Boost in visitor numbers to Ireland

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there is an increase in 16.6 percent in the overall number of foreign visitors taking vacations in Ireland between January and March compared to the same period in 2015.

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Winners of the 2016 Restaurants Association of Ireland Awards.

Dublin restaurant Luna has just been recognised as the best eatery in Ireland. The Drury Street restaurant which only opened in June 2015 is based on the popular concept of a New York Italian restaurant.

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Ireland makes Virtuoso’s top 10 hottest destinations in the world

The luxury travel network Virtuoso has listed its top 10 hottest destinations to visit and it comes as no surprise that Ireland is listed in the top 6 destinations. This top result came from an analysis of the $35 billion worth of travel transactions.

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2016 Cork International Choral Festival

Cork is set to come alive in the next few days with the arrival of nearly 5,000 singers from all over the world for the 62nd Cork Choral Festival, which kicks off today until the 1st May.

As part of the event there will be 6 ticketed gala events, as well as nearly 100 free events taking place throughout the city including Friendship Concerts, Fringe Concerts, a Choral Trail and a Symposium.

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Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival

Ireland’s most popular Roots/Americana festival returns to the city of Kilkenny for its 18th instalment with a host of acts from both home and abroad at venues throughout the city. The Kilkenny Roots Festival takes placed between the 29th April and 2nd May 2016.

The Kilkenny Roots Festival first took place back in 1998 and ever since has brought the very best in Roots music to Ireland including many acts that have gone on to be global hits.

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Increase in Overseas Visitors to Ireland

New figures which have just been released by Ireland’s Central Statistics Office show that overseas visitors have increased by 17% from December to February inclusive. This increase stems from various markets including North America where visits rose by 13%. Additionally the Great Britain market rose by 21.2% whereas visitors from mainland Europe increased by 14%.

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Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine returns to East Cork for another year between 20th and 22nd May. The festival takes place at the world renowned Ballymaloe House & Cookery School at Shanagarry with fun filled weekend encompassing fascinating facts, inspirational stories and discussions, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, plenty of delicious food and drinks.

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Cork International Choral Festival

The principal aim of the Cork International Choral Festival since its inception in 1954 was to become a dynamic force in fostering choral music throughout Ireland. This choral festival in Cork takes place over a five day period preceding the first Monday in May.

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McKenna’s Guides 2016 Best Restaurants in Ireland

McKenna’s Guides have released a brand new app called EAT 2016 which showcase the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland. This list of 100 restaurants also features twenty-two new restaurant inclusions with a strong emphasis on modern, casual Irish food as well as up and coming chefs in the industry.

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Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty named Ireland’s best beach by Tripadvisor

If you are looking to take a vacation in Ireland, Tripadvisor have just announced its users’ favourite beaches from all over the world, including the top 10 beaches in Ireland.

In the survey Clonakilty’s Inchydoney Beach came top of the list and it was described as “glorious and unspoiled”. Also four beaches in Kerry dominated the top ten list including Derrynane Beach, Inch Beach, Rossbeigh Beach and Banna Beach.

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