Sunday, 22 December 2013

Holiday Ireland, hotels in Dublin, cheap rooms Dublin, tourist information

Holiday Ireland 2014

Hotels in Dublin

Hotels and Guesthouses in Dublin provided some of the best value in 2013 and this is expected to continue in 2014 with Accommodation vendors in Gardiner Street Dublin now providing comfortable rooms at 30% less than similar accommodation vendors in Temple Bar, with Temple Bar being only 5 minutes’ walk from Gardiner Street. One local Guesthouse owner said:
“Gardiner Street is now recognised the world over as a premiere accommodation hub that is within 5 minutes’ walk of Dublin’s major attractions and yet offers clean comfortable rooms and a very personal service that is at least 30% cheaper than other accommodation in Dublin. Tourists want to spend their money on themselves and their families not on over-priced accommodation that is overpriced simply because of its location”.

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Tourist Information

In 2013 there was a 7 per cent rise in visitor numbers for the island of Ireland, the best since the global economic crisis began. To capitalise on this growth and the predicted growth for 2014 (ERSI predicting 2.7% growth in domestic economy) it is essential that each accommodation vendor in Dublin takes full advantage of premium events that will maximise both occupancy and revenue, good rate management will ensure that the low season (2014-2015) will be easier to manage.

Tourist numbers

Some eight million visitors came to Ireland in 2013 generating €3.64 billion in revenue. Some 6.8 million people visited the Republic, while 1.7 million visitors visited the North. Some 500,000 people visited both parts of the country.
The figures have been bouyed by a record number of visitors from North American, Germany, France and Spain along with Australia and New Zealand. However, the British market remains substantially down on its peak in 2007, despite numbers being up by 7 per cent this year. It can be reasonably anticipated that UK numbers will rise as the UK is now officially out of recession.
The next star of Irish tourism marketing is the landscape
The Wild Atlantic Way: a “rugged”, “unspoiled” touring route from the Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale, being promoted as “the road trip of a lifetime”. Ireland walks on the wild side with ambitious visitor targets, Gardiner Street Dublin has daily tours departing for all parts of Ireland’s wonderful land and sea-scapes guests can stay in Gardiner Street, enjoy a day trip and then return to Gardiner Street where they can drink in Ned Keenan’s Traditional Irish Bar or dine in Le Bon Crubeen. Le Bon Crubeen Winner in 2010 and short-listed as finalist in 2012 of the Irish Restaurant Awards’ Best Casual Dining Restaurant Dublin and winner of Best Value Restaurant Dublin in The Dubliner Top 100 restaurants 2012. Le Bon Crubeen’s brasserie menu delivers a consistently great value dining experience all week long, sourcing produce and ingredients from the very finest Irish suppliers delivering quality and value for money. Their menus include vegetarian, Coeliac/Gluten free and healthy low calorie options.
Le Bon Crubeen

Staycation Packages in Dublin

The number and length of foreign holidays taken by Irish people fell by 2 per cent in the first six months in the year compared with the same period last year and spent €47m more on foreign holidays in the first half of the year, this trend is likely to continue and it is essential that we again promote ‘Staycation’ packages in Dublin, with a particular emphasis on families.

Failte Ireland

Two thirds of respondents to Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Barometer reported an increase in visitor volumes in 2013. Sentiment in the tourism sector is at its highest level since the financial crisis hit Ireland.

American Football Dublin

The United States has proved to be the biggest engine of growth with Ireland attracting a million US visitors for the first time. The Navy-Notre Dame game, which attracted 50,000 visitors to Ireland in September, was the biggest single draw last year.
US visitor numbers were boosted by an increase of 26 per cent in the number of airline seats between the US and Ireland for the peak summer season.

Tourism Ireland

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said The Gathering had “exceeded all our expectations” though it will be the New Year before figures become clearer.
“It looks like that figure will be exceeded comfortably by year end and even the figures for Dublin Airport for November are up by 7 per cent. We expect 2014 to be something positive like that as well.”
Bouyed by an improving world economy, Tourism Ireland, which markets the island of Ireland, believes that Ireland can achieve an average of 8.9 million visitors per year by 2016.

