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10 Most Beautiful Love Letters Of All Time

Isn't love grand? If you're looking for some inspiration, read our guide with 10 lovely quotes from some of the most beautiful love letters.

10 Underrated Romance Novels

Looking for something to read? Add these top ten underrated romance novels to your list.

10 Most Beautiful Love Poems Of All Time

We look at some of the most beautiful and powerful love poems of all time.

12 Stunning Natural Wonders Around The World

Explore the splendor of the natural world with these 12 stunning natural phenomena.

18 Groundbreaking Essayists You Need To Read

Read and grow with these 18 essayists who fundamentally altered human consciousness with their work.

7 Amazing Films With Michael Fassbender

From indie productions to Hollywood blockbusters, here is an overview of the Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender’s most famous movies of all time.

Cultural Calendar 2016: The Best Things To Do Around The World

Find out where to be and what to see in 2016 with our comprehensive guide to this year's biggest and best cultural events.

The 13 Most Exciting Startup Neighborhoods In The World

Check out our list of the 13 most exciting startup neighborhoods in the world!

Around The World In 80 Music Videos

80 weeks, 80 music videos with 80 different rock bands, 20 countries, 2 filmmakers. Find out more about the stories and experiences of Diana Boccara and Leo Longo.

The 6 Best French Restaurants in Dublin

Dublin is a sophisticated and exciting city of culture, an atmosphere reflected in its collection of up-scale and authentic French restaurants and bistros.

The 10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in County Mayo

For breakfast with a view, come to County Mayo and try out one of these adorable cafés for delicious home-cooked food made with love.

Dining In Dingle: The 10 Best Restaurants

Dingle is a small town in south west Ireland on the Atlantic Coast. Unsurprisingly specialising in seafood, Dingle's cuisine can still surprise you with offerings of American-fare and hearty pub grub.

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Ireland Art + Artists

8 Things Oscar Wilde Taught Us About Art

An overview of the famous playwright, author, and poet's most insightful ideas on the meaning and use of art.

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.

Ten Contemporary Art Galleries in Dublin

These Dublin galleries are non-commercial platforms with a focus on facilitating innovative, challenging and engaging contemporary visual art practice in Ireland.

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 6 Best French Restaurants in Dublin

Dublin is a sophisticated and exciting city of culture, an atmosphere reflected in its collection of up-scale and authentic French restaurants and bistros.

The 10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in County Mayo

For breakfast with a view, come to County Mayo and try out one of these adorable cafés for delicious home-cooked food made with love.

Dining In Dingle: The 10 Best Restaurants

Dingle is a small town in south west Ireland on the Atlantic Coast. Unsurprisingly specialising in seafood, Dingle's cuisine can still surprise you with offerings of American-fare and hearty pub grub.

The 10 Best Bars in Donegal Town

With traditional Irish bars boasting exciting live music, to chic and modern pubs with tasty food and beer, the quaint town of Donegal has it all!

The 5 Best Burger Joints In Dublin

Craving a burger in Dublin? You don't have to resort to McDonalds! With this list of the 5 best gourmet burger joints in the city, you're sure to discover a meaty masterpiece to wow your tastebuds.

The 5 Best Wine Bars in Dublin

You don't have to venture across the Channel to try some of the best French and Italian wines around - the beautiful city of Dublin has some fantastic wine bars, all filled with delicious wine and great character- cheers!

The 10 Best Restaurants in the Liberties, Dublin

One of Dublin’s most historic areas, the Liberties area is now a centre of commerce and enterprise. Many restaurants inspired by various cultures around the world can be experienced here, and here are 10 of the best!

The 10 Best Bars in Old City, Dublin

Boasting a mix of modern European class and traditional Irish charm, there is something for everyone in the old city area of Dublin from pubs with classic Victorian décor to Spanish tapas bars.

The 10 Best Bars In Cork

Check out our list of the best places to grab a drink in Cork.

The 10 Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In County Donegal

Donegal’s rugged and romantic coastline and rich past makes it a fantastic place to visit, and to dine! Nothing makes you feel more refreshed than a hearty breakfast and a spectacularly view of mountains, sea and sky.

The 10 Best Restaurants In County Clare

With The Burren as an incredible and fascinating geological site, and a history dating back through the ages, County Clare is a fantastic place to visit - and a great place to eat!

The 10 Best Restaurants in Trinity College, Dublin

An area of rich historical and intellectual importance, the Trinity College area provides some really memorable and outstanding places to eat with an incredible variety suitable for any occasion!

Ireland Design + Architecture

Top 10 Irish Architects & Studios to Watch

We check out the top ten Irish architects reviving the skyline of the Emerald Isle.

10 Irish Product Designers You Should Know

These ten Irish product designers are breaking with tradition, creating innovative designs that are as close to art as to technology, ranging from ceramics to artificial intelligence.

Dublin’s Best Design Shops

With Dublin's Design Week being held 4-10 November 2013, Daniel Gray surveys some of the best design shops in Ireland’s capital.

Eileen Gray and Modernist Architecture

Eileen Gray is a name that is as readily associated with the movement of Modernism in Architecture as a Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe.

About Ireland

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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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