August 22nd marks the 92nd anniversary of the day Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins was killed in a 1922 ambush during the Irish Civil War.
Collins was Ireland’s Minister for Finance, one of the delegates to sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and Commander-in-chief of the National Army.
Most Irish political parties and citizens hold Collins in particularly high esteem as much more than a revolutionary leader. More like a founding father, he is recognized for his significant contribution to the founding of the modern Irish state.
On August 22, 1922, Collins set out in an open top car on a tour of West Cork, and though the exact details of his death are uncertain, he was shot and killed in Beal na Blath by anti-Treaty ambushers.
To mark his return to touring after a dozen years, country superstar Garth Brooks will play two stadium shows in Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park, where he had performed sell-out shows in 1997.
The “Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event” will take place July 25 and 26 in anticipation of a world tour that’s slated to get under way later this year.
A stage of the world-famous Giro d’Italia cycle race will end in Dublin this year. The prologue of the race, which attracts a huge tv audience around the world, will take place in Belfast anf will be followed by the opening Stage which will bring the international riders from Belfast to Dublin.
The Giro is second only to the Tour de France in terms of prestige and tv audiences and its beginning in Irerland is likely to attract many cycle racing fans to this counry as well as showing the Irish countryside to millions of tv viewers. Stephen Roche is a former winner of the race. His son Nicolas is likely to compete this year.
Wi-Fi provider, Bitbuzz, has launched a new service called Bitbuzz Freedom, which provides free Wi-Fi access in outdoor locations. As a result, Grafton St has become the first street in Ireland to offer a fully managed complimentary Wi-Fi service to the public.
With Bitbuzz Freedom, members of the public can now browse the web and check emails from their smartphones on Grafton Street at no cost. Once registered with Bitbuzz, shoppers and tourists will all be able to benefit from the service, which will be a boost to businesses in the area. The service will later will be expanded to Henry Street, Smithfield, Temple Bar and the Docklands area. The service will also be available in Cork and Galway later this year.
Holders of English Heritage cards are to have free access to all OPW sites in Ireland. What a fantastic way to enjoy the rich heritage and culture available all over Ireland in our many OPW sites and Visitor Attractions.
A new Summer season of Shindigs has opened at the Jameeson Distillery in Smithfield. One of the city’s most authentic visitor attractions, the
Old Distillery Tour involves a walk through the history of Jameson and the triple distillation process of Irish whiskey. Equipment, effigies, photographs, sounds, smells and a commentary by friendly anmd knowledgeable guides create an experience which is evocative, informative and entertaining.
Tours take place daily but on Shindig Nights they are preceded by cocktails based on Jameson and followed by a dinner show and whiskey tasting in a modern, comfortable cabaret room. The four course meeal ends with an Irish coffee and the diners, drawn from many countries, invariably join in the world-renowned Irish ballads with some even attempting a little Irish dancing.
It is all great fun and excellent value at at €60.
For the second year running, Ireland has been voted the “destination with the highest client satisfaction” at lthe WAVE awards in the US.
The 2011 Fáilte Ireland Visitor Attitude Survey shows that satisfaction with Ireland among departing American visitors is extremely high – particularly in relation to our ‘friendly, hospitable people’, the ‘easy, relaxed pace of life’, our ‘beautiful scenery’ and ‘natural, unspoilt environment’.
The Bloomsday Festival taking place between 10th – 16th June have just released their Programme of events. Check it out here and be sure to get booking early! http://tinyurl.com/c89kdz6
Dublin, famous for it’s prawns, is hosting the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. Great selection of top quality seafood and local foods on offer. Street entertainment, and in house entertainment in the local pubs. 27th to 29th April, sounds too good to miss.