Tourism 2014 Ireland

Next year will see new flights from San Francisco, Toronto, mainland Europe and Great Britain with Ryanair adding nine new routes from April while also increasing the frequency on eight new routes.
In addition there will be new Irish Ferries sailings from Holyhead and Cherbourg while LD Lines will launch a sailing from St Nazaire linking with Gijón in northern Spain to Rosslare.
Mr Gibbons said the best prospect for growth in tourism numbers will come from North America and continental Europe, as visitors from those regions tend to stay longer and spend more money. British visitors tend only to stay an average of four and a half days.
He revealed that the value for money ranking for Ireland from North American and continental visitors is the best it has been for 10 years. This is led by the hotel sector, with Irish hotels being rated the third cheapest in Europe. Gardiner Street Dublin Accommodation Co-Operative can enjoy greater occupancy numbers by continue to explain to guests and potential guests that Accommodation in Gardiner Street is at least 30% cheaper when compared with similar accommodation in Temple Bar, yet Temple Bar is only a 5 minute walk away.

Wild Atlantic Way

To replace The Gathering, the focus on promotion will be on promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, a 250 kilometre route from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Co Cork.

Limerick City of Culture

The Limerick City of Culture, the ’Grande Partenza’ of the Giro d’Italia cycling race and the Croke Park classic between the University of Central Florida and Penn State will be the focus for foreign visitors next year.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Dublin whats on September, greyhound racing, sport, shelbourne park stadium, irish greyhound derby final 2013, stag party, hen party

Irish Greyhound Derby Day 2013, Shelbourne Park Dublin

Dublin is going to the Dogs


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It is official; Dublin is going to the Dogs, on Saturday the 14th of September 2013 Dublin will officially go to the dogs, for what is Irish Greyhound Derby Day at Europe’s Premiere Greyhound racing and Hospitality Stadium, Shelbourne Park in Dublin. The picture below was taken 21st August 2013, and shows how Shelbourne Park Stadium sits neatly behind Aviva Stadium from the Ringsend view, please, click on the picture to get a high definition view.

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Shelbourne Park tickets call 1890 269 969 or call into Shelbourne Park reception.

Irish Greyhound Derby Day Timeline 2013

Doors open at 3.30pm with music from 4pm with the Mike Denver Band. First race 7pm. Irish Greyhound Derby Day is Live on RTE.
Best dressed ladies competition judged by top Irish model Rozanna Purcell with a superb prize value €2,000.
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Shelbourne Park Events

Shelbourne Park Dublin is home to Greyhound racing and a true Cead Mile Failte, Irish Greyhound Derby Day 2013 is the pulsating heartbeat of the Irish racing calendar, if you are asking, Whats on in Dublin, well join a professional TEAM for a sporting occasion you will never forget, this is a hen party and stag party venue with a difference, this is corporate hospitality at its very best, this is Ireland's premiere Family Gathering Stadium where you can enjoy quality time with family and friends to celebrate a communion, an anniversary, a wedding, a birthday party, whatever the occasion, give Shelbourne Park a chance to make it Special.
Shelbourne Park Greyhound Derby 2013
Shelbourne Park is rated as one of the top Greyhound and hospitality venues in Europe. Shelbourne Park is not just the pulsating heartbeat of Irish sport; Shelbourne Park offers true Irish hospitality in every aspect of its service delivery. The atmosphere and ambiance are second to none and a memorable evening is guaranteed (see, reviews below).

