Football (soccer) and rugby are both hugely popular in Ireland, but to really experience the thrill of an Irish sporting event, nothing beats watching Gaelic Games in Dublin. The traditional games, organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), are played all around the country (as well as in Irish communities around the world), but the best place to watch a match is at Dublin’s Croke Park, the GAA headquarters and host of the National League Semi-Finals, Finals and Play-Offs, among many other fixtures.
Category: Things To Do
February 12, 2015
Ireland’s first waymarked trail and now one of the country’s busiest long distance hiking routes, the Wicklow Way stretches from the southern suburbs of Dublin through the rugged Wicklow Mountains range, finishing at Clonegal village in County Carlow. Stretching for 129km, hiking the whole trail takes an average of 7 days, but less enthusiastic walkers can also enjoy day or weekend hikes, taking in the most scenic sections like the hike to Glendalough, a popular day tour from Dublin.
February 10, 2015
This month, one lucky traveler will win 2 Skip the Line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance Tickets! Read on to find out more…
January 29, 2015
The birthplace of popular rock bands like U2 and The Script, and renowned for its traditional Irish folk music, Dublin has earned itself a solid reputation among music lovers over the years, and the city hosts live music gigs and jam sessions every night of the week. While mega-venues like The O2 and the National Stadium are the top choice for international bands and pop acts, the real pulse of the capital’s music scene is its pubs and small music venues, where you just might find yourself listening to the next Bono. To get you started, here are some of Dublin’s best live music venues.
January 15, 2015
Dublin and Guinness seem to go hand-in-hand and with a history dating back to 1759 and a beer-brewing empire that spans more than 60 countries worldwide, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Ireland’s National Brew is the only beverage served in the capital’s pubs. Guinness’ fame may be well deserved, but beer lovers in Dublin can also find a growing range of independent breweries and brewpubs springing up around the city. For a real taste of the city’s beer scene, add some of Dublin’s best craft beer pubs to your pub-crawl itinerary too – here are a few of the top choices.
December 18, 2014
Christmas shopping in Dublin isn’t just about gift buying and browsing Ireland’s Christmas markets – the capital is also the best place to bag a bargain in the post-Christmas sales. Shopping at the January Sales in Dublin is a long-standing tradition and if you’re in the capital until the New Year, be sure to save some money for the famous sales, which see reductions of up to 80% on a myriad of goods.
December 4, 2014
While huge crowds descend on England’s Stonehenge to celebrate the longest night of the year, across the Irish Sea, only a lucky few will be gathering to watch the annual Winter Solstice sunrise at the mysterious Neolithic tomb of Newgrange and tickets are so sought-after that you’ll have to enter a lottery to be in with a chance.
November 20, 2014
Thanks to its lively Christmas markets and legendary New Year celebrations, Dublin is a fun place to spend the winter months, but with temperatures plummeting and more than a few rainy days, a warm coat and umbrella are essential. Don’t let the weather put you off sightseeing though – many of the city’s attractions are indoors and there are plenty of ways to escape the cold in Dublin.
November 6, 2014
With iconic writers like Bram Stoker, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde hailing from the city, Dublin’s literary heritage is world-renowned and the Irish capital has no shortage of literary-themed events. There’s the Dublin Writer’s Festival in Spring, the Ulysses-inspired Bloomsday celebrations on June 16th, the Bram Stoker Festival held to coincide with Halloween, and for those visiting during the winter months, the annual Dublin Book Festival.
October 23, 2014
Tired of playing second-fiddle to its southern neighbor, Northern Ireland has finally stepped out of the shadows in recent years, rising to fame as the principal filming location for HBO hit Game of Thrones. Don’t be put off by its small size – diminutive Northern Ireland still packs in an impressive number of unique attractions and with the sights so close to together, it’s easy to take in the highlights on a day or multi-day trip. For those short on time, visiting Northern Ireland from Dublin makes a popular choice, with the border just over an hour from the Irish capital and the 2-hour train journey from Dublin to Belfast among the country’s most scenic.