Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey

  James Gralton, the true story of the only Irish man deported from his own country. We went to see the stage adaptation of the Ken Loach film, Jimmy’s Hall in the Abbey theatre last week.  The play is directed by Graham McLaren with Richard Clements starring as Jimmy and Lisa Lambe as Oonagh. The opening scene set in 1932, sees the title character, Jimmy … Continue reading Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey

In the trenches in Cavan

If you are planning a visit to Cavan, you would do well to pay a visit to the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff.  We have visited a few county museums over the last few years but Cavan’s museum stood out.  Museums today should strive to create interactive user experience’s and the museum has embraced this idea. The Museum is based in a beautiful 19th-century building that … Continue reading In the trenches in Cavan

This masonic lodge meeting is no secret

There are lots of events happening around the country for Culture Night, which takes place on Friday 16th September 2016.  You can check out the Culture Night website to see what is on in your area. I’m thinking of going to the Masonic hall in Sligo, which is only open to the general public on Culture Night. You get a tour of the building and a short talk on … Continue reading This masonic lodge meeting is no secret

Sign for Castlepalooza music and arts festival

Castlepalooza music festival

We headed to the Castlepalooza arts & music festival, which is held on the grounds of the 18th century Charleville Castle in Tullamore, county Offaly. It was our first time at Castlepalooza, which is a small boutique festival which plays alternative music/Indie and DJ sets. As it’s small, everything was a short walk compared to some of the bigger festivals we have attended. The weather was mixed with … Continue reading Castlepalooza music festival

Literary Trail – Sebastian Barry – 2nd Location

Literary Trail based on the novels – The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, The Secret Scripture and The Temporary Gentleman. Welcome back, the next point of interest on the Sebastian Barry Literary trail is located only a short walk from the main street in Sligo Town.  (You can click here to view the 1st point on the Literary trail.) 2. The Lungey House The second location is only … Continue reading Literary Trail – Sebastian Barry – 2nd Location

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1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

We recently did the 1916 rebellion walking tour of Dublin city centre.  It is a walking tour based on the history of the Easter rising and encompasses some of the main streets and buildings that were involved in the battles. The tour meeting point is The International Bar on Wicklow Street in Dublin 2,  we did the tour on a Sunday and it started at 1pm and tickets … Continue reading 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

19th Century village square

I love everything that is old..

Travel back in time to an old world village in the midlands of Ireland. Ardagh is a hidden gem in Ireland, as we reckon, not many of the estimated 60,000 motorists who pass everyday within a few kilometres of Ardagh have been here or are aware of how different and unique this Irish village is. Ardagh in County Longford, Ireland, is a village which can … Continue reading I love everything that is old..

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National Gallery of Ireland

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js // Last Saturday afternoon we went to visit the National Gallery of Ireland for the first time. The gallery opened it’s doors in 1864 and has an extensive collection of Irish paintings, Italian Baroque and Dutch masters paintings. Famous artists on display include Caravaggio, Picasso, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet and Goya. The gallery is usually accessible from two points: Merrion Square West  (this entry is closed … Continue reading National Gallery of Ireland

St. Michan’s Church – I see dead people!

On a cold bright winter Saturday morning in January, we went to visit St. Michans Church. St. Michans is nestled between The Four Courts and Smithfield on the Northside of the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. St. Michans is a Protestant Church of the Anglican Communion. There’s been a church on this site since 1095 and has served Church of Ireland parishioners in Dublin for … Continue reading St. Michan’s Church – I see dead people!

Guerilla Days in Ireland play

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js // We went to see the play Guerilla Days in Ireland at the Olympia theatre last night. The play is based on the book by Tom Barry, who was a soldier in the British army, who fought in the first World War.  He then came home and joined the Irish volunteers and became the Guerilla leader of a flying column in West Cork, which … Continue reading Guerilla Days in Ireland play