Category Archives : Tourism

300 Years of Smithwick’s

The following is a guest post by Christian Hughes. Christian is a social media advocate and enthusiast and runs the popular digital marketing blog, Digitology. He can also be found on Twitter: @christianhughes Culch has written about Guinness of late with Arthur’s Day just gone but what many people don’t realise is that Guinness isn’t […]



Get down here! Galway Arts Festival 12-25 July 2010

Summer heralds Galway at its most attractive: the city’s waterways achieve colours of an almost impossible intensity for the short duration of the warmest season. White swans swarm the Claddagh and Spanish Arch, blue dragonflies dance over the canals whose banks heave with explosions of flowers, and the daylight plays that golden trick that attracts […]

Competition Closed: Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, Midnight Poe and The Happy Prince at Dalkey Book Festival

**Competition Closed – Winners will be contacted** Summertime and the living is easy…local towns and villages are coming up trumps with the usual round of summer festivals and this year there’s a brand spanking new one to add to the calendar. Hold onto your hats, I’m about to sing the praises of one of them […]


Looking for something different this bank holiday weekend?

Then why not head along to the inaugural Greystones Americana & Roots Weekend which takes place over this coming June bank holiday weekend. The first of its kind in Co Wicklow, the festival will feature lots of fine live music, family activities and master-classes, oh and the sun may well shine! And better still all music […]


Rugby Seven’s comes to Kinsale this Bank Holiday weekend

Do you like rugby? Are you free this weekend? Can you get to Cork? If you’ve answered yes to the questions above then you’re in for a treat, as this May Bank Holiday weekend the rebel county plays host to Ireland’s foremost rugby sevens competition, the 2010 Heineken Kinsale Seven’s.

Farewell to north inner city Dublin – Part 3: The Coffee shops

For part 3 of my (long) farewell to the north inner city, I’m focusing on the coffee shops. And trying to avoid the franchise ones. In Cahoots is found a couple of doors away from the wonderful Chapters book store on Parnell street. It opens until around 8 o’clock most days, and has a friendly […]

Not joyful abandonment, just looking abandoned.

(Cross-posted from Caricatures Ireland) I think this is very sad. Than you for visiting Macnas. We are currently taking time out to re-imagine and update our website and we will be back in the not too distant future! Please call again. I really hope that’s true, but when a company pulls all its contact details […]

The Wax Museum Plus is now open in Dublin. Photos and thoughts from a walk around.

Here’s a picture for you. What sort of memories, if any, does it provoke for you? Photo via What about this one? When I was growing up and only getting to Dublin once a year (the sister or meself in the All Ireland Dancing Finals in the Mansion House) there was no greater treat […]

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Dining in Dublin? There’s no better time than Dine in Dublin week.

Dublin can be an expensive place to go out for a meal. Trust me on this. Due to work commitments I eat out a lot. Therefore I’m delighted to see that the Dine in Dublin week is coming back. From Monday next, October 12 to the 18, there’ll be 50 city centre restaurants taking part […]

Lads, are we seriously going to Scotland?

The founding Fathers, Rick & Darren and some of us Culchieites hauled off to the Highlands of Scotland last weekend to see the lovely Dave Gorman perform on a decommissioned train carriage by Loch Ness. We had planned on a long rambling post detailing our every movement over the weekend, but we are terribly […]

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National Campaign for the Arts launched

Yesterday 23 September saw the launch of the National Campaign for the Arts at The Ark Cultural Centre for Children. There were faces from all walks of Irelands cultural scene there to show their support for the cause, to talk to anyone who would listen about how the cuts proposed by the McCarthy Report and […]

There’s SO MUCH happening in Dublin for Culture Night 2009

Are you ready for Friday night in Dublin? Are you ready for some culture? This is the fourth Culture Night and it is, to many, one of the most eagerly anticipated cultural nights of the year. With more cultural events crammed into one evening than any one person could possibly do, it’s certainly going to […]