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The Year of the Dog

12 February 2018

BOW WOW! As dogs say in China. The Chinese Year of The Dog is coming on Friday the 16th February, and it’s a great time to spend some time with us and perhaps have a meal at Kites, our favourite nearby Chinese restaurant. They really are exceptional, so we think they might be your favourite…

A Guide to Valentine’s Day

23 January 2018

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world on 14 February, but have you ever wondered about the history of the holiday? Irish Valentines celebrate this day of love, in the same way as many others around the world. Enjoying romantic dinners together, giving cards and gifts like flowers or chocolate, along with various other gestures…

Halloween in Ireland

25 October 2017

Halloween is thought to have originated in Ireland, so it is no surprise that it is a significant and much loved festival there to this day. Celebrated by the Celts as Samhain (pronounced Sow-in or variants there of), it was a time of lowered boundaries between this world and the Otherworld of spirits, fairies, goblins…

Irish Martello Towers

13 July 2016

In 1803 when Ireland was involved in the Coalition Wars, also known as the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; the south coast of the island (then ruled by the British), was considered to be the most vulnerable to a French invasion which made them develop a defence strategy by building 16 Martello Towers along the…