Halloween

Visit Dublin’s Darker Side this Halloween! …

Dublin is a city steeped in a rich cultural and historical background. With an abundance of fables and tales it is the perfect base for a truly authentic Halloween experience! … So if you are in the city this Halloween weekend, why not check out some of the below spots … if you dare!…

Haunted Landmarks

Kilmainham Gaol

One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Kilmainham Gaol is known for an infamous game of cards played between prisoneers with a new inmate. Legend suggests that this young man’s winning hand was making the other prisoneers suspicious, he dropped a card and when one of the other players bent down to pick it up, the hoofs of the devil were spotted under the table. The young inmate left the room, and was never seen in the prison again. The room were the game of cards was played has mysteriously gone on fire several times. Several visitors to the jail have claimed to see strange and macabre shadows in photographs snapped!

Trinity College

Trinity College, one of the city’s most monumental buildings, boosts a dark history filled with ghostly apparitions. The College grounds are said to be visited by a one Dr Samuel Clossey, the infamous head of the practise of medicine in Trinity 1786 – 1803. Legend has it that he robbed graves to indulge in his own experiments after college hours. Two medical students disappeared during his time teaching. It’s been said that his ghost can be seen walking the halls of Trinity carrying an amputation kit and organs.

Bram Stokers House

Author of the classic “Dracula”, as if the book wasn’t enough to keep you awake at night, there have been apparent sightings of the man himself! Rumour has it that his shadow has been seen in the window at night writing by candlelight.

Howth Harbour Lighthouse

The Lighthouse at Howth Harbour is said to be haunted by the ghost of a 3 year old and her father who were washed out to sea back in the 1800’s.The ghost of the father has been spotted on the shore calling to his infant and locals have claimed to hear the cries of the child.

Malahide Castle

The beautiful former residence of the Talbot family is now haunted by a ghost of one of the former watchmen, Puck, who fell asleep and didn’t see the enemies coming. He took his own life in shame and has been haunting the place ever since.

Another version of this story states Puck was a servant who fell in love with a noblewoman. One night he was found stabbed through the heart. Apparently he managed to announce his intentions to haunt the castle before he died and has done so ever since.

Dublin Castle

Located in the centre of Dublin, invaders to this castle were beheaded and displayed on the castle wall as a deterrent to others.

Hundreds of decapitated bodies are buried beneath the castle. Their vengeful souls are said to still roam the castle. Tour guides have reported poltergeist activity.

 

 

Portobello Harbour Bridge

This bridge in Rathmines is said to be haunted by a vicious ghost of a lock-keeper. Blamed for the deaths of a number of passengers of a public transport cart, he drowned himself in shame. His ghost still appears at the bridge as a warning to passers by.

 

Olympia Theathre

The famous city centre theatre is said to have its own poltergeist, a troubled spirit. Doors and windows have been known to rattle violently in this theatre, and once a dressing room was virtually destroyed by an unknown presence.

Haunted Churches

 

Religious sites are often the subject of paranormal activity, and with many religious establishments throughout the city, Dublin is every ghouls playground! A number of well known churches throughout the city are known to be frequented by visitors from “the other side”.

St Audoen’s Church

This Polish chaplaincy is said to be a home to a ghostly haunt of lepers. The area outside the church is said to be a home to Darky Kelly, a woman executed for killing her unborn child along with several of her lovers.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

The famous Dublin landmark has its own ghost too. A Newfoundland dog has been said to appears at the memorial of John McNeill Boyd who died rescuing sailors at risk of drowning. His dog was said to have waited at his master’s grave until the day it died. Now it appears beside his memorial at the cathedral. A friendly ghost of sorts J

And of course, no discussion of Dublin is complete without the mention of a few of the local watering holes!

Even Dublin’s pub scene is not free of its Ghosts and Ghouls!

Davy Byrne’s Pub

People have claimed to see James Joyce reflection in the mirror on the main lounge in Davy Byrne’s bar on South Anne’s Street. This bar was heavily featured in Ulysses and was a favourite of the man himself.

