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Oktoberfest is coming to Dublin Docklands!
2008-10-09 20:02:00
It's the event everyone aspires to get to, and now it's coming to Dublin ! Get set to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival this month as the first Paulaner Oktoberfest comes to the Dublin Docklands, running from 9th - 19th October. The traditional German market will feature over thirty German speciality food producers and German traders, visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. You will also have the opportunity to experience Paulaner, a truly authentic Bavarian style wheat beer and one of only six beers permitted to exhibit at Munich's legendary Oktoberfest.Learn to sing a yodel or dance a polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians, Die Alpen-show, will also play throughout the ten-day event. General admission to the Paulaner Oktoberfest is free and corporate tickets are available from ?52 per person. For further information, please ...
Alpacas are a hit with tourists in Clare
2008-08-17 18:58:00
A herd of alpacas in Co. Clare is proving to be as big tourist attraction as such local sights as the Cliffs of Moher. Tour buses of US and European holidaymakers in the Burren region have been stopping off to take snaps of the animals, which are native to Peru but have been imported into the rugged limestone area. Academic-turned-farmer Damien Dyar now hopes to develop his farm to accommodate school trips. The psychologist wants to help schoolchildren to learn about the animals as well as the Burren landscape.
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Guinness Tastes Better In Dublin
2008-08-11 19:41:00
Guinness Tastes Better In Dublin By Elisha BurberryGuinness is the world?s most popular dark stout and is named after Arthur Guinness - the man who first brewed his Irish ale over 250 years ago at the St. James Gate brewery in Dublin. Ask any Irishman and they?ll tell you that there is no place like the Irish capital in which to drink Guinness; not only does it taste better than anywhere else in the world, but you also get to experience the legendary Irish ?craic?!St. James Gate sits close to the River Liffey and is a big stone arch that has been the symbolic entrance to the Guinness Brewery for almost two and a half centuries. The brewery in the heart of Dublin now extends over 64 acres and not only does it provide Guinness for the whole of Ireland, but also the USA and many other parts of the World. It is so much more than a working brewery as it also includes a spectacular visitor centre boasting two restaurants, three bars and a shop.The founder of it all, Arthur Guinness, benefi...
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Spencer Tunick in Ireland
2008-06-21 16:45:00
Around 2,700 people in Dublin shed their clothes in the early hours of this morning in the name of art! They all get naked to have their photograph taken by American photographer Spencer Tunick .He is recognized worldwide for his elaborately posed still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. His temporary site-specific installations have taken place around the globe in cities including Montreal, Melbourne, Lyon, London, Newcastle-Gateshead, Santiago, New York, Mexico City and Barcelona to name a few. Tunick gathers volunteers to participate in the making of his work which, in the past, have totaled anywhere from 100 - 18,000 participants. The photograph from his Greenpeace project on Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland was named Time Magazine's Picture of the Year 2007. 18,000 people in Mexico city While most of the city was asleep the participants gathered at 3am at South Wall in Dublin Docklands. The shoot was then done on the Pigeon House Road at the Docklands. ...
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Gulliver comes to Dublin Docklands
2008-04-13 22:52:00
The chosen book for this year's Dublin : "One City, One Book" is Gulliver 's Travels by Jonathan Swift, and the Docklands is the place to see Gulliver himself in form of a giant sand sculpture. To celebrate Gulliver's visit to Dublin, sculptors Duthain Dealbh began carving in sand outside the chq building in the IFSC on April 2nd. Two weeks later and a 4-metre, giant Gulliver is resting under the arch on George's Dock.Almost 20 events and exhibitions will be held throughout the capital in April for both adults and children. City Hall will play host to Gulliver's Dublin - Eamon Morrissey's acclaimed one man show which will run for four nights (15th - 18th April). Other events taking place throughout April include adult's and children's film screenings at the Irish Film Institute; children's interactive theatrical workshops in Dublin City Libraries; academic talks on Swift and Dublin; and specially curated exhibitions in City Hall, the National Library of Ireland and Pearse Str...
Gulliver comes to Dublin Docklands
2008-04-13 22:52:00
The chosen book for this year's Dublin : "One City, One Book" is Gulliver 's Travels by Jonathan Swift, and the Docklands is the place to see Gulliver himself in form of a giant sand sculpture. To celebrate Gulliver's visit to Dublin, sculptors Duthain Dealbh began carving in sand outside the chq building in the IFSC on April 2nd. Two weeks later and a 4-metre, giant Gulliver is resting under the arch on George's Dock.Almost 20 events and exhibitions will be held throughout the capital in April for both adults and children. City Hall will play host to Gulliver's Dublin - Eamon Morrissey's acclaimed one man show which will run for four nights (15th - 18th April). Other events taking place throughout April include adult's and children's film screenings at the Irish Film Institute; children's interactive theatrical workshops in Dublin City Libraries; academic talks on Swift and Dublin; and specially curated exhibitions in City Hall, the National Library of Ireland and Pearse Str...
