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Your summer in Ireland: 5 must-see sites in South Dublin

EVERY CORNER OF Ireland has something unique to showcase â€" but how much of it have you seen? has been chatting to heritage officers in every part of the country to compile their top five picks that they think you might enjoy visiting this summer.

Heritage includes monuments, archaeological or architectural objects, seascapes, wrecks, geology, inland waterways, gardens and parks.

We are publishing recommendations for every local authority area over the course of a fortnight, along with the details you need to know to plan your visit. Get motoring!

South Dublin

1. The round tower visitor centre, Clondalkin

The site of the round tower monument here was founded in the seventh century by St Mochua.

It stands today at over 27 metres and the tower has a raised doorway and four windows at the top, which face toward s compass points.

Visitors can enjoy an interactive exhibition as well as the surrounding gardens on site.

Amenities: There is a café, shop, toilet facilities and a car park. The site is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Opening hours and costs: The site is FREE to visit and is open weekdays from 9am-5pm and weekends 9am-6pm.

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2. Pearse museum, Rathfarnham

Leader of the 1916 Rising Patrick Pearse lived here and ran his Irish-speaking school for boys, Scoil Éanna from 1910-1916.

The museum is located within the large parklands and visitors can learn about the lives of Patrick Pearse and his brother William before both were executed in 1916.

Tours are available on request.

Amenities: There are toilets, a café and car parking facilities on site. The site has full wheelchair access.

Opening hours and costs: The museum is open from 9.30am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 10am-5.30pm. The park is open daily from 9am-9pm. Entry to the museum and park is FREE of charge.

Pearse Museum Pearse museum

3. Rathfarnham Castle

Dating back to the Elizabethan period, the castle was built for Archbishop Adam Loftus.

Loftus later became Lord Chancellor of Ireland and was closely involved in the establishment of Trinity College.

There are exhibitions and visual art on display for visitors to enjoy.

Amenities: There are toilet facilities and a car park, as well as a tearooms on site. The castle has wheelchair access.

Opening hours and costs: Tours cost €5 per adult, € 4 for senior/group, €3 per child/student and €13 for a family. The site is open daily from 9.30am-5.30pm.

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4. Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club was originally built as a shooting lodge for politician William Connolly in 1725.

It is said that when building the lodge, workmen destroyed two large tombs and used the stone for building. According to local folklore, this brought on supernatural occurrences at the site.

Amenities: There is a car park on site. The terrain on site is unsuitable for wheelchair users and there are no facilities.

Opening hours and costs: The site is FREE to visit and open daily from 7am-9pm.

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5. Aras Chrónáin, Clondalkin

The Irish cultural centre here celebrates the Irish language, as well as traditional song and dance.

As the headquarters of Muintir Chrónáin, the centre is located in a Georgian house and there are gardens for visitors to enjoy on site.

Amenities: There is a car park and toilets on site. There is full wheelchair access to the site.

Opening hours and costs: The centre is open weekdays from 9am-4.30pm.

Aras Chronain Ionad Cultuir_ Irish culture centre

Thanks to South Dublin County Council tourism office for recommendations.

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Belfast bar offers the most expensive pint in Ireland

You can now find most expensive pint in Ireland at Belfast’s newest fancy bar.

A single pint of draught beer costs £8 or €8.99 in Grand Central Hotel’s the Observatory on Bedford street making it the most expensive pint on the island of Ireland.

The “liquor lounge”, which opened just last week, outpriced exclusive Dublin hotels like The Shelbourne, and the Merrion, reports.

Wild Lager Himalayas by Heineken

The two most expensive beers on the menu are Observatory India Pale Ale, brewed exclusively for the hotel by Whitewater Brewery in Castlewellan, and Spanish lager Estrella Damm Inedit, made in cooperation with sommeliers from the now closed three Michelin star restaurant, elBulli.

They also offer Whitewater Brewery's Belfast Black stout and Belfast Ale at £7, and a 330ml bottle of Corona or Estr ella for the same cost.


Bespoke cocktails start at £14 including rum-based ones like Harland and Wolff.

Sir William’s Serve combo of whiskey and champagne, costs a whopping £89. Jawbox or Shortcross gin starts at £9 but adding a Schweppes 1783 tonic will be an additional £4.

The Observatory has beaten the previous record holder, Oliver St John Gogarty’s in Temple Bar, Dublin which sold a pint of Heineken for €8 after 11 pm.

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Weather forecast Ireland: Blistering Irish heatwaves and tropical storms to last four years with 'abnormally hot' air until ...

Ireland can expect blistering heatwaves and increased risk of tropical storms for the next four years as global warming bites.

Researchers, who revised weather models using a new system, said global temperatures may be ­“abnormally hot” up to 2022.

Research leader Dr Florian Sevellec, of the University of Southampton, said: “Warming caused by greenhouse gas is not linear. It appears to have lapsed in the early 21st century.

"A new method for predicting mean temperatures, however, suggests the next few years will be hotter than expected.”

People queueing for Ice Cream enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach , Dublin

The system, developed with French and Dutch researchers, uses a statistical method to search 20th and 21st century climat e simulations, find similarities to current conditions and then make forecasts.

Dr Sevellec added: “The method predicts mean air temperature may be abnormally high to 2022 â€" higher than figures inferred from global warming alone.

“In particular, this is due to a low ­probability of intense cold events.

“The phenomenon is even more salient with respect to sea surface temperatures, which can cause an increase in tropical storm activity.”