Brazen Head

Famous for being the oldest pub in Ireland, the Brazen Head was often frequented by a rebel leader Robert Emmet, who used the pub for various meetings. And, even though he was executed in 1803, his ghost is said to remain in the pub, still looking out for the enemies.

Kavanagh’s in Glasnevin

The pub itself dates back to 1833 is named after its former landlord, John Kavanagh. The pub is commonly known as the Gravediggers, due to its close location to the Prospect Cemetery. The pub is also famous for its resident ghost, an old man dressed in an old-fashioned tweed suit who is sometimes seen sitting at a bar and then disappearing without a trace.

So! After all that… what better way to uncover your own darkside,  than to dress up and join the party in Alchemhttp://www.alchemyclub.ie/index.htmly where Dance Decades keep us entertained until the wee witching hour! …

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Irishisms!

 

  • “a word, phrase, or expression characteristic of theIrish

 

They say the Emerald Isle shines with 40 shades of green, well the same can be said about the habits and ‘ticks’ of the Irish!

 

Whether it be Tayto sandwiches or the never ceasing battle of Lyons vs Barry’s, there are just some things that makes us, well, ultimately Irish!

For me, nothing defines our nation quite like our ‘gift of the gab’! We Irish, Dubliners in particular, love nothing more than the opportunity to voice our opinion and have a good chat!

We have, along the way, invented a tongue all of our own! No doubt a visitor in the city could easily become a little perplexed, so… for those planning a trip to this lovely little island, perhaps these translations may be of assistance!

 

  1. Good Morning- “Top of the morning to ye“, “Story horse
  2. Hello, how are you?- “What’s the story?” /“What’s the craic?
  3. Everything is good- “All’s Top drawer” / “Bleedin Deadly“,/ “I’m pulling the devil by the tail
  4. GoodBye- “I’ll love ye and leave ye
  5. Off you go- “On your bike
  6. House- ‘Gaff’
  7. The Boss- ‘The Gaffer
  8. A cup of tea- “Cup of scald
  9. Not a bit- ‘Not a screed
  10. Be Quiet– “Hold yer whist”
  11. An unattractive girl- “Not even the tide would take her out
  12. Be careful- “Sleep with yer good eye open
  13. Settling for very little- ‘Scraping the bottom of the barrell
  14. I have something to tell you- ‘C’mere till I tell ye
  15. Someone who has a grumpy face- ‘Face like a well chewed toffee
  16. Taste this- ‘Get yer laughing gear around this
  17. To have no luck- ‘sure ye couldn’t win an argument
  18. Messing or misbehaving- ‘acting the maggot
  19. To be embarrassed- ‘I was scarlet
  20. Your father- ‘ould fella
  21. Someone from the countryside- ‘Muck savage
  22. Someone from Dublin- ‘Jackeen
  23. Are you serious?- ‘Are you havin a laugh / Are you havin me on / Pull the other one

 

If the phrases weren’t confusing enough we also have our own slant on more commonly used expressions! Such as our complete and utter unawareness of time scales, e.g…absolutely EVERYTHING happened “the other day”. There is a high probability that the event in question happened weeks/months or even years ago!

 

So on that note, keep your eyes and ears open the next time you stroll through the city streets…

You might just find yourself returning home with a few Irishism’s all of your own :-)

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Shaken or Stirred?

 

With no confirmed birth date, the origins of the beloved ‘Cocktail’ are much disputed! First reports state the early 1800’s saw the first blend of alcohol and fruit juice!…Perhaps the mixologist enjoyed their own first sample so much they forgot to jot the date and time down!? We’ve all been there, lets face it! One fact remains true, however, we as a consuming public, cannot get enough!Pop culture has played an important role in the boom of cocktails, whether we see ourselves as a Bond type sipping suavely on a Martini or one of the Sex & the City girls discussing love and life over a Cosmopolitan, having a cocktail creates a sense of celebration!

Keeping that in mind, when faced with the challenge of planning a birthday party, hen/stag party, team building night or a reunion with friends, one can feel a little swamped! I can speak from personal experience, that nothing pleases a crowd like a Cocktail Masterclass! Fun, lively and interactive, a Cocktail Masterclass brings a group together and makes the perfect start or finish to a night out on the town!

