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  • Top 10 things to experience in 2016
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Patience concentrated Start as you mean to go on this new year—pushing your limits and reaching new heights! Set some personal goals and work hard throughout 2016 to accomplish everything you want.

All the while seeing some more of Ireland and the fabulous countryside too.


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  • Friends hiking in the countryside of Ireland's Ancient East
  • A couple walking around the library in Trinity College Dublin
A year of adventure From exploring the Ireland's Ancient East, sampling platters of delicious food, and losing yourself in Irish history and books, you're guaranteed to find everything you're looking for.

Make 2016 the ultimate year in Ireland, and experience the country and culture like never before.


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A fresh start Have you got your New Year’s resolutions sorted yet?

If not, we can help you with some great New Year's resolution ideas and suggestions!

From pulse-pounding adventures to relaxing breaks away, you're guaranteed to find something to make your year amazing.


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Take some time out Start the year as you mean to finish—feeling fresh, rested and rejuvenated!

Whether you're looking to find your inner peace and centre yourself or you just want to be pampered all day long, you're sure to find plenty of rest and relaxation in Ireland.


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Things to do this week

Take to the waters in CavanExplore the beautiful Lakelands via kayak with instructors from Cavan Canoeing.

Tune in on Leeside in CorkLearn about our broadcasting history at the Radio Museum in Cork City Gaol.

Go adventuring in OffalyExplore the wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora Parklands.

Get your boots on in KerryTake a hike on Torc Mountain and discover the spectacular Torc Waterfall.

Tread hallowed turf in DublinWith the Six Nations under way, enjoy an access-all-areas tour of the Aviva Stadium.

Work up a spin in ClareSoak up the surrounds of Cratloe Woods, where ancient oak trees still stand.

Go underground in RoscommonHave a museum visit with a difference at Arigna Mining Experience.

Follow the herd in the WestEnjoy a family day out at Rathburn Sheep Farm, in the heart of rural Galway.

Call to a Wicklow ‘Big House’Visit one of Ireland’s most magnificent mansions, Russborough House, in Blessington.

Experience a spiritual gem Savour the quietude of Kilkenny’s Black Abbey, home of Dominican friars since 1235.


Language of the soul

Traditional Irish singers and musicians on stage

With a finely tuned mix of concerts, Ceilís, workshops and sessions, The 17th Gathering Traditional Festival returns in February 2016 to The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. The Gathering Traditional Festival is firmly established as one of the most popular celebrations of Irish song and dance the world over and is an event not to be missed.

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Lights, camera, action!

Poster for Audi Dublin International Film Festival

The Dublin International Film Festival continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form in 2016 by presenting over 120 films from across the globe to Irish audiences. A citywide event that takes place in many of the city's cinemas and venues, the festival is a veritable filmic feast for lovers of this rich medium.

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Compliments to the chef

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Food plated up on a table

Returning for another season, the Dine in Dublin festival will take place at various locations around the city with well-known restaurants and top chefs taking part in the fun. Be part of the exciting atmosphere as Dublin City comes to life with an array events from live cookery shows to disco brunches.

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Killeen Castle in autumn
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