BeoirFest online beer festival

BeoirFest Brings Beer Festivals Online

June 16, 2020

BeoirFest (from the Irish word for Beer) is an online beer festival designed not for “beer geeks” but for the casual beer drinker. The number of independent craft brewers in Ireland have grown rapidly in the last 15 years but most are small and struggle to get their story out to the wider market. At the […]

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the choctaw help the irish

Repaying The Choctaw Generosity

May 6, 2020

Five years ago we wrote a post that told of the history of the Choctaw Donation to help the people of Ireland during the Great Famine. It’s an incredible story of empathy, generosity and human spirit during a time of suffering for two nations. In 1847 the Choctaw nation raised the sum of $170 to […]

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This Video From Jiggy Got 22 Million Views – And Will Put A Smile On Your Face

November 16, 2018

Jiggy are an Irish band that mix traditional Irish folk with world and dance influences. They put together a video for their song “Silent Place” that you just have to see. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.    

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clouds avoid ireland in June 2018

The Stats About Ireland’s Record-Breaking Summer of 2018

September 6, 2018

This summer is one that will be remembered (assuming global warming doesn’t put it to shame next year). It was a summer that saw records fall for rainfall, temperature and drought. Let’s take a look at the stats from Met Eireann.   Temperatures All mean seasonal temperatures across the country were above their long-term average, […]

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dublin pub

Ireland Is Running Out Of Pubs

September 5, 2018

In a shock state of affairs it turns out the number of pubs across Ireland is dropping. Despite a growing population the number of pubs in the country has dropped from 8,617 in 2005 to 7,140 in 2017. That’s a 17.1% drop in just 12 years. At this rate the country will be effectively pub […]

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One of europe's best travel experiences

Whiskey Helps Ireland Become The Best Travel Experience In Europe

August 30, 2018

Trip Advisor, as you probably know, is one of the busiest travel websites in the world. This gives it a unique view on the pulse of how people travel, what they look for and what they think. After an analysis of their millions of reviews they have just published a report on the worlds best […]

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Pope John Paul II in Ireland

How well do your know the Papal Visit of 1979?

August 22, 2018

In 1979 Pope John Paul II visited Ireland. It was a huge event in the life of the country and seemed to solidify the position of the Catholic Church in the nation. Events in the years after shook the faith that people had in the institution and the results in recent referenda on same-sex marriage […]

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Rose Of Tralee Greeting

Charting The Popularity Of The Rose Of Tralee: Why It Was More Popular In The 1940’s.

August 20, 2018

The Rose Of Tralee festival is happening right now in the eponymous town. And it seems to remain as popular as ever. Even more so since it’s first run way back in 1959. But mentions of The Rose Of Tralee peaked long before the festival. As you are probably aware the Rose of Tralee Festival […]

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view of the bed in the Guinness gravity bar

Tonight Someone Is Sleeping In The Guinness Gravity Bar

April 24, 2017

It’s Europe’s most popular tourist destination, but tonight only, someone will actually sleep in the Guinness Gravity Bar in Dublin. The iconic glass bar at the top of the Guinness Experience in Dublin is usually a place for crowds of people to try a real Guinness. But staying there overnight is not an option, no […]

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Tweet announcing Ireland's win

Ireland Is Named The Best Place In Europe To Visit – Again!

January 7, 2017

Travel Weekly has been named the best place in Europe by travel agents in the US. This is the third time in a row it has won the award. The poll was conducted by Travel Weekly, the leading weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals. 15,000 of its members voted. This is the […]

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false teeth smiling

Did You Know Ireland’s Obsessed With Dentists?

December 30, 2016

Think of teeth and dentists and you probably consider one of two clichés; Glow-in-the-dark American teeth or crooked British ones. But in fact Ireland is the 2nd most obsessed country in the world when it comes to dentists. Take a look at this chart from Google on searches for “Dentist”. In first place is Britain […]

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Coast Guard Rescues Rescuers Rescuing A Bullock. Bullock Dies.

November 15, 2016

A bullock got stranded down in Ballybunion requiring eight Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue members to go and save it. Only four fit in a boat so it had to make two trips. After the second trip the rescue boat had engine trouble and had to return to base, leaving 5 members behind with the […]

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