like an unusual place to spend a morning or afternoon but despite its sometimes grim past it makes for a fascinating visit. Built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol served as a prison for 128 years, and tours detail some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance. Tel: 01 453 5984

The Museum is recognised as Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. With three locations in Dublin covering Archaeology, Natural History, Decorative Arts & History, and one location in Mayo covering Country Life, you can lose yourself for hours in the many exhibitions. Free admission Tel +353 (0) 1 677 7444

Baggot Street welcomes a beautiful modern Italian restaurant! Open for lunch from 12pm to 3pm, Dinner 5pm 'til late, Mon- Sat

Phone | +353 1 676 6848 Location | No. 140, Baggot St., Dublin 2 18


Recommended Bars in Leinster

The Duke

Ideally situated close to Grafton Street, this old watering hole has been providing liquid refreshment and sustenance to the people of Dublin since 1822. They have a great selection of craft beers, whiskeys and gins for you to try, along with amazing food. The Duke is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Grafton Street. 9 Duke St, Dublin 2 016799553

Sin É

Sin É on Ormond Quay is Dublin’s original late night alternative music venue. Whether it’s bluegrass, ska, alternative rock or open mic night’s that you’re looking for, Sin É caters for a range of eclectic tastes. The staff are warm and friendly and will serve you a range of incredible craft beers and cocktails at agreeable prices. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere and some of the best musicians in Dublin then Sin É is   

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Dingle Whiskey Bar

The Dingle Whiskey Bar is a delightful bar nestled beside Porterhouse Central on Nassau St. Walking into the bar, you are welcomed by a beautiful oak interior and a warm welcoming feel. The bar staff are very helpful, recommending many whiskeys and offering samples. And every strolling14 into-15 theOrmond celt is likeQuay taking a trip to the west, play boys and Tuesday they host a Whiskey Tasting Class from chailĂ­nĂ­ payfor attention and& dance along the way to the early light Tel: 01 555 4036 01 555 4037 7pm with whiskey guru FionnĂĄn O’Connor. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about ÍœÍ•ÇŚÍœÍ––ƒŽ„‘–•–”‡‡–ǥ†—„Ž‹Â?…‹–›…‡Â?–”‡ the brown stuff and enjoy some delicious whiskey. ™™™Ǥ–Š‡…‡Ž–Ǥ‹‡–‡Žǣ͔͕͚͙͙͛͜͜͜ Tickets available at the bar for â‚Ź18.

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44 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 01 677 4810

This is the regular hang-out for Dublin’s finest writers and painters, or the great unwashed, and the walls inside are decked out with paintings and drawings which can, for a small sum, be purchased. Improbably, it is also part of one of the most fashionable mini crossroads in the city centre. And at weekends, the place is humming. 15 S William St., Dublin 2. Tel: 01 677 9320

The Confession Box JT Pim’s

The Celt

Located in the heart of the Dame District, JT Pim’s is styled as a local bar in the city centre. They offer quality drinks in comfortable surrounds. From local beers such as 5 Lamps and craft beers such as Sierra Nevada, to fine wines and signature cocktails such as their twist on the classic Whiskey Sour, they have all tastes covered. Their bartenders are happy to take requests and guide you through the list. Relax in their bespoke armchairs or leather couches, or when the sun is shining, soak up the atmosphere in Dame Court.

Situated on Talbot Street in the heart of Dublin, The Celt Bar is always thronged with locals and visitors thanks to the authentic Irish experience that is on offer there. Visitors can sample the finest Irish whiskeys, beers, ales and stouts and enjoy live traditional music seven nights a week. The Celt also offer traditional Irish food seven days a week. The classic bar menu includes beer battered haddock and traditional beef and Guinness stew. There’s no better place to go to for the full Irish experience than The Celt Bar.

4 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2, D02 NR59 Phone: (01) 672 4645

81 Talbot St, Dublin Tel: 01 878 8655

One of the smallest bars in Dublin, The Confession Box is situated in the heart of Dublin City near the Spire. During the War of Independence rebel volunteers sought refuge here and received the sacraments from local sympathetic clergy. Recently, this iconic part of Dublin’s history was renovated. Now run by the capital’s friendliest bar staff, the spot offers great live music from Thursday to Sunday, as well as coverage of major TV sports events. Catering to all tastes, it’s no surprise The Confession Box has picked up much deserved awards. 88 Marlborough St, Dublin 1. 01 828 0028 MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE


Recommended Restaurants in Leinster Corfu Greek Restaurant

Corfu Greek Restaurant is a hidden gem situated on Parliament Street. Here, the friendly and attentive staff will serve you some of the finest Greek food at incredibly reasonable prices. Choose from a range of starters, such as calamari and dolmadakia, and then tuck into some delicious traditional Greek main courses, including moussaka, kleftiko and stifado, all washed down with a nice glass of wine from their varied wine list. 12 Parliament St, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 675 0050

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Silken Thomas

Silken Thomas is a family operated business, established for over 40 years. Focussed on giving that warm Irish welcome, Silken Thomas has a proven record in quality and service. Silken Thomas is where you can eat, drink, dance and sleep. Silken Thomas brings to you the traditional Irish Pub Lils, the more sports-orientated Squires and the contemporary Flanagan’s Lounge. For whatever occasion you are celebrating or a place to simply relax for a drink, Silken Thomas is the choice for you. The Square Kildare Town Co. Kildare +353 (0) 45 522232

Camden Kitchen This is one of the best value restaurants in Dublin, with a brasserie menu to suit all tastes. It has won Best Value Restaurant Dublin in the Dubliner, Best Pre-Theatre listing in Hot Press and Best Casual Dining in the Restaurant Awards Value and Quality.


Peploe’s Wine Bistro is a chic and ambient restaurant located in the heart of Dublin City Centre. With it’s cosy lighting and comfortable spacious dining area, it is the perfect place to enjoy a fine meal in a relaxed atmosphere. All produce is sourced from only the best Irish suppliers and prepared to the highest standard. Located opposite St Stephens Green, Peploe’s is the perfect place to visit for a glass of wine to greet the evening after a twilight stroll in the park. 16 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 676 3144

Cliff Townhouse

Fine dining in Dublin city centre with seafood focused menus, including the innovative Afternoon Sea. The Cliff Townhouse restaurant serves brilliantly executed Dublin classics, menus are equally suited to a threecourse celebration or a light bite in the middle of the day. Staples include generous salads, eggs Benedict, Galway oysters, Irish lobsters, dressed Yawl Bay crabs, wild sea trout and 10oz Hereford rib eye steaks. 22 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 +35316383939

81-2 Talbot Street, Dublin 1 Tel: 01 704 0126

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Zaytoon gives you the chance to choose a healthy eating option and indulge in the guilty pleasure of treating yourself to a scrumptious kebab. More a casual diner than a fast food place, they offer the very best of Persian cuisine. And as well as the one in Temple Bar they’ve opened a second one at the top of Camden Street.

A culinary gem in the heart of Dublin, Camden Kitchen is the place to go to for lunch or dinner. Their menu changes daily to reflect the best seasonal ingredients available, meaning you know that you’ll be served fresh, seasonal food every time. Diners can choose from beautiful starters such as Irish Line Caught Mackerel, Connemara Crab Meat or Whipped Goats Cheese and then move on to delicious main courses, like Breckland Duck Leg, Irish Rib Eye Beef and Smoked Haddock Risotto, all served up in a wonderful cosy atmosphere by the friendly staff.

14/15 Parliament St., Dublin 2 Tel: 01 677 3595

3 Camden Market, Grantham Street, D8 Tel: 01 476 0125


Located in the heart of Temple Bar, Mexico to Rome, Bandito’s Grill House offer a new twist on Mexican dishes such as sizzling Fajitas, their unique Burritos, Tacos, Chili Con Carne, and Tex-Mex Baby Back Ribs in a Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce. They also offer a range of European and Asian dishes. They boast one of the best value earlybird menus in Dublin at €13.50 for a starter and main course, while their lunch special of a starter, main course and a soft drink or a glass of wine for €9.95 is superb value. 23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 677 2727

Recommended Restaurants in Leinster Kafka Restaurant

Whether it’s for an Italian coffee, a sweet or savoury snack or a full meal with wine, you can call in here for continental cuisine, exemplary service and great value. They serve lunch, brunch and dinner, offering a fresh healthy menu of delights including Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli, Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Tiger Prawn Risotto and as they’re just a short walk from the City Centre, it’s the perfect place to start your night out. 236 Rathmines Rd Lwr., Dublin 6 01 497 7057


Café Topolis

The Left Bank Bistro

Situated on Parliament St, Café Topolis is one of the best Italian restaurants in town with an extensive menu offering superior Italian cuisine. Best of all, it’s one of the very few places where they cook their pizzas in the traditional wood fired oven.

