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November 29, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
April 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny
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The 13th instalment of the annual Cork World Book Fest took place in the city again this year, starting on Tuesday, April 18th and finishing up on Sunday, April 23rd. The festival is one giant celebration for all ages in appreciation of books and the powerful messages that transition from thoughts to words on a page. This year it was dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of inspirational Irish novelist and playwright, Molly Keane, who died in 1996. We at The Sharpe liked the concept of this and headed down to Cork to attend the two main events on the evening of Friday 21st April. Here we review the […]

April 23, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes
the-best-family-friendly-hotels-in-ireland

One of the most difficult aspects of travelling is the trial of wrangling the kids, whether the trip is intended as a family holiday getaway or not. Family holidays can often seem to be more trouble than they’re worth, which is why having a family friendly hotel that meets your needs is so important. Not only are the facilities a priority, however, but the amenities that lie outside the hotel, B&B or hostel are key to making it a real family friendly destination for your break. Here is a list of five family friendly hotels around Ireland that may be of particular interest to parents and families including younger children: 1. […]

April 21, 2017 (2 Comments) by Alannah Kenny
5-gigs-you-need-to-see-in-kilkenny-this-year

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s top competitors when it comes to priding itself in Irish craft and heritage. It maintains a historical element throughout, even on the music scene. If there’s a bit of Irish trad and country to be had, even better! Therefore, why not grab a pint if you’re down in the Short Grass County, enjoy the great gigs that will be on offer and fully experience this fantastic pocket of culture. 5) Marah If you are not shy for some classic American Rock ‘n’ Roll jams, then you will be well at home with this group. David and Serge Bielanko were responsible for the formation of Marah […]

April 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
picaderos-restaurant-maynooth-review

A decent lunch can make a good day great, or make a bad day less miserable. That’s why it’s important to find out as much as you can about where you’re going to eat, so you can tell if the menu and food they make suits your own palate. Picaderos is an Argentinian grill and Spanish restaurant that offers a range of flavours, varying between spicy, savoury, sweet, and everything in between. They also have gluten free and vegetarian options for those who are so inclined. So where better to have a Thursday early evening meal when you’re not sure what type of food you want? They have whatever you […]

April 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny
5-gigs-you-need-to-see-in-galway-this-year

The beautiful West coast of our Emerald Isle has so much to offer this year and it’s no surprise that Galway will be named European Capital of Culture in 2020. The Galwegians have been adept in showing the rest of us how it’s done on the music and festival front, attracting those both local and abroad as a result. If you are planning on heading down this year, here are some great gigs you can’t miss along the way. 5) The Staves For a pub-goers night of acoustic folk-rock jams while you drink, this is one to keep your spirits high. Emily, Camilla and Jessica Stavely-Taylor started out by performing […]

April 4, 2017 (3 Comments) by Darren Bates
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I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to eating out in restaurants, I don’t mind telling you. Unless a restaurant comes highly recommended by a mate (who knows their sh*t) or via a TripAdvisor review, well then I’m probably not going to eat there. It’s not because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth (far from it); it’s mainly due to the fear of having a bad meal after forking out 60 quid or so,  it’s my ultimate pet peeve. However, due to a lack of options, I do find myself having to take the odd culinary risk like the rest of us.dundrum It was […]

April 4, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes
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This year is a great one for Irish gigs, with many of the world’s biggest stars coming to our little musical isle over the coming months. Bruno Mars, Bob Dylan, Ariana Grande, Hans Zimmer and U2 are just a handful of the artists doing the rounds in 2017, and their concerts are highly anticipated. Check out the profiles of each artist below and all the details on how to score tickets for their shows. 1. Bruno Mars – April 30th at 3Arena Bruno Mars is one of the most well-known contemporary artists on the music scene these days, having made his mark with record-breaking hits since he rose in popularity […]

March 29, 2017 (One Comment) by Alannah Kenny
Live at The Marquee

Whether you’re a tourist, a local keen on a lively event or you are just looking for a change of pace in another part of Ireland, then Cork is the place to be this year for live music. Gig-goers from far and wide searching for top class performances can look forward to some fantastic native and international names that will be getting the party started in Cork from spring to summer 2017. So, why not head down to the Rebel County this year and discover some music that will blow you away. 5) Le Boom with guests Ailbhe Reddy and Lyra If like us, you support home-grown Irish talent with some […]

March 26, 2017 (One Comment) by Aoife Crilly
alfies-restaurant-dublin-review

Alfie’s restaurant is situated on South William Street in Dublin 2. The central location of the restaurant is ideal for meeting up with friends after work or college and is considered by many to be the perfect place for top quality food and a side of sophistication. The eatery also serves top class cocktails that are definitely worth a try and it’s new lavish décor and sociable staff make it a place you have to visit in Dublin city. What Does It Have To Offer? This restaurant has a great line-up of deals to offer throughout the day. With lunch for €10 and the famed Apres Work weekday dinner for […]

March 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
bistro-53-restaurant-maynooth-review

When deciding where to go for a nice lunch in a place that isn’t Subway, McDonald’s, Supermacs, etc. in Maynooth, there are a few factors that can make the decision a bit easier: Price – You’re not going to spend a load of money on lunch when there are so many cheaper alternatives. Food – If the restaurant has a theme or certain menu that doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not going to want to go. It’s simple really. Quality – This probably is the most important factor in your decision to be honest. You won’t spend on bad food, it’s just illogical. Therefore, I decided it was best to […]

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