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9 Irish Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Ireland has long been the home nation of some of English Literature’s biggest names, we take a look at nine of the best Irish novels you should read

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.

Belfast's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

Read our updated guide to the art scene in Northern Ireland’s buzzing capital, exploring the ten best contemporary art galleries in the heart 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.

Cork's Top 10 Local Restaurants & Pubs: Real Irish Dining

Explore Cork’s best restaurants with our cultural guide to city, offering anything from traditional Irish food to world-class cosmopolitan dishes.

Dublin’s Top 10 Cultural Cafés and Coffeehouses

Find your perfect cup of coffee with our gourmet guide to the 10 best cafés and coffeehouses in Dublin, from artsy hangouts to dedicated roasters.

Dublin's 10 Best Events and Festivals this September

Dive into Dublin’s cultural scene this September, with our insider guide to the top 10 art, theatre, food and design events across Ireland’s capital.

Ninette de Valois: The Irish Mother of Modern British Ballet

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

Dublin's 10 Unmissable Events and Festivals this August

Explore Dublin’s cultural scene this August at these unmissable music events, art exhibitions, theatre and literature events in Ireland’s capital.

Kevin Roche: An Irish Architect who Built Urban America

Read about Kevin Roche, one of the urbanism’s most influential architects, whose functional, sustainable designs characterise America today.

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Ireland Art + Artists

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.

Ireland Food + Restaurants

Where to Eat in Cork: 10 Local Restaurants and Pubs You Should Try

Discover where to eat in Cork, Ireland’s foodie capital, where you can get the freshest seafood and mingle with friendly residents.

Foodie's Guide to Killarney's 10 Best Restaurants and Bistros

Discover southern Ireland’s innovative dining scene with our guide to hearty local dishes and Michelin fare in Killarney.

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.