Glucksman Ireland House celebrates 25 years with a new book‘In a way the Irish are gatekeepers for subsequent immigrant groups.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Glucksman Ireland House is an idyllic red-bricked bastion of Irish culture in New York.  For a quarter of a century, it has fostered the study of Ireland, Irish American and the Irish diaspora as part of NYU.  To celebrate this, a new book, ‘Being New York, Being Irish: Reflections on Twenty-Five Years of Irish America and New York University’s Glucksman …

Ocean adventures‘All the things you’re watching out for on land are gone and you’re aware of a whole other world’

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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Why is Manchán Magan entirely naked and rolling around on the grass?  Maybe the more pressing question is, why are you not?  It’s National Heritage Week and to celebrate, Manchán is exploring the A to Z of Ireland’s hidden gems.  Nothing at all hidden here, of course, as Manchán honours an ancient tradition of rolling in the dew on the …

Irish tourism experience‘Why on earth would I want to go around and experience the joy of people puking up next to me?’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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There is that old adage that, one assumes, most of us subscribe to, which dictates that each individual is entitled to criticise their own family, but woe betide anyone who makes the same criticism externally. It tends to apply to all kinds of groups beyond just family units, whether religious groups, racial minorities, any association, really. If you’re a member …

Ireland’s Hidden Beaches‘There are fourteen beaches on the Hook Peninsula – everyone goes to two of them.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Sinéad Fox joined Brendan O’Connor on Saturday’s Marian Finucane Show to talk about Ireland’s lesser-known beaches. She started with her home county of Wexford, telling Brendan that, of the fourteen beaches on the Hook Head peninsula, everyone only goes to two of them. “So don’t go to those two,” is her advice. Instead, try Sandeel Bay, with great views out …

The Dublin Pub ‘It’s the centre of life….Like the maternity ward without the children.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ah, the pub. It’s long been the centre of conversation, celebration, and commiseration in Irish life, not least in the nation’s capital. Now, a new exhibition at The Little Museum of Dublin examines what makes the quintessential Dublin pub. Its curator, Simon O’Connor, shared his insights with Dave Fanning this morning. “To me the classic Dublin pub is what would …

The Wild Atlantic Way‘We brought the children over for a visit and we didn’t want to go home’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ryan Tubridy is on the Wild Atlantic Way this week, taking in some of the West’s most scenic spots from Donegal to Cork. On his first stop on Donegal’s vibrant Arranmore Island, Ryan sampled the best of the island’s fishing, food and outdoor pursuits. He also spoke with some of the island’s ‘blow-ins’, including Sam McGowan from Kent, who recently …

Travel‘To go and experience some things that I haven’t been to since I was a little child, and to revisit them as an adult, I had an absolutely terrific weekend’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As January comes to an end short breaks at home are the choice of many people, and Fionn Davenport is on hand with advice for people interesting in experiencing some heritage during their time off. The travel journalist recently took a weekend journey around Carlow and Kilkenny as part of ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ and explains what he found to Cormac …