Inform the exiles as Ireland’s Number one comedian, Tommy Tiernan, is finally on his way to Dubai.
Standing like a colossus among comedians, one could argue that Tommy Tiernan is the Burj Khalifa of the comedy world. Second only to U2 in his native Ireland in terms of live ticket sales with 6 top selling DVD’s, sold out tours in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the winner of enough gongs and awards to fill the Dubai creek twice over. What sets Tiernan apart from the pack is his hilarious eloquence and his ability to make his comedy accessible yet edgy and relevant.
Never one to rest on his reputation, his routines are a constantly evolving landscape which are delivered with a poetical yet funny turn of phrase which leaves most, if not all other comics in the hot desert dust. With his unrivaled and assured stage presence, to see Tommy live is an exhilarating, passionate and sparkling-ly funny experience that will live long in the mind….Treat yourself!
Come and see for yourself on Thursday 21st March, at Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Tickets on sale now at http://www.timeoutonline.com/
“He has the vocabulary of a poet, the soul of a maverick & the passion of an evangelist.” – Chortle
“One of stand-up comedy’s true contemporary greats.”- The List, Edinburgh
“… Bright, original and refreshingly funny!” – The New York Times
Two Irish cyclists from Dungannon are on an inter-continent mission and a great challenge to raise awareness and money for charity
Paul Quinn and Aidan Murphy, left Ireland on September 1 for a 7-month journey that would take them to Australia on a challenge to raise money for charity. The 60-mile cycling challenge started from Dublin City Center back in early September. Then to Rosslare and the ferry to Cherbourg, France where a non-stop journey saw the two young cyclists cross France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Iran. Another ferry ride to reach Dubai where they have spent Christmas at The Irish Village, where they were hosted and received a donation from Dubai Duty Free.
Speaking from The Irish Village, Aidan Murphy says:” We are delighted to be in Dubai; we have so far covered 8472 km out of the targeted 15,000 km – that is the distance between Ireland and Australia (bird fly); we have met so many generous donors on our way and raised awareness for the charities we’ve committed to.
“We are thrilled with the support of the Irish Village and Dubai Duty Free. It has been a massive highlight of our trip!”, added Aidan
After their short break in Dubai, they will fly to Mumbai, India and continue the journey through India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore before catching a flight to land in Australia.
Paul, a keen cyclist who rides with the Island Wheelers, said both of them have chosen the challenge to raise money for two charities, the Irish Cancer Society and The Alzheimer’s Society. “So far we have raised 22,000 Euros”, Paul added,”thanks to many very generous donations, and namely here in UAE from Dubai Duty Free and The Irish Village Dubai. All the money raised will go entirely to both the charities as we fund our trip ourselves.’
The national media are following our challenge in Ireland and we hope we will raise enough awareness in the countries we cross. At The Irish Village the two cyclists were met by Colm McLoughlin – Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free and George Horan – President, Dubai Duty Free as well as Dave Cattanach – Food & Beverage Manager –The Irish Village to receive a donation from Dubai Duty Free.
“We are proud to be part of such a generous event”, said Colm McLoughlin. “As always, Dubai Duty Free and The Irish Village are committed to charity and eager to help whenever possible, especially this time of the year when the entire world hopes and prays for prosperity and a brighter future”, he added.
The young cyclists will be leaving Dubai very soon but their journeys can be followed on facebook. You can contact Paul and Aiden or follow their journey and donate through thier Mycharity page here: facebook.com/cycletooz
“It is some forty years now, since we began. And I have elected to cease
the brew of Dublin Ale.
Tradition is the past; the new stouts and porters will define our future.
Ours is the work of genius. I have made my mark”.
~ Arthur Guinness December 1799
It’s always good to remember Great moments, it’s even better to celebrate them with parties and music.
The Irish Village celebrates Arthur’s Day in September on Friday 28th.
Live music, great ambiance, Free entry
And from 17:59 until 19:59 we all raise our glass to celebrate the man behind the wonderful black stuff that will be flowing at a discounted price for 2 hours!
Hopfest 2012 is finally there!
as promised 100 and more ales, beers and stouts are awaiting Dubai’s crowds for a final big party before Ramadan.Â The 3-day event takes place at The Irish Village and promises lots of fun.
While temperature outside is soaring with peak of 45 degrees celsius around noon time, the Hopfest tent is really cool with icy air blowing from the Fosters fridges. Hoegarden has its own corner with trees – artificial though but still very nice – benches and wooden tables for the perfect garden decor… you really might feel you’re sat in some orchard anywhere but not in Dubai.
Music is great with live band MKN and MapleJacks performing all through the 3 days. Food is aplenty with typical pub grub menu and the stocks are piled high to make sure no one is thirsty after that weekend… at least for a while.
Â Join us at The Irish Village Terraces for an unforgettable EURO Opening ceremony.
Be our guