Ireland Observed Newsletter - September 2019

September is now upon us, we gracefully begin our decent into Fall, as the verdant leaves and our rolling green hills enjoy this years final stretch of summer. We've had a very busy year, with lots of happy families entrusted to our care.

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Star-Struck Dublin - New Luxury Hotels

Dublin is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to the rise of exciting new properties. The Emerald Capital is welcoming a wealth of new luxury hotels in the coming months.

A brutal towering triangle protrudes out of a street corner, in one of the most desirable part of Dublin. What is it? It's the Marlin and much like the fish of its namesake, The Marlin is one of the sharpest looking sights this side of the Atlantic. Dublin’s newest open hotel is perfect for those with a taste for the cutting edge. Creative interiors with natural elements, such as the indoor garden room. The Marlin has 300 bedrooms but again, in keeping with modern urban trends, pod-style rooms are embraced and comfort is prioritised. The bedrooms range from cosy cabins to larger open rooms but the large beds and modern facilties are across the board. Just off of St.Stephens Green the Marlin finds itself in the ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

The Magadelene Laundries (remember Philomena?) have been a painful, uncomfortable and dark part of Irelands past, until now when one will become a place of calm, comfort and luxury! Hayfield Manor have just announced plans to invest €50 million to turn an old Magdalene Laundry in Dublin into a 195 bedroom 5 star hotel. This hotel will have great facilities, gyms, restaurants, bars and even a tea room! 

The Red Carnation group, the same hoteliers behind The Chesterfield and beloved Ashford Castle have recently acquired Hatch Hall, a unique Victorian Gothic building in the heart of Dublin. Next month we will tell you about their plans for Scotland.

To get a first hand look at Dublin's new luxury hotels, get in touch today!
'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own'
- Bono & Friend's New Whiskey Distillery

Kildare County Council has approved the development of a multimillion euro whiskey distillery and visitor centre at Ballykelly Mills, close to Monasterevin, in Co. Kildare.

The distillery is being developed by Bono and Paddy McKillen, the man behind some of Dublin's trendiest new bars and restaurants.


When completed, the new distillery and visitor centre will extend to over 5,000 square metres, and will include reception areas, tasting rooms, an exhibition space and a roof garden.

Are you a big U2 fan? We can put together a customised tour of Dublin tailor fit for the ultimate U2 fan.

The Epic Irish Story

For such a small country, Ireland has a massive cultural resonance. Irish people, culture and traditions are known and recognised in all corners of the globe, despite Ireland only having a population of 4.7 million, only 0.06% of the global population. This number only gets more unusual when you look at the amount of American citizens who identify as Irish, 
there are over 35 million of them! 

How did this come to be? A large proportion can be traced back to the mass emigration that occurred after the Great Famine. More than 4.5 million Irish emigrated to the USA between 1820 and 1930, bringing with them their stories, song and humour. 

The EPIC Irish Emigration Museum brings this journey to life, with it’s fully interactive installations and extensive collections famine-era artifacts. You can see actual hand-written letters from Irish men and women who left Ireland in pursuit of a better life, on the tail of the American Dream, and many did, just look how many dependents of Irish immigrants became US presidents!


Discover how an Irish police chief in Chicago helped save hundreds of years of traditional Irish music and what it has to do with Rihanna, or why the quintessentially Red, White and Blue genre of country music couldn’t be more Green.

To learn more about the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, get in touch today!

Culinary Capital? Cork's Gourmet Dining

Since 1993, Paradiso in Cork has been magnificently crafting a reputation as must-try restaurant for serious foodies, serving up creative gourmet dishes that are all vegetarian. As you may have guessed by now, this is not just a spot for vegetarians, popular with people of all diets. Denis Cotter, founder and executive chef has always put emphasis on complex and rich flavours with local seasonal ingredients, and now with over 25 years of running Paradiso, as well as being nominated for awards worldwide, it shows it has paid off.
Another gem of the Cork culinary crown is Ichigo Ichie. This is a Michelin star kappou-style fine dining Japanese restaurant with Chef Takashi Miyazaki at the helm. After moving to Ireland in 2008, he set up his own Japanese take-out in 2015, and the business boomed. Ichigo Ichie is his newest baby, and quite a departure from a take-out. Dinner is not cooked, it is performed in an intimate restaurant. The experience is a multi-course tasting menu, where an almost absurd amount of courses are served to you, all with Miyazaki's signature touch. 
To arrange a tour of the culinary capital of Ireland and it's surroundings, get in touch with us today!

This Months Oddity - Shortest Street in the World

Blink and you'll miss it, but even with your eyes open it might be hard to spot! Ebenezer Place in the town of Wick holds the record for the shortest street in the world, measuring just 6ft9 in length. There is only 1 address, which belongs to the appropriately named No.1 Bistro, part of the Mackays Hotel. In 1883 the owner of the building was instructed to put a street sign on it's shortest side. It was officially recognised as it's own street in 1887
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