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June 2023
Underappreciated albums and harrowing histories: 4 Irish podcasts to subscribe to this summer
A guide to some of the great podcasts being produced in Ireland covering a range of fascinating topics.
Camping in Connemara and mouth-watering pastries in Galway: Jack Considine’s perfect weekend
Jack Considine, co-owner of one of Ireland’s leading craft beer bars Beirhaus Galway, shares his perfect Night Out, Night Off.
How a papiér-maché tribute to a 19th century building became an unusual Irish landmark
Discover the fascinating history of Co Waterford’s Dromana Gate, one of the only examples of Hindu-Gothic architecture in Ireland.
Ballad tours and hidden gems: Get to know Ireland's sites with a wonderful walking tour
A guide to some of Ireland’s more interesting walking tours to do this summer.
Beautiful beach walks in Wexford and karaoke nights in Phibsborough: Dave Parle’s ideal weekend
Dave Parle, co-owner of The Big Romance, shares his perfect Night Out, Night Off.
"I’m trying to capture little moments": Illustrator Fuchsia MacAree on her vibrant portfolio
The Clare-based illustrator explains the importance of human connection and nature in her terrifically colourful and captivating work.
How a development in soap detergent led to the construction of a beloved Dublin building
The story of legendary soap manufacturers The Lever Brothers and their connection to Dublin’s Sunlight Chambers.
“It puts the city on the stage”: Cork Midsummer Festival director, Lorraine Maye interviewed
A look ahead at some highlights from Cork Midsummer Festival taking place between June 14 – 25.
May 2023
A celebration of words: Listowel Writers’ Week returns for its 53rd year this June bank holiday
From Liz Nugent to Seamus Heaney: Simone Langemann, acting festival manager of Listowel Writers’ Week, shares highlights from this year’s extraordinary programme.
Cork Cliff walks and craft beers: Megan Sendall of Sullivan's Taproom shares her ideal weekend
Megan Sendall, Manager at Sullivan’s Taproom, shares her perfect Night Out, Night Off.
From wattle and wicker to a Guinness World Record: The fascinating history of Sean’s Bar
Athlone’s Ancient Alehouse: Explore Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub which dates back to 900AD
“There is no perfect way to be sustainable”: Interview with Taz Kelleher of The Useless Project
Taz Kelleher, co-founder of The Useless Project, shares advice on living more sustainably.
“Independent venues provide spaces for experimentation to prosper”: Abbey Blake interviewed
Abbey Blake, musician and co-creator of Cork City’s Seanie Buttons Presents, talks about the importance of independent live venues.
Weekends in Wicklow and delicious wine in Galway city: JP McMahon's perfect night off
JP McMahon, owner and culinary director at Galway’s Michelin Starred Aniar Restaurant, shares his Night Out, Night Off.
From WW1 to the Wild Atlantic Way: The concrete tugboat that became a landmark in Ballina
The story of SS Crete Boom, the striking concrete tugboat that was commissioned over 100 years ago by the British government for the First World War and ended up in Co Mayo.
Brendan Behan and Stanley Tucci: A guide to International Literature Festival Dublin 2023
The team behind the International Literature Festival Dublin share their highlights from this year’s programme.
April 2023
“A celebration of the rich working-class culture”: A look at 2023’s James Connolly Festival
An interview with Aaron Nolan, festival organiser of the James Connolly Festival, about this year’s excellent programme taking place this May.
Full Circle: The fascinating story of a prehistoric Donegal landmark overlooking 5 counties
An Grianán of Aileach’s history involves the Uí Néill dynasty, a visit from St Patrick and a remarkable renovation in the late 19th century.
Summer swims in Schull and sharing meals with friends: How Brian O’Caoimh fills his free time
Brian O’Caoimh, co-owner of Dublin’s Loose Canon wine bar, shares his perfect Night Out, Night Off.
Victorian walled gardens and tropical greenhouses: 6 stunning Irish botanical sites to visit
A guide to Ireland’s beautiful gardens to inspire budding gardeners of all ages.