Located in the heart of Dublin city, Buskers Bar is the ideal venue for learning the art of Cocktail Making!

The class begins with a welcome shot of your choice, getting the party started nicely! Our resident mixologist will then prepare a cocktail of your choosing whilst showing you all the tricks of the trade! Will it be a  a sweet Pina Colada? a bitter Singapore Sling? or a bubbly Bellini?… The choice is endless! After this, it’s your turn to show off your skills!

Our Cocktail Masterclass package is priced at €25 per person and includes a privately reserved area for the group and free admission to Alchemy nightclub! Party platters of finger food can also be arranged before, during or after the Cocktail Masterclass!

 

 

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For further information please contact buskers@tbh.ie or call (+353 86 662 9575)

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whiskey corner

For a true taste of Dublin…The Whiskey Corner Bar & Restaurant

The first thing one might notice when stepping foot in Dublins’ fair city is the sheer choice of places to eat! Dublin has experienced some what of a rebirth, our palate’s tweaked and curious for new flavors and tastes. Although a distant memory, it seems, we can certainly thank the Celtic Tiger for raising the bar and expectations when we dine out, and if you are a self proclaimed ‘foodie’ then Dublin is your mecca! For such a small city, Dublin offers a plethora of dining options, from home produced Irish fare to spices of the Orient, there is a bounty of flavor waiting to be discovered! 

Tonight see’s the launch of the Whiskey Corner bar & restaurant. If good old fashioned, hearty Irish fare is what you seek then look no further. Diners are in for a surprise, a mouth watering menu, offering fantastic variety…with a twist! It’s no secret that us Dubliners’ enjoy a ‘sup of whiskey’ from time to time, so when the moment was upon us to draft up a tasty and indeed unique menu, that’s when the real fun began! Our resident chef, along with skilled whiskey pro’s decided upon a menu that was not only delicious, but truely authentic, offering the local and tourist alike, a taste of Ireland! Fancy yourself as a bit of a Whiskey enthusiast? Or are you more of a novice hoping to discover a little bit more? Or, heck, just plain hungry and curious to try something new? The Whiskey corner bar & restaurant is the ideal place to pop in for a meal with friends, a romantic evening or for our corporate guests, a perfect way to impress your clients from overseas! 

The restaurant itself is located on the ground floor of the hotel, taking a step into the warm and inviting dining room you will see our fully stocked whiskey bar, with every imaginable whiskey under the sun! Every whiskey connoisseur’s dream! Linen table cloths and soft candlelight add to the relaxed ambiance,  and with our Whiskey expert onsite to assist you with choosing the perfect whiskey pairing, you are in the best hands possible!

Each of the dishes available on the menu have been carefully chosen and paired with an appropriate whiskey. However, if you are feeling adventurous you can select the whiskey of your choice! 

So, on that note, we welcome you to come, sit back and be our guest at the Whiskey Corner Bar & Restaurant…you are in for a treat! 

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Too early to talk Christmas?? We don’t think so…

Temple Bar Hotel caters for every occasion, with something special for everyone!

Between Temple Bar Hotel, The Whiskey Corner, Buskers Bar & Alchemy Club, we have plenty of options for your Christmas Party.

Shared Party Share your magical Christmas experience this year in the heart of Dublin City with Temple Bar Hotel, Dublin’s Most Centrally Located Hotel. Book a table for your group and enjoy your festive event with other Christmas enthusiasts. The Whiskey Corner Bar & Restaurant is available for Private Hire or as part of a Shared Party Night.

Private Party Customise your Christmas Party by exclusively hiring one of our venues for your group. Hire a DJ from our recommended selection or bring your own and choose between a sit-down meal or from a selection of Christmas nibbles.

Your party, your choice!