New car hire engine on Roadtoireland.eu!
2007-12-02 19:57:00
We have just launched on our Independent Guide to Ireland, new CarTrawler's AJAX car hire booking engine engine, giving you access to the best car hire rates in Ireland. By using the latest technology you are able to retrieve pricing, availability and also confirm bookings as close to one hour before pickup time. Now you can choose from over 450 car hire suppliers in 134 countries, with one click.
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New car hire engine on Roadtoireland.eu!
2007-12-02 19:57:00
We have just launched on our Independent Guide to Ireland, new CarTrawler's AJAX car hire booking engine engine, giving you access to the best car hire rates in Ireland. By using the latest technology you are able to retrieve pricing, availability and also confirm bookings as close to one hour before pickup time. Now you can choose from over 450 car hire suppliers in 134 countries, with one click.
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Smithfield on ice
2007-11-01 20:38:00
Apparently Smithfield on ice is no more! Dublin City Council announced yesterday that the popular ice-rink event, which has been held in Smithfield, Dublin during Christmas for the past five years, will not go ahead this year. The partnership which ran the event has dissolved and the remaining interest, RSVP Event Management, is not in a position to deliver the project, the council announced.
Smithfield on ice
2007-11-01 20:38:00
Apparently Smithfield on ice is no more! Dublin City Council announced yesterday that the popular ice-rink event, which has been held in Smithfield, Dublin during Christmas for the past five years, will not go ahead this year. The partnership which ran the event has dissolved and the remaining interest, RSVP Event Management, is not in a position to deliver the project, the council announced.
Adidas Dublin Marathon
2007-10-31 23:37:00
Today, once the worst pain is hopefully gone, and our knees are bending again we can write few words about last Monday?s experience!Before startEleven thousand people, a couple of comedians, few leprechauns, Blues Brothers and Donald Duck took to the streets of the city on Monday to be part of the 28th Adidas Dublin Marathon , and among them us. It may sound a bit mad ? who, in their right mind, would want to rise early on Bank Holiday and run 26 miles through streets of Dublin? In realty we run Dublin Marathon for the same reasons other climb a mountain ? because it?s there! The goal was simply to get to the top, to cross the finish line. StartOf course there is, within every city marathon, another event altogether, for competitors and athletes. But this is strictly minority affair of the concern to no more than 10%. The real hart of this spectacle were thousands of participants, all shapes and makes of ordinary people, running for as many different reasons, as there are participant...
Adidas Dublin Marathon
2007-10-31 23:37:00
Today, once the worst pain is hopefully gone, and our knees are bending again we can write few words about last Monday?s experience!Before startEleven thousand people, a couple of comedians, few leprechauns, Blues Brothers and Donald Duck took to the streets of the city on Monday to be part of the 28th Adidas Dublin Marathon , and among them us. It may sound a bit mad ? who, in their right mind, would want to rise early on Bank Holiday and run 26 miles through streets of Dublin? In realty we run Dublin Marathon for the same reasons other climb a mountain ? because it?s there! The goal was simply to get to the top, to cross the finish line. StartOf course there is, within every city marathon, another event altogether, for competitors and athletes. But this is strictly minority affair of the concern to no more than 10%. The real hart of this spectacle were thousands of participants, all shapes and makes of ordinary people, running for as many different reasons, as there are participant...
Ireland top list for friendliness
2007-10-17 23:10:00
According to Lonely Planet travel guide, Ireland is now the friendliest nation on planet!?Centuries of turmoil, conquest and famine ? and subsequent immigration ? have certainly taken their toll on the Irish; it?s left them with a delicious dark sense of humor and a welcoming attitude towards strangers? claims the guide.That famous ability of the Irish to find the craic (fun times with convivial company ;-) ) in bum or bust times ? means you?re always in for a treat.?And it isn?t just the lack of food or abundance of invaders, that according to the book, has made Irish so happy ? the sorting out of that unfortunate business up north has boosted Irish moods to an all-time high.?These days, after the end of ?Troubles?, a cautious optimism reigns supreme, infecting the land once again with the sense that anything?s possible? it adds.The tip-driven smiles of the Americans have landed the US in second place, though residents of few nations may not agree.?Blamed for the coming of World Wa...
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Ireland top list for friendliness
2007-10-17 23:10:00
According to Lonely Planet travel guide, Ireland is now the friendliest nation on planet!?Centuries of turmoil, conquest and famine ? and subsequent immigration ? have certainly taken their toll on the Irish; it?s left them with a delicious dark sense of humor and a welcoming attitude towards strangers? claims the guide.That famous ability of the Irish to find the craic (fun times with convivial company ;-) ) in bum or bust times ? means you?re always in for a treat.?And it isn?t just the lack of food or abundance of invaders, that according to the book, has made Irish so happy ? the sorting out of that unfortunate business up north has boosted Irish moods to an all-time high.?These days, after the end of ?Troubles?, a cautious optimism reigns supreme, infecting the land once again with the sense that anything?s possible? it adds.The tip-driven smiles of the Americans have landed the US in second place, though residents of few nations may not agree.?Blamed for the coming of World Wa...
