This week Nigel Quinlan takes us to Lough Boora Discovery Park in Co Offaly. Lough Boora Discovery Park is way out in the middle of nowhere, which is where the best bits of Ireland can often be found. It’s a cutaway raised bog in County Offaly, somewhere between Birr and Tullamore, and can be reached by […]
By Ruth Frances Long Dublin is a city rich in history, mystery and replete with a host of spooky stories. The city dates from the 9th century, when the Viking settlement at Woodquay was founded. Throughout its long history, Dublin has been a turbulent place. Witchcraft, murder, revolution, secret societies, even whispering mummies, this city […]
Did you know that in the wild, a happy elephant herd will have all its babies at more or less the same time, so the job of parenting and growing up can be shared? I didn’t know that until I learned it at the Dublin Zoo, which is believed to be the only zoo in […]
When I was growing up in the West of Ireland my parents would wrangle a one-week family holiday during August in the seaside town of Enniscrone in Co. Sligo where we always stayed in the same Guest House. In the pre-Internet age it meant we spent most of our time outside; bouncing on the huge […]
Ideas are the heart and soul of a Worldcon programme, and we need your ideas to create the best programme yet. “What if?” is not only the underlying question behind great science fiction, it’s also the underlying question behind great Worldcon programming. What if we had a panel of current and former NASA employees who […]
This week, Australian author Sean Williams is sure he can make it to the Ring of Kerry, if only he can avoid distractions… There are many sites of archaeological interest in Ireland–40,000 ringforts alone, apparently, a number I totally believe because it seems sometimes you can’t walk ten steps without tripping over a wedge tomb […]
Hi. I’m waving from the North of Ireland, land of giants and myths and, more recently, Game of Thrones. I can see why much of Game of Thrones has been filmed in this landscape. It’s a land of contradictions, soft and fairy-like with glens and waterfalls, bleak and hard in other parts. The sea crashes, […]
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has written a special welcome to Dublin 2019 and to all of its members.
As Worldcon 76 closes in San Jose, Dublin 2019 becomes the next Worldcon. Our Chair James Bacon looks forward to what’s in store.
When it flows past the Convention Centre in Dublin, the Liffey River is a major waterway and feature of the city. It is also almost at the end of its journey, emptying into the Irish Sea not much further downriver. But its origins are much more humble, and tracing its route takes you from the […]