The Enigmatic World of Ireland

Ireland’s built and natural heritage enriches our understanding of history. Trace this history from our earliest civilisation to the birth of our modern nation through the centuries in between.

Ireland's rich cultural heritage

The Irish soul revels in poetry and drama. Today a renaissance is taking place in Irish theatre and this program introduces you to exciting new writers, actors, and directors. Explore the west of Ireland, staying in Galway to visit Yeats’ house, Thoor Ballylee, and make a trip to Inishmore to discover the Aran Islands, inspirational to Synge. In Dublin, gain insight into acting techniques in contemporary Irish theatre during an actors’ workshop. Visit the historic Marsh Library and the world-renowned Chester Beatty Library, tour Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells, and visit the Dublin Writer’s Museum. In addition view four theater performances.

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It is the thriving capital city of the Republic of Ireland. It is noteworthy in terms of its vibrancy, its nightlife and its tourist attractions, and is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. It is the ”Town of the Ford of the Hurdles”, capital, county borough, and main seaport of Ireland.

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It is the largest of all the Irish counties and in many ways the most varied. Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast with the wild sandstone hills of the west, and above all there is the magnificent coastline scooped and fretted by the Atlantic into great bays and secret coves, strewn with rocky headlands and long soft golden sands.
  • Midsummer Festival. A month long festival featuring theatre, music, art, poetry and much more, throughout the city.
  • June 15-July 5, 2008 - This year’s Cork Midsummer Festival kicks off with the Lord Mayor’s Picnic in the Park on Sunday 15th June and then moves into a rollercoaster 3 weeks of theatre, site-specfic performance, music, visual art and an exciting new Spiegeltent programme.
  • Film Festival. Established more than 50 years ago, the festival features an impressive selection of Irish and international films. Beginning of October.
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It is a city that is proud of its Victorian and Edwardian heritage and efforts to restore historic buildings are proving successful. Belfast can offer a significantly cheaper and more rewarding alternative to the busier, more expensive and more tourist-driven Dublin.

It has changed dramatically in a decade due to this peace and prosperity and you will be greeted with warmth from locals who feel a new-found sense of pride in their city.

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The largest county in Connaught, is celebrated in song and story throughout the world and takes centre stage on Ireland's western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, it is a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe's most vibrant and popular cities. Drawn as if by a magnet, visitors come again and again, captivated by this most special of Irish counties.

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"Have you ever been to Ireland, with its rolling hills so green?
Sure‘n it’s the fairest land that ever has been seen
and those green hills of Ireland may be very far away
but they’re close to every Irish heart no matter what the day."

-- an Irish quote

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