From left, Ruth Wallnutt, Caitlin Glover and Ina Caul from Portmarnock pictured enjoying the summer heatwave on Portmarnock Strand on June 25, 2018

The method, described in journal Nature Communications, produces only an overall average temperature. But experts hope to make regional, precipitation and drought forecasts.

Ireland experienced one of its hottest summers in years with a high of 32C recorded at Shannon Airport on June 28. This was the hottest temperature recorded in the State since 1976.

The hot weather, which lasted around two weeks, sparked a drought and nationwide hosepipe ban.

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Sexton is Ireland's Messi so enjoy him, says Contepomi

Ciarán Ã" Raghallaigh, Rugby reporter

The Times

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A player of Sexton’s calibre does not come around often, his former team-mate says
A player of Sexton’s calibre does not come around often, his former team-mate saysMATT KING/GETTY IMAGES

Felipe Contepomi, the new Leinster backs coach, has told the province’s supporters to embrace every minute they watch Johnny Sexton play.

An injury to Contepomi in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final heralded Sexton’s emergence as Leinster’s No 10, and he has since won four European titles with the province and become Ireland’s first choice fly-h alf.

And the Argentinian, who did not play again for Leinster after that semi-final victory over Munster, wants the team’s fans to treat every game Sexton plays as if it is his last.

The 40-year-old, who returned to Leinster as a coach this summer after three years in his home country, believes Sexton is rugby’s answer to Leo Messi, the Barcelona and Argentina footballer.

“He’s one of those players that doesn’t…

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Puppies across Ireland to be recruited for landmark study

Sleeping jack russell puppy curled into a ball on a white blanket.

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Puppies from across the Republic of Ireland are being sought after by the Dogs Trust for a major developmental study.

Loving owners of every type of puppy breed in the country are being en couraged to take part in a major study dubbed Generation Pup.

Funded by Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, with research being conducted by scientists at the University of Bristol, the study could be one of the largest among dog breeds in Ireland for a generation.

Limited to those living in the Republic of Ireland, the research is similar to a birth cohort study in human infants where their development is analysed to develop a better public health policy.

In this instance, the study is looking for dogs of all breeds and crossbreeds, with the intention of finding whether events or environments early in life influence the development of conditions as dogs get older.

Dogs Trust said that the cut-off age for a puppy in this study is 16 weeks or younger.

Learning about our canine companions

“We are absolutely thrilled that Generation Pup is extending to puppy owners who live in the Republic of Ireland,” said Suzie Carley, executive director of Dogs Trust.

“This invaluable research will tell us so much more about our beloved canine companions, from behaviour issues to illness, and will give us a better understanding of the external factors that may dictate their entire lives.”

Continuing, she said: “Not only will this study deliver vital insights on our dogs’ development from an early age but the results could pave the way for effective preventative measures to be put in place, or lead to new approaches for therapy or treatment for our dogs.”

Peeing higher for a reason

In other dog research news, a team of researchers at Cornell University revealed that small dogs actually lift their legs at a higher angle than bigger dogs when urinating.

This is because the smaller dogs are trying to make it seem as if they are bigger than they really are.

Publishing their findings in the Journal of Zoology, the researchers said that while a dog sniffing another dog’s urine helps them learn more about each other, height can’t be determined this way.

By hitting a higher target, the smaller dog is able to trick the larger dog into thinking they are much bigger.

Colm Gorey is a journalist with

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Ireland Releases SDG Portal that Incorporates Data, Stories and Videos

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Ireland’s SDG portal shares its experiences with the 2030 Agenda through publicly available data, stories, videos and maps.

Ireland’s SDG portal is the fifth of its kind to emerge from a partnership with Esri and the UN Statistical Division.

The portal follows on the release of Ireland's national SDG implementation plan in May 2018.

July 2018: Ireland has created an online portal to track the country’s progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The portal was presented at the July 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustaina ble Development (HLPF), alongside Ireland’s Voluntary National Review (VNR). The portal tracks indicator data across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The portal follows on the May 2018 release of Ireland’s SDG National Implementation Plan 2018-2020, which provides a whole-of-government approach for implementing the Goals. The online platform includes publicly available data relating to the SDGs as well as the EU’s adapted set of SDGs, and measures Ireland’s progress against each Goal on the basis of those two sets of indicators.

On the portal, indicator data can be accessed by clicking on the related SDG icon. When an indicator is selected, the platform automatically maps and displays the indicator datum at the smallest geographic area to which it is dissaggregated. Users can click on geographic areas to access data or see all the information related to the indicator on a previewed data table. Data can also be accessed in a variety of formats allowi ng it to be easily downloaded, mapped and manipulated by users.

Beyond providing data in technical formats, Ireland’s portal also includes “story maps” and videos that provide a narrative to their work with the SDGs. These story maps allow non-technical users to visualize SDG data, and communicate the importance of achieving the 2030 Agenda in Ireland. During Ireland’s presentation at the 2018 HLPF, Pádraig Dalton from the Central Statistics Office of Ireland highlighted the importance of “making data accessible and digestible for policy makers.”

The Central Statistics Office developed the portal in partnership with Ordnance Survey Ireland and Esri Ireland. Esri is a private-sector company specializing in data and spatial analytics. On 11 December 2017, Esri and the UN Statistical Division (UNSD) announced a partnership to work with UN Member States to “utilize a data hub that will allow countries to measure, monitor and report on the SDGs in a geographi c context.” Esri has also developed data portals with: Mexico, the Philippines, the State of Palestine and the UN Statistics Division for its own SDG open data hub. [Ireland’s SDG data portal] [SDG Knowledge Hub story on National Implementation Plan] [SDG Knowledge Hub stories about other data platforms]

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