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Posted on April 1, 2020

How to stay fit when you’re stuck at home

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With everyone being urged to stay at home in order to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19, we have to be a bit more creative in how we go about our day-to-day activities – especially if that used to include going to the gym on a regular basis.

I am a self-proclaimed gym bunny so naturally, I’m finding the lack of this aspect of my routine at present to be particularly tough. However, my newfound love for jogging everyday has been quite helpful both physically and mentally and it has even motivated me to do some at home exercises afterwards. 

If you’re in need of some workout inspo to keep you busy and fit (ish) during quarantine, then look no further as I have compiled a list of some of my previous fitness blogs below. 

Without further ado, here are some ways you can stay fit during the coronavirus lockdown:

10 resistance band workouts for abs

at home workoutsRead full blog here.

8 ways to motivate yourself to exercise

at home workouts

Read full blog here.

5 simple exercises to help ease lower back pain 

at home workouts

Read full blog here.

9 ways to eat healthy on a budget 

protein pancakes

Read full blog here.

5 exercises for toned legs 

Read full blog here.

I hope you get a chance to try a few of these exercise and if you have any suggestions for how to spend quar-time then be sure to tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 🙂 

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Disclaimer: Please note that while I did take an online course in sports nutrition, I am not a qualified PT. I am simply a health enthusiast who has an interest in anything health and fitness related. Be sure to consult a qualified trainer before attempting any of these exercises.

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Posted on March 20, 2020

5 coronadate ideas to try during lockdown

Dating

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Dating during a global pandemic is likely not on the top list of anyone’s priorities at the moment and in the last week, it has become glaringly obvious that COVID-19 has consumed the minds of both the fragile and the unimpressionable.

However, even in the midst of a global outbreak and the domino effect of national lockdowns slowly trickling across each nation, it is not impossible to continue maintaining social relationships.

Nor is it impossible to test whether or not that spark you thought existed between you and your right-swipe was in fact an indicator that there are decent singletons out there – all it takes is a bit of creativity and an open mind.

coronalove

Without further ado, here are some fun coronadate ideas to try while you’re in quarantine 🙂

1. Never Have I Corona’d

never have I ever drinking game

Playing ‘Never Have I Ever’ over Skype while drinking a Corona is a sure way to stick the middle finger up to this deadly virus. Okay, maybe not entirely. But it is a fun way to take the tension off while getting to know your coronadate under such unusual circumstances. 

2. Connect ‘Quar’ 

connect four online

Connect Four online is always more enjoyable when you’re playing (or winning) against someone who is in the running of being future bae. It will give you both a sense of one another’s competitive streak to determine whether playing Monopoly is something that will have to be banned in the future.  

3. Netflix & Sync

coronadate ideas

Thanks to the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome, daters can still have movie date night by getting together virtually and connecting through mutual interests in TV and film at the same time. The best part about this extension is it comes with a chat room so you can live text to your heart’s content! 

Another fun date idea for movie lovers is heading to an outdoor cinema night organised by The Big Drive Inn.  The Big Drive Inn are currently running a series of films for people to watch in the comfort of their own cars. They have some guidelines put in place about vehicle separation, but it doesn’t mean you can’t roll down your window to throw your date a packet of Haribo! More details about this outdoor cinema on Eventbrite.

4. Virtual Sweat Sesh (Get your mind out of the gutter, thanks)

Just because the gyms are closed, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo breaking a sweat. Doing home workout videos while sharing your screen on Skype is a good way to keep each other fit while improving your downward dog pose. Also, it’s only a matter of time before anything doggy will come in handy again (permission to have your mind in the gutter granted).

5. ‘Cor’ With Friends 

coronadate ideas

This is of course called ‘Words With Friends’ which is a crossword-puzzle app available on both Android and iOS. The game is similar to Scrabble and it allows players to add their friends (or dates) to compete against each other. Serious #Wordgasms with this game!

Overall, there are plenty of multiplayer apps and online games available to download if you just look hard enough – and if that tickles your fancy. But if you’re really serious about using your ‘quar’ time to build a connection, then just send out an ‘I can’t wait to see you’ care pack of toilet paper, that’ll get serious brownie points! 🙂

So there you have it, some lighthearted coronadate ideas that can hopefully help quell any uncertainty you might be feeling during this incredibly trying time. Just remember that self-isolating physically doesn’t have to mean self-isolating emotionally. Relationships don’t have to get cancelled.