The Left Bank Bistro is 23 years in business, a true testament to its popularity. This modern restaurant is situated in the heart of Old Athlone, a stone's throw from the Athlone Lock on the River Shannon with views of the Norman Castle and its ancient architecture. The food is exciting and innovative. You can savour fresh fish and dishes such as beef carpaccio, chicken satay and an array of decadent, delicious desserts.

37 Parliament St, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 670 4961


Fry Place, High St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Call (090) 649 4446 Email:

La Ruelle Wine Bar Cirillo’s have gone to great lengths to ensure that their customers enjoy an authentic Italian meal. All of their pizzas are made to the traditional Vera Pizza Napoletana standards, using San Marzano tomatoes, 00 flour and fresh mozzarella all finished in a wood fire oven that they imported from Naples. All of their pasta, bread, pizza dough and ice creams are made in-house every day and they offer a wide variety of Italian wines, craft beers and aperitifs that beautifully compliment their seriously tasty meals. 140 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 +353 1 6766848

Toscana ‘ASADOR’ A Spanish word meaning barbecue, grill or spit. ASADOR Haddington Road opened its doors in November 2012 to great critical acclaim. The idea behind ASADOR is simple; take the best meats our fields can provide, the freshest seafood landed on our shores and cook this great Irish produce over a bespoke built 7 foot barbecue or ‘Asador’. ASADOR was the first restaurant operation to bring premium level barbecue to the Dublin dining scene. Customers flocked to sample signature dry-aged steaks, lobster, fish and game cooked in the most ancient of ways. Guests can expect the best of old and new world wines, craft beers and of course a range of cocktails from the experienced team of mixologists - the perfect partner for premium barbecued food.

Tucked in opposite the Mansion House, on Joshua Lane, La Ruelle is the ideal venue for an intimate drink, with over 100 different international wines of which 40 are served by the glass. Their menu includes a variety of mouth watering nibbles, tapas and bites served small or large to accompany your wine of choice. Catering for private parties with free car park facilities in R.I.A.C for all customers. Perfect for the festive season or any events. 3/4 Joshua Lane, Dublin 2


ASADOR, the balance of flames, flavour and food.

Multi award winning Toscana Restaurant specialises in authentic Italian cuisine with emphasis on fresh organic produce from their Wicklow Garden. They pride themselves on creating menus around locally sourced produce and stock an extensive selection of fine wines from Italy and from other choice regions around the world. Toscana Restaurant is located on beautiful Dún Laoghaire seafront where you can enjoy panoramic sea-views overlooking Dublin Bay and Dún Laoghaire harbour. Toscana Restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience with impeccable service and a relaxed atmosphere. A visit to Toscana is a must.

1 Victoria House, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4. Tel: 01 254 5353

5 Windsor Terrace Dún Laoghaire E Tel No 01 2300890

Located on Andrews Street, near the new home of the Molly Malone statue, Salamanca was one of the first Tapas Bars in the city and remains one of the best. Their Tapas dishes are served by authentic Spanish chefs and they use only the finest quality fresh ingredients. Diners can choose from a wide range of quality Tapas and carefully selected Spanish wines for a truly authentic taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of Dublin City. 1 St. Andrew’s Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 677 4799 MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE



The Gaiety Theatre has a packed line-up this March. Whether you are looking for a literary classic, a punk rock musical or something for children – this programme will appeal to people of all tastes.

The Mirror Crack’d

The first ever stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s much-loved Miss Marple thriller, this production arrives at the Gaiety following a premiere at the Salisbury Playhouse in February and a UK tour. Times are changing. Girls are wearing trousers and Hollywood has come to a sleepy English village in the shape of a beautiful film star. Miss Marple (Coronation Street’s Susie Blake) is left to feel that the world has no need of her now until a mysterious death calls into question the past of all those present. Everyone’s version of events is different. Can Miss Marple unravel the tangle of lies? Tickets for the show are from €29.50 Dates: March 12 – 16

American Idiot

Madagascar - The Musical

American Idiot stars Waterloo Road’s Tom Milner, 2013’s X Factor third place runner-up Luke Friend and 2016  X Factor finalist  Sam Lavery. Tickets are from €21.

Dates: Mar 26 – 31

The special 10th-anniversary tour of American Idiot, the ground-breaking Tony award-winning musical from rockers Green Day, is coming to Dublin. It tells the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world and features hit songs from the pop-punk band like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, “Holiday” and the acclaimed titular track.

Based on the smash hit DreamWorks animation, Madagascar – The Musical follows all your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Starring X Factor winner Matt Terry as Alex the Lion, organisers say you’ll have no choice but to move it, move it. Tickets are from €26.

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ollowing last month’s production of The Children, Love and Courage season at the Gate continues with a run of David Eldridge’s 2017 play Beginning starring Marty Rea (Citizen Lane) and Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge). The two leading Irish actors play a couple in those first fragile moments of potential love. Set in the aftermath of a housewarming party, the play takes place in real time as the lonely host and a divorced friend of a friend flirt while bonding over their isolation. Speaking about his play, Eldridge is quoted as stating: “I wanted to write about the courage it can take now when you get the opportunity to connect with 24


someone in person, rather than on Tinder or Twitter.” Tender and funny, the Gate say Beginning is the perfect anti-romance for 21st century life, focusing on two single people dealing with the challenges of connecting and sharing. The Guardian called it in a four-star review a “moving reminder that even in the age of social media and internet dating, forging a connection with other people remains as problematic as ever,” while The Telegraph said it features “some of the funniest, most touching, and at times most enthrallingexcruciating seduction scenes you’ll ever see on stage.” Director Marc Atkinson was recently Associate Director on Yaël Farber’s acclaimed production of Hamlet, Selina

Cartmell’s Assassins and the 2017 and 2018 productions of The Great Gatsby. This is his debut production as a director on the Gate stage and will run from March 28 to April 20. Tickets for the show are available at or by calling 01 874 4045. There will also be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Beginning on Thursday, April 11. Contact boxoffice@ for more information. Beginning follows on from a recordbreaking nine months at the Gate Theatre, with an unprecedented run of sold-out performances since June 2018 for The Snapper, Hamlet and The Great Gatsby. Taking place after Beginning’s run will be a new run of classic American drama The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

Welcome to Munster Munster is the most southerly of the four provinces of Ireland and stretches from Tipperary in the South Midlands to Waterford in the South East, and from Clare, Limerick and Kerry down to Cork in the South.The entire area is famed for Irish traditional music, song and dance. There are many ancient castles and monasteries in the province, and coupled with the vast green countryside and its three cities (Limerick, Cork and Waterford) Munster is a must see destination for tourists.

Cork at night

Lismore Castle Bunratty Castle in County Clare is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Travelling down the coast, Limerick is the next port of call which this year has been designated as Ireland’s first City of Culture. From theatres to outdoor music events, museums to festivals, Limerick has an eclectic mix of sights and sounds to suit all tastes. County Limerick also incorporates the Foynes Estuary with its world famous Foynes Flying Boat Museum. The museum tells the story of the Pan Am Clipper aircraft which brought commercial flights from America to our shores, landing in the estuary itself. It includes the only full-scale model of a Boeing B-314 Flying Boat anywhere in the world. The Rose of Tralee is the most famous Festival in Kerry and this internationally acclaimed festival comes with all the bells and whistles Reginald’s Tower



you would expect from a truly Irish experience. The festival celebrates its 55th year this year and commences with the International Rose Ball on the 15th of August before culminating with the selection of the 2014 Rose of Tralee in the magnificent dome four days later. There is a packed programme of events during the week for all to enjoy. One of Munster’s most famous landmarks the Rock of Cashel, in County Tipperary is the historical seat of the Kings of Munster. The outcrop on which the Castle and grounds stand is one of the most photogenic spots in all of Munster. The spectacular group of medieval buildings are set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale and include the 12th century round tower, the High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 13th century Gothic cathedral, the 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. Tel: 062 61437 Email: County Cork is well worth the drive as it has sandy beaches, the wonderful Blarney Castle, Foto Wildlife Park and golf course, wonderful coastlines and a city nightlife to rival any of that in Europe. Travel from east to west or north to south in this sprawling county and

there is a view, an historical point of interest or an adventure to explore. Finally at the extreme South East of the island of Ireland is Waterford. Waterford is the capital of the ‘Sunny South East of Ireland’ and Ireland’s oldest city. The city and county is famous throughout the world as the home of Waterford Crystal. A visit to the House of Crystal visitor centre includes an opportunity to choose from the world’s largest selection of Waterford Crystal. The factory tour offers first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. County Waterford offers a dazzling 147 kilometres coastline, with 49 beaches, beautiful river valleys, lakes and two dramatic ranges of very accessible mountains.