Shelbourne Park Guest Reviews

“The IT company that I work for, designated me to provide an evening of entertainment for a group of potential investors coming in from the USA. I took a gamble, as a friend had recommended Shelbourne Park. The gamble paid off and I was a real winner with the company, following a fantastic meal at Shelbourne Park, the racecard got under starters orders and my Asian/American guests had a fun filled night, as the races were so close together, it meant that we were focused on the next race and had great fun with the pick4 selections and Tri-casts and Fore-casts, it really was fun and more importantly, I did not have to make small talk all evening. We got the contract, I got the promotion, and I am now an enthusiast for a night at the races no matter what the occasion”. John Mac, Dublin.
“When someone suggested that I take our active retirement group to a night at Shelbourne Park, my first reaction was, are you joking? On the night, the staff were friendly and professional, the food was as good as any restaurant in Dublin in which I have eaten, and the thrill and excitement of watching the greyhound racing from a cosy warm restaurant atmosphere, taught an old dog new tricks, you are never too old to learn something new”. Ann, Active Retirement Group, Meath.
“My twins were making their communion, and my sister said that we should have the kids party at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium. My sister is a good judge of people and places, and I knew that she would not suggest any venue for this special occasion, unless it would come up trumps. We booked one of the suites upstairs, it was decorated beautifully and the food and ambiance was second to none, the pictures were unique and my children and their friends have never stopped talking about the fun day they had”. Emma, Castleknock, Dublin.
“We had booked our Hen Party at Shelbourne Park, we were on a tight budget as my sister’s wedding was only three weeks away. The package offered by Shelbourne Park was fantastic and real value for money, we had a great night, and we simply walked out the front gate to the taxi rank and our pre-arranged mini-bus took us directly and safely to our hotel”. Paula, Kildare.
“My mates and I work shifts 7 days per-week, The Stag Party package offered meant that we could enjoy a night-out mid-week that did not interfere with our work schedule, we enjoyed the fact that one of the races was named after our stag party group, loads of cheers for that when it was called, we enjoyed finger food, a couple of pints and some great betting fun. We were all able to report for work next day, and unlike some of the Temple Bar Stags I had been at, I could actually remember this one and we had great pictures to show the great night we enjoyed at the races, which was hassle free”. Kevin, Louth.
“Twenty of us arrived in Dublin to play golf at a very good golf club, when we had played our 18 hole game, we really wanted to do something other than sit around the clubhouse talking card scores and getting in the rough. The waitress said that she had just enjoy a night at Shelbourne Park with her friends and that she would highly recommend it. We asked the young woman if she could help us book in to Shelbourne Park that night, within a couple of minutes she had a mini-bus waiting outside for us and within 30 minutes we were sitting down being served our drinks in Shelbourne Park. The meal was very good, and unlike many of the ‘rushed’ tourist eateries one can find in Dublin, the Shelbourne Park eating experience is about relaxing for the evening and having fun, not about filling seats and providing happy meals at the click of your finger, if you want fast food, go to McDonalds, if you want a quality eating and hospitality experience go to Shelbourne Park”. Bob, New York.

Recommended Accommodation for Shelbourne Park Stadium and Harolds Cross:

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Hen Party Shelbourne Park


Whether it’s a quick flutter in the stands or a four course meal with friends Shelbourne Park has it all.  With Bars and restaurants to suit all pockets you can’t go wrong with a Night at the Dogs in Shelbourne Park.

BARS Shelbourne Park

In Café Barconi you can enjoy a great range of sandwiches, snacks, teas and coffees while staying close to all the action on the ground floor.  Alternatively you can try Bistro number 6 and be tempted by a great range of food choices to satisfy all tastes.  At Shelbourne Park you’re spoilt for choice with four fully serviced bars.

RESTAURANT Shelbourne Park

Dobbins’ at the Park is the place to be in Dublin on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday night.  Reservations are essential so book early!
With ample comfortable seating and excellent viewing of the excitement on the track, Dobbins’ at the park is where it’s all at. Mouth-watering food, exceptional service, fun company and relaxing ambiance with definite value for money, contact reservations on 1890 269 969 or email or book online here.

PRIVATE SUITES Shelbourne Park

For something a little more intimate why not consider a private suite with Dobbins’ excellent food and service, a comprehensive range of wines and a table Tote service. How could you beat that for comfort?

PLANNING A PARTY Shelbourne Park

We cater for all parties:
From hen and stag parties to birthday parties, communions, confirmations or any other family event, you can’t go wrong with a Night at the Dogs.