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to send them my way @FilomenaKaguako 🙂 

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Posted on March 4, 2020

Love Is Blind on Netflix: what the dating show actually got right

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Love is Blind Photograph: Netflix

Netflix’s Love Is Blind has become one of the most-talked about reality dating shows in the last couple of weeks and with good reason. The hit series challenges the age-old idea of whether or not love is truly blind through a social experiment that is both cringeworthy and compelling at the same time. 

The premise of the show is to test whether or not any of the male and female contestants can fall in love sight unseen. The contestants are separated by gender and can only communicate with one another when they go on dates in self-contained pods in hopes of getting a wedding proposal after a series of dates. It is only after the engagement that they get to see each other in the flesh for the first time – exactly one month before they walk up the aisle. 

Love is Blind Nextflix Cameron

Love is Blind Photo: Nextflix

All newly engaged couples then take a romantic trip to Mexico where they get to test their physical connection prior to letting any exterior factors such as friends, family and work schedules impact their relationship. After reaching these relationship milestones in a short space of time, they then have to decide at the altar whether or not the answer to the question of being united by holy matrimony will be ‘I do.’ 

The show sounds repulsive to those who do not have an affinity for trashy reality TV. In a previous life, that very well would have been me. But there is something addictive about Love Is Blind that combines elements of some of the biggest reality shows in the past such as The Bachelor and The Circle, both of which I failed to watch with the same degree of gripping intensity.

Without further ado, here are some of the things that Love Is Blind actually did get right:

1. Self-contained pods 

Love Is Blind Photo: Netflix

The irony that each of the contestants are physically attractive is not lost on me at all. However, I do feel that removing physical appearance from the equation does spark on a conversation of what drives attraction. It also raises the question of whether or not someone can still fall for a person who isn’t their usual ‘type.’ 

The whole idea of the pods helped the couples build an intimate connection with one another that I feel barely exists in a world of swiping right and left. As someone with an interest in trying to understand what drives people to one another, this element of Love Is Blind is what drew me to the show to begin with. 

2. Interracial dating 

Love Is Blind Lauren and Cameron Photo: Netflix

Black female contestant Lauren did not make it a secret that she had never dated a white guy prior to her engagement with scientist Cameron. There seemed to be a good deal of emphasis placed on this fact and I reckon if we all took a shot every time Lauren was shown on screen to say ‘Cameron is my first white guy,’ we’d all be fairly langered. 

All jokes aside, there was something that stood out to me when Lauren told her best friend about her first experience of dating outside her race. She said she never felt the need to ‘play down’ her blackness when she was around Cameron. This shows the importance of acknowledging the cultural differences that can come from being of a certain race as well as the pressures the one can feel when trying to navigate within an interracial couple.  

3. Meeting in-laws and pet dogs 

host of hit series on nextflix

Love Is Blind hosts Photo: Netflix

Each engaged couple also got the opportunity to meet one anothers friends, family and labrador pets with the mind that the get-togethers would give them a glimpse into what reality might look like should they say ‘I do’ at the altar in the short weeks that followed. 

While I do believe it was important that the couples got a chance to get to know each other on a physical level during their romantic trip away, what I thought held even more significance was the fact that they weren’t deluded into thinking that it was going to end there. 

4. Atlanta, Georgia

Love Is Blind Contestants

Love Is Blind Contestants Photo: Netflix

At the time of filming Love Is Blind, all contestants were living in Atlanta, Georgia and it wasn’t a coincidence. The producers of the show supposedly wanted to make it easier for all of the contestants who would end up engaged and then later married – how thoughtful!

This element of the show is very different to other dating shows that I have seen in the past where participants can run the risk of falling for someone that lives in a completely different country (Maura and Curtis). 

5. ALL OF THE DRAMA

Love is blind drama

Love Is Blind Gianannina Photo: Netflix

The one thing I can whole-heartedly say about watching Love Is Blind is that it is a completely different experience when you watch it with subtitles. From ‘dramatic music starts’ to ‘sobs quietly,’ the words describing the predicaments each of the contestants find themselves in (particularly in the finale) adds to the entertainment immensely. 

Overall, the show is the epitome of trashy reality meets glamzilla while managing to still provide some important dialogue around dating in the modern world. I could go on to discuss some of the things that are wrong and deeply concerning about Love Is Blind, but there really is no need to point out the obvious 🙂

Love Is Blind reunion special will premiere on March 5th on Netflix’s YouTube channel. Find out more here. 