WILL (POW) WOW FILM FANS Taking place between March 21 – 24 – the Dingle International Film Festival (Dingle IFF) is renowned for both its movies and its town setting brimming with culture. In its 13th year, the Kerry festival will show a host of acclaimed features. Highlights include the opening film Wild Rose starring the Killarney born Jessie Buckley;Western The Sisters Brothers with John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as new Irish movies Dark Lies The Island, Float Like A Butterfly,The Curious Works of Roger Doyle, The Science of Ghosts, Town of Strangers and When All is Ruin Once Again. Closing Dingle IFF is the documentary film The Push. It tells the remarkable story of adventurer Grant Korgan who, despite being paralysed from the waist down following an injury, literally ‘pushed’ himself to the South Pole. Korgan will be attending the festival, taking part in a Q&A after the screening. This will be a remarkable event since Grant is one of the most sought after inspirational speakers worldwide. Yet, as festival founder Maurice Galway – a recipient of an Ambassadors Award by Failte Ireland in December 2018 for his contribution in bringing guests to Ireland – notes, the key to Dingle IFF is the setting. According to organisers, when stars and filmmakers come to the festival, they know they will experience not only cinema, but also Irish culture - its language, music, food, scenery and welcome. At Dingle IFF, attendees will find Hollywood executives sharing stories and a pint with



upcoming young filmmakers. Over the years this has been encouraged and nurtured with various masterclasses, Q&As, Dingle Gin receptions before screenings and events such as the Pow Wow - a day-long conference between film industry leaders and up-andcomers. In regards the latter, this year’s guests include director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned), composer Patrick Doyle (Murder on The Orient Express, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and writer/producer Peter Tolan (Analyze This). In 2019, the festival has gone even further in its welcome. Dingle IFF has developed a hub at McCarthy’s Bar, where people can find the box office, Pow Wow events, a nightly club and a curated programme of live music. Now, a trip to the festival will include a central place to

meet, greet and spend time. Dingle IFF also boasts a wide range of short screenings, a full free Friday of LUX prizewinning films, another free experimental movie programme titled Snapshots and the festival’s unique annual Físín event - a competition for scripts written in the Irish language. 2019’s Físín will see the return of the contest’s first winner with his debut feature Slán leis an gCeol (Farewell to Music). Dingle IFF screens its very discerning line-up in the iconic Phoenix Cinema, one of the very last of the independently owned cinemas in Ireland, and in the town’s beautiful 200-year-old St James Church. See the venues for yourself by visiting and booking tickets to the festival.

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Explore Munster

The Hunt Museum Cliffs of Moher Loop Head Lighthouse This popular tourist attraction is located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, which is one of two “Signature Discovery Points” in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. It also is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail and is one of 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland. The lighthouse is steeped in history and rich in maritime heritage with its origins dating back to the 1670s. The existing tower style lighthouse was constructed in 1854 and was operated and maintained by a keeper who lived within the lighthouse compound. In January 1991, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation, and today is monitored by the CIL.Open daily (10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.) until 5 November.

The Hunt Museum has artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. There is also an important collection of Irish archaeological material ranging from Neolithic flints, Bronze Age material, and Christian art. One of the strengths of the collection is the medieval material, which include statues in stone and wood, painted panels, jewellery, enamels, ivories, ceramics, crystal and crucifixes. Plus work from Picasso, Renoir, Roderic O’Conor, Jack B. Yeats, Robert Fagan and Henry Moore.

Stretching for eight kilometres along the coastline and standing at 214 metres at their highest point, the Cliffs of Moher give the visitor a panoramic view out onto the Atlantic Ocean. It is said that on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, over the twelve pins and the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry. When there you really should ascend O’Briens Tower which has been used as a viewing point for centuries past.

Bunratty Castle

Tel: 061 312 833

Titanic Experience Cobh

The Burren

Bunratty Castle in County Clare is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Browse the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past.

Blarney Castle

The Burren, from the Gaelic word Boireann is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. With its innate sense of spiritual peace, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt’s pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura which few people leave without wanting to experience again. 30


Titanic Experience Cobh is located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the centre of Cobh town (formerly known as Queenstown) the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic. The visitor experience is presented in two parts. The first is an immersive audio visual tour retracing the steps of the 123 passengers who boarded Titanic from Queenstown on April 11th 1912. The second part of the Titanic Experience examines how it all went wrong. The unbelievable and “almost” impossible sequence of events that occurred to cause Titanic to sink.

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting visitors from all over the world ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. This is probably because of the famous stone you will see at the top of the tower. People from all over the world have climbed up there to kiss it in the hope of acquiring the gift of the gab.

Tel: 021 438 5252

Cobh Heritage Centre

The Queenstown Story

Cobh, or Queenstown as it was known at the time, has very close connections with the two great liners of the 20th century, The Titanic and The Lusitania - discover the human stories behind these tragic events.


he exhibition at Cobh Heritage Centre, known as The Queenstown Story, is inventively situated within Cobh’s restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story. The Queenstown Story will engage the visitor in a journey through time, recalling Irish emigration with real stories about real people. From the indentured servants of Virginia and the West Indies plantations in the 17th century, the early settlers in upper Canada, the famine victims of the 1840s to the large-scale emigration of the 19th and 20th centuries. The visitor will also discover the hardships endured by the convicts who were transported to Australia. The present town of Cobh has its origins as a small village nestled in the hillside on the southern shores. The village was known as Cove, being situated in the cove, or harbour, of Cork. The town did not begin to grow until the early nineteenth century, but its strategic importance was realised in the late eighteenth century during the American War of Independence. Vital shiploads of troops and supplies were needed by the British forces fighting in America between 1775 and

1781. The entry of France into the war in 1778 heightened the danger of these ships being attacked at sea. This large and safe harbour provided ideal conditions in which the ships could assemble and be protected. The wars against France from the 1790s to 1815 were to prove the catalyst which led to the future prosperity of the town as Cove and its harbour played an important role in this war at sea. Cove went on to become a major port with both naval and merchant shipping and was one of the major ports of emigration.

Cobh, or Queenstown as it was known at the time, has very close connections with the two great liners of the 20th century, The Titanic and The Lusitania - discover the human stories behind these tragic events. The exhibition is a self-guided tour with audio tours available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish and Chinese. It is not just interesting and educational, but very emotive and thought-provoking. “Take a glimpse into our storied past and walk in the footsteps of our emigrant ancestors”. MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE


Recommended Bars in Munster

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Irish Whiskey Experience

Dick Mack’s

Developed by whiskey lovers as a first class destination for whiskey enthusiasts and novices alike. Guests will be amazed by shelf upon shelf of Irish, Scottish & international whiskies and a wide variety of Irish craft gin & vodka, craft beer and cider, eclectic wine list, and creative cocktail menu. Fresh, locally sourced food served daily. Irish Whiskey Experience offers the chance to discover more about the history, production & renaissance of Irish whiskey, with 10 masterclasses to choose from, running every day. 93 New Street Killarney, Co. Kerry Tel: +353646635700

The Roaring Donkey

Perched up on “Top of The Hill” the Roaring Donkey is Cobh’s oldest traditional pub. Still original and oozing charm and authenticity the pub has been operating since 1880. It is known locally as the rugby pub but they do their best to accommodate most sports. A traditional music session has been running for nearly 40 years and is on every Wednesday night. Great craic guaranteed or enjoy a quiet pint in one of the finest beer gardens in town. The Roaring Donkey Tiknock, Cobh, Co. Cork Phone: (021) 481 1739

