Category: Things To Do

Top Things to Do in Killarney

September 11, 2014

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Killarney National Park, Ireland

Perched on the cusp of Ireland’s picturesque Killarney National Park and the gateway to southwest Ireland, Killarney has a magnetic appeal for travelers and many find themselves extending their stay. From scaling Ireland’s highest peak to hiking the famous Gap of Dunloe, here are some of the top things to do in Killarney.

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The Galway International Oyster Festival

September 4, 2014

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Galway International Oyster Festival

With 3 days of festivities, gigantic street parties and 2 prestigious Oyster Opening championships, you’d be forgiven for wondering if all this is really in honor of the humble mollusk, but oysters are serious business in Ireland and Galway is the self-proclaimed home of the oyster. Held annually in September in celebration of the oyster harvest, the Galway International Oyster Festival holds a special place in the hearts of locals and with a history dating back to 1954, it’s not only Ireland’s oldest food festival but also the world’s longest running oyster festival.

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Belfast’s Top Festivals and Events

August 14, 2014

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Belfast Queens University

From the world-renowned Titanic Maritime Festival to Ireland’s largest community festival, the capital of Northern Ireland definitely knows how to throw a party and whenever you visit, there’s sure to be something going off in the city. To give you some ideas, here are 8 of Belfast’s top festivals and events.

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Free and Cheap Things to Do in Galway

August 7, 2014

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Galway Bay, Ireland

The gateway to west Ireland and a melting pot of Irish culture, Galway makes a lively alternative to Dublin and whether you’re on a strict budget or just spent your last euros down the pub (you are in Ireland, after all), the city also makes a top choice for cash-strapped travelers. From soaking up the scenery to exploring the city’s museums, here are some ideas for free and cheap things to do in Galway.

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The Political Street Art of Belfast

June 19, 2014

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Belfast's political street art. Photo courtesy of Txema Aguilar Sánchez via Flickr.

From the world renowned graffiti artists of New York to the evocative paintings adorning the ruins of the Berlin Wall, street art has long offered an insight into a city’s historic and cultural heritage and few cities take their street art as seriously as Belfast. A tradition that gained popularity back in the 1970s, more than 2000 murals are estimated to have been painted in Northern Ireland since then, with the highest concentration found in Belfast and Derry and many taking on a political slant during the years of ‘The Troubles’ – the notorious clash of Nationalists and Loyalists that culminated in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

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The Galway Sessions Festival

June 14, 2014

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The Galway Sessions Festival is a great place to listen to traditional Irish folk music. Photo courtesy of Scott C Curran via Flickr.

From troops of Irish dancers parading through the city to intimate live music nights featuring everything from Scottish pipers to internationally renowned folk singers; the Galway Sessions Festival is one of Ireland’s most unique events. Whether you’re looking to rediscover your Irish heritage or experience local culture at its most authentic, the week-long festival is the ideal way to celebrate the music and folk traditions that originated on Irish soil, and with a busy schedule of over 100 events, there’s plenty to see and do.

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