2016 Food and Wine Magazine Restaurant Awards

The much awaited Food and Wine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards were recently announced at the Inter Continental Dublin last week. With more than fifty awards and now in its 16th year, the prestigious awards are considered one of the top culinary awards in the Irish calendar.

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2016 Waterford Harvest Festival

The eight edition of the Waterford Harvest Festival is set to make a colourful, tasty and aromatic return to Waterford city for a three-day festival celebrating what’s good about the South East’s food, heritage and culture. Running from the 9th until the 13th September, the festival is a celebration and collaboration of producers, restaurateurs, historians, families and food enthusiasts.

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2016 National Heritage Week

The much awaited and anticipated, National Heritage Week is set to kick from tomorrow until the 28th of August. The theme for this year’s event is “100 years of heritage”, a journey back through one hundred years of Ireland. As part of the week-long festival, the Heritage Council of Ireland who manage the National Heritage Week are publicising a range of events taking place in every county of Ireland, many of which are free of charge on Sunday August 28th.

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Dublin and Galway listed among the world’s top 10 friendliest cities

Dublin and Galway have been voted amongst the top six friendliest cities in the world, according to the leading Condé Nast Traveler Magazine and its 29th annual Readers Choice Awards.

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Further growth in domestic travel for 2015 compared to 2014

Statistics just released by Fáilte Ireland has just revealed how 3.8 million vacations in Ireland were taken in 2015, representing an increase of 6% on domestic holiday trip statistics from 2014.

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2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann

The much- awaited and popular Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann is set to return from the 14th until the 22nd of August to the town of Ennis in County Clare.

Popular with both locals and those planning a vacation in Ireland, this popular festival is an annual celebration of Ireland’s rich and cultural traditions with a range of traditional Irish music, singing and dancing to suit all tastes.

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2016 Kilkenny Arts Festival

Since its foundation in 1974 by a collection of classical music admirers. the Kilkenny Arts Festival has expanded its programme to include theatre & dance, classical music, street, literature and visual art and craft.

The popular Irish festival takes place at various locations and venues throughout Kilkenny City between the 5th and 14th August 2016, when the city comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment for all.

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Fáilte Ireland’s preliminary tourism statistics for 2015

Following on from the latest travel data statistics by the Central Statistics Office, Fáilte Ireland have just published its Tourism Facts for 2015, detailing a full report on how tourism in general and trips to Ireland fared over the year. Each year, Fáilte Ireland collects information from an array of sources including the CSO, generating an outlay of tourism performance in Ireland to share with its members of the industry and stakeholders.

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Cork Airport sees massive passenger growth

Passenger traffic at Cork Airport increased by 19.1% in June 2016 compared with June 2015 according to the latest figures released by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

This represents the largest monthly increase of any Irish airport in June with the volume of traffic handled by air traffic control nationally climbing by 8.1% in June.

The growth in June adds to the results for 2016 bringing year to date passenger number growth at Cork airport to 8.5%.

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Tourism Ireland Unveils A New Guinness Storehouse Campaign

It was recently announced that Tourism Ireland has teamed up with one of Dublin’s most popular attractions; the Guinness Storehouse in its new campaign which highlights and features Dublin has a top destination in four vital markets- Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands. The Guinness Storehouse, the Home of Guinness, is where visitors can learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years.

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