Brad Burgess's Ireland 2015
Collected by Brad Burgess
25 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 H527, Ireland
Irish audiences are crazy in the best way. Whelan’s holds about 450 people and is one of my favorite venues; I would love to play there four nights in a row. It’s gorgeous, with a rustic wood and stone interior, and the attendees love being there...
15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
O'Donoghue's Bar, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is arguably the most famous pub in Dublin for traditional Irish music. The bar is lively, rammed with a mainly—but by no means exclusively—local crowd, and has a great, welcoming...
29 Frederick St S, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland
Start with chorizo-stuffed squid and a Hendrick’s martini. Follow these with a pancetta-topped lobster burger with truffle-and-Parmesan fries, and you’ll know that you’ve moved well beyond traditional fish and chips. 353/(0) 1-679-7000. This...
College Green, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
The Book of Kells is an illustrated Latin manuscript of the four Gospels, probably written in the early ninth century. It's on display, along with other beautifully ornate manuscripts, in the Old Library of Trinity College, Dublin. The display is...
11-13 Suffolk St, Dublin 2, Ireland
About twelve years ago I lived in Dublin, where I studied literature at Trinity College. The reading lists were long, and as such, I had a lot of time to read books over cups of tea and pints of cider. One of my favorite places to grab a bite was...
47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
On Saturday nights most of the streets are pedestrian-only, live music spills into the streets, and the frothy stout flows free. Locals are spoiled in that they can revel on these ancient cobbled streets as frequently as they like, while the rest...
Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin, Ireland
The Ha'penny Bridge, officially the Liffey Bridge, was built in 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin. For over 100 years it had cost between half a penny and a penny and a half to cross the pedestrian bridge but today it is free. I found myself...
40 Lower Ormond Quay, North City, Dublin 1, D01 R9Y5, Ireland
The best meal I had in all of Ireland was at the Winding Stair in Dublin. A clean but eclectic space, the food here is a modern interpretation of traditional Irish dishes made with the best ingredients. Everything is fresh and locally sourced....
Laragh West, Newtown Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The Wicklow mountains are said to be thick with gold. They're the first thing you see when you fly into Dublin, with the strangely sloping conical head of the Sugar Loaf rearing up majestically in the distance. There is a hiking trail called the...
Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
Christian monks chose the Skelligs, two rocky islets lying seven miles off the coast of County Kerry, as a place to live in peaceful isolation in the 6th century, where they built cylindrical stone beehive huts. Lucasfilm chose...
The Long Walk, Galway, Ireland
These colorful houses comprise a part of Galway called The Long Walk. Facing Galway Bay, they are private residences. Worth taking a walk down the street to view them and look out on Galway Bay. Also, there are a couple of restaurants at the...
Quay St, Galway, H91 E8D7, Ireland
Traveling alone for two days/two nights in Galway, I wanted to stay somewhere safe, relatively comfortable, and centrally located. A friend recommended Jurys Inn. While I'm not generally a fan of chain hotels when I stay abroad--I love the...
Quay St, Galway, Ireland
We stayed at the Park House hotel here for 4 nights as Galway is conveniently located to take the tour up to Connemara and down to Cliffs of Moher. Overall we really enjoyed Galway itself. Great little town with amazing food off of Quay street...
14 Church Yard St, Galway, H91 X2R5, Ireland
These folks are serious about their cheese. This cheese empire started with a stall at the local food market and has been growing ever since. Their focus is on artisanal producers from around europe but with a strong focus on Irish suppliers. They...
28 The Mall, Waterford, Ireland
The workers there say "a good beer deserves Waterford and a bad one needs it" . I will have to agree with that quote, not just for beer but for everything else you drink. Holding Waterford Crystal is amazing, the craftsmanship is impeccable and...
Dingle Harbour, Ireland
Dingle is unquestionable, and unapologetically, tourist-terrific. Don't let that stop you from visiting the picturesque fishing village. The harbour is often packed with colorful sea vessels (if you can pull yourself out of bed before dawn you'll...
Ballynaraha South, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Many people pass up visiting the Dingle Peninsula in favor for the famous "Ring of Kerry" drive in Ireland. However, this beautiful place packs a big punch. The town itself has plenty to do including a beautiful harbor and an aquarium, not to...
The English Market, Princes St, Centre, Cork, T12 NC8Y, Ireland
Farmgate Café is a lively spot upstairs at the buzzing English Market, Ireland’s oldest food market, in Cork City Centre, with balcony seating that has great views of the bustling crowds and vendors below. Try...
Stall11, English Market, Centre, Cork, Ireland
If you’re on a ship that ports in Cobh, take the time and eight euro to venture into Cork. It’s a short 15 minute train ride and the bustling pub town of Cork is well worth the exploration. My day was made memorable by stumbling into Cork’s “...
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