Running annually since 1956, this is one of Ireland’s premier cultural events, with a loyal and ever-increasing audience of general public, film lovers and filmmakers.
A special strand this year is Films from Romania, which includes both features and documentaries.Read More
These are hotels that will make you feel pampered and special and lucky in locations you are quite likely to visit on a tour of Ireland.
Naturally they all have the great accommodation, service and facilities but they also have that extra ‘something’ that makes a good hotel a truly great one.Read More
This is a small friendly jazz festival held in the lovely West Cork village of Ballydehob and is one that you should get along to even if you are not a huge jazz fan.
The local area is a very beautiful part of West Cork, making for an ideal weekend combination of sightseeing, great music and the best of company.Read More
Since 1978 Ireland’s biggest and longest established jazz event and has hundreds of musicians and many thousands of music fans to the city for an annual feast of jazz of all kinds.
As well as the core performance there are fringe events taking place throughout the city and it is a festival known for the friendly welcome given to visitors.Read More
This eclectic series of events, held in a marquee in Cork’s Docklands, started when the city was European Capital of Culture in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength since.
The 2011 line up is as varied as ever, and includes acts as diverse as Paul Simon, Elton John, Christy Moore, Brian Adam, Imelda May and Tom Jones.Read More
Mitchellstown varies from most of Ireland’s other show caves in being a very low key place, still owned and run by the same family on whose land it was discovered in 1833. You buy your ticket at the family’s home, there are basic amenities like toilets and picnic tables available, but no shop, cafe or other facilities.
This is in my book a very wonderful thing, a great break from the normal highly commercialised tourist experience.Read More
You can’t travel far in Ireland without coming across statues by the side of the road in Ireland. Some are single, but many are tableaux and are set in elaborate and well maintained surroundings.
The largest number are statues of Mary, most of which were originally erected during the Marian Year in 1938.Read More
This selection of 20 great places to eat in Cork city has everything from market stalls to sushi bars, from the best places for dinner on a budget to gourmet restaurants for special occasions.
Cork is famous for its huge number of artisan food producers and restaurant menus in the city heavily feature their excellent produce. For hard core foodies, no visit would be complete without tasting the local delicacy of tripe and drisheen – if you dare!Read More
For lovers of guitar music this is the place to be in September. Although the full line up for 2009 is not yet known, the quality of the programme in previous years has made it a must not just for those who come to listen but for guitarists too.
You never can tell who might show up.Read More
This is every bit as much as social event as a sailing regatta, which isn’t to say that the competition is not keen, it is, fiercely.
Day time sees quality racing in many different classes on the water, while by night there a fantastic party atmosphere ashore with numerous events, official and unofficial.Read More