The Friary

Located by the river on the corner of Cork’s historic Shandon Street and North Mall, The Friary is a unique combination of old, new and eccentric. It's a homely craft beer bar with delicious gins and tonics. Look out for its astonishing range of special events; music, art, quizzes, the famous Drunk Spelling Bee, weird films, Penguin parties (really) and more! 62 Shandon St, Cork Tel: 087 668 0941

The Bierhaus

There are over 220 different beers to choose from here, including 6 rotating guest draught taps and a cask. So whether you are looking for a bottle or draught, an international or an Irish beer, there’s a reasonably good chance you’ll find it here. And they spend as much time on getting the atmosphere right as they do on choosing their beers. Pope’s Quay, Cork Tel: 021 455 1648 Named after the leather craftsman, this small and gloriously “busy” pub still sells hand made leather ware inside at the shop to one side. Its walls are drowned in archaic photographs, and outside there’s a star studded pavement where the likes of Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery and Julia Roberts have left their mark. For many, many people, this is what they imagine when they conjure up the image of an Irish pub. Greene St, Dingle, Co Kerry Tel: 066 915 1960

Dolan’s Pub and Restaurant

Dolan’s is made up of three venues, two outdoor areas, a traditional Irish pub and a restaurant. So there’s music here every day of the week, and they’ll serve you your breakfast, lunch and dinner as you require. Some of the many guests who’ve enjoyed their hospitality include Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand, Sharon Shannon and Imelda May. 3-4 Dock Rd, Limerick Tel: 061 314 483 (ext 1)

The Original Durty Nelly’s

Durty Nelly’s can truly be described as one of Ireland’s landmark pubs. Nestling in the shadow of the magnificent Bunratty Castle, it is the first stopping off point for generations of visitors to Ireland arriving at nearby Shannon Airport. Apart from the warm Irish welcome that you’ll find at Nelly’s, you’ll also enjoy the finest, freshest local produce – whether you’re just dropping in for a snack or staying for a fine dining experience. The Original Durty Nelly's Bunratty West, Bunratty, Co. Clare +353 61 364 861



Recommended Restaurants in Munster The Munster Room Restaurant

The Castle's Award-winning Munster Room Restaurant is critically acclaimed in the Michelin Guide, and holder of two AA Rosettes. Under the direction of the Resort’s Head Chef Tom Spruce, the award winning culinary team continually create dishes with intense flavors that will tantalize and satisfy every food lover’s palate and create a truly memorable fine dining experience. The restaurants original oak panelled walls, ornate ceilings, dramatic portraits and painted scenes creates an atmospheric backdrop to an exquisite dining experience, perfectly complemented by a comprehensive wine cellar. Visit our Fitzgerald Bar which houses the finest Irish whiskey collection. Located just ten minutes from Waterford City, and ninety minutes from Dublin and Cork airport, Waterford Castle Resort is a destination not to be missed. Voted #5 of the Ten Best Hotels in Ireland 2018 by Condé Nast Hotel of the Year 2018 by Irish Hotel Awards Luxury Hotel of the Year 2018 by Irish Hotel Awards Fine Dining Hotel of the Year 2018 by Irish Hotel Awards

The Copper Hen

The Copper Hen Restaurant is situated above Mother McHugh’s Pub on the Copper Coast between Tramore and Dungarvan in County Waterford. The restaurant was opened in November 2010 by award-winning chef Eugene Long and his wife Sinead Frisby. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the food is reasonably priced. Diners can choose from a range of locally sourced food, such as Kilmore crab claws, sautéed Tiger Prawns or Portobello mushroom bruschetta to start and Irish Hereford sirloin steak, grilled fillet of salmon or pan-roasted Dunmore Cod as main courses. The Copper Hen offers an unforgettable casual dining experience that visitors to Waterford can’t miss out on. Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. Tel: 051 330 300

La Boheme

The Smuggler’s Inn

This ocean front family run (2nd generation) establishment opened in 1980. The restaurant has been praised by gastronomic writers worldwide. It’s not hard to see why as the Chef/Proprietor, Henry Hunt, takes pride in serving fresh local produce. Panoramic views from the dining room, and friendly service, will give you the perfect dining experience. For total relaxation why not have an overnight stay in one of the comfortable guest rooms. Cliff Road, Waterville, Co. Kerry Tel: 066 9474330,

The Lobster

Whether you’re looking for lunch, a casual dinner or just a quiet pint, the friendly staff at The Lobster are sure to look after your every need. Situated in the seaside town of Waterville, it’s no surprise that The Lobster serve some of the best seafood in Kerry and their beef and Guinness stew is also spoken of very highly by all who have sampled it. Waterville, Co. Kerry. Tel: 066 9474629

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The Strand Inn

Overlooking Hook Head, The Strand Inn is the perfect place to enjoy lingering breakfasts, relax over a long lunch or enjoy intimate, romantic suppers. Diners can look forward to the finest Irish beef, lobster and line caught seafood in a luxurious setting, characterised by beamed ceilings, original stone walls and planked floors. Dunmore East, Co.Waterford. Tel: 051 383 174

La Boheme offers a unique experience for lovers of fine dining, with its location in the basement of one of Waterford’s foremost prestigious buildings. Head Chef Eric Theze uses fresh locally sourced produce, providing guests with exquisitely presented delectable dishes. Christine ensures that all are greeted with a warm welcome, with the belief in treating each guest as if they are being welcomed into their own home. A blend of fine dining and wine bar with bistro menu options, qualifies La Boheme as a hidden gem in the heart of Waterford City. Open Monday - Saturday 5.30pm until late (Open Bank Holiday Sundays) 2 George’s St., Waterford. Tel: 051 875645

Momo is a multi-award-winning restaurant in Waterford City, Ireland. They pride themselves on their fresh and healthy menu featuring ingredients from the local food producers of Waterford County. You will enjoy a wide range of international dishes including lots of vegetarian/vegan options as well as delicious meat and fish dishes. Momo featured in the McKennas’ Guides Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland 2018, 2017 and 2016, and won ‘Best Casual Dining’ in Munster at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017. 47 Patrick Street, Waterford, Ireland. Call (051) 581 509 MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE


Discover the wonders of Cobh Situated on the shore shores r s of re o the second larg largest r est natura rg natural r l harbour in the world, the tourist town of ra Cobh is only 25 minutes by b car or tra train r in fro ra from r m Cork City ro City. The town is steeped in history and culture where every person, every pier and even the stunning architecture has a story to tell. The Titanic’s last port of call before embarking on her fatal maiden voyage, Cobh is situated in the coastal playground that is Cork Harbour. Backed by rolling hills, it is a destination of choice for anyone who just loves to be by the sea. An abundance of tourist attractions and activities make Cobh the ideal spot for your next getaway; be it a day trip, overnight, weekend or longer break.There is plenty to see and do whatever your interests. Part of the beauty of visiting Cobh is the fact that it is an all-weather destination. Ireland’s spring weather may be unpredictable but Cobh has a great choice of indoor attractions so that showers can’t dampen your spirits.Attractions such as Cobh Heritage Centre,Titanic Experience Cobh, Cobh Pastimes and Escapade Cobh along with Coral Leisure Centre allow for year-round tourism in a dry and warm environment. Nestled under the magnificent St. Colman’s Cathedral with its 49 bell carillon and stunning architecture, Cobh looks out onto Spike Island. Accessed via ferry from Cobh, Spike Island was voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the 2017 World Travel Awards. It has a long and compelling history with some great stories to be told during guided tours around the island, fort, prison and newly constructed visitor centre. Just five minutes from Fota Island which contains Fota House & Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park and Fota Island Resort, Cobh and its surroundings will keep you busy all year round. 34


