Listen to traditional Irish music in Killarney

Listening to Traditional Irish Folk Music in Killarney

Ireland has a long history of music-making and Gaelic folk music has been hugely influential around the world, with poetic ballads dating back as early as the 18th century and traditional instruments like Irish flutes, fiddles and Celtic harps still playing an important role in modern music-making. Today, traditional music sessions and folk music performances remain popular throughout Ireland and while most music lovers head to Dublin or Doolin (the traditional music capital of Ireland), there’s also a number of places to listen to traditional Irish folk music in Killarney.

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January 15, 2015 by
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Galway Latin Quarter. Photo courtesy of Miguel Mendez via Flickr.

Exploring Galway’s Latin Quarter

With its winding cobblestone lanes, colorfully painted medieval townhouses and traditional pubs, Galway’s Latin Quarter is both the historic heart of the city and one of the city’s liveliest districts – by day, a shopping Mecca and by night, the center of Galway’s music scene. Stretching along the left bank of the River Corrib, the quarter runs south of Eyre Square to the docks and is a popular starting point for walking and biking tours of Galway.

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January 1, 2015 by
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Christmas in Belfast

Christmas in Belfast. Photo courtesy of Paul Wilkinson via Flickr.

With its dazzling illuminations and range of fun activities to get you in the Christmas spirit, Belfast makes a lively place to spend the holidays and the Northern Ireland capital goes all out when it comes to the festive season. Christmas in Belfast kicks off with the grand Christmas Lights Switch-on in late November, when the Lord Mayor and a host of celebrity guests and entertainers turn out for a night of free entertainment held in front of the grand Belfast City Hall.

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December 18, 2014 by
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Ireland’s Best Christmas Markets

Galway Christmas Market, Ireland

The European tradition of Christmas markets has taken a while to make its way over to Irish shores, but Ireland has finally caught up and a number of festive fairs and markets can now be found around the country. From a traditional funfair along the Dublin waterfront to sweet mulled wine and seasonal foods at Belfast’s European-inspired market – here are 5 of Ireland’s best Christmas markets.

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December 4, 2014 by
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Northern Ireland in Day with a Black Taxi Tour of Belfast and a Visit to the Giant’s Causeway

Basalt columns at Giants Causeway

Dublin is a wonderful and vibrant city, but the real beauty lies outside of Dublin. This full day tour to Northern Ireland would get me out to a part of the country I had yet to see, and it also took me across borders – unmanned borders apparently. The tour not only included Belfast, but it took us all the way north to the well known coast line of Northern Ireland to the UNESCO world heritage site of Giants Causeway as well as some other fun stops along the coast. Robbie prepped us on the coach ride to Belfast with the troubled history of Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular. It was really helpful to have this context as we pulled into Belfast for our Black Taxi tour.

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November 20, 2014 by
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Wildlife in the Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park, Ireland

One of Ireland’s two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the Killarney National Park is an undeniable highlight of southern Ireland and whether you’re cruising its lakes or scaling the rugged MacGillycuddys Reeks, the country’s oldest national park is also one of its best destinations for wildlife spotting.

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November 6, 2014 by
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