Springtime for grown-ups

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Gear up for the cycling event of the year The epic spectacle of Giro d’Italia 2014 arrives in Ireland on May 11.

See 22 teams of the world’s elite cyclists battle it out for the pink jersey en route from Armagh to Dublin.

Three race days will take place in Ireland with a spectacular finish in Dublin city centre.

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Start cooking up a storm There's lots brewing in the kitchen this spring. Conquer the kitchen this year and find the recipe for healthy, wholesome, home cooked meals.

Browse Discover Ireland's resources for a great menu of cookery school suggestions.

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Celebrate Limerick's reign as City of Culture This is the year that sees Limerick cement its well-deserved reputation as a top cultural destination.

From music to exhibitions, theatre to film, join Limerick as it celebrates its year as National City of Culture 2014.

Limerick City of Culture
Get your fill of culture and fun Fire up your imagination and stimulate your senses this springtime with a packed calendar of arts and cultural events.

From film to art, performance to music, there's no excuse for staying on the couch, so let's get cultural.

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Bright ideas

Sports and outdoorsBrowse our listings for motorbike rallies, cycling races and endurance events

FestivalsPlan a festival outing for spring, whether it's food, music or literature-related

Fairs and marketsHave an outing at one of Ireland's bustling fairs or markets for a great day out

For night owls

Music and theatreSit back - or jump up and down - just enjoy the show!

Lectures and readingsUncover a variety fascinating topics explored by international speakers.

Pubs and barsEnjoy the comforts of your local or the buzz of somewhere new.

NightclubsCome alive as the sun goes down with Ireland's vibrant nightlife.

For culture vultures

Craft your breakCome alive with contemporary Irish craftwork

Visual arts & architectureExplore cutting edge design, past and present

Gallery exhibitionsKeep in touch with Ireland's fast-paced and incredible arts scene

Fun for grown-ups

With spring in full flow, why not make it a season to remember with a jam-packed calendar of events?

From film festivals to music, there's plenty of grown-up fun to be had across Ireland, especially as Limerick continues its exciting year as City of Culture.

Cycling enthusiasts will be counting down to the arrival of Giro d'Italia in Ireland this May, while foodies whet their appetite with some delicious food festivals. So get planning now to make the most of springtime in Ireland.

For foodies

Farmers marketsDiscover the unique atmosphere of a famous Irish farmers market

Cafés and restaurantsForget the washing up and get together for a good meal

Find a food trailPop into any one, or all, of Ireland's food trail venues to tempt the taste buds

Guide to eating outBe inspired by our pick of great food websites

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A stroll on the Wexford quays
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