Cobh has three hotels all boasting uninterrupted sea views, plenty of homely B&Bs and even a waterfront campervan park, so there is plenty of accommodation to choose from to cater for all needs and party sizes. Be you a lone traveller, an exploring couple, a fun-loving family or an adventure seeking group there is accommodation and activities to suit your every need all year round. A myriad of festivals and events complement the views, scenery, attractions and activities that Cobh has to offer each year. Cobh and Cork Harbour play host to the Sonia O’Sullivan Cobh 10 Mile Road Race in April and the Jailbreak Triathlon in August. Meanwhile, a record 103 cruise liners are booked to visit Cobh this year, including several which will dock in the port for the first time. New ships such as Celebrity Cruises MV Celebrity Reflection and Ocean Cruises MV Scenic Eclipse, billed as a contender for the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, will make their maiden visit to the deep water quay in Cobh, along with Holland American Lines MS Nieuw Statendam. Meanwhile, Cobh People’s Regatta takes place on the weekend of August 23 – 25, offering a feast of both water activities and land-based entertainment. The hills of Cobh may seem daunting but the houses of the “Deck of Cards” are worth seeking out for a unique photo opportunity.They are the most photographed feature of the town apart from the Cathedral and the prolific summer

flower displays. Cobh may be steeped in history but there are also fun and unusual things to do there: Get on the water in a self-drive boat from Cork Harbour Boat Hire, dress up like in the olden days and be photographed in Cobh Pastimes Photography studio or be put in prison, rob a bank or be a sleuth in the Escape Rooms, Escapade Cobh. The ladies and gentlemen of the Cobh Animation Teams dress in Victorian costumes from the era of the Titanic and are delighted to pose for photographs with visitors.Their welcome is just one of the warm welcomes awaiting you in Cobh. It truly is a great place to visit at any time of the year so start planning now!

An Unmissable Experience! Cobh, The Queenstown Story An informative and emotive story of Irish emigration. Learn about Cobh’s connection with Titanic and the Lusitania. Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. Open 7 days 9.30 – 5.30 (Sundays 11am) Tel 353 (21) 4 813591 Find Cobh the Queenstown Story on Facebook

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and the worst slum conditions in Europe. andAlso, the worst conditions Balladslum Tours Dublinin Europe. features an Also, Ballad Tours Dublintime, features an interactive journey through song and interactive journey through time, song and rhyme chronicling the history of Irish music, rhyme chronicling the history of site-specific Irish music, while The Gnás Series promises while The Gnás promises site-specific Dublin performances at Series locations throughout Dublin performances at locations throughout including Glasnevin Cemetery, The National including Glasnevin Cemetery, National Print Museum, Dublin Writer’s The Museum and Print EPIC. Museum, Dublin Writer’s Museum and EPIC. Embracing the world-class cutting-edge Embracing Dublin dance the scene,world-class St. Patrick’scutting-edge Festival in Dublin dance scene, St. Agenda Patrick’swillFestival in partnership with Hidden host the partnership withand Hidden Agenda ultimate techno electro sessionwill withhost the the D1 ultimate techno electro session D1 Recordings 25thand Anniversary Party, with takingthe place Recordings 25thTengu Anniversary Party, taking place at Yamamori on St. Patrick’s Day. at YamamoritheTengu on label, St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrating legendary the gathering Celebrating will feature the setslegendary from a label, host the of gathering DJs and will feature sets from a host of DJs and producers. producers. Since its foundation, the festival has achieved Since its foundation, hasinachieved extraordinary growth the andfestival success recent extraordinary growth and success in parade recent years.Around 500,000 people attend the years.Around 500,000 people the parade annually, bringing a benefit toattend the economy of annually, benefit to the economy of over €70bringing million.aIt’s full 2019 programme is over available €70 million. It’s full 2019 programme is now at, where now available, further event atdetails, tickets, festival where news, further event tickets,canfestival news, information anddetails, special offers be found. information and special offers can be found. MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE


Welcome to Connaught

Macnas Festival Parade This Fierce Beauty

The province of Connaught lies in the West of Ireland with its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The counties of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Roscommon make up this geographically diverse region with the Atlantic Ocean to its westerly boundary, and the midlands of Roscommon to the East. It is the least populated with a population of just over 400,000. Historically, Connaught has retained its rich Gaelic heritage and today still has communities where the Irish language only is spoken amongst them. But English is the primary second language. These regions are collectively called the Gaeltacht. The remote and beautiful Aran Islands off the mainland of County Galway are also part of the Gaeltacht. The primary business centre of Connaught, and the most densely populated area is the thriving city of Galway to the south of the province. Although Sligo City, Carrick on Shannon, and Boyle are all fine business and shopping centres in their own right. Galway city



Connaught has some Carrick on Shannon of the most scenic and unspoilt countryside to be found in Ireland, including the spectacular mountainous landscape of Connemara, the lock gates and river banks of the Shannon Waterway, the famed Galway Bay and the historic glens of County Leitrim. Couple these with the beautiful Ashford the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition Castle in Mayo near to Cong where the of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches film The Quiet Man was filmed, and the back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to natural serenity of Lough Key Forest Park the present day without interruption. Croagh in Roscommon, and a tour of this region is a Patrick is renowned today for its Patrician must for all. Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, For those interested in a religious experience Ireland’s patron saint. It was on the summit Mayo is famed for Knock Shrine where on of the mountain that Saint Patrick is said to the 21st August, 1879, at about 8 o’clock, Our have fasted for forty days in 441 AD, and the Lady, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist custom of trekking up the mountain has been are reputed to have appeared. The apparition faithfully handed down from generation to was seen by fifteen people whose ages ranged generation. Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the from six years to seventy-five and included picturesque town of Westport, and its conical men, women and children. The shrine has shape soars majestically above the surrounding become so popular in modern times that the countryside with magnificent views of Clew Ireland West International Airport was built Bay beneath. especially in 1985 to cater for the hundreds So, whether it’s water activities on the Atlantic of thousands of pilgrims and visitors to coastline, cruising on the Shannon Waterway, Connaught. religious pilgrimages, chilling out amongst The county also features the pilgrimage site an unspoilt landscape or driving along roads known as Croagh Patrick, which overlooks where motoring is still a pleasure, Connaught Clew Bay in County Mayo. This is considered has it all.

20th Franco-Irish Literary Festival

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Recommended Bars in Connaught Tigh Neachtain (Naughtons)


Just across the road from Galway’s justly celebrated Druid Theatre, the Neachtain family have been running this pub here since 1894. And the artsy crowd that congregate here are as likely to be treated to a live jazz trio as they are to the best in Irish trad.

This famous venue in the heart of Galway city is renowned as one of the best live music venues in the city. Across two stages, they host regular National & International acts. The friendly staff will assure you of a warm welcome and they serve great food in the Tavern along with free live music seven days a week.

17 Cross st, Galway Tel: 091 568 820

The Front Door

Dominick Street, Galway 091 583397

Bosh Bar and Restaurant

Whether you are looking for a bit of good quality food, hoping to catch some live music, or just want to watch the match, this is the place you’re looking for when you find yourself in Castlebar. Linenhall St., Castlebar, Co Mayo Tel: 094 925 0534

Matt Malloy’s One of Galway city’s most popular watering holes, The Front Door is a contemporary Irish bar with a late bar, live music and an extensive drinks menu. Located in Galway’s bustling Latin Quarter and spread across two floors The Front Door features five bars, including a stylish cocktail lounge and Sonny Molloy’s Whiskey Bar. The Front Door is the perfect spot to sample Galway’s nightlife. 8 Cross Street Upper, Galway, H91 YY06 Tel: (091) 563 757

This is exactly the kind of pub you’d expect the flute player with the Chieftains to have opened. And when he’s not on tour with them, you can expect to see Matt Malloy here in person, joining in on the sessions that take place within. Bridge St., Westport Tel: 098 26655

The Quays Bar Galway

Roísín Dubh

It might have changed hands a few years ago, but the Roísín Dubh is still the premier music venue in the West. In the past they played host to Ray Davies, The New York Dolls and Townes Van Zandt and, more recently the XX, DJ Shadow and Dinosaur Jr. The only difference is, they’ve got a beer garden on the roof now! Lower Dominick St., Galway Tel: 091 586 540 40


Located in the city centre in Galway’s vibrant ‘Latin Quarter’ The Quays Bar Galway is one of Galway’s most famous and historic drinking establishments. For close on 400 years The Quays has catered to both Galwegians and visitors to the city of Galway. The restaurant offers a carvery lunch and evening a la carte dinner. The Quays was awarded IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the year 2017. 11 Quay St, Galway Tel: (091) 568 347

Recommended Restaurants in Connaught Venice Italian Restaurant

Upstairs at Wood & Bell

This is somewhere special to spend the evening, with a relaxing atmosphere and fine dining at its best. Experience Venice’s fine Italian cuisine, with their distinctive taste and beautiful aromas you’ll be sure to have those tastebuds tickled. With stylish facilities, they offer an elegant dining experience that their attention to detail and exceptional service will ensure. Venice is the best Italian restaurant in Galway City Centre and boasts a wide range of tasty Italian dishes.