Explore the pink castle in West Cork that’s home to an Academy Award winner and his family
For 25 years, Kilcoe Castle has been the extraordinary residence of Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack.
“There’s lots of passion for carvery”: Meet the podcasters dissecting the perfect roast dinner
Writer Esther O’Moore Donohoe and author Emer McLysaght have been sampling (and celebrating) Ireland’s best carvery destinations for their brilliant podcast, Emer & Esther’s Sunday Roast.
Delicious steak dinners & Belfast nights out: 9 Below’s general manager shares perfect weekend
Tony McFeely, general manager at 9 Below, one of Dublin’s most popular cocktail destinations, shares his perfect Night Out, Night Off.
From Iggy Pop to Interpol: 5 unmissable music festivals taking place across Ireland this Summer
A guide to some of the incredible acts performing across the country to catch this festival season.
March 2023
Rembrandt & a retrospective of a revered Dublin artist: 4 exhibitions to see this April
Palette Cleanser: A guide to some unmissable art exhibitions happening across Ireland this April.
Antique shopping and cocktails on MacCurtain Street: Brian Murray’s favourite Cork city spots
The Glass Curtain’s head chef and owner Brian Murray shares his perfect Night Out, Night Off.
Paranormal activity and a 900-year-old omen: The haunted history of Charleville Castle
Do you dare read about the spooky tales of wandering ghosts and a deathly Oak tree synonymous with a famous Tullamore estate?
Ready Steady Book!: Unearth an 1816 murder mystery with this year’s One Dublin One Book title
Jackie Lynam of Dublin City Libraries and author Andrew Hughes interviewed about this year’s country-wide reading initiative taking place this April.
“We make the things we want to see in the world”: Dublin photographer Ellius Grace interviewed
From Sinéad O’Connor to Barry Keoghan, Dublin photographer Ellius Grace has amassed an extraordinary portfolio.
Sustainable shopping in Limerick city and getaways to Salthill: Niamh Mulrooney's ideal weekend
Niamh Mulrooney, general manager at the lively Limerick spot The Red Hen, shares her perfect Night Out, Night Off.
Churn of the Century: The history of butter told in Cork-based museum dedicated to the spread
The Butter Museum tells the fascinating history of Ireland’s dairy industry.
"It’s a time to showcase how inclusive the Irish spirit is": Interview with Cormac Cashman
Mother co-founder Cormac Cashman tells The Journal about Cultúr Club at this year’s St Patrick’s Festival
Buttermilk pancakes and breakfast sandwiches: 5 brunch spots to kick-start your weekend
Bon Appétit! A mouth-watering guide to Ireland’s best brunch spots.
Royal Canal strolls & fishing in Roundstone: chef Jordan Bailey shares his idyllic weekend
Jordan Bailey, chef at the Michelin star restaurant Aimsir, shares his perfect Night Out, Night Off.
Musical Statues: 4 of Ireland's moved beloved musicians immortalised in bronze to visit
Ireland’s musical history in 4 bronze statues across the country.
“We’re redefining perceptions of African culture": Kisu Telfer of Sahara boutique interviewed
Kisu Telfer, owner of Sahara is supporting independent African-based artisans from her Dún Laoghaire store.
This year
"I know we're actually doing all the things we talk about”: Gary Grant of Imbibe Coffee interviewed
Coffee with a conscience: The Dublin-based coffee roastery with a community focus
Step into the fascinating legends and myths of Ireland at the Folklore Village in Co Louth
Discover stories from Ireland’s magical past in the picturesque coastal setting of Carlingford town.
Beach strolls in Cork and live music in Galway: Andy Ferreira shares his ideal weekend
Night Out, Night Off: Andy Ferreira, managing director at Cask Cork, takes us through his favourite spots to spend his day (and night) off.
Family run businesses & bespoke services: Bookmark Ireland’s best independent bookshops
A guide to Ireland’s beloved independent book retailers.