Best of Ireland – It’s A Real Insiders’ Guide!





From Bláthnaid Treacy through Donal Skehan, Roz Purcell and Antonia Campbell Hughes to Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas, a host of stars feature in our brilliant, definitive guide to the island of Ireland, out today.

Celebrating Ireland, its people and places since its debut edition in 2013, the annual Best Of Ireland has just hit the shelves in newsagents all over the island. Summer’s almost here, after all, and the time is right to get exploring everything we have to offer in the way of fun, food and entertainment – from Dublin to Connemara and from West Cork to the furthest reaches of Co. Derry.

Which is why on this occasion, we have listed The 150 Best Restaurants in Ireland – giving readers the best possible insiders’ guide to the places you simply have to try if you like good food!

Our cover star is Bláthnaid Treacy. Having made a big splash as the presenter of Two Tube, Bláthnaid has taken over the charts show on 2fm and has also been fronting RTÉ’s music festival coverage. Now Ireland’s hottest TV star takes us on a guided tour of her very own Ireland – including her favourite places to shop, eat, drink, exercise, visit and hang-out. Oh, and there’s some special words too on Bray, where Bláthnaid grew up...

Chef and food writer Donal Skehan is about to embark on a new phase in his career, heading for Hollywood – from whence he will doubtless go on to conquer the world. But first he gives Best of Ireland the heads up on all of the things that he enjoys most about the amazing food-lovers paradise that modern Ireland has become.

Best Of Ireland is also a comprehensive lifestyle guide. In addition to our fascinating list of Ireland’s 150 best Restaurants, there’s also a special on our favourite Ethnic Restaurants, the hottest brunches, and the best venues, music, nightlife, hotels and more. Our contributors' – including Roz Purcell, Kevin Barry, Eoghan McDermott, Elaine Crowley, Neil Prendeville and JP McMahon – share their recommendations for entertainment, food, sport, fashion, tours and fun. And we have an in-depth tete-a-tete with one of Ireland’s finest ever creative talents, Antonia Campbell Hughes...

Also on the agenda is family entertainment, our thriving trad scene, sport, the LGBT scene, and – to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising – Olaf Tyaransen picks the 20 Irish Novels of the Past 100 Years that really are essential reading.



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Top Restaurants

Our resident foodies have selflessly scoffed their way from Mizen Head to Malin Head, to compile our list of the very best places to eat in Ireland. You’ll also find the top ethnic treats, local goodies, profiles of our hottest new chefs – and the definitive guide to over 150 spots that you simply can’t afford to miss...

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The Best Hotels

Whether you’re after relaxation or invigoration, Ireland boasts plenty of top class spots for you to rest your head. The country's hotels combine world-class service with an unmatched welcome; here, we select our pick of the bunch

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Pictured above: The Village @ Lyons, Cellbridge, Co. Kildare

Attractions

From cliffs and castles to monuments and museums, Ireland truly has it all. Which is why Ireland is such a bewitching place to visit – and to live. Whether you’re planning a solitary excursion, or a family day out, the island boasts a cornucopia of things to do. Our team of sleuths has compiled the ultimate list of the very best...

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Pictured above: The Ring Of Kerry

Faces to Watch

With exciting young talent coming through in music, movies, comedy, sports and lots more besides, Ireland is positively brimming with newcomers worth watching out for in the year ahead. Check out ten of the individuals who are poised to make a big impact over the next twelve months...

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Pictured above: Jo Archbold

The Best Pubs

As a sociable, fun-loving people, the Irish take great pride in the fact that our pubs are the very best in the world. And you know what? They are! The sheer abundance of top watering holes can make choosing a spot difficult – which is why we’ve cherry-picked the best pubs and bars Ireland has to offer just for you to enjoy.

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Pictured above: Cocktail Hour in Dublin