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Europe’s 12 Best Music Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

Get out in the sun (or rain) and party the summer away with these 12 awesome music festivals.

6 Iconic Albums About Dublin | City Soundscapes

Dublin has long been the heart of Ireland's vibrant music scene. Have a look at six of the most iconic albums about the city.

Ireland On Film: The Best Irish Movies You Must See

Have a look at seven of the very best and most memorable motion pictures about Ireland, the country, its history and its people.

The Best Bookshops in Dublin

Dublin proudly boasts of a very strong literary heritage, from James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to Roddy Doyle and Maeve Binchy. Explore some of the best bookshops in this great literary city.

The 10 Best Restaurants in St Stephen's Green, Dublin

A lush oasis of green in the heart of the busy city, St. Stephen's Green is one of the most iconic and beloved locations in Dublin. Have a look at the best restaurants dotted around the park

The 5 Best Markets In and Around Dublin

Take a look at the wide variety of fantastic markets located in and around the city of Dublin.

The Best Live Music Venues in Dublin

Live music is an integral part of life in Dublin. Have a look at the best venues for gigs and concerts.

The 10 Best Bars and Pubs in Dublin

No visit to Dublin is complete without a pint of Guinness. Here are ten of the best pubs and bars you can find in Ireland's bustling capital city.

The 10 Most Beautiful Castles in Ireland | Ireland Travel Guide

From imposing military towers, to romantic ruins and stately homes, Ireland's landscape is dotted with beautiful castles. Have a look at ten of the most impressive.

The 7 Best Books by James Joyce

Widely considered the father of Modernism, as well as one of the most influential writers in the Irish canon, here we explore some of James Joyce's best works.

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Ireland Art + Artists

Bridging the Gap | Meet the Origin Theatre Company

An interview with Founder and Artistic Director of Origin Theatre Company, George C. Heslin.

Europe's 10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions in Winter 2015

We check out the unmissable examples of beautifully exhibited artwork on offer in Europe this Winter.

Top Ten Irish Photographers to Watch

Enjoy our guide to Ireland's top ten contemporary photographers

Belfast's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

The cultural presence of Northern Ireland has flourished in recent years, particularly within its capital city of Belfast.

Dublin's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

For serious lovers of contemporary art, Dublin is heaven: the city is a hub for artists and art-lovers alike. Here are its best contemporary art galleries.

Ninette de Valois | The Irish Mother of Modern British Ballet

Read about the life and immense achievement of Dame Ninette de Valois, the Irish dancer and choreographer who founded The Royal Ballet.

10 Must-Visit Art Galleries on the Wild Atlantic Way

Explore Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way and discover some of the best art galleries and cultural venues dotted along this coastal route.

Cork’s 10 Must-Visit Contemporary Art Galleries

Get to know Ireland’s vibrant art scene with our guide to ten of the best contemporary art galleries in Cork, as well as nearby Cobh and Kinsale.

Scenes of Struggle: Ireland’s Journey Through Film at This Year’s Venice Biennale

The artist Richard Mosse has been selected to represent Ireland with a varied film installation at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale.

Ireland Food + Restaurants

The 10 Best Restaurants in St Stephen's Green, Dublin

A lush oasis of green in the heart of the busy city, St. Stephen's Green is one of the most iconic and beloved locations in Dublin. Have a look at the best restaurants dotted around the park

The 10 Best Restaurants in North Quays, Dublin

Take a look at the top ten restaurants to try out in Dublin's North Wall Quay.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Dublin's Old City

Take a peak at our guide to the top ten restaurants in Dublin's Old City.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Temple Bar, Dublin

All visitors to Dublin inevitably make their way to the iconic Temple Bar. Take a look at our guide to the area's top restaurants.

The 10 Best Restaurants In Limerick | Eating Out For Locals

Limerick has a number of award-winning restaurants serving everything from traditional Irish eats, to more modern European-inspired fare - we check out 10 of the best.

Europe's 10 Best Countries for Healthy Eating

We go from the trattorias of Italy to the traditional smorgasbord of Sweden in search of the healthiest eating countries on the globe!

Top Ten Cultural Restaurants in County Cork

County Cork is Ireland’s region for artisanal and adventurous food. From seafood bistros to farm fare cafes, read our list of the County's top ten restaurants.

Galway's 10 Best Restaurants & Local Eats

We head to historic Galway for ten cultural restaurants you just cannot miss.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Dublin 2 | Ireland's Coolest Area

We check out the best places to dine in the most happening district of Ireland – Dublin 2.

A Gourmet Guide to County Kerry: The 10 Best Restaurants

Eat out in Ireland’s scenic County Kerry with our gourmet guide to its ten best cultural restaurants and eateries, from Killarney to Dingle.

Ireland Profile

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Ireland is one of Europe's heavyweights when it comes to cultural exports. Size is clearly not everything as Ireland is far from the biggest country within the continent and its literary and musical produce far exceeds most other nations. Its rich cultural tradition reflects the country’s tumultuous history and politics, as well as the particular character of life in this proudly individual land.

The poet William Butler Yeats was the first of four Irish writers to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923; only two years later came the next Irish recipient in the form of celebrated playwright George Bernard Shaw. Interestingly, Shaw is also the only person ever to have received both this award and an Academy Award, which he did in 1938 for the screenplay adaptation of his play Pygmalion. In 1969, Paris based Samuel Beckett became the third Irishman to win the award and although many of his poetry, plays and prose were written in French by then, Beckett still had a very Irish touch to his work. The latest Irish writer to win the award was Seamus Heaney in 1995.

Ireland has produced other writers who have risen to international stardom. Oscar Wilde became an instant hit with what was considered highly provocative plays in the 19th century and he has maintained his position as a literary favourite and a comedic genius to many people ever since.

James Joyce is perhaps the most celebrated of all Irish writers, despite the fact that he went into self-imposed exile in 1904, he described the Irish capital and its people in highly original ways. Joyce is probably most famous for his Dubliners and the somewhat challenging behemoth that is Ulysses, a modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey, both of which are set in Dublin and are absolute milestones not only in Irish literature but the overall history of literature. One of Dublin's more recent literary stars has been Booker Man Prize winning author Roddy Doyle who won the award for his Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha in 1993.

Ireland has made a significant contribution to the world of music as well. Being arguably most famous for rock-legends U2, Sligo, Dublin-rooted boyband Westlife and 1990s alternative rock-outfit The Cranberries. Heavy rockers Thin Lizzy came to existence in Dublin in 1969 and many of their lyrics feature references to Ireland and Irish mythology.