A new restaurant by the celebrated former Ireland rugby player Keith Wood is now open in the lakeside village of Killaloe, Co Clare. Led by executive chef Paddy Collins, Upstairs at Wood & Bell features a succinct and assured menu offering classic, French-influenced dishes. Many of the fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the restaurant’s own gardens which overlook Lough Derg and are managed by Keith’s wife, avid gardener Nicola Wood.

11 Lower Abbeygate St, Galway City Phone: 091 530-751. Email:

Main Street, Killaloe, Co Clare. Wednesday to Saturday, 5.30-9.45pm. Advance booking is advised. Tel: 061 517 480 Email Facebook: / woodandbell

Eala Bhán

If it’s fresh seafood or a prime steak you’re looking for, this is the place for you. Situated in the heart of Sligo this restaurant is warmly recommended by one and all, including Lucinda O’Sullivan and Georgina Campbell. Rockwood Parade, Sligo Town Tel: 071 914 5823

The Yew Tree Restaurant

Half way between Athlone and Roscommon, and a quarter of an hour’s drive from either, Aidan Murray has been head chef here for over 20 years. Superior bistro food. Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon Tel: 090 666 1255

An Port Mór Restaurant

Roasted pig cheeks with black pudding, and apple and vanilla sauce is just one of this award winning restaurant’s specialities. One of the finest restaurants in the West. 1 Brewery Place, Bridge St, Westport, Co. Mayo Tel: 098 26730

Péarla na Mara

Péarla na Mara offer Irish-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean touch in their restaurant in Oranmore. Using only the finest ingredients, locally sourced in the West and delivered daily specialising in fish, seafood, meat and poultry dishes, along with mouth-watering vegetarian dishes. Pair your meal with wines chosen from the carefully selected wine list. You are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine for a nominal corkage fee of €5 for any amount of wine bottles. Unit 10, Howley Square, Dublin Road, Oranmore Tel: 091 483900 Email:

Ashford Castle

Dating all the way back to 1228, this is one of the most imposing castles on the island. And where better to dine than in the George V dining room, built specially by the Guinness family when they hosted the Prince of Wales in 1906. Cong, Co. Mayo Tel: 094 954 6003

Upstairs @ West Restaurant

Situated in the luxury 4 star hotel The Twelve in Barna, minutes away from the city centre, this is one of Galway’s best kept secrets and is well worth a visit. The Twelve, Barna, Galway City Tel: 091 597 000

Brasserie on the Corner

Brasserie on the Corner on Galway’s Eglinton Street specialises in delectable seafood and steak dishes. They serve lunch and dinner and both menus are created with local, seasonal produce at their heart. These delicious offerings are created using produce from local suppliers. You will also be treated to an extensive and delicious wine and cocktail menu. You will truly find pride and passion on the plate! Brasserie On The Corner, Eglinton Street, Galway, Ireland Tel: +353 91 530333

Recommended Shopping Powerscourt Centre

Courtville – Matthew Weldon

Located in Dublin’s Creative Quarter on the bustling South William Street is the Powerscourt Centre. Housed in a stunning Georgian townhouse, the Powerscourt Centre has over 40 shops and restaurants and offers shoppers a wonderful city centre shopping experience. The centre offers a range of fashion stores, such as All Saints, French Connection and Mary Grant and if antiques are your thing then the Powerscourt Centre is the place to go. There are a number of antique stores in the centre, including Courtville Antiques, Delphi Antiques, Lilly Fine Art, The Silver Shop and Monte Cristo. If you’re planning a wedding in the near future, the Centre also offers a number of superb wedding outlets

Courtville is a traditional Dublin shop with a friendly atmosphere, in business over 50 years and based in the Antique Gallery within the Historic Powerscourt Townhouse. Their collection of vintage, antique and estate jewellery are sure to capture your imagination. They are envisioning a more personal, accessible and enjoyable world to trade fine jewellery and engagement rings. Authenticity is guaranteed on every piece.

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre Located at the top of Grafton Street, in the heart of Dublin city centre, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre hosts a wide variety of top retailers. Household names such as Dunnes Stores, Argos, Boots, Eason, United Colors of Benetton, Mothercare, Elverys, Golden Discs and TK Maxx can be found here. When you’re finished shopping, you can relax in one of the many lovely cafes, head for a pint in one of the many nearby pubs, or take a stroll across the road in St Stephen’s Green.

Jam Art Factory

Jam Art Factory was set up in 2011 by brothers John and Mark to showcase the work of Irish artists and designers. It specialises in digital art prints, street art, ceramics and some witty Dublin themed work. It has been shortlisted in The Irish Times “Best Shops in Ireland” 4 years in a row. 64 Patrick Street, Dublin 8 14 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 616 5671 and 42


Instagram: @matthew.weldons Antique Gallery - Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2 01-6794042

Tights Department Tights Dept. is an Irish owned store specialising in Italian legwear. They offer a full range of classic and fashion hosiery: tights, socks (men and women), hold-ups, stockings, leggings and more, they also stock a collection of tops and vests. Top brands: Omsa, Emilio Cavallini, Trasparenze, Omero and Happy Socks.

Celtic Whiskey Shop

Ireland’s premier Irish whiskey specialists with a remarkable selection of beloved, rare and hard to find bottlings and shop exclusives. It boasts a knowledgeable and friendly staff who are proud and passionate about products, and are always on hand to offer advice. Feel free to pop in where we serve up in-store whiskey tastings all day everyday! If you're travelling, our staff can either wrap your purchases in protective wrapping or arrange shipping to national and international destinations. 27 – 28 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 6759744

Mitchell & Son Wine Merchants

Unit 108, 1st Floor, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2, Ireland D02 VF67 Shop online: (deliver worldwide)

Designer Exchange

Ireland’s only dedicated pre-loved and authentic designer handbag and accessory store, Designer Exchange stock all the leading designer brands such as DKNY, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. They offer incredible savings on these top designer brands. 53 Dawnson Street, Dublin 2. 35 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 612 8080

Since 1805, family-owned Mitchell & Son have been providing Fine Wines & Spirits to the people of Ireland. Now in the hands of the 7th generation, they offer a high quality selection of New & Old World Wines, Champagne, & fortified wines. Home to the Green and Yellow Spot Irish Whiskeys, they also have a wide selection of Irish, Scotch, & Japanese whiskies, and other fine spirits. With a superb selection of Riedel Glassware and decanters, Coravin Wine System, and Le Creuset wine accessories, they are one of the most diverse independent wine merchants in Ireland. Mitchell & Son also offer Wine and Whiskey Appreciation courses that provide an understanding of the Irish market and a chance to explore your tastes. CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin, D01 FC89 Tel: 01 612 5540

Recommended Shopping The Donegal Shop

The Donegal Shop is an independently owned and family run Irish business. They are specialists in Donegal homespun tweeds and knitted products. The store offers a range of knitwear, aran sweaters and accessories for both women and men, all crafted using techniques handed down through generations of Donegal artists. Mention Travel Ireland to get a 10% discount 2nd Floor, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2 01 475 4621

James Fox


Puro offers innovative collections of contemporary urban-wear and luxury sneakers from emerging talents as well as world renowned designers. Brands include Pal Zileri, Joop!, Baldessarini, Guess, Philippe Model, Gold Brothers, Android Homme, Mallet and many more. Puro is the only Irish stockist of many of these brands and while we feel a visit to this beautiful store is a must to truly appreciate the collections, you can also shop or browse first online at 34 Wicklow Street, Dublin, Ireland Call (01) 558 1406

The Kilkenny Shop

Amelia’s is home to a selection of beautiful gallery pieces that are perfect for the home or a present for someone special. They stock a range of art and studio ceramics lovingly handcrafted by makers from all over the country, specialising in local makers from the North-West of Ireland. There are little gifts and keepsakes for the everyday too! All pieces are handpicked by owner Frances Spears. She has over 20 years experience in the design and antiques business so you know you’re in good hands when you pay a visit to Amelia’s Irish Design. 29 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny Co. Donegal 087 2434060

