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Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival

Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival

Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival

Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival (Grand Canal Dock and Plaza, Dublin) – held annually in mid-May, this Festival’s purpose is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy an exciting world class urban recreational environment. The renovated canal dock, originally build in the 1790s, now provides a world-class recreation space right in the center of Dublin. The mix of on-water activities is designed to give everybody an opportunity to participate or sit back and enjoy the show. The newly developed Grand Canal Plaza and surrounding quays provide a uniquely modern and dynamic unban space for all the family to enjoy.

 

 

The local cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which face onto the water, provide wonderful al fresco facilities. These are complemented by the festival’s many on land attractions and activities located on Grand Canal Plaza. On-water activates include a wakeboarding competition, charity rubber ducky race, tour of naval vessel, water sport ‘Come and Try It’ sessions in sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and a canal barge gathering.

 

 

On-shore activities include food market, corporate golf challenge, street performers, balloon artists, face painters, fun fair attractions, open air art gallery & children’s arts center in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre.

 


Taste of Dublin

Taste of Dublin

Taste of Dublin

Taste of Dublin (The Iveagh Gardens, Clonmel Street, Dublin 2) — Fine dining is transported to Iveagh Gardens with Taste of Dublin for four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. 20 of the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will be dishing up their finest in an unbeatable alfresco gourmet feast, while 100 producers provide a bounty of the best food and beverages, ensuring that guests sample and shop for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market. Restaurants fashion special menus of starter-sized meals for the occasion, including signature dishes created by chefs to specially reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients.


St. Patrick’s Festival

Festival de San Patricio

Festival de San Patricio

St. Patrick’s Festival (downtown Dublin) – this is a four-day event (March 14-17), where downtown Dublin comes alive with pageantry, carnivals and free entertainment. The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background.

 

Festivities include:

 

The Greening of the City: Dublin’s most famous buildings are illuminated in green: Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and Trinity College, among others.

 

Funfairs: A major festival favorite, the funfairs will light up the city with top notch carnival fairgrounds.

 

Irish Craft Beer Village: Sample Irish craft beers and artisan food while taking in the live music at the Irish Craft Beer Village.

 

St. Patrick’s Festival 5k Road race: runners can take part in this 5k race along with families and dedicated athletes.

 

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Irish and Irish expats – especially from America and elsewhere, take part in this major parade. Even high school marching bands from U.S. participate.

 

The O2

El O2

El O2

The O2 (North Wall Quay, Dublin 1) – this is a 14,500-capacity amphitheatre located at North Wall Quay in the Dublin Docklands. The O2 was built on the site of the former Point Theatre, a smaller music venue. Its 14,500 capacity makes it the largest indoor arena in Ireland. In 2011, The O2 was named as the fifth busiest arena in the world with ticket sales of 670,000 putting it behind The O2 London, The Manchester Arena, Antwerp’s Sportpaleis and Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.

The K Club

The K Club

The K Club

The K Club (The Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare) — the five star Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club, locally known as The K Club, is nestled in 550 acres of idyllic Kildare countryside. Renowned for its superb golf, The K Club is recognized as one of Europe’s greatest golfing destinations. Offering golfers 36 of the most exciting and dramatic holes, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course challenged and excited pro golfers with treacherous rough, water hazards in abundance, long greens and undulating fairways. See the K Club’s website for more information on playing there: www.kclub.ie

Powerscourt Golf Club

Powerscourt Golf Club

Powerscourt Golf Club

Powerscourt Golf Club (Enniskerry Co. Wicklow) – within the grounds of this estate, which includes the tourist attraction “Powerscourt House”, are two championship golf courses and state-of-the-art golf club facilities (located just 18 km. from downtown Dublin). The golf courses were built during the early 1990s. Former Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy was commissioned to design the East course which opened in 1996. Following on from the success of the East course the West course opened in 2003; designed by David McLay Kidd. Both courses are currently rated among Ireland’s top 20 parkland courses and are a must for the discerning golfer’s calendar. The East Course has hosted the 1998 Irish PGA and the 2001 Irish Seniors Open. See the Powerscourt website for more info on visiting the golf club: www.powerscourt.ie

Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock Golf Club (Golf Links Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin) – this golf club, which is just north of Dublin, was established in 1894 (attesting to the sport’s long-standing tradition in Ireland). It was originally just nine holes, with another nine being added two years later. This has been a long-time site of the Irish Open (being held as far back as 1927). Other tournaments have also been held here, such as the British Amateur Championship, the Walker Cup, and the Canada Cup. Portmarnock, which currently has 27 holes, was voted the second-best golf course in Ireland by Golf Digest Ireland in 2011. For info on playing at this course, go to Portmarnock’s website: www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park (Dublin 8) – this is one of the largest and most magnificent city parks in Europe at 707 hectares. It is an historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. About 30% of the Phoenix Park is covered by trees, which are mainly broadleaf parkland species such as oak, ash, lime, beech, sycamore and horse chestnut. The Phoenix Park is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds and a wide range of wildlife habitats are to be found in the park. One such area is the Furry Glen, which is managed as a conservation area.

Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park adjacent to the United States Ambassador’s residence, which was built in 1774. Many other historic buildings and monuments are located in the Park. Dublin Zoo is also contained within the grounds of the park!

 

National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall (Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2) — Based in Dublin’s city centre, the National Concert Hall is rated by performing artists as one of the finest in Europe. Since its opening in 1981, the Hall has established itself as Ireland’s premier centre for the performance of live music. As well as weekly performances by our resident orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the National Concert Hall promotes a program of visiting international soloists and orchestras in addition to concerts of Jazz, contemporary and traditional Irish music. Check its website for upcoming events: www.nch.ie

National Aquatic Centre

Centro Acuático Nacional

Centro Acuático Nacional

National Aquatic Centre (Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15) – this is one of the world’s largest indoor water centers. Opened in March 2003, it successfully hosted the swimming events of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the first time this event was held outside of the United States. It also hosted the European Short Course Swimming Championships in December 2003. Swim Ireland officially launched a High Performance Unit in April 2010 and conducts training camps for elite swimmers at the Centre.

 

In 2011 over 823,000 people used the facilities of the Centre. It is, Ireland’s 3rd most popular fee paying attraction. It houses Ireland’s biggest individual Swimming Lessons program (over 2,300 participants weekly), has over 5,400 Members and has won numerous major Awards over the last 3 years. Prices and times vary by the season. Go to the Centre’s website for details: http://www.nationalaquaticcentre.ie