Shelbourne Park Family Fun

Admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children
This package includes 2 Race Cards and 2 Children's Meals from the Fast Food Outlet of participating Greyhound Stadia for July and August 2013.
To avail, request the €20 Summer Family Special at the turnstiles of your participating stadium on arrival. It's as simple as that!
Participating Stadia:
Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross, Dublin
Curraheen Park, Cork
Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee
Kilcohan Park, Waterford
Children's Fast Food meals vary according to stadium.

Rediscover your sense of fun with a Night at the Dogs for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

Well, look no further than a Night at the Dogs.  Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or any family occasion with a fun and entertaining night at the Dogs.  Mums and Dads can sit back and relax and enjoy a restaurant meal with drinks and betting service to the table while the thrill of the race keeps the whole family entertained!


For something a little less formal we have a great range of fast food or light snack options available in each of our stadia. Pre-book special fast food and finger food packages in advance from our Sales Centre (1890 269 969), which offer discounted admission and Tote and Drinks voucher options. Or you can just turn up on the night and let the kids take their pick from the menu options on offer in our fast food outlets, bars and cafes.
When you are booking, ask about the many ways you can make the night a little bit extra special. Get a shout-out form the race commentator or have a race named after your family to mark a special occasion or family holiday!


Planning a group Night out at the Dogs for a corporate event or your friends’ birthday party is easy and makes for a night to remember! Plan your night well in advance to ensure availability on your chosen night. Have a definite list of numbers that will be attending on the night.
Choose from a wide array of extra services that will make your night one to remember, let us know and we will get our continuity announcer to mention a special occasion or why not sponsor a guest of honour! Having a race named after them in the card is a great souvenir of your special night!

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Contact our reservations team at 1890 269 969 or email and let them help you choose a package most suitable to your group.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

