It was in Ireland that I came to enjoy spare-ribs. The food is intriguingly delicious, something that I cannot say about England where I was stationed for two years as a young man. Fish and chips, well okay, but beyond that, there’s nothing else! What does the UK have to offer other than Chinese, Arab or Indian Cuisine? Ireland was the beginning for me and it has been for these past 18 years. Now, other than the Temple Bar District, what other places are there to eat? All of Ireland has its own enchanted views with delicious cuisine. One of my favourite places for serving good food is the traditional B&B. It is the simple idea of paying €30-40 per night to sleep in a typical Irish home and then being served a tasty breakfast in the morning. Whereas in the States, as well as enjoying a good meal, ‘quality of life’ is another concept which has been lost!
Art in Ireland is very much alive. Overall, Ireland has become a more health and fitness conscious place in recent years. People like to keep active, with weightlifting, crossfit and bouldering gyms all growing in popularity. Of course, with over 3,000 kilometres of coastline, as well as a wealth of beaches, rivers, and lakes, Ireland has a lot to offer outside of stadiums and gyms.
Food in Ireland is steeped in traditions of home-cooked classics and comforting favourites. These contemporary recipes preserve that sense of home and offer a whole new dimension to the taste buds. Voted Northern Ireland’s signature dish and developed by leading chefs, Born and Braised (shin of Northern Irish beef served with beetroot and bone marrow gremolata) is a recipe packed with flavour and voted by the public as the epitome of Northern Ireland cuisine. Where to try: Look out for Born and Braised in restaurants across Northern Ireland.
As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year' and rated at number 2 in Trip Advisor’s list of recommended Dublin cultural attractions, the library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. The highlights at Ireland's foremost collection of classical and modern art, the National Gallery, include a terrific Caravaggio and a series of paintings by Jack B Yeats, brother of William Butler and one of the country’s best-known artists. Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane. The Hugh Lane's fine collection of modern and contemporary art is all well and good, but its faithfully reconstructed studio of hell-raising painter Francis Bacon (who was born in Dublin) turns this gallery from good to outstanding. A hidden oasis in the centre of Dublin City.
Irish whiskey is well on its way to making a big come back after years in the shadows of its Scottish counterpart. An ever increasing number of young people are taking to the drink, prompting businesses to open new distilleries across the country. The whiskey industry has grown substantially over the past decade. Irish whiskey is now the fastest growing spirit in the world and exports are worth around €350m. Exports have grown by 220% since 2003. There are currently eight distilleries in Ireland compared with just two in the 1970s
Pet Ownership in Ireland. Finding New Friends in Ireland. What to Expect from Irish Housing. How to Rent Accommodation in Ireland. An Overview of Irish Schooling. I love to escape the hustle and bustle of city life by spending some time relaxing and enjoying beautiful gardens. Luckily for me I live in Dublin, which has many gorgeous, well maintained gardens to enjoy. Because of Dublin’s relatively mild climate, (it rarely frosts) the flowers bloom for most of the year. From spring daffodils and tulips, to blooming scented roses and endangered plant species from around the world, these Dublin gardens have it all.
The food scene in Ireland feels like it has moved to another level in the last couple of years with a serious depth of world class restaurants. We have the very best produce in the world on our little island which certainly helps, and when you look at what some of the talented men and women across the country are creating you really would be missing out by not working your way through this list. Free up a weekend and get down to this great city for some of the most amazing food you’ll eat in Ireland. 7. Tannery – Waterford. A townhouse, restaurant and cooking school that has been knocking out superb food for years. Ask anybody who has been there and they’ll rave to you about the place for 10 minutes straight. Be prepared to queue, but it will be well worth it. 9. Wild Honey – Clare. Make sure you book in to stay overnight and make the most of the experience with a few drinks alongside the amazing food.
Explore Ireland one cake slice at a time with these local favourites. As well as enjoying their organic food which comes straight from their farm, they operate healthy eating courses and more. 6Cork Coffee Roasters, 2 Bridge Street, Cork City. If you’re a coffee snob, which more and more people are these days, then this is where to go for coffee when in Cork. Another small café with food that would knock you out is Nan’s Café on the east coast of Ireland. Located right beside the sea, it’s the perfect place to pop in before or after a stroll on Laytown Beach. Food is fresh, extremely good value and cakes are to die for.
Ever wondered what it’s like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, the holiday’s own green-hued homeland? Despite my long line of Irish heritage, my family has never been able to answer that question for me. Some said it’s a religious holiday, others claimed it’s a tourist play hijacked by beer companies, but most admitted they had no idea what exactly Irish locals do for the national holiday. After heading to Dublin for a first-hand look at the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I finally have an answer-and it’s not the one I expected