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49 surfers on a single wave!
2007-08-23 20:58:00
We were so excited about the Saturday?s race that we nearly missed it! On Saturday, surfers in Lahinch in County Clare once again smashed the world record for the largest number of people to ride the same wave simultaneously. At about 5.45pm, 49 surfers managed to stay in formation for the required five seconds, thus breaking the previous record of 44, set on the very same beach a year ago. Lahinch will host another attempt to break it?s own record in May next year.
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49 surfers on a single wave!
2007-08-23 20:58:00
We were so excited about the Saturday?s race that we nearly missed it! On Saturday, surfers in Lahinch in County Clare once again smashed the world record for the largest number of people to ride the same wave simultaneously. At about 5.45pm, 49 surfers managed to stay in formation for the required five seconds, thus breaking the previous record of 44, set on the very same beach a year ago. Lahinch will host another attempt to break it?s own record in May next year.
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Adidas Frank Duffy 10 miles run
2007-08-21 23:49:00
For those training for the Dublin Marathon in October Adidas organised series of races that offer opportunity to test you at short distances ahead of October's race. Last Saturday we took part in Frank Duffy 10 miles run, second race of the series.10 miles = 16.09344 kilometers. If in the beginning of July someone would have told me that I?ll be able to run 10 miles I would laugh at him (or her). It all started few weeks ago, on 12th July, when we signed (with no training - I know a bit irresponsible) for the 5 mile run and ??? we did it! From then we were preparing to the 10 mile race. We arrived at the race HQ in Castleknock College at 9am (the race commenced at 10am), the college gym was already completely filled up with people patiently waiting in queues to collect race number and goodie bag. One could see runners of all ages ? impatient and eager to run teenagers and full of energy older athletes ? it proves that running is a sport for everybody! 20 minute walk to the start li...
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Adidas Frank Duffy 10 miles run
2007-08-21 23:49:00
For those training for the Dublin Marathon in October Adidas organised series of races that offer opportunity to test you at short distances ahead of October's race. Last Saturday we took part in Frank Duffy 10 miles run, second race of the series.10 miles = 16.09344 kilometers. If in the beginning of July someone would have told me that I?ll be able to run 10 miles I would laugh at him (or her). It all started few weeks ago, on 12th July, when we signed (with no training - I know a bit irresponsible) for the 5 mile run and ??? we did it! From then we were preparing to the 10 mile race. We arrived at the race HQ in Castleknock College at 9am (the race commenced at 10am), the college gym was already completely filled up with people patiently waiting in queues to collect race number and goodie bag. One could see runners of all ages ? impatient and eager to run teenagers and full of energy older athletes ? it proves that running is a sport for everybody! 20 minute walk to the start li...
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Vikings finally arrived
2007-08-15 23:27:00
They finally arrived. A full size reconstructed Viking Warship ?Havingsten?, known also as Sea Stallion of Glendalough, has arrived to Dublin yesterday around lunch time. Before one could see the boat, one could hear warning sirens of ships docked on the Liffey and bells in local churches ? like almost 1000 years ago they were trying to warn citizens against the Viking invasion! There was no panic today, like more there would be in medieval times. Crowd of tourist on both sides of the river, reinforced with curious office workers that have just gone out for lunch, freezed in excitement.First one could see port authority and fire brigade ships; only then between them there was Havingsten sailing proudly powered only by big orange and yellow sail. The After few minutes the sail was lowered and the sailors, encouraged by the crowds, started to row. The Sea Stallion is docked on the Liffey close to IFSC and will be moved tomorrow overnight to the National Museum in Collins Barracks. O...
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Vikings finally arrived
2007-08-15 23:27:00
They finally arrived. A full size reconstructed Viking Warship ?Havingsten?, known also as Sea Stallion of Glendalough, has arrived to Dublin yesterday around lunch time. Before one could see the boat, one could hear warning sirens of ships docked on the Liffey and bells in local churches ? like almost 1000 years ago they were trying to warn citizens against the Viking invasion! There was no panic today, like more there would be in medieval times. Crowd of tourist on both sides of the river, reinforced with curious office workers that have just gone out for lunch, freezed in excitement.First one could see port authority and fire brigade ships; only then between them there was Havingsten sailing proudly powered only by big orange and yellow sail. The After few minutes the sail was lowered and the sailors, encouraged by the crowds, started to row. The Sea Stallion is docked on the Liffey close to IFSC and will be moved tomorrow overnight to the National Museum in Collins Barracks. O...
