Climb a sea stack off the coast of Donegal

Climb a sea stack off the coast of Donegal New frontiers are hard come by in travel. So when an email lands telling you of a place fewer people have visited than the moon, you take note. Ireland’s sea stacks are among the least-visited nooks in the land, and more than 100 of them sprout from the sea off Donegal. I drove to the edge of the earth to meet the man behind that email (Ian Miller of Unique Ascent), and he took me on a nerve-jangling taster up Berg Stack, near Glencolmbcille. There was zero signal on my phone, but I never felt more connected – PÓC

Get to a festival in Galway

Get to a festival in Galway In summer, it seems like every weekend is host to a fiesta of some sort, whether it’s a ginormous music festival or a tiny village bash. But Galway is the king of festival season – from the summer races to the Film Fleadh, from the September Oyster Festival to the explosion of theatrics, music and art that is the annual Arts Festival. The streets are alive with performance, with illuminated puppetry taking centre stage. There’s a cracking food scene in Galway all year round, so keep an eye out for the April food festival too – NB While you’re at it: Grab a bite […]

Step into the Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny

Step into the Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny The first time I chanced on this offbeat wine bar in Kilkenny, I ended up writing words of Irish on a piece of paper while watching a documentary on George Clooney. The second time, I got chatting to a group of Canadian visitors who had just been playing hurling. It’s that kind of place – and that’s not even starting on the old Tudor building itself, hidden away down one of Kilkenny’s magical medieval alleyways. Dr. Michael Conway is the modest visionary behind this little gem. Stay long enough, and you may forget the rest of Kilkenny entirely

Visit “Craggy Island” & Father Ted’s House, Co Clare

Visit “Craggy Island” & Father Ted’s House, Co Clare It’s hard to believe that more than 20 years have passed since Father Ted burst onto our screens. It’s even harder to find someone who doesn’t have a soft spot for the series, which is why catching a glimpse of the parochial house is such a thrill. The house itself is found alongside several other locations in the Burren (including the Ailwee Caves), and the owners do a lovely cup of tea and cake (€10pp). Superfans can up the ante with a ticket to Tedfest, the annual festival on Inis Mór. It’s mad, Ted – NB While you’re at it: Swap […]

Visit the southern tip of Ireland, Co. Cork

Visit the southern tip of Ireland, Co. Cork When you get to the very bottom of Ireland, at Mizen Head, there’s a bridge across a gorge. On the other side, set on a tiny rocky outcrop above the wild waters of the Atlantic is Mizen Head Signal Station which was home to three light keepers until 1993. The Mizen Centre museum sets the scene but it’s not until you walk down the 99 steps and then get yourself across the bridge that you feel the power of the ocean and the isolation that the keepers must have experienced in times past – YG While you’re at it: Ireland’s most southerly […]

Fab Fermanagh: Is this Northern Ireland’s best-kept secret?

Fab Fermanagh: Is this Northern Ireland’s best-kept secret? Year of Food & Drink 2016 5Finn Lough’s transparent domes. From delicious cafés to domes under the stars, Lorraine Courtney says Fermanagh makes a super short break. Fancy seeing the heavenly bodies peppering Fermanagh’s ink-black skies from one of Ireland’s quirkiest new hotel rooms (above)? I spent a January night counting shooting stars in the middle of a Fermanagh woodland – and all while snuggled under the duvet. Designed by Belleek’s Ronan Lowery, Finn Lough’s transparent domes are very snazzy with four-poster beds crafted from local oak, a Nespresso machine, two cosy armchairs, fluffy robes and a telescope for gazing at the […]

50 Shades of Green: Global landmarks to light up for St. Patrick’s Day

50 Shades of Green: Global landmarks to light up for St. Patrick’s Day Global Greening Pól Ó Conghaile Twitter EMAIL PUBLISHED10/02/2016 | 11:39 SHARE 25Selfies for St. Patrick’s Day: Rome’s Colosseum goes green as part of the Global Greening initiative for St. Patrick’s Day. Tourism Ireland has announced its Global Greening line-up for St. Patrick’s Day, and the emerald energy is spreading. Rome’s Colosseum, Rio’s Christ the Redeemer and Las Vegas’s Welcome Sign are among dozens of global landmarks set to go green this March 17. New participants this year are 7 World Trade Center in New York, the Big Wheel in Paris, the light rail system in Addis Ababa […]

Travel TV: Ireland’s most romantic settings for Valentine’s Day

Travel TV: Ireland’s most romantic settings for Valentine’s Day Destination V-Day Pól Ó Conghaile Twitter EMAIL PUBLISHED01/02/2016 | 19:30 SHARE Travel TV: Six of Ireland’s most romantic settings for Valentines Day Video by: Donal Corkery 360p high 00:00 / 03:00 Looking for a romantic setting for a getaway, canoodle, or to pop a certain question? Here are our 10 top suggestions! SHARE 1. Galway City The City of the Tribes (see video) beat off stiff competition from Dublin, Kerry, Cork and Kilkenny to be named Ireland’s most romantic spot by Swizzel’s Love Hearts last year, and there’s certainly no shortage of ways to dance with romance here. Steal a kiss […]

Dublin’s northside ‘changed the world’ says new tourism trail

Dublin’s northside ‘changed the world’ says new tourism trail Dublin’s DNA Pól Ó Conghaile Twitter EMAIL PUBLISHED13/01/2016 | 10:20 SHARE 4Pictured at the launch of Dublin’s Northside Attractions (DNA) Alliance at the Old Jameson Distillery were (l to r) Damian Devaney (James Joyce), Allan Keating from Jameson and Jim Roche (Padraic Pearse). Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland A new tourism initiative hopes to draw visitors north of the Liffey, highlighting the cultural heritage of Dublin’s northside. SHARE “North Dublin is a small area with a rich history that has changed the world, and the Dublin Northside Attractions (DNA) Alliance has been formed to celebrate and showcase this magnificent place,” […]

Happy birthday, brew you: Guinness Storehouse toasts 15th anniversary

Happy birthday, brew you: Guinness Storehouse toasts 15th anniversary Deirdre Reynolds PUBLISHED02/12/2015 | 12:18 SHARE 4The Guinness Storehouse. Photo: Deposit Happy birthday, brew you – the Guinness Storehouse toasts its 15th anniversary in the capital today. SHARE The former fermentation plant famously underwent a massive €42 million facelift in 2000. A decade and a half on, the St James’s Gate attraction is expected to welcome its 14th million visitor this year. Celebrating the occasion, Guinness Storehouse Managing Director Paul Carty told Independent.ie: “When we first opened, our target was to welcome one million visitors. I saw that as very far off in the distance and stretching things to say the […]