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An ideal pub with traditional music and the feel of Old Ireland. Read More

The resting place of 14 of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916. Read More

Description:If Ireland can be said to have rocked the game out of its cradle and raised it on creamy stout, the brawniest of its brood is Ballybunion,... Read More

Daylong classes on the 100-acre organic farm includge mushroom foraging, wine tasting, and raising chickens. Indulge in a class taught by Rachel Allen ... Read More

A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity College's brilliant historic setting creates stark architectural contrast and delightful dissonance. Read More

It’s brash and showy, but this archetypal Dawson Street bar is still well worth a visit. One of the city’s first “superpubs” (in... Read More

A 1999 brick structure in a village of painted stone, the center has classrooms, a small shop, and a 120-seat concert hall offering performances by some... Read More

A beautifully restored hill village that literally sits on layers of Irish history, Cnoc Suain offers a thorough immersion in local culture. Bog walks... Read More

At the long and narrow Cobblestone pub, in Smithfield, in the early evening and then again after dinner, musicians take turns depositing tall pints of... Read More

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We&rsquo... Read More

The collection includes medieval-looking churns and old butter-block wrappers with sublime graphics, but the pièce de résistance was an... Read More

Avoid the tour bus–clogged Ring of Kerry for its neighbor to the North, County Clare, home to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher rising more than 700... Read More

Devitts on Camden Street is a great little pub for a chat and a couple of pints. The atmosphere is relaxed and the sound of conversation is all that... Read More

Combining the city’s two most famous exports—writers and beer—this long-running tour takes thirsty readers on a two-hour spin through... Read More

Cork's best artisans and purveyors gather here to sell products like soda bread, organic greens and seafood. The 1780's brick structure's interior was... Read More

Just 35 miles south of the city, and right in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park, the hamlet of Glendalough makes a magical day... Read More

This temple to the city’s renowned stout—a product that’s helped sustain Ireland’s economy for centuries—is one of the country’s star tourist... Read More

Also known as the Dublin City Gallery, this delightful and manageable contemporary gallery is one of the city’s finest art spaces. The selection of work... Read More

Tucked away down an alley in Temple Bar, the Irish Film Institute is a cinema screening the best movies from Ireland and around the world; it has access... Read More

In a vast set of striking 17th-century buildings that were once the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, you’ll now find the Irish Museum of Modern Art, home to a... Read More

An old liquor store with a beveled-glass cashier's booth. Read More

The weaver sells her wool and linen throws and wall hangings, along with leather goods. Read More

After opening in 2011, the Little Museum of Dublin has proved its worth as one of the top tourist draws in the city. Set within in a grand townhouse on... Read More

The hike to the top takes a solid half-hour, but the vistas on the way up are worth it if the visibility is good. Read More

Writers from the West Cork Literary Festival soak up local atmosphere at this classic pub. Read More

A stand stocked with West Cork cheeses: Ardrahan, Garrigaline, Coolea, Durrus, Gubbeen. Read More

One of the most atmospheric spots in Dublin, Marsh’s Library is a hauntingly beautiful building, which has barely changed in three centuries. Home to 25... Read More

The pub is owned by the flute player of the Chieftains and famous for virtuoso trad sessions. Even without a formal performance in the capacious back... Read More

The pub is home to impromptu traditonal music sessions. Read More

A collection of works by West Cork ceramicists Sara Flynn and Mary Neeson, whose porcelain lanterns are like miniature Mariko Mori sculptures. Read More

A standout collection of European masters, the National Gallery contains an exhaustive representation of fine art. It opened its doors to the public... Read More

There are three branches of the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin: Decorative Arts & History in Collins Barracks, Natural History on Merrion... Read More

To the north of Dublin, the rural county of Meath and the Boyne Valley comprise an area rich with ancient sites. The best known among these is Newgrange... Read More

This Victorian gem with its ornate molding and red velvet boxes is a Dublin institution, hosting a rotating schedule of stand-up comedy, big-name rock... Read More

When Paddy and Maureen O’Donoghue opened this bar in 1934, they invited local musicians to perform each night. Considered to be the birthplace of... Read More

Europe’s largest enclosed urban park—encompassing more than 1,700 acres—is set just two miles west from the city center. You can easily spend an entire... Read More

Though Dublin’s better known for its pub culture than its nightclubs, this converted train station has been packing in crowds since the early... Read More

Rory Conner, an artisan cutler, has a studio crammed with rusty blade forms, drill presses, and grinders' wheels, carpeted with metal dust, and looks... Read More

One of the best deals in travel remains the Emerald Package from Sceptre Tours. Starting at $699 per person (up to $1,285 in summer), it covers round... Read More

The latest addition to the George’s Street scene takes a humorous angle on the current economic recession. The owners have outfitted the bar... Read More

The cheeses are displayed on long wooden tables and kept at a constant temperature of around 50 degrees. Read More

The young musicians are quite good, and many of the tunes are authentic County Sligo standbys, by turns hard-driving and lilting. Read More

Karen Crawford’s boutique originally began life on Smock Alley in Temple Bar before moving to the heart of Dublin’s fashion hub on Drury... Read More

Walking into this somber, dignified Protestant church with its magnificent organ is certainly impressive—but the star attraction here is... Read More

One of the oldest in Dublin, The Stag's Head has stained-glass windows, a massive mahogany bar, and a snug—a small, enclosed space where women in... Read More

Stop into this traditional pub always full of music; Dark-eyed Hugh Gallagher, the owner, plays fiddle at the head table, and seven or eight other... Read More

The Cobblestone is located at the top of Smithfield, near the Four Courts, in the North Inner City. The D7 area has recently become very trendy among... Read More

The best in Irish design is showcased in this Nassau Street store, handily located between Trinity College and the National Museum on Kildare Street.... Read More

Attending a true Dublin “trad session”—a group jam session featuring instruments like violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and uilleann... Read More

An oasis of tranquility in the teeming center of Dublin, this campus of wide green lawns and stately 16th-century buildings is the city’s undisputed... Read More

A new-age bar in the Jury Cork hotel with plate glass and sleek iron fireplaces. Read More

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