Mackintosh by Francis Campelli

Mackintoshes were first produced in Ireland in 1889 and Francis Campelli has been involved in the production of them for almost 40 years so you know you’re in the most experienced hands The Kilkenny Shop is Ireland’s largest emporium when you visit this store. for Irish designed products; from fashion and They offer the finest quality, waterproof jewellery to homeware, handmade crafts and crystal. For over five decades, the Kilkenny Shop has Mackintoshes for men and women from stock or made to measure been supporting Irish design talent, stocking top designers like Waterford Crystal, Orla Kiely, Aideen from €485, as well as a range of leather bags, satchels and accessories. Bodkin, Nicholas Mosse and Stephen Pearce. 6 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 01 6777066

Irish Linen House

For over 135 years, James Fox Cigar and Whiskey Store has been Dublin’s focal point for lovers of Irish whiskey and premium Cuban cigars. Here you will find Ireland’s largest selection of handmade Cuban cigars, including rare and vintage stock. James Fox also stock a large range of premium Irish whiskeys and spirits to satisfy the most discerning palates. Tax-Free shopping available in-store and online. 119 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel: (01) 677 0533 Email: Website:

Amelia’s Irish Design

Irish Linen House create handmade tablerunners, placemats and napkins made from the finest Irish linen. Each piece of the collection is uniquely made, fusing historical elements with a modern, contemporary edge and has caught the attention of worldwide stores including Barneys of New York. Just up the road from the Jameson Distillery, their Smithfield store is the perfect place to pick up a unique piece of Ireland. Nr. Jameson Distillery, Bow Street Smithfield Village, Dublin 7 01-5329572 / 083-3010502 01 820 8774

46 South William Street, Dublin 2 01 6088608


This charming store in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is the perfect place to pick up a unique souvenir of your time in Ireland. They stock homeware from around the world, including Irish designers - with everything from Irish woollen throws, glass vases and stationery on offer and the friendly staff are always on hand to offer help and advice. Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2 01 679 9268 MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE


Explore Connaught

Westport House

Kylemore Abbey Few places on earth have the tranquillity and beauty of Kylemore Abbey and its majestic Victorian walled garden, which won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award in 2002.The garden comprises of roughly 6 acres and is divided in two by a natural mountain stream. The eastern half comprises of the flower or pleasure garden, glass houses and gardeners’ houses. While the kitchen garden makes up the other half of the garden and is predominantly given over to the growing of food.

Glencar Waterfall Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. The most dramatic waterfall descends from a 50ft rocky headland into a deep pool below in a haze of white spray. A paved path to the viewing area provides a wonderful vantage point from which to view the waterfall which is particularly spectacular during wet conditions.

Arigna Mining Experience Discover what coal mining life was like for coal miners in the Arigna Valley in Roscommon from the 1700’s until its closure in 1990. Visit the exhibition area to discover the history of the mine and then take an underground tour of the mine, where the methods used to extract coal are demonstrated, with lighting and sound effects added for authenticity.




Dún Aonghasa National Museum of Ireland - Country Life The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar houses exhibits showing how rural people in Ireland lived from the time of the Great Famine right up until the 1950s. The museum features four levels of interactive displays and exhibitions that offer a fascinating insight into the lives of the rural Irish people in years gone by.

Connemara Mullaghmore is one of the surfing capitals of the Irish Atlantic coastline, and is recognised as one of the top surfing destinations in the world. Surfers and windsurfers from all over the world have ridden waves up to 15 metres (49 ft) high off Mullaghmore Head. The area is also safe for bathing, and has all the modern facilities that you could wish for to make your stay enjoyable.

Westport House is one of the finest country houses in Ireland and since it opened to the public in the 1960s, over four million visitors have passed through its doors. There are over 30 rooms on show, where visitors can immerse themselves in over 500 years of history, going back to the time when the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley ruled the estate. There is loads for the whole family to enjoy on the estate, including the Pirate Adventure Park, the Birds of Prey Centre and the Westport Train Tour.

Connemara is a world of unspoilt natural beauty, rolling hills, leafy glens and crystal clear mountain streams all overlooked by towering majestic mountains. Travel from the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog, to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. This wondrous landscape is bounded on the West, South and North by the Atlantic Ocean.

Located on Inismór in the Aran Islands, Dún Aonghasa is one of the best examples of a semi-circular stone fort in Europe. Located on the 300ft cliffside on the south of the island, it is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions and offers stunning views that stretch the length of the island.

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the picturesque town of Westport, and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views of Clew Bay and the surrounding countryside. It was on the summit of this mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD, and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation. On the last day in July 25,000 pilgrims climb it, and over a million people visit Croagh Patrick every year.

Welcome to Ulster

The Giants Causway Photo: @storytravelers The Ancient Irish province of Ulster, made up of 9 counties, was partitioned in 1921 and six of the counties in it now make up Northern Ireland. These are Fermanagh, Antrim, Down, Derry/Londonderry, Armagh, and Tyrone. The other three counties are Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. County Fermanagh has over 300 square miles of water, 365 islands, breathtaking scenery, the mystical Marble Arch Caves Geo Park, world class fishing and more historic monuments than you could shake a stick at. In short, Fermanagh is a Lakeland Paradise. County Donegal is in the northwest of the

‘Hills of Donegal’ consist of two major ranges, the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Bluestack Mountains in the south, with Mount Errigal at 751 metres the highest peak. The Slieve League cliffs are the second highest sea cliffs in Europe, while Donegal’s Malin Head is the most northerly point on the island of Ireland.

new Titanic Quarter and the Odyssey Arena to name but a few. This vibrant city has a culture all of its own and its restaurants, theatres and nightlife are amazingly good value.

Mount Errigal

Belfast Republic of Ireland. The name “Donegal” comes from the Irish, meaning “the fort of the foreigners”. The county consists chiefly of low mountains, with a deeply indented coastline forming natural loughs, of which Lough Swilly is the most notable. The famous mountains or

County Antrim with its beautiful coast road and famous glens is the most north easterly county on the island. On a worldwide scale Antrim’s most famous attraction is the Giants Causeway. However the renowned ‘Glens of Antrim’, the Bushmills Distillery and Carrickfergus Castle are well worth visiting as well. Belfast City too has many things to see including the grandeur of the City Hall, the

Linsfort Church, Co. Donegal MARCH 2019 - TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE


Recommended Restaurants in Ulster Ox

Having won the Best Newcomer Award in 2013, Ox took Best Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Wine Experience in Antrim for 2014. Chic, smart and very good.

The Ginger Bistro


1 Oxford St, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9031 4121

55 Degrees North Located in Belfast’s historic Linenhall Street just behind City Hall, this is one of the best dining experiences you will find here in the city centre in Belfast. Its chic boutique surroundings make it very much the place to see and be seen.

This family run business has been open since 2005. And this stylish restaurant has been receiving plaudits ever since, both for the quality of its food, and the spectacular views of the Atlantic that it offers. 1 Causeway St, Portrush, Co Antrim Tel: 0044 28 7082 2811

The ginger in question is owner chef Simon McCance, and since relocating here closer to the centre his reputation for producing quality food at surprisingly reasonable prices has got even stronger. 7-8 Hope St, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9024 4421

Deane’s Restaurant

7-11 Linenhall St, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9031 1150


They serve deliberately simple, Frenchinfluenced food here using only the best seasonal ingredients, and all served at a reasonable price in an elegant location. And you can have a drink in the cocktail bar in the basement while you are waiting for your table. 253 Lisburn Rd, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9038 1655

Vanilla Restaurant

Local man Darren Ireland opened this smart new establishment here in 2009, and it’s one of the best quality bistros on the East coast.

Telfords Restaurant

Overlooking the river Lagan and situated in a maritime building that dates back to 1843, Telfords operates on three levels and is in walking distance from the Waterfront Hall, the Odyssey complex and the Ulster Hall.