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Flights from Knock to New York & Boston
2007-08-13 00:39:00
From the end of May Ireland West Airport Knock is connected with FK Airport New York and Boston Logan International Airport. It's a first scheduled transatlantic service with a low cost carrier flyglobespan.com from Knock, located midway between Galway and Donegal. The Scottish carrier operates three services a week from Knock to New York, and two services weekly to Boston. Seat fares starts at just ?157 plus tax each way.
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Flights from Knock to New York & Boston
2007-08-13 00:39:00
From the end of May Ireland West Airport Knock is connected with FK Airport New York and Boston Logan International Airport. It's a first scheduled transatlantic service with a low cost carrier flyglobespan.com from Knock, located midway between Galway and Donegal. The Scottish carrier operates three services a week from Knock to New York, and two services weekly to Boston. Seat fares starts at just ?157 plus tax each way.
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Where are the REAL Vikings?
2007-07-17 21:39:00
The crew of replica Viking longship dropped plans to sail across the North Sea because of unfavourable winds and decided to take a tow to Orkney. The Sea Stallion of Glendalough, billed as the biggest ever Viking ship reconstruction, will be towed by a support ship before continuing its voyage to Dublin, where it is set to arrive on 14th August. You can find more info in this post. The plan was to travel from Roskilde to Dublin using only oars and sails - like Viking warriors did 1000 years ago.
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Where are the REAL Vikings?
2007-07-17 21:39:00
The crew of replica Viking longship dropped plans to sail across the North Sea because of unfavourable winds and decided to take a tow to Orkney. The Sea Stallion of Glendalough, billed as the biggest ever Viking ship reconstruction, will be towed by a support ship before continuing its voyage to Dublin, where it is set to arrive on 14th August. You can find more info in this post. The plan was to travel from Roskilde to Dublin using only oars and sails - like Viking warriors did 1000 years ago.
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Pub where you can serve yourself pints!
2007-07-13 20:41:00
It?s every drinkers dream! The Baggot Inn, one of Dublin ?s oldest pubs reopened last week after eight years offering the chance to pour your own pint of Guinness.The act of pouring a good Guinness has become an art-form and bartenders are specially trained by Guinness to pour the black stuff. But now customers can sit around a table with six to eight friends and pour Guinness from a tab, the first time it has been done in the world. Bartenders have been trained to teach customers how to pour pints, while instructions on each table, ?the six steps to perfection?, will help amateur pint-pullers. The Baggot, the oldest pub on Dublin?s Baggot Street and steeped in musical history, was first licensed in 1700 but closed its doors eight years ago. In the Baggot Inn:- Bono was once turned away from its doors for looking to young until he told the doorman he was the lead singer of the band for the evening- Tracy Chapman launched her career here- Bob Geldof had to beg for a month before he wa...
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Pub where you can serve yourself pints!
2007-07-13 20:41:00
It?s every drinkers dream! The Baggot Inn, one of Dublin ?s oldest pubs reopened last week after eight years offering the chance to pour your own pint of Guinness.The act of pouring a good Guinness has become an art-form and bartenders are specially trained by Guinness to pour the black stuff. But now customers can sit around a table with six to eight friends and pour Guinness from a tab, the first time it has been done in the world. Bartenders have been trained to teach customers how to pour pints, while instructions on each table, ?the six steps to perfection?, will help amateur pint-pullers. The Baggot, the oldest pub on Dublin?s Baggot Street and steeped in musical history, was first licensed in 1700 but closed its doors eight years ago. In the Baggot Inn:- Bono was once turned away from its doors for looking to young until he told the doorman he was the lead singer of the band for the evening- Tracy Chapman launched her career here- Bob Geldof had to beg for a month before he wa...
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Riverdance returns to Dublin!
2007-07-04 22:59:00
Riverdance, the internationally-acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has thrilled millions around the world returns to the city where it all began in 1995. Following the success of 3 sell-out seasons in 2004, 2005 & 2006 Riverdance returns for a fourth summer season to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin . The theatre has re-opened to the iconic strains of Riverdance in June, after five months of extensive renovations. The refurbishment programme include a larger stage, increased orchestra accommodation, the improvement of production and artist facilities, and renovation of the front of house areas.
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Riverdance returns to Dublin!
2007-07-04 22:59:00
Riverdance, the internationally-acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has thrilled millions around the world returns to the city where it all began in 1995. Following the success of 3 sell-out seasons in 2004, 2005 & 2006 Riverdance returns for a fourth summer season to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin . The theatre has re-opened to the iconic strains of Riverdance in June, after five months of extensive renovations. The refurbishment programme include a larger stage, increased orchestra accommodation, the improvement of production and artist facilities, and renovation of the front of house areas.
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