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Posted on January 28, 2020

Big Bus Tours Dublin: 5 reasons to add it to your Irish bucket list

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big bus tours dublin

It wouldn’t take a genius to figure out that the city of Dublin holds a very special place in my heart. Between the vibrant buskers showing off their talents on Grafton Street to the beautiful pieces of street art that spontaneously pop up around town, the city has a plethora of charm and hidden gems that have yet to be explored. 

The Big Bus Tours Dublin offers a lively hop-on, hop-off bus tour experience which allows both locals and tourists alike to explore many aspects of Dublin through a lens which heightens the appreciation for the city’s cultural profile and rich historical background – trust me, I would know. 

big bus tours dublin

I recently had the opportunity to do some sightseeing with The Big Bus Tours Dublin. Needless to say, my love for the big shmoke has massively increased since seeing some of the city’s biggest attractions on an unexpectedly sunny day.

It took a Big Bus Tours experience for me to come to the realisation that after all the years I’ve spent socialising in the city centre’s swanky cocktail bars, nothing can quite compare to the feeling that comes from re-discovering the beauty of Dublin – warts and all. 

So without further ado, here are 5 reasons to add The Big Bus Tours Dublin to your Irish bucket list:

1. Value for money

the big bus tours

There are a number of ticket options available with The Big Bus Tours, each of which offer great value for money. I was gifted with a Premium ticket (€23.20 online) which includes a 2 day hop-on, hop-off tour, 2 free child tickets with every adult ticket, a guided walking tour, a panoramic night tour and free entry into the Pearse Lyons Distillery.

I found this to be an absolute steal, especially since both the night tour and Pearse Lyons Distillery tour alone would cost over €15.00 each. A package deal with the Big Bus Tours is definitely the more reasonable option to me because of all the other added benefits.  

Alternatively, if you are someone who simply wants a bus tour, then you can choose to opt for a Classic ticket (€17.60 online) as The Big Bus Tours tailors to a broad range of sightseers. Other ticket options include: a Deluxe ticket (€29.60 online) or a combined Classic + Guinness Storehouse ticket (€48.00 online).

Note: You can save 20% on selected tickets when you buy online rather than on-street. For information on ticket prices and packages, have a look on the Big Bus Tours website.

2. Hop-on, hop-off

the big bus tours dublin

The Big Bus Tours puts the ball in your court because with a hop-on, hop-off tour, you get to dictate exactly where your journey begins as well as when it ends. If you’re wondering how that works, allow me to give you a low down on the whole thing. 

Step 1: Download the free Big Tours Bus app after purchasing your ticket and use the live bus tracker to find your nearest hop-on stop.

Step 2: Enjoy the views of the city from The Big Bus Tours bus and hop off at any stop to visit your favourite Dublin landmarks.  Buses run every 15 – 20 mins so you can hop back on at the same stop whenever you like.

 

Step 3: Finish the tour at your own pace and time but bear in mind the last whiskey tour at Pearse Lyons Distillery is at 5pm!

When I did the day tour, I hopped on at St. Stephen’s Green and stayed until the second last stop. My day tour lasted about 1hr 15mins but it didn’t feel like it at all! 🙂

3. Free whiskey tasting

Free entry into the Pearse Lyons Distillery with a Premium or Deluxe ticket gives guests a full guided tour with a whiskey tasting at the end. As someone who is not green to whiskey tours, I have to say the Pearse Lyons Distillery really hit it out of the park. 

Our tour guide Sheila was very educated on all things whiskey, her love and passion for the Pearse Lyons Distillery overall was beaming throughout the tour adding to everyone’s excitement for tasting the product. 

pearse lyons distillery

The guided tour lasted for about 50 minutes before finishing with the much-anticipated tasting. Safe to say, I had a few Robin Scherbatsky ‘dayum! that’s smooth’ moments throughout the tasting with my favourite one being the 12-year-old single malt Founder’s Choice. 

pearse lyons distillery

Cherry on top? We even got the opportunity to try Mil Gin – it is heavenly!

Since we are on the topic of free drinks, I should also note that Big Bus Tours ticket holders get a free glass of Guinness at Nancy Hands Pub at stop 26 and 28 – I did say value for money, didn’t I? 🙂

4. Dublin after dark

The free Big Bus night tour is included with a Premium and Deluxe ticket as well as an upgrade to Classic Ticket holders. With the night tour, there is only one starting point (O’Connell Street) as it is a panoramic tour, meaning you cannot hop on or off.

