Ah, the pub. Cornerstone of community, culture and craic. Den of shoulder rubbing and bad joking. Where live music and lively chat intersect at a smooth mahogany bar. It’s more than occasionally true that our version of ‘one-horse’ towns are in fact ‘one-church one-shop three-pub’ towns. And it’s always the pubs that will be full, noisy [...]
Horse racing in Ireland is what you would call ‘edge-of-the-seat’ entertainment. So, with the Punchestown Horse Racing Festival just around the corner, we asked sports fanatic Paul Rowley to take us through a day at the races and see if he could break even… A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for [...]
There’s a saying in Ireland that you may or may not have heard. It goes ‘The craic was mighty!’ and it means you’ve had a great time somewhere. It’s also a phrase that Micheál Ó Domhnaill is well used to hearing. Music group Dervish making beautiful music on Livetrad Micheál is the musical maestro behind [...]
There have been many visitors to Ireland who have admitted to leaving their heart behind. When guest blogger Charles Berkoff visited, he didn’t misplace his heart, but he did misplace his glasses. Little did he know that leaving his specs on a Dublin bus would tell him all he needed to know about Irish hospitality… [...]
Our young American friend, Sarah McNaughton, shares some tales from her three-day trip around Ireland’s southwest on the famous Paddywagon.