RDS Events, RDS Dublin, Wedding and Honeymoon Show 2013, Dublin Hotels

RDS Events, RDS Dublin, Wedding and Honeymoon Show 2013, Dublin Hotels
The Wedding and Honeymoon Show will take place in the Main Hall at the RDS over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th, September 2013, 11.30 – 5.30pm. This event is Ireland’s largest Autumn Wedding Show and the longest established. The Wedding and Honeymoon Show attracts over 250 Exhibitors, catering for all aspects of planning a wedding and honeymoon destinations. Admission €12.00 payable at door.
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The RDS Main hall will be transformed into Ireland’s largest Autumn wedding showcase. You can, by simply walking around and viewing over 250 exhibitors stands, enjoy tastings of wedding cakes and delicious chocolate fountain samples, see perhaps your dream Wedding dress close up, with all the accessories and shoes, have a complimentary Wedding Day trial make up from leading make-up artists and our Wedding hair stylists will be on hand to help you decide on that special hair style.
It is an ideal opportunity for you both to view and admire bespoke tailored suits or new mix and match collections. You can view the luxurious wedding limousines from vintage to top of the range Mercedes and admire all the various floral arrangements on view.
As many show exhibitors offer special discounts and offers, the show can save time, money and is stress free. In the present climate a number of exhibitors are offering exclusive Show discount packages to engaged couples who visit the show. It is a fantastic wedding shopping day out for all.
The RDS has an ambiance and buzz that only a city centre venue can create, it is spacious so visitors can move around in comfort, enjoy fully professional catwalk shows on the Ground Floor and wedding fashions for Mums and guests going to the wedding on the Irish Wedding Diary Fashion Style Stage on the Fashion Mezzanine Level. The RDS is Ireland’s most prestigious exhibition venue which is wheelchair accessible with wide aisles and a lift to the Fashion Mezzanine level.
WED – Wedding Exhibitions Dublin is an Irish Family Company located in Dublin. Terry Burns has been involved in the organising of Hotel Wedding Fairs & Bridal Fashion Shows and Fashion PR for a considerable number of years, with an enviable reputation.
In 1989, Terry launched Wedding Exhibitions Dublin- W.E.D. in response to requests from exhibitors and hotels to create a larger platform from where they could promote their business. The two major Wedding Events are The Bride of the Year Show, held in the RDS in January and The Wedding & Honeymoon Show held in September in RDS.
Terry is delighted to announce that in Jan 2006 both of the above RDS shows were granted registration of trademark status. This confirms the shows success and the strong brand awareness that the shows have achieved and recognises that Terry Burns Wedding Exhibitions is the market leader in the business. Wedding exhibitions are the only exhibition company to have achieved this prestigious status.
Other Wedding Event News
Wedding Open Day: 20th July 2013
Venue: Lansdowne Hotel Dublin
Time: 12noon until 4pm
All you need to do before you say I do
Fantastic Raffle for €1200.00 voucher for Neil Conway Jewellers to be held on the day
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Lansdowne weddings are special; it is a day when dreams are turned into happy memories. In order to make your day special, it is important to plan and plan well, with this in mind, the Lansdowne Wedding Team will present a Wedding Open Day on the 20th July 2013. This is a unique opportunity for you to meet with wedding vendor professionals and describe what you would like from your Special day.
The Lansdowne Wedding Team will take your requirements and ideas and craft them into a special wedding event that will create a magical and unforgettable occasion.
The Lansdowne Open Wedding Day will take place in our The Raglan Room which has been beautifully renovated to host your special day. We cater for two styles of weddings:
Traditional Style 70 guests with menus from €25 euro-per person.
Buffet Style 100 guests with menus from €20 euro per person.
Our Druids Restaurant suits small wedding groups of 30 people and has its own private bar facility.
Our quest for the perfect wedding starts with the appointment of a friendly professional member of staff who will be your point of contact at every stage of your wedding preparation. We are situated only 5 minutes away from the registry office. Our Raglan Hall function room is the perfect location for the reception and we would be delighted to invite you to see it for yourself.
The Lansdowne is a family owned and managed hotel and offers a very personal touch to your special occasion. Working with a family centred professional Team means that we treat each wedding with the same attention to detail as we would for one of our own family members.
The Lansdowne Hotel is nestled in the history of Georgian Dublin, and this unique setting has proven popular for weddings. The Lansdowne Hotel has helped turn many dreams into happy memories. The Raglan Room provides the perfect setting for a memorable reception.
Your special day will begin with a full consultation with our professional team.
Lansdowne Weddings are Special
The Lansdowne Hotel is nestled in the history of Georgian Dublin, and this unique setting has proven popular for weddings. The Lansdowne Hotel has helped turn many dreams into happy memories. The Raglan Room provides the perfect setting for a memorable reception. The Lansdowne Hotel is regarded as one of the leading wedding hotels in Ireland.
Catering for the more intimate 30 guests in Druid’s Restaurant to the larger 100 guests in our famous Raglan Function Room is the perfect reception venue, dressed to the highest standard.
Weddings are the hotels speciality and our experienced and professional wedding team will ensure that the biggest day of your lives will run smoothly and that you can relax and enjoy the day as you are washed over with personal service.
The Lansdowne Hotel is renowned for its high quality of food using locally sourced produce and personal service, and the hotel also presents fantastic photo opportunities as we are only a few minutes from seascape views and golden beaches. Our East Coast location means that you can mix the tranquillity of the coast with excitement of the city. Romantic walks can be enjoyed on Sandymount Strand.
Many couples who enjoy the sport of Kings, have some wedding pictures taken at the world famous Aviva Stadium which is a couple of minutes away from the Lansdowne Hotel.
The Lansdowne Hotel has played host to hundreds of weddings over the years and we welcome large or small parties, we welcome civil weddings, church weddings, we just love weddings.
Our Dream Team will help turn your Dreams into Happy Memories

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Kilkenny arts festival 2013, kilsale arts festival, culture tech festival derry, Kilkenny whats on, hen party Kilkenny, stag party Kilkenny

Kilkenny arts festival 2013, kilsale arts festival, culture tech festival derry, Kilkenny whats on, hen party Kilkenny, stag party Kilkenny

Anyone who has been to a Hen Party in Kilkenny will know that Kilkenny is a place to be for fun, anyone who went to Kilkenny for a Stag Party is probably still there. Kilkenny Arts Festival is like a big party, loads of activities, loads of people and loads of fun.