Driving over O’Connell Bridge which is said to be the only traffic bridge in Europe that has the same width as its length, the evening tour guide proudly points out some fantastic pubs and bars around town so you can plan the rest of your evening. 

5. Cultural ‘wokeness’

big bus tours dublin

I sometimes get asked about what to do in Dublin by friends who live abroad. On such occasion, I often find myself almost reiterating the same itinerary I gave to a friend who asked previously.

But after my experience with The Big Bus Tours I feel that I can now give people more specific information about where to go and what to do. More importantly, I can stop them from falling into tourist traps.

As for non-tourists, it can be very easy to get caught up in a rut of doing the same activities or getting too comfortable in a routine. I think The Big Bus Tours can break that cycle by providing a fun day out! 

So there you have it, my top 5 reasons for why I think adding The Big Bus Tours Dublin to your Irish bucket list is something you will not regret!  🙂 Buy tickets online here. 

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Posted on January 1, 2020

Dating trends to leave in 2019

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Whenever I listen to one of my single friends update me on their latest dating woes, I can only thank God that I no longer have to wrestle with the possibility of a recent right swipe being something I’d later regret. It would seem that the trials and tribulations of modern dating are becoming increasingly tiresome and at this rate, I have the impression that a single first date horror story would be enough to make someone with a perfectly healthy libido want to commit to a life of celibacy. 

Between Tinder users openly admitting to already being in a relationship and people going MIA when the details of a first meet up are finalised, there seems to be a growing disillusionment in the dating scene between men and women alike that doesn’t appear to be subsiding any time soon. 

So for my first blog of 2020, I wanted to draw from some of these very real experiences and discuss a few of the trends that have become the norm in 21st Century dating. I will admit that I am guilty of having committed one or two of these dating faux pas back in my single days, so know that I am in no way shape or form trying to be sanctimonious here. However, it is a new year so the least we can do is make an effort to put these habits behind us.

Without further ado, here are some of the dating trends that I think have absolutely no place in 2020 🙂

Pulling a Houdini

Commonly known as ‘ghosting,’ this trend is something we can all admit to either having fallen victim to or having committed ourselves. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, it is damaging for both parties. Karma has a way of giving professional ghosters a taste of their own medicine and as for the person on the receiving end, not only does it negatively impact their self-esteem, but it also impacts their attitude towards dating. Be grown and leave the magic to the professionals.

How have you been-ing

I’ve employed this phrase to describe the texts that usually start to prop up during the peak of cuffing season and then again in the lead up to Christmas. There must be something about the end of the year that makes people more inclined to want to rekindle past relationships. If it’s a genuine conversation or possible closure that is needed for the person asking ‘how have you been?’, then that’s fair. But if it’s boredom, then don’t bother because you’re only wasting your own time and theirs. 

Haunting 

Much like the last trend, haunting is the term used to describe the presence of an ex in your digital life. The difference being is that they exist silently. They continue to follow you on all your social media accounts, watch every Snapchat story as soon as it goes up and they consistently linger on without actually engaging in any conversation. It’s pretty what some professionals would consider to be light stalking. Keeping tabs on someone through light stalking is never a good look on anyone, leave haunting in 2019.

Fake date planning 

This is when someone makes a plan to meet someone for the first time only to have zero intention of actually following through with it. In the week leading up to the date they consistently send texts to share their excitement about meeting up in person only to go MIA the day of the actual date. Naturally, they commit trend 1, 3 and 2 almost instantly after planning a fake date. 

Penpaling

Now that technology has allowed us to have so much more access to one another, people are becoming more aware of their options. As such, they would rather play the field before committing to meeting someone in real life. If you would rather send endless texts before meeting up with someone, then that’s okay once you’re honest about wanting to explore your options. Time is too precious to waste so it’s always a good idea to make it clear what kind of dater you are.

