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The Merrion’s Irish Soda Bread

23rd Apr

The Merrion’s Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly would like to share our Irish Soda Bread recipe for you all to enjoy making in your own kitchens. Ingredients 250g Plain Flour 250g Wholemeal Flour 100g Porridge Oats 1 teaspoon Bread Soda 1 teaspoon Salt 25g Butter 500ml Buttermilk Method Preheat the oven to 200°C/ Gas 6 […]

Surprising Saint Patrick

3rd Mar

A man dressed in blue who hails from Wales? There’s a lot to discover about Ireland’s patron saint. Once upon a time, March 17th was a quiet day of prayer and contemplation in Ireland. The schools were closed, businesses were closed, and even the pubs were shut… It’s still both a religious occasion and a […]


Film Star City

6th Feb

From the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, to that gorgeous Georgian view down Merrion Square, there are plenty of Dublin spots with film star looks. As the Dublin International Film Festival comes to town, we look at some of the places that have been immortalised on the silver screen. Sitting in a drawing room on Fitzwilliam Square […]


The Dryest January

14th Jan

On the one hundredth anniversary of Prohibition, we tell the extraordinary story of what happened when the United States banned alcohol. And it all began in January. As many mark the new year with a Dry January detox, one hundred years ago this month, the United States of America went a little further. In January 1920, Prohibition was […]

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The Irish Country House

11th Nov

The Irish countryside is littered with the ghosts of the Great Houses of the past. County Laois’s award winning Ballyfin is a gem that has been brought back to beautiful life. Whether it was war, shifting politics, or a gentle decline into poverty, Ireland has its share of the ruins of once-great country houses. Some […]

The Great Tastes of Ireland

18th Sep

Irish food is coming into its own, with exciting local artisan producers, and a new generation of chefs putting great taste on the map. What do you think of when you think of Irish food? Once upon a time, visitors to these shores would expect bacon and cabbage, Irish stew, and maybe a bit of […]

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Living with Art

11th Jul

Make yourself at home with one of the finest and most important collections of Irish art at The Merrion Hotel.   If, as they say, you can tell the story of a nation through its art, then the art on the walls of The Merrion speaks of wild and beautiful landscapes, adventurous spirits, powerful personalities, […]

Timeless Beauty: The Secrets of Georgian Dublin

16th May

As The Merrion launches its new and beautiful Spa and Health Club, we look back in time to see what beauty treatments the original Georgian residents of the Merrion’s buildings might have used, to enhance their own natural assets. They say that beauty is timeless, but we’ve come a very long way from the treatments […]

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Saint Valentine in Dublin

5th Feb

Is Dublin the most romantic city in the world? Alongside its atmospheric bars, loved up places to eat, and ideal routes for amorous strolls, Dublin has another tender trick up its sleeve: it is the resting place for the heart of the patron saint of love: Saint Valentine himself. It is one of Dublin’s most […]

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The sound of Ireland: Irish Traditional Music unwrapped

7th Jan

As Tradfest and the Gloaming come to Dublin, we explore the roots, and the future of this extraordinary Irish sound, and discover where to find it every Thursday night. Unforgettable, exciting, rich, and totally toe tapping, traditional Irish music has spread throughout the world. Influencing the music of other countries and peoples, it reaches back […]


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