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Around The World By Light | 16 Incredible Lighthouses

Read our pick of the best lighthouses in the world chosen for their architectural beauty, historic importance and engineering feats.

The 10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Galway, Ireland

Whether you just want posh tea and cakes, or want some serious energy for a full day of sightseeing with a full Irish breakfast, you'll find it all in the proper Irish town of Galway.

The 10 Best Hotels in Dublin, Ireland

From boutique to true luxury, read our guide to Dublin's best places to stay.

The 10 Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Cork, Ireland

Check out this list of the top spots for brunch and breakfast in Cork, Ireland.

10 Mind-Bending Exhibitions You Need To Attend in 2015

From hyper-realistic sculptures in London, to interactive installations in Dublin, to cutting-edge media works in New York, here is a list of the top ten exhibitions you need to attend before this year is out.

The 10 Irish Craft Breweries Every Beer Lover Should Try

Bringing unique flavors and personalities to the market, here is a list of 10 Irish craft beers that every beer connoisseur should try in the north and south of the country.

Top 10 Delicious Brunches In Dublin, Ireland

Check out our guide to Dublin, Ireland's top 10 authentic places to go for brunch.

The 12 Most Beautiful Villages in Ireland

From sites of historical invasions by the Spanish Armada, to the summer haunt of famous writers and artists, here is a list of the top 12 most beautiful villages in Ireland.

The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Galway

Galway is perhaps the most beautiful urban area in all of Ireland. Take a look at the top things to do, and the best places to visit, in and around the city.

The Best Restaurants in Waterford, Ireland

Take a look at seven of the best restaurants in the medieval Irish city of Waterford.

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Ireland Art + Artists

10 Mind-Bending Exhibitions You Need To Attend in 2015

From hyper-realistic sculptures in London, to interactive installations in Dublin, to cutting-edge media works in New York, here is a list of the top ten exhibitions you need to attend before this year is out.

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 Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Galway, Ireland

Whether you just want posh tea and cakes, or want some serious energy for a full day of sightseeing with a full Irish breakfast, you'll find it all in the proper Irish town of Galway.

The 10 Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Cork, Ireland

Check out this list of the top spots for brunch and breakfast in Cork, Ireland.

The 10 Irish Craft Breweries Every Beer Lover Should Try

Bringing unique flavors and personalities to the market, here is a list of 10 Irish craft beers that every beer connoisseur should try in the north and south of the country.

Top 10 Delicious Brunches In Dublin, Ireland

Check out our guide to Dublin, Ireland's top 10 authentic places to go for brunch.

The Best Restaurants in Waterford, Ireland

Take a look at seven of the best restaurants in the medieval Irish city of Waterford.

The Best Bars and Pubs in Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar's pubs, bars and taverns are great places to soak up some local atmosphere, culture and music. Take a look at ten of the best bars and pubs in the area.

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Dublin

Take a look at the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Ireland's capital city.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Dublin

Ireland's historic capital city boasts a host of excellent dining establishments, catering to all manner of tastes and price ranges. Check out ten of the very best restaurants the city has to offer with this helpful guide.

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 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.

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.

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