Let 2020 be a year of growth and mutual respect for potential love interests by leaving these god awful dating trends in the past what do you say? 🙂

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Posted on December 16, 2019

12 Dates of Crimbo makes Jenny Greene’s Best of The Week!!!

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12 dates on jenny greene's best of the week

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, my 12 Dates of Crimbo series has come to an end. The good news however is that shortly after it ended, I was lucky enough to be invited to Jenny Greene’s weekday evening show on RTÉ 2FM to discuss all things festive dating – I know, who would have thought that consistently posting a new date idea for 12 days straight would pay off like this? I certainly didn’t! 🙂

I called into the RTÉ radio studio last Thursday 12th December for my first live radio appearance in the longest of times and to say I was nervous is a bit of an understatement! Thankfully Jenny Greene’s team quickly put any concerns I had to rest. They are the loveliest group of people and it wasn’t long until I started discussing my 12 dates and sharing some of my own funny dating stories on the national airwaves!

jenny greene 12 dates

The following day (Friday 13th), I found out that my little segment made Jenny Greene’s best bits of the week. It was amongst some fab contributions by comedians Alison Spittle and Joanne McNally to make The Best of The Week.

As you can imagine, I was over the moon to discover this especially after being forced to sit down and listen back to the sound of my own voice – something I seldom do. All in all, not the worst Friday the 13th!

If you want to listen to my chat with the stunning goddess that is Jenny Greene, have a listen here

My segment starts from 1:21 🙂

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Have the ultimate date night experience in The Stella Theatre

12 Dates of Crimbo

The Stella Theatre

The Stella Theatre is an absolute must for anyone looking to have the ultimate date night experience. The first time I entered this iconic cinematic landmark, I genuinely felt like I just stepped into The Great Gatsby set.

From the vintage popcorn machine at the refreshment bar to the art deco handrails guiding guests up to the first-floor balcony, every inch of this dine-in cinema reflects the glamour and glitz of its 1920’s glory.

I’ll admit that a regular visit to this Rathmines cinema could easily become an expensive habit, that’s why I would recommend it more for special occasions.

After sharing fun and festive date night ideas over the past 12 days, what could be more special than the last and final 12 Dates of Crimbo blog? 🙂

The Stella Theatre

When you first walk into this 1920’s setting, you’ll step onto mosaic floor in the lobby of The Refreshments Bar. At the bar you’ll be able to order popcorn from the traditional popcorn machine as well as other tasty bites such as Parmesan fries or chilli hot dogs.

The Stella Theatre

The Refreshments Bar also offers a variety of wines and cocktails to choose from. After paying for your order, you can head over to your seat with your glass and wait for the waiter to bring the rest of your order over to your chosen seating area.

Seating at The Stella Theatre

the stella theatre

The seating arrangement in The Stella Theatre is quite luxurious. Decorated with antiques lamps on vintage tables, there is a leather pouffe on each of the red armchairs, making it an even more comfortable experience. Armchair tickets costs €19.00 but you can pick from a selection of price areas.

The stella theatre

At €38.00 you can get either a bed or a 2 seater couch. As tempting as it might be to get a bed, I think it’s important to note that most of the beds are closer to the screen which means the view might not be great. There are also tickets for restricted view for €12.00.

The Stella Theatre

The Balcony

If you’d prefer a view that is less restricted, then seating in the upstairs balcony area might just do! We went upstairs to have a look at it is heavenly.

The Stella Cocktail Club

The Cocktail Club in the Stella is as swanky as the rest of the theatre. The décor and overall vibe  actually reminded me of an old New York cocktail bar.

The room was actually the original ballroom in the 1920s Stella where it hosted countless nights out for locals. Now there is a front facing window that overlooks the main street in Rathmines bringing in natural light and spacious feeling.

After an evening in this 1920’s setting,  I am quite confident that no other cinema will ever compare! Book tickets here. 🙂

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Dublin’s iconic landmark brings Christmas at the Castle

12 Dates of Crimbo

christmas at dublin castle

 

Christmas at the Castle is a boutique open-air Christmas Market that will be turning the historic Dublin Castle into a Disney-like dream.

Offering over 30 traditional market stalls in the courtyard of Dublin Castle as well as plenty of festive music and entertainment, this festive market will allow food lovers to indulge in artisan produce and craft lovers to shop decorative gifts.

There will also be a vintage carousel on site during the week and horse and carriage rides around the Castle grounds and gardens over the weekend.

Here is what you can expect from this air Christmas market:

  • Festive food and drink
  • Artisan craft stalls
  • Neapolitan Crib
  • Carol Singing
  • Vintage Carousel
  • Complimentary evening access to the State Apartments
  • Meet characters from the Nutcracker
  • Carriage Rides (weekends)
  • Special events programme

Not everyone will have get the chance to trek over to Galway for The Galway Continental Christmas Market and thankfully, there are other markets like Christmas at the Castle to put us all in the festive mood.

