Irish people are known for our warm welcome and good sense of humour. Get to know us before you arrive by getting to know some of the things we know.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley: Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes, this film provides some backstory on Ireland’s historic struggle for independence.
Father Ted: Impress people instantly by quoting a line from this cult comedy of three priests living on a remote Irish island.
The Queen of Ireland: A documentary following Ireland’s most prominent advocate for gay rights in the lead up to 2015’s Marriage Equality referendum.
Love/Hate: This critically-acclaimed series is a gritty drama of Dublin’s criminal underworld.
The Journal: This internet news publication covers everything from breaking stories to entertainment, and has an active comments section.
Silicon Republic: Leading news resource for all things tech in Ireland, Europe and beyond.
Roddy Doyle: A national treasure and the voice of working class Dublin. Start with his beloved Barrytown Trilogy on which the movies above (The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van) were based.
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly: With 14 novels thus far, fictional character, Ross is the equally popular but complete opposite to Roddy Doyle, serving as the obnoxious (and satirical), voice of middle class Dublin.
An Irishman Abroad: In each episode of this podcast, comedian Jarlath Regan and a different well-known guest discuss life experiences in Ireland and abroad.
Nialler9 podcast: Ireland’s biggest music blogger talks about and plays music, with a focus on Irish artists.
Duolingo for Irish: If you’re interested in learning the cúpla focal (couple of words) in Irish before you arrive.
RTÉ Player: Catch up on Irish TV and news programmes on your laptop, tablet or phone.
Wild Atlantic Way: The official app for discovering Ireland’s western coastline so you can start planning your first weekend roadtrip.