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Walking and Cycle Trails in Kilkenny County

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Extremities of Ireland

 

 

Trinity College – Dublin

Trinity College in Dublin is officially known as College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth.

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Trinity was founded in 1592 and is Ireland`s older university. Trinity College is located on College Green and occupies 47 acres.

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Trinity College is a very popular tourist attraction while still a thriving university.

One of the most popular places to visit on the campus is the Library of Trinity College which is known for the famous Book of Kells “Turning into Darkness”. You will also get to see the stunning long room which houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases.

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It is definitely a great place to visit while in Dublin.

Don`t forget to send in your snaps via FACEBOOK/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM at #wanderireland.

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Brewery Tour

Love a pint? When you are next in Kilkenny, you need to take the Smithwick’s Kilkenny Brewery Tour.

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Entry to Smithwick’s Brewery Kilkenny
The Smithwick’s tour starts with the history of the beer, and how the brand started and became the success story that it is today. The tour is run from the old Smithwicks brewing site in Patrick St, Kilkenny.

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Smithwick’s Brewery Tour

During the tour you go through all the different stages of the brewing process. The tour is very interactive and you enjoy the different aromas of brewing as you wander through the corridors of the updated brewery.

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Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
The tour runs for 1 hour and is guided which is a great advantage. As you immerse yourself in history, the modern twist of digital recounts keeps you interested. Even if you are not a beer lover you will find the making of Smithwick’s beer very interesting.

 

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The last step of the tour is where you get to enjoy a pint of the liquid gold (this is included as part of your ticket). Tickets are cheaper if you purchase them direct from the Smithwicks Experience website.

Opening Hours:

7 days a week

March – October: 10.00am – 6.00pm (last admission 5pm)

November – February: 11.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)

Not open: Good Friday, Christmas Eve Dec 24th, Christmas Day Dec 25th, St.Stephens Day Dec 26th (Boxing Day)

Address: 44 Parliament St, Kilkenny

Phone: (056) 778 6377

Leftbank Kilkenny

Whether you are looking for a drink or want somewhere to stop for lunch while in Kilkenny, the Leftbank on The Parade is the place for you.

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Inside the Leftbank Kilkenny
I have been here a few times now and each time the food and staff have been fantastic.

 

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Scallops served at Leftbank Kilkenny
The Leftbank Kilkenny has a great menu and food is served between 12:00 and 4:30pm – Check out the Menu here.

The interior of this place is amazing. The lighting, the pictures, the bar, you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. You definitely don’t feel like you are sitting in the middle of Kilkenny.

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Interior of the Leftbank Kilkenny

Leftbank is a recently renovated Bank Of Ireland Branch. You would never think it from the inside. Leftbank Kilkenny has a lively atmosphere and friendly staff and also has a large covered and heated smoking area with its own indoor and outdoor bar and an outdoor fire place. This impressive building has become one of Kilkenny’s most popular venues.

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The leftbank Kilkenny is at –

THE PARADE,

KILKENNY,

IRELAND

T:+353 56775 0016

E: info@leftbank.ie

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

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The Irish Silver collection is one of the largest in the world and this exhibition traces the development of the silversmith’s craft from the early 17th Century to the present day.

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The way we wore –  exhibition displays stylish clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760’s to the 1960’s. This is an eye-opening look at Irish fashion through the ages, showing how new clothing technology and European influences affected.

Museum of Ireland Fashion

 

The Eileen Gray exhibition posthumously realised one of Gray’s last ambitions – to have her work brought back to Ireland. Regarded as one of the most influential 20th Century designers and architects, the exhibition includes such important items as the adjustable chrome table and the non-conformist chair.

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Eileen Gray Chair

The exhibition also values Gray on a personal level, including family photographs, her lacquering tools, and personal ephemera. It illustrates an account of her professional development from art student in London and Paris to mature, innovative architect.

The exhibition honours the memory of Eileen Gray, modern self-taught architect and designer.

Museum of Ireland Asian Art

’A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition’ opened at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks in November 2008.

Since its opening it has helped bring to the public’s attention (both Irish and international) this highly important Asian art collection given to the National Museum during the 1930s by the great Irish-American Albert Bender.

On exhibition in the National Museum, Kildare Street up to the early 1970s, this is, however, the first significant modern display of objects from the collection in over three decades.

You can view a few of the outstanding examples of Asian art on display in the exhibition via the links below, but why stop there? Come and discover this beautiful collection for yourself.

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The 1916 rising exhibition examines the decade of disturbance between 1913 and 1923, from the Dublin Lockout, through the Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War.

Broken down into three themes, the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition looks at Irish soldiers at home, Irish soldiers abroad, and Irish soldiers in the 21st Century.

This exhibition traces Ireland’s military history from 1550 into the 21st Century and on display are over 1,000 objects from all over the world. It is on permanent display over eight galleries, covering 1,700sqm in Collins Barracks.

