21–24 January 2018RDS, Dublin, Ireland
Silk Road Cafe
With food from Afghanistan, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine is part of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. The Library is on the ‘must see’ list, but the café is worth going to in its own right.
A Michelin-starred experience with less of an impact on your wallet – this much-coveted, fine dining experience. Offering wide ranging menus.
A Dublin institution. This renowned pub and night spot plays host most nights to Irish and international musicians.
Its not many art gallery cafe’s that care about their coffee, but the RHA is an exception. Enjoy good quality coffee, a range of teas, cakes and sandwiches.
Hugh Lane Gallery
Housing Irelands foremost collection of Irish and International contemporary art. Fans of the artist Francis Bacon (born in Dublin) will delight in seeing his studio, relocated in all its creative messiness to this permanent site. Free.
Winding Stair Bookshop
A Dublin institution for many years. Even a quick visit will make you feel steeped in Irish literary history.
Waltons Music Shop
Setting for the Academy Award-winning song ‘Falling Slowly’ from the film ‘Once’ starring Glen Hansard. Fans can sit down at the piano and sing ‘Falling Slowly’.
While its a fair distance from Showcase, this is the perfect spot if you’d like to squeeze in some modern art on your trip, it’s close to Ireland’s museum of modern art.
The national Abbey Theatre, set up by Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904, in January is showing George Bernard Shaw’s comedy You Never Can Tell – described as a joyous and witty battle of the sexes.
The Gate Theatre is showing Oscar Wilde’s Importance of being Earnest inJanuary
Walking Tour of 1916 Rising Sites
To celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Uprising, which was the opening shot in Ireland’s bid for independence as a Republic, why not take the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour of Dublin. It was founded in 1996 by a Dublin historian Lorcan Collins and consistently gets five-star reviews.
It leaves daily at 11.30am (Sundays at 13.00) from the International Bar, Wicklow St, Dublin 2 and lasts 2 hours.
The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
Provides a quirky evening tour (which runs Thursday to Sunday evenings) and involves visits to several Dublin pubs and short street-side performances by professional actors from the works of Joyce, Beckett and others
A Festival showcasing the full spectrum of of traditional and folk music in some of Dublin City's most unique venues. 25th-29th January http://www.templebartrad.com/