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Five Gigs You Need to See in Limerick this Year

By Alannah Kenny June 1, 2017 (No)
Limerick is a county that has continued to spawn some of Ireland’s greatest musical treasures and it was rightly awarded the title of ‘National City of Culture’ in 2014. It is a thriving hub for both local and international musicians to share their talents and sure enough there are some great gigs lined up throughout the coming year in the city, and here’s five that you definitely can’t miss! 5) All Our Exes Live in Texas Brace yourselves, this all-female four-piece from Sydney with a penchant for Folk music are coming to Limerick to shake things up the Aussie way! Hannah, Georgia, Elana and Katie have been on the music […]

Five of the Best Festivals in Ireland this June

By Felipe Wasserstein May 30, 2017 (No)
We are getting closer to June and better weather which can only mean one thing, pack up the car and head off for a long weekend. With the June bank holiday coming up, it’s an ideal opportunity for us to spend time outside, enjoy the great outdoors attend local arts, sports and music events. We have come up with five of the top festivals taking place around Ireland this June that you need to know about. 1. Cork Harbour Festival 2017 When: June 3rd – June 11th Where: Cork Harbour, Cork. How Much: Free events & Ticketed events. This festival is a week long celebration of Ireland’s maritime heritage, set […]

5 Gigs You Need To See In Belfast This Year

By Tahlia Peppard May 19, 2017 (No)
One of the most enjoyable things you can do in Ireland is check out local gigs and concerts. Whether it’s because you like the people, group or singers in concert or you simply just enjoy the buzz and atmosphere that comes with a great gig. We’re looking up north at 5 gigs you need to see in Belfast in 2017. 1. The Beatles Are Back Date: Saturday 01 July 2017 Location: Crumlin Road Gaol, North Belfast Arguably one of the best bands, The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Made in Liverpool, Beatles tribute Band are […]

Cork World Book Fest 2017 – A Scholarly Success

By Alannah Kenny April 25, 2017 (No)
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 […]

The Best Family Friendly Hotels in Ireland

By Annabel Hynes April 23, 2017 (No)
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. […]

5 Gigs You Need to See in Kilkenny This Year

By Alannah Kenny April 21, 2017 (2 Comments)
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 […]

Picaderos Restaurant Maynooth – Review

By Dean Fitzgerald April 16, 2017 (No)
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 […]

5 Gigs You Need to See in Galway This Year

By Alannah Kenny April 13, 2017 (No)
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 […]

Zizzi Dundrum – Review

By Darren Bates April 4, 2017 (2 Comments)
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 […]

Upcoming Irish Gigs You Need To Get To

By Annabel Hynes April 4, 2017 (No)
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 […]

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Five Gigs You Need to See in Limerick this Year

By Alannah Kenny June 1, 2017 (No)
Limerick is a county that has continued to spawn some of Ireland’s greatest musical treasures and it was rightly awarded the title of ‘National City of Culture’ in 2014. It is a thriving hub for both local and international musicians to share their talents and sure enough there are some great gigs lined up throughout the coming year in the city, and here’s five that you definitely can’t miss! 5) All Our Exes Live in Texas Brace yourselves, this all-female four-piece from Sydney with a penchant for Folk music are coming to Limerick to shake things up the Aussie way! Hannah, Georgia, Elana and Katie have been on the music […]

Five of the Best Festivals in Ireland this June

By Felipe Wasserstein May 30, 2017 (No)
We are getting closer to June and better weather which can only mean one thing, pack up the car and head off for a long weekend. With the June bank holiday coming up, it’s an ideal opportunity for us to spend time outside, enjoy the great outdoors attend local arts, sports and music events. We have come up with five of the top festivals taking place around Ireland this June that you need to know about. 1. Cork Harbour Festival 2017 When: June 3rd – June 11th Where: Cork Harbour, Cork. How Much: Free events & Ticketed events. This festival is a week long celebration of Ireland’s maritime heritage, set […]

5 Gigs You Need To See In Belfast This Year

By Tahlia Peppard May 19, 2017 (No)
One of the most enjoyable things you can do in Ireland is check out local gigs and concerts. Whether it’s because you like the people, group or singers in concert or you simply just enjoy the buzz and atmosphere that comes with a great gig. We’re looking up north at 5 gigs you need to see in Belfast in 2017. 1. The Beatles Are Back Date: Saturday 01 July 2017 Location: Crumlin Road Gaol, North Belfast Arguably one of the best bands, The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Made in Liverpool, Beatles tribute Band are […]

Cork World Book Fest 2017 – A Scholarly Success

By Alannah Kenny April 25, 2017 (No)
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 […]

The Best Family Friendly Hotels in Ireland

By Annabel Hynes April 23, 2017 (No)
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. […]

5 Gigs You Need to See in Kilkenny This Year

By Alannah Kenny April 21, 2017 (2 Comments)
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 […]

Picaderos Restaurant Maynooth – Review

By Dean Fitzgerald April 16, 2017 (No)
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 […]

5 Gigs You Need to See in Galway This Year

By Alannah Kenny April 13, 2017 (No)
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 […]

Zizzi Dundrum – Review

By Darren Bates April 4, 2017 (2 Comments)
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 […]

Upcoming Irish Gigs You Need To Get To

By Annabel Hynes April 4, 2017 (No)
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 […]

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