+ there is so much more to offer in this museum.

Info via http://www.museum.ie/Decorative-Arts-History

Collins Barracks
Benburb Street
Dublin 7

Opening times : Tuesday – Saturday : 10am – 5pm Sunday : 2pm – 5pm Closed Mondays , Christmas Day & Good Friday

 

 

 

Galway wins Culture Capital for 2020

And the winner is …. Galway.

A huge congratulations and a well deserved win. There is so much to do and see in Galway city and the buzz you get walking through the city centre is amazing and gives you a real Irish welcome.


The other cities competing for the cultural capital of 2020 were, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford which are all beautiful cities to visit.

Galway will now receive European and Government funding to host cultural events throughout the year which is great news for Galway.

It is estimated to be worth €170m to the winning city in terms of funding and tourism.

RDS Irish craft Awards – July 2016

The annual RDS National Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. The awards which were Established in 1968 follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

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The RDS National Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.

Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Check out what is up for grabs for those who enter –

The overall prize fund for the 2016 RDS Craft Awards is in excess of €30,000.

ESTABLISHED MAKER AWARD STRAND

€5,000 Award of Excellence
Awarded to the most outstanding entry by an established maker. Only category winners are eligible to be considered for this award.

12 RDS Craft Awards Category Prizes sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland

€500 awarded to each category winner sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland
RDS medal and certificate awarded to each category winner.

EMERGING MAKER AWARD STRAND

€5,000 Award of Excellence
Awarded to the most outstanding entry by an emerging maker. Only category winners are eligible to be considered for this award.

€2,000 IACI RDS Muriel Gahan Award
Awarded to an emerging craftsperson to assist with career /business development. This award is co-sponsored by the Irish American Cultural Instuitue and the RDS.

€2,000 RDS Graduate Award
Awarded to an outstanding entry by a graduate student

National Crafts & Design Fair Award
A free stand for an emerging maker (worth €2,000) in the Serpentine Hall, at the National Crafts & Design Fair in the RDS in early December 2016. Entrants must be prepare to display, staff and fully stock a 3 x 2m stand for the full five days of the Fair.

12 RDS Craft Awards Category Prizes sponsored by the Design & Craft of Ireland

€500 awarded to each category winner sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland
RDS medal and certificate awarded to each category winner

Such a great incentive for Irish makers so make sure you go an support the event.

The RDS Craft Awards Exhibition will be open to the public free of charge:

July 13 – 15 (10am-5pm, late opening on Thursday – 7pm)

It will also open during the Dublin Horse Show: July 20 – 24

For more information check out Craft Awards 2016

Click here for more information on the Dublin Horse Show

 

Jameson Dublin Distillery Smithfield

Old Jameson Distillery – Dublin

Whiskey lovers unite, this is a definitely one for the bucketlist. The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is a great place to visit when in Dublin.

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It has a casual atmosphere and is only a short walk from Dublin city centre.

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The Old Jameson Distillery serve a great lunch and they also have some great tours.

Jameson Distillery have a Guided tour where you see, taste and smell Jameson as well as receive a great rundown on how the brand started and how it is made.

For the true whiskey lover they have a Jameson Whiskey Masterclass. This is strictly 18+ and runs for 1 hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For those who prefer to do things at their own pace the Jameson Taste Experience in the JJ`s bar is the one for you.  You will try Jameson Distillery Reserve 12 years old, Jameson select reserve, Jameson Gold reserve and Jameson 18yo reserve.  You get a taste of the some of the best reserves.

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If you are someone who likes to keep a memory of the places you have been or want to give a gift, then the Jameson select reserve – Bottle your own is definitely a bottle of whiskey you will remember. You get to hand fill your own bottle and it also comes with a personalised label.

If you don`t fancy doing any of the above you can always go in and enjoy a drink at JJ`s Bar and soak up the atmosphere.

For more information about pricing and opening hours visit click here

Check out some of the other great activities in Dublin.

 

 

 

 

Dublin Horse Show – RDS 20-24 July 2016

Dublin Horse Show 2016 1It is that time of year again when all things horses come to Dublin. It is the much coveted Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. The Dublin Horse Show at RDS showgrounds will host Olympic hopefuls who participate in the 14 international competitions.

The event goes for 4 days and is a great day out for the family and the avid horse lover. The competition is tight and the schedule is action packed.

Check out the program here

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The 2016 Dublin Horse Show will take place from Wednesday, July 20th to Sunday, July 24th.

Opening Times:

Wednesday – Saturday: 7am – 8pm

Sunday: 7am – 7pm

The Public can enter the Show grounds via the RDS Concert Hall entrance from 7.00am each day of the Show & Equestrian Exhibitors via the Belvedere Gate.

The Main Hall entrance will be open from 9.00am each day of the Show. (Closing time is 8pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 7pm on the Sunday.)