Northern Irish gems – 10 top things to see on a trip to Belfast.

1. Go back in time with a visit to the moving Titanic Museum.
Stunning architecture, and a museum which houses the world’s largest display of Titanic memorabilia.

2. Walk in the footsteps of TV stars from Game of Thrones on the Game of Thrones tour!
http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones/

3. Discover one of the best beaches in the world. Murlough’s wide, flat 6km long sandy beach is a 50 min drive from the city.

It’s backed by an ancient sand dune system and is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of the Mourne Mountains.

4. Get cosy in the Crown Liquor Saloon. Don’t miss this Victorian pub in Great Victoria Street.
It was once a Victorian Gin palace but today offers great beer and pub food. It also has stunning stained glass windows, wooden booths and a great atmosphere. A historic gem.

http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Crown-Liquor-Saloon-Belfast-P4586

Giant's Causeway

5. See a show at the Waterfront Hall Conference and Concert Centre.
The impressive, circular building, nestling on the water front was built in 1997 and has been a Belfast favourite ever since.
See the opera La Traviata there in April, or groove with 80’s band Hot Chocolate, plus The Three Degrees in May.

6. Tuck into soda bread. It’s an Irish speciality.
TV celebrity chef Paul Rankin helped make it popular, and you can buy it everywhere in Belfast.

7. Walk the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim.
The amazing hexagonal-shaped columns of rock were formed from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago and it’s the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
Four stunning trails to walk and an easy drive from Belfast. Park at Bushmills village and, from now until October, use the ‘park and ride’ service.

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8. Go whiskey-tasting at The Old Bushmills Distillery, on the coast road, not far from the Giant’s Causeway.
It’s been lovingly made here since 1608 and you’ll find it on Distillery Road.

9. Chill out and find a great buy at the Sunday craft and vintage stall at St George’s Market, Belfast.

10. Stay and play with a golf break at Hilton Belfast Templepatick Golf & Country Club.
It’s home to one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland and the Ulster PGA Championship has been hosted here six times.
It’s an ideal base to discover why Northern Ireland is the home of golfing champions.

 

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NEW YEAR FESTIVAL DUBLIN

NYF Dublin – the ultimate New Year’s Eve party!

This new and exciting city-wide music and arts festival boasts three days of festivities in Dublin, kicking off on the 30th December, running right through to January 1st.

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Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen!

Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, and follow the captivating Music and Arts Trails across the city, which showcase live music in superb settings and stunning Irish and international art and culture.

Featuring:

  • Kodaline
  • James Vincent McMorrow
  • The Dublin Legends
  • Walking on Cars
  • The Whereabouts

Sample some delicious artisan food at Dublin Castle’s NYF Food Village, and watch as the city’s streetscapes come alive with thrilling 3D animations at the Luminosity events.

Join in the magical Procession of Light and see the city dazzle, or become utterly immersed in the inspiring Spoken Word Festival which boasts poetry slams, literature, discussion and debate like you’ve never seen them before.
For visitors who only have a few days to spend in Dublin, it couldn’t be simpler with our NYF Dublin Discovery Trail. This allows you to explore the best of the city over two perfectly planned days. Pick and choose from our list of Dublin city’s top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and guided tours.

And what better way to start 2015 off to a properly positive start than with Resolution Day? Which includes a 5km fun run at Dublin Castle, exercise classes, and more awesome activities that’ll have you hit the ground running in 2015.
With all this and a spectacular array of surprises and secret performances across the city too, the countdown is most definitely on!

 

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More info: http://nyfdublin.com/

Arthur Guinness Day™

Arthur Guinness Day™

Arthur Guinness was a man who made great things happen, he created a beer that is still beloved by the world 250 years later.
That’s why on 26th and 27th of September, Guinness fans around the world will come together at a series of exciting musical events to raise a glass to Arthur and celebrate those who like him, make great things happen.
From the talented musicians that take the stage on the day, to the worthy awardees of the Arthur Guinness Fund, to the many thousands of Guinness fans all around the world, people are coming together on September 26th and 27th to paint the town black.
So, this Arthur Guinness Day™, come and join the thousands of people around the world who are raising a glass to toast those who make things happen.

Arthur’s Day 2013

The GUINNESS team is excited to announce details of Arthur’s Day 2013, which will take place on Thursday26th September. Arthur’s Day will showcase the best of Ireland’s creativity and talent from the world of music and culture at over 500 free music events and creative showcases in pubs across the island of Ireland.

The Arthur’s Day line-up will see a variety of artists play in pubs across the island of Ireland, from the best and brightest of Ireland’s musical talent including The Script, James Vincent McMorrow, The Original Rudeboys, Girl Band and Bouts; to internationally acclaimed artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Emeli Sandé, Janelle Monae and the legendary Bobby Womack. Further artists will be announced later in the summer.

As always Arthur’s Day will be a night full of surprises with acts turning up unannounced to perform in pubs. Some acts will also perform at one of five ticketed music events, taking place in pubs across Belfast, Dublin, Limerick and Cork.

The Script commented; “We can’t wait for Arthur’s Day. We are particularly delighted to see that emerging Irish artists will have such a fantastic opportunity to perform alongside some of the more established names on the line up. Having such a huge stage to perform on will undoubtedly be of benefit to the incredibly talented, up and coming artists and we’re really looking forward to sharing the stage with them”. Emeli Sandé said; “I am really excited to perform at this year’s Arthur’s Day. I’ve heard that the atmosphere is electric so I’m looking forward to taking to the stage on the night”. This year, Arthur’s Day will support, promote and showcase the next generation of Ireland’s musical talent, artists, poets, writers and culinary experts; all of whom are creating and inspiring positive change in Ireland today. GUINNESS will collaborate with publicans and Arthur Guinness Project applicants to transform some local pubs into creative hubs.

On Arthur’s Day, THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE at St. James’s Gate Brewery will be transformed into a cultural hub showcasing Ireland’s talent and creativity across the four areas of Music, Arts, Food and Sport. There is still time to vote for your favourite projects on http://www.arthurguinnessprojects.com , the top 10% of which will go to our Arthur Guinness Projects Panel for review with winning applicants receiving up to €50,000 in funding alongside mentoring and support from the panel. Voting closes on Friday 23rd August.

Commenting at the launch, Stephen O’ Kelly, Marketing Director, Guinness said; “Guinness has a long tradition of supporting and promoting emerging talent in Ireland through Arthur’s Day programmes such as ‘Play on the Day’, ‘Our Thursdays’ and the recently launched Arthur Guinness Projects, a major cultural initiative which is championing people whose ideas, passion and spirit are enhancing and shaping our culture and identity. Whilst music will continue to be the cornerstone of the day, this year, our creative canvass will stretch well beyond music, embracing other aspects of our culture by showcasing talent and creativity from sport and food to the arts and design.”

Ireland will join the millions of people taking part in the Arthur’s Day 2013 celebrations across Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Caribbean and Australia.

 

For more information you can visit Guinness.com and check out the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwpd5uMaXNM&feature=youtu.be