Christmas at the Castle will run from 12th – 22nd December. For more information, visit their Twitter.

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Affordable date night ideas for music lovers

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music in ghe wiley fox

The music industry in Ireland is soaring with artists from all genres making waves. As someone with quite a varied taste in music, I’m always looking to discover what else is out there. I can pretty much appreciate anything from pop to hip hop so when it comes to any live music performance, I am all game!

The Wiley Fox on Eden Quay, Dublin offers a variety of live music on Monday nights for those who share a similar sentiment. It has quite a small and intimate downstairs setting where singer-songwriters of all backgrounds can perform their work of art. The pub also has an upstairs section for separate music acts.

The first time I went to The Wiley Fox for a music gig, there was a songwriter who sang in Russian. I was impressed by how the multi-lingual artist was able to sing in her native tongue, play the guitar and still keep the Irish audience engaged. That’s what you call talent!

Speaking of talent…

Another gifted artist who never fails to grab the attention of large crowds is rapper Celaviedemai. The Galway artist will have her own headline show on December 18th in Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay, Dublin.

Celaviedemai has been climbing the ranks in the Irish Hip Hop scene for quite a few years now and has opened up for a number of household names including Lil Wayne, Mac Miller and Hoodie Allen. She has also been featured in Vice, New York Times and Ireland’s very own, Nialler9 following the release of her latest music video to her single called ‘Confessions.’

If you’re conflicted between the two, then don’t be! Live music in the Wiley Fox is on every Monday while Celaviedemai headline supported by Melina Malone will only happen on Wednesday 18th. Two birds in one week? I think so!

You can buy tickets for Celaviedemai’s headline here 🙂

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Galway Continental Christmas Market 2019

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Running on its tenth year and still holding the title of being one of the top Christmas markets across Ireland, this much-loved event features festive gifts and food dishes from both local and European traders.

Overtaking the iconic Eyre Square until Saturday 22 December, foodies can expect to indulge in French pastries, crêpes and waffles, while beer lovers can enjoy a sample of traditional German beers and apple cider.

In terms of entertainment, the market will have amusement rides including a 32 metre high Big Wheel and a vintage carousel along with live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling and much more!

Date night in Ireland’s most multi-cultural city is one way to enjoy the Christmas festivities outside of the big smoke!

The Galway Christmas Market opening hours are Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8pm and Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm.

For more information, visit their Facebook.

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Why wine and dine when you can wine and cheese?

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The Wine & Cheese festival is back this winter after a successful summer event, giving fondue lovers a chance to taste some of Ireland’s finest farmhouse cheese and wine from the best names in Dublin.

Taking place in Jam Park, Airside Retail Park in Swords, the brie praising event will have plenty of music and entertainment for all attendees.

What better way to bond with someone than over a mutual love for le fromage bleu?

The video below will give you and insight on what to expect if you decide to purchase tickets for this festive event 🙂

Looks like a very fitting 12 dates of Crimbo if you ask me! 🙂

This winter festival is on until Saturday 12th December and you can get tickets here.

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Comedy date night at The International Bar

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The International Bar has developed a reputation for being the original home of Irish comedy. Bringing together some of Ireland’s best talent for shows such as The Comedy Cellar, The International Comedy Club and The Dublin Comedy Improv, the Wicklow Street bar has live entertainment seven nights a week.

While I was enticed by the idea of receiving a free beer at the door for their Comedy Improv, it was not the show that tickled our fancy. Honestly, I think there would have been far too many opportunities for us to be singled out of the crowd.

We opted for The Comedy Cellar instead, which has been housed in the International Bar for more than 30 years. Being Ireland’s longest running comedy club, it would have been rude not to start there – at least that’s what we told ourselves!

the international bar

The Comedy Cellar runs every Tuesday and Wednesday night and is hosted by Davey Reilly. Every set has a mix between up and coming comedians and well established artists. We were lucky enough to be blessed with the talent of Emma Dornan, who in the end, did single us out from the crowd in the most gas possible way.

In a nutshell, comedy night in The International is a cheap and cheerful date night idea particularly for the festive season! Best part? You can usually pay at the door for no more than a tenner which is an absolute steal for the talent you get! 🙂

For more information on shows and ticket prices, be sure to visit the website.

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