We’re going to be at the Kinsale Arts Festival on July 13 and we’ll also be back in Derry for the Culture TECH festival in September, but we’re also heading to the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August for not one, not two but three very special Banter sessions over the course of a week.

Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

The idea of doing some Bantering in the Marble City first came about at last year’s festival and, with huge thanks to festival director Rosemary Collier and her team, we’ve managed to put together a damn good programme, including one or two sessions which we’ve been hoping to do for ages, for the festival’s 40th anniversary.Stag Party

Banter On Music Hen Party in Kilkenny

Set Theatre, John Street; Saturday August 10

Everybody Loves Our Town

When it comes to the story of the Seattle grunge explosion, Mark Yarm’s fantastic oral history Everybody Loves Our Town is one of the definitive reads on that fabled city and such bands as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney and more. The Guardian called it “a Herculean work of interviewing and editing which gives everyone a voice, from the biggest stars to the lowliest foot soldiers”. Mark joins us at Banter to talk about the book, the Seattle scene and the grunge legacy.Stag Party

Everybody Loves This Town Kilkenny Hen Party Packages
Around the same time as Seattle was blowing up, Kilkenny was having its own moment in the sun thanks to a host of local bands, a brilliant dive venue called the New Park Inn and a host of other factors. Cormac Battle (Kerbdog, 2fm), Canice Kenealy (Engine Alley) and Malcolm Noonan (Jerusalem Taxis) rewind the city’s musical legacy.

The Neil Hannon Retrospective in 35 Minutes Stag Party
The story of Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy, “My Lovely Horse” and the Duckworth Lewis Method in 35 minutes .Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

Banter On Music will also feature special guest performances during the course of the afternoon.Stag Party

Banter On Fashion Hen Party in Kilkenny

National Craft Gallery, Wednesday August 14, 7pm

What the hell is Irish style? Kilkenny Hen Party Packages
It’s our favourite kind of Banter panel – one with a lot of questions. What is Irish style? Is there such a thing? How does it manifest itself in Irish fashion? Is Irish style bright orange in colour? Do Irish men know anything about style? What does Irish style look like in the future? Our panel for this walk down the catwalk: Angela Scanlon (TV presenter, fashion writer and stylist) and Sonya Lennon (RTE Off the Rails, Lennon Courtney).Stag Party

Banter on the Big Issues Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

The Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, Saturday August 17, 2pm Stag Party

State of the art Stag Party
The Kilkenny Arts Festival turns 40 this year so it’s timely to look at the past, present and the future of the arts sector in Ireland. Colm Tóibín (novelist and playwright), Maureen Kennelly (arts producer, programmer, curator of the Mountains to Sea DLR Books Festival and former director of the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Cúirt International Festival of Literature), Donnacha Dennehy (composer and Crash Ensemble founder) and Willie White (Dublin Theatre Festival artistic director and chief executive) discuss what we’re learned over the last 40 years, the issues which the arts sector believe should be sorted out today and where things go from here.

Political reform Stag Party
It is the great cry of the political chattering classes: we need reform! Yet as various opinion polls have showed, the Irish electorate place the need for reform very far down on their list of priorities. Just how serious are we about reforming how our political system works – or doesn’t work? Is it merely a case of some politicians paying lip service to the idea to score points or is there an actual hunger for meaningful, pragmatic change? a conversation with some interested parties, including Harry McGee (Irish Times) and Sarah O’Neill (Dailwatch) about the real issues behind the clarion call for reform. Hen Party in Kilkenny

Tickets are now on sale for all three Banter sessions from the festival box-office. Admission is €13 and €11 or you can buy a special Banter bundle for all three Banters for €30. Stag Party

Of course, there’s a ton of other stuff besides Banter happening in Kilkenny over the course of the festival including some superb work from Bob & Roberta Smith, a performance from Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band, local boyo Jeremy Hickey AKA R.S.A.G, a discussion on the birth of the Irish trade union movement to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin lockout, the luminarium from Architects of Air and AC Grayling giving the Hubert Butler Lecture on how great literature can enrich all our lives.Hen Party in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Irish house party, uk tour, entertainment news, celebrities, music gigs, concerts, traditional Irish music, Irish dancing, whats on

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The Irish House Party Christmas Special 2012

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For those of us who were reared on the finest of Irish traditional music, dance and folklore there can be nothing more disappointing than the often ‘plastic’ portrayal of those fine traditions by commercially centred enterprises to pander to a less than patriotic version of our traditions and nationhood. However, that is all about to change, and for the good.

