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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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The Distilleries of Dublin

8th Nov

It’s just one little letter, but it makes a world of difference: the “e” that separates Irish whiskey from Scotch whisky. Both get their names from the original Gaelic uisce beatha (uisge beatha in scots Gaelic), literally meaning “the water of life”. Whiskey originated in Ireland, and differs from Scotch in that it is distilled […]

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Politics, Passion and Intrigue: The Story of the Merrion Hotel

24th Oct

Behind the elegant façade of the Merrion Hotel lies a rich history of Lords, Ladies, famous names, and the story of Ireland itself. Today, Merrion Hotel teems with stories. People come to meet, explore Ireland’s capital city, hold meetings, plan new projects, holiday, escape and dream. But did you know that over the past two […]

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Time for Stellar Theatre in Dublin

18th Aug

Ireland boasts more than its fair share of Nobel winning writers, and the city is famed for its theatres, as well as acclaimed for its actors. Theatre in Dublin has a rich and fascinating history, and the Dublin Theatre Festival and Fringe Festivals are a magical time, when all the city truly is a stage. […]

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The Markets of Dublin

23rd May

Browsing, shopping, antiques, jewellery, street food and more, there’s a lot to discover in the markets of Dublin’s fair city, and it’s just the thing for a sunny day’s adventure. Dublin City is a haven for shoppers, with everything from flagship brands to stores that will delight the quirky individualist, but it also has a […]

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Devoted to Divas. Why Ireland loves Opera

27th Mar

From Handel’s hallelujah to the World’s Best Festival, Ireland has a glorious musical past and an exciting operatic future. Ireland has a rich musical history. While today visitors may come to follow in the footsteps of Bono, or to tap their feet at a traditional gig, others are treading a path established at the Merrion […]

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Turner at The National Gallery of Ireland

16th Jan

An eagerly anticipated annual event in the art world, January brings the watercolours of genius painter JMW Turner to the National Gallery One of the world’s most famous artists, JMW Turner (the initials stand for Joseph Mallord William), made paintings that showed nature at its most beautiful, whether coolly calm, or wild and exciting. Painting […]

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Celebrating Thanksgiving at The Merrion Hotel

9th Nov

From dreams in a bottle, to feasting with friends, plus some famous champagne, why this is the season for practicing gratitude This month we’re thinking about Thanksgiving. Go raibh mhaith agat… just in case you didn’t know, or if your Irish has become a little rusty, means “thank you” – always a lovely phrase to […]

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Why Dublin is a brilliant destination for new talent in jewellery design

19th Sep

A short step along St Stephen’s Green from the Merrion Hotel, Grafton Street and its environs is the place to go for gold, silver and precious stones. Established in 1869 Weir and Sons is a Dublin institution, and fanning out from Grafton Street are places to discover everything from antique pieces, to Celtic Claddagh rings, […]

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