Music, Arts & Irish Culture

150 years of the Irish Grand National

150 years ago, the first Irish Grand National steeplechase took place at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath. Over the past century and a half this famous race in the Boyne Valley has become the premiere event on the Irish horse racing calendar. For the first Grand National the prize fund was 167 gold sovereigns and the winner was a horse named after the late prime minister Sir Robert Peel.

Minister Brendan Griffin cuts the ribbon to officially open Kells Courthouse - Tourism and Cultural Hub

An exciting and interactive new exhibition on the Story of Kells was opened on May 30th by Brendan Griffin, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.  The new permanent tourism exhibition, developed with a Fáilte Ireland investment of €125,000 and matchfunded by Meath County Council, has created a state of the art tourism exhibition. Meath County Council has invested in restoring the Kells Courthouse building to the highest standard and yesterday marked the official re-opening as a new visitor centre, now home t

Púca, Fáilte Ireland’s New Festival will Celebrate Ireland as the Home of Halloween

Púca is the name of Fáilte Ireland’s exciting new festival that aims to position Ireland internationally as the home of Halloween. The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, has announced the name of the festival, which will take place this year in Ireland’s Ancient East, and has been developed in partnership with Meath and Louth County Councils.

The Fleadh Cheoil is Ireland's most loved music festival, and now it's mine too

"My first glimpse of the Fleadh Cheoil; Ireland’s biggest, and most loved festival of Irish music, comes as I walked down Drogheda’s main street. Fleadh-bbergasted (I won’t do it again, I swear), I cannot get over the sheer volume of traditional Irish musicians who are performing outside nearly every pub, cafe and shop we see. -

Published on August 20th 2018