Often, as I have reviewed the hospitality industry in Ireland, I have been pained by scratchy CD representations of Irish music, I have been unhappy to watch tired Irish dancers ‘perform’ their third ‘tourist’ show of the day. Finally, there is Celtic light at the end of the dark tunnel of gross commercialism.
On Thursday the 20th of September 2012, The Irish House Party nestled in Francis Street, Christchurch, Dublin and twinned with the Tivoli Theatre, launched the revival of traditional Irish music and dance in all its glory. Gone are the big blasts and fads of the Riverdance era and its substitutes, and returned are the soft furnishings, and cosy surrounds of a Traditional Irish House Party.
The launch of the Irish House Party kicked off with a food and drink reception in the newly refurbished Irish House Party bar and restaurant at No. 19 Francis Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Parking is available both at the Tivoli Theatre Car Park in Francis Street, and on-street parking is also available (FREE after 7pm).
The Irish House Party Bar and Restaurant have been renovated to a high standard and presenting guests with an ambiance that is both welcoming and traditional, in the finest sense of the word traditional, the glowing charm of soft tones and traditional furnishings make the Irish House Party Bar and Restaurant a unique home from home experience. The Irish House Party staff are professional, courteous and offer all that is so often lost in our once famous Cead Mile Failte.
Unlike the often stand offish performers one fines at large commercially driven venues, at The Irish House Party, Ireland’s champion musicians and performers casually introduce themselves around the tables and sit for some banter if so invited to do so. The Irish House Party presents as one thing above all else, a labour of love, it is clear that this is a partnership born out of love for all things Irish, a passion to wrestle Irish culture and tradition back from the grasp of brute commercialism.
As dozens of guests filled out the restaurant on the first floor, the air filled with an aroma of traditional Irish food, Dublin Coddle tickled at the nostrils, as beef and Guinness stew titillated the very soul of all gathered. The food was of the highest standard and would have sat easily on the menu of Dublin’s finest Restaurants. While this was a night of all things Irish, the wine connoisseur was not to be disappointed, with Findlater (wine supplier of choice) providing such suburb choices as Tocornal Sauvignon Blanc and Tocornal Cabernet Sauvignon, just to mention two.
And what would an Irish night be without Murphy’s Irish Stout, Murphy’s Red Ale, Beamish Irish Stout and so forth, all of which combined to make a great meal, a world class experience.
Following food, drink and banter in the Irish House Party Bar and Restaurant, it was time for the 8.30pm show in the Tivoli Theatre. Many will know the Tivoli Theatre for its long service to theatre and music in Ireland. As I walked along the tunnel entrance, I was moved by the diligence of the Tivoli owners to maintain nostalgia with what was clearly a ground breaking partnership between the Irish House Party and the Tivoli Theatre. Once inside the Tivoli, the bar area is nicely set out with traditional seating and a home from home atmosphere, again, staff are both helpful and courteous.
The real surprise comes when one steps through the curtain as it where, and enters what at first glance appears to be someone’s sitting room, that has allowed, friends and neighbours to drop in for a session. The stage replicates a traditional Irish sitting room, with pine dresser and couches setting the scene.
The main body of guests are seated directly in front of the stage, the stage meets guests at head height while seated, making the guest feel as though they are part of a traditional Irish session rather than part of a concert audience. The line-up of musicians and dancers is a ‘Who's Who’ list of the best Ireland has to offer. The casual stage setting makes the audience feel relaxed and at home, the banter, folklore and organic conversation between the session musicians and dancers adds an authenticity rarely if ever seen in modern representations of the Irish traditional session.
Soon the Theatre echoed with the haunting sounds of hundreds of years of all that is good about Irish Culture and Tradition, music and song were not only played but explained, instruments were not a mystery but visualisations used to explain their time and place in our long rich history. Three hundred year old tunes, that made Leonardo De Caprio and Kate Winslet famous in the great epic Titanic, captured the hand and foot stamping mood of the guests gathered, Bono and U2 echoed from the traditional instruments as easily as the lyrics written by 1916 Patriot and Irish hero Padraig Pearse. A straw poll was taken before the bazooka and its player told a strange story about a well-meaning rugby player, and this was followed by Gerry telling a story in song, about a yellow haired girl, who may not have been all that she first appeared.
This session with the Irish House Party was as much about music appreciation as it was about concert and performance; time was taken to explain the instruments, the songs, the dance and the music. The dancers stepped up from the couch causally and periodically, to perform what can only be described as dancing Gymnastics, the dancers reminded the audience, that one does not have to be on a big stage with multi-million Euro backing sets to perform and transcend the very essence of Irish Dance.
Following rapturous applause from the guests gathered, many from America, New Zealand, our own Fair City and other parts of the world it was time to return to the Irish House Party Bar where yet more musicians had gathered to beat out a crescendo of tunes that seen even the most restrained, foot-tapping, hand clapping and singing along with the memories stoked by a timeless echo of ancient tradition.
The Irish House Party has returned Irish music, dance and culture to its true home, that is home is built from the passion and the love of the few, to be shared with the many. The Irish House Party, above all else offers guests a truly traditional experience, that experience is captured in the ambiance, the food, the service, the passion, and most importantly a true Cead Mile Failte has been returned to the Irish session by world class musicians and dancers. dasher 2012