67 Main St, Newcastle Tel: 0044 28 4372 2268

Lough Erne Resort

5 Donegall Quay, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9043 4000

Sun Kee Restaurant

One of the best Chinese restaurants in Belfast, the Lo family have been producing impressively adventurous and authentic Chinese cuisine here for years. 42-7 Donegall Pass, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9031 2016 Michael Deane trained at London’s prestigious Claridges and since returning to Belfast he has opened up a number of top quality restaurants across the city. And losing the Michelin star he had in 2011 has he says liberated him, allowing him to concentrate on the food without having to worry about critics. 36-40 Howard St, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9033 1134



In the city’s busy Botanic Avenue, this is one of the city’s few authentic sushi bars, but they also serve a variety of fusion dishes if sushi is not your thing. A superior Japanese restaurant. 82 Botanic Av, Belfast Tel: 0044 28 9043 9590

Speranza Restaurant

This 5 star hotel just outside the town of Enniskillen is quite simply one of the most spectacularly situated hotel resorts you will find anywhere in Europe.

Lusty Beg

This island spa is set on 75 acres in the heart of the lakes of Fermanagh, and where better to unwind than in its award winning restaurant.

Hand made oven baked pizzas are one of the specialities here, but there is a wide choice of all types of Italian food on offer here in one of Belfast’s finest Italian restaurants.

Belleek Rd, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh Tel: 0044 28 6632 3230

Boa Island, Kesh, Co Fermanagh Tel: 0044 28 6863 3300

16-9 Shaftesbury Av, Belfast Tel: 044 28 9023 0213


ARMAGH – THE REAL HOME OF SAINT PATRICK Armagh is set to mark the real ‘Home of St Patrick’ with their 10-day festival taking place from March 8 - 18.

The county has always known how to celebrate the world-famous patron saint and the unique links, heritage and history the ecclesiastical capital has with St Patrick. This year – with the arrival of the Home of St. Patrick festival – Armagh boasts a stacked programme featuring 30 events – providing local, national and international visitors an unrivalled opportunity to explore St Patrick’s legacy. Over the ten days, the festival will showcase the capital’s multiple iconic venues. These include the two stunning Cathedrals of St Patrick, the earthiness of Navan Centre & Fort, as well as the city’s acclaimed Palace Demesne, Robinson Library and Market Place Theatre. There are walks, talks, tours, music, comedy, dance and unlimited festival fun to entertain everyone, every day. A highlight of the festival is The ‘Tain’



tapestries by Louis le Brocquy, one of Ireland’s foremost painters. The exhibition will captivate visitors at the Market Place Theatre with its illustrative works that depict heroic stories of a bygone age. One can also join Armagh’s very own JB Vallely, perhaps Ireland’s greatest living artist, on Saturday, March 9 for a unique tour to hear and see the enthralling stories, landscapes and history that influenced his works, and enjoy lunch along the way. Bringing traditional music back to his roots and fresh from a collaboration with Ed Sheeran, Brian Finnegan along with some of his musical friends, will be performing at the Church of Ireland Cathedral on Friday, March 15. Another major festival highlight is the ‘Celebrate St. Patrick’ choral extravaganza,

taking place on Saturday, March 9 led by prominent composer and acclaimed presenter John Anderson. Join in the celebration of the patron saint in the setting of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. The festival organisers say the exciting blend of words, music and dance, traditional and classical, ancient and modern, sacred and secular make this an event not to be missed. Meanwhile, kick off the big day itself early on Sunday, March 17 by enjoying ‘Sunrise with Patrick’ at Navan Centre & Fort from 5.30am. Feel captivated with song, stories – and a hearty breakfast – while immersing yourself in the past. The Primates of All Ireland, Archbishops Clarke and Martin, will also be providing a warm welcome to those commemorating St Patrick’s Day with a joint lunchtime event in the shared space of The Shambles Yard between the two magnificent Cathedrals in the city centre.

The St Patrick’s Day celebrations continue right throughout the afternoon with a day of free family fun and a concert at The Shambles Yard. The festival says the live music, entertainment and workshops will be sure to enthuse the young and not so young. ‘St Patrick’s Family Day’ at Solitude Park, Banbridge, on Monday, March 18 is another unmissable festivity.The event is guaranteed to make the day fly by with free activities, including live music, workshops and entertainment. To view the full programme and for more information on free and ticketed events, including booking, visit stpatrick. Alternatively, phone Armagh Visitor Information on 028 3752 1800 or email The Home of St Patrick Festival is just the first

of many great events and activities taking place in Armagh this Spring. The Apple Blossom Festival runs from May 10 - 12 whereby apple producers and related businesses will open their farms for a wide range of events. Long Meadow Cider Company are offering Orchard Tours, Art in the Orchard - an opportunity for attendees to let their inner artist free - and a Flower Installation workshop. Also, the home to the original Bramley Apple producer in the county, Crannagael House, is offering a Bramley Beginnings tour. Plus, Dan Winters Cottage will be producing tempting apple puddings with their Blossom to Griddle event while National Trust property Ardress House will celebrate the blossom season with Apple Blossom Sundays, a chance for the family to enjoy orchard activities and tastes.

Another notable event taking place this Spring in Armagh is the F.E. McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge’s exhibition Locky Morris: once a day every day all day long. It focuses on the Northern Irish artist’s work made since 2010. The gallery say Morris is a master at finding beauty in the quotidian details of life and that he has created unexpected and often humorous art out of his everyday experiences. Admission is free and the exhibition continues until May 18. Also with the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings, Brownlow House in Lurgan is home to an interactive WW2 exhibition. As the HQ during this period, the location hosted a large US Army contingent, with many secret operations being planned there. Admission to that exhibition is also free. For further information on activities and offers visit



Recommended Bars in Ulster The Crown Liquor Saloon

Located in Belfast’s Cathedral district, very unusually this pub is owned by the Belfast Unemployment Resource Centre, which was opened by local poet, socialist and Freeman of the City, John Hewitt. Hence the name. They’ve an extensive range of craft beers, both on tap and in bottles. And if that’s not enough, they even have a genuine gin palace! Which includes locally made Shortcross Gin. 51 Donegall St., Belfast Tel: 028 9023 3768

White’s Tavern

Dating all the way back to 1630, this is the oldest tavern in Belfast, and one of the oldest anywhere on these islands. You can warm yourself by the fire downstairs where you’ll find the original pub, whilst upstairs they’ve opened a second bar where more livelier fare goes down. 2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast Tel: 028 9024 3080

Kelly’s Cellars Now owned by the National trust, this is one of the most justly famous pubs to be found anywhere in Britain or Ireland, with its mixture of oak panelling, leather chairs and its exquisite, ornate Victorian tiling. And, just as you’d expect, they’ve a wonderful selection of real ales and home made food. 46 Great Victoria St, Belfast Tel: 028 9024 3187

This is the oldest pub proper in Belfast, dating back to 1720. Stone floors, white washed walls, and traditional Irish music rings through its low ceilinged rooms. It’s like finding a country pub in the middle of the city. 30-32 Bank St, Belfast Tel: 028 9024 6058

The Duke Of York

The John Hewitt

One of the liveliest pubs in town, its walls are busy with paraphernalia and whatnots, and the place is hopping with (mostly) young people who fill the place up all weekend and most of the week. And if you are looking to treat yourself to a sneaky, antique whiskey, look no further. 7-11 Commercial Ct, Belfast Tel: 028 9024 1062

Peadar O’Donnell’s

There are three bars to choose from here at this famous Derry pub, and music to suit any and all tastes. You can move from an impromptu session that might have materialised magically in the corner of the traditional bar downstairs, to a gig proper upstairs in the Gweedore. Before coming back downstairs to what they swear is the best pint in Derry. 59-63 Waterloo St., Derry Tel: 028 7126 7295 50



Renowned for bestowing the gift of eloquence Spring in the gardens at Blarney Castle is always an exciting period. New life is exploding everywhere in the estate, with splashes of colour and fresh growth around every corner. Dainty white snowdrops are the first to emerge, often pushing boldly through frosty or snowy ground. These are swiftly followed by drifts of crocuses and daffodils throughout the ornamental gardens, while the early rhododendrons around the mansion and Himalayan walk dazzle with their vivid flowers. As Ireland’s only wildlife estate it stands to reason that this haven so close to the city, is a wonderful location to watch nature waking up from its winter slumber. You may spot a red squirrel foraging in the woods or a robin surveying his territory as he looks for a mate. With such magic all around it’s no surprise that Blarney’s gardens are the most visited in Ireland.

February - 9am - 5pm (Last Admission 4pm) March - 9am - 6pm (Last Admission 5pm) (Only 5 miles from Cork) ■

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