Christmas Party Menu’s Lunch Menu €19.95 per person with Mulled Wine on arrival

Dinner Menu €29.95 per person with Mulled Wine on arrival

Accommodation

Sunday – Thursday: €49 per person sharing B&B

Friday and Saturday: €55 per person sharing B&B

 

ALCHEMY Club & Venue

Fancy a Christmas Party with a twist?

Then look no further than Alchemy Club & Venue which is available for Private Hire for groups ranging from 80-1000 people.

Individually Tailored Packages can be created for your party upon request which include Drinks On Arrival, Finger Food, DJ and much more…

Finger Food Available from just €6.95 per person

BUSKERS BAR

LIVE MUSIC VENUE 7 Nights a Week!

Buskers is a lively Contemporary Bar centrally located in the vibrant and hugely popular Temple Bar area of Dublin City Centre. The festive party atmosphere makes Buskers Bar the perfect location for your Christmas Party.

You can Reserve An Area in the stylish bar for you and your party, Order Some Platters and Enjoy Live Music throughout the night.

There is also an extensive Cocktail Menu to get the party going!

Why not ask about our Cocktail Making Classes!

Buskers Speciality Platter €8.95 per person

Buskers Party Platter €6.95 per person

For all enquires please see contact information below:

Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Telephone: +353 (0)1 677 3333  Fax: +353 (0)1 677 3088 salesandmarketing@tbh.ie   www.templebarhotel.com

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It’s been a while!…

We have been busy as bee’s here in the Temple Bar Hotel, so apologies for being a little absent of late!

But we are back on track and very excited to begin the ball roll again with our Blog

So what have we missed?!… Let’s see, where to begin? The Tall Ships? ,Taste of Dublin?, The World Cup kick off and progression?, Garth “Brooks Gate”? The last few months have been enough to make our heads spin!

Touching briefly on Garth Brooks, a now very sensitive subject for us all! We are, of course, deeply disappointed to hear that all five shows have been cancelled. However, in the spirit of not dwelling on “if tomorrow never comes” (I’m sorry, I had to throw in at least one bad taste pun!) Let’s discuss how we can fill the void!

Luckily Dublin offers a plethora of musical events both in and around the city to keep us bopping the summer away.The National Concert Hall, in all its splendor, boosts an impressive setting and with 1,000 annual events, it always has something to offer the discerning music enthusiast! This summer, homegrown talents, Sinead O’Connor and Damien Dempsey shall take centre stage, tickets starting at just 37EUR! So no doubt both shall be fantastic and a truely authentic taste of what Ireland does best! For full listing’s on events and concerts please see our website.

August will see the return of Electric Picnic to Stradbally, with big names such as Portishead, Outkast and Blondie headlining the main stage, it is set, as always, to be a weekend to remember! If you are one of the lucky wellie wielding brigade transcending upon Co.Laois don’t forget to check out local talent such as Ham Sandwich, Bicep and Sinead O’Connor!

For a more rustic and casual evening’s entertainment, Dublin boosts more bars and live venue’s than you can shake a stick at! And where better to begin a journey through the live music venue’s of Dublin than our very own Buskers! Offering live music seven nights a week, ranging from Trad to Rock, Buskers really does cater for all tastes. Nestled comfortably along Temple Bar’s main strip Buskers lively atmosphere and outdoor terrace attract both locals and visitors alike. Why not check our site!

So next time you step out in Dublin, keep your eyes and ears open to the sounds of the city! You will find that music is everywhere!

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4th of July Celebrations in Temple Bar!!!

Earmarked as Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar offers an authentic and unique cultural experience. The quarter offers tourists and visitors alike both a traditional and commercial experience with a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. The area also omits a bohemian atmosphere with its fusion of the arts, with street performers and numerous art galleries to visit.
The unique ambiance not only celebrates Irish culture as it caters to visitors from around the world. For instance this coming weekend, Buskers Bar will be hosting a fantastic 4th of July celebration. If you’re also thinking about celebrating this amazing day, you’re in for a treat as Buskers Bar will be decked out in stars and stripes and will have an American themed food and drinks menu.
So whether you’re American, Irish or on holiday and you would like to celebrate in true American style, come visit Buskers Bar, located beside Temple Bar Hotel.

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