Christmas Party Special

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If you are looking for something different for your company Christmas party this year then The Irish House Party Christmas Ceili is the perfect option. For the whole month of December we will be hosting our special Christmas Irish House Party shows.

This is a truly unique Christmas party and we are offering the best Christmas party price in Dublin this season:
€50 per person

Mulled Wine Reception on arrival at the restaurant
Sumptuous 4 course Christmas Dinner
The Irish House Party Christmas Ceili with All-Ireland Champion musician, dancers and entertaining presenters.
Ceili dance section where guests can take part in a Ceili dance led by our dancers
Bar extension till late
To book and avail of our special group rate

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The boutique Trinity Capital Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Trinity College. It offers the Cafe Cairo restaurant and bar and large rooms with flat-screen satellite TVs and internet access.
The stylish rooms at the Trinity Hotel are decorated in rich colours and walnut wood fittings. Rooms include laptop safes, full-length mirrors and bathrooms with baths, power showers and fluffy towels. Some rooms have panoramic city views.

The open-plan restaurant has huge floor-to-ceiling windows and serves light lunches and coffees during the day. There is an evening dinner menu and a heated outdoor terrace area. There are several opulently furnished lounges in the hotel for guests to relax in.
The Temple Bar district is just a 5-minute walk away and the hotel has a 24-hour reception. There is a DART Station at Tara Street just a one minute walk from the Trinity Capital Hotel.
Hotel Rooms: 195
Facilities of Trinity Capital Hotel

General Bar, 24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Rooms/facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Express check-in/check-out, Safety deposit box, Soundproof rooms, Heating, Design hotel, Luggage storage, All public and private spaces non-smoking, Air conditioning, Designated smoking area, Restaurant (à la carte), Restaurant (buffet), Snack bar
Activities Fitness centre
Services Room service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Babysitting/child services, Dry cleaning, Currency exchange, Fax/photocopying
Internet Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and charges are applicable.
Policies of Trinity Capital Hotel
Check-in From 14:00 hours
Check-out Until 12:00 hours

Cancellation / Prepayment Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Children and extra beds Free! All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Free! All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.
All older children or adults are charged EUR 30 per person per night for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds/children's cots permitted in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.

Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately when checking out.
Pets are not allowed.
Groups When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Accepted credit cards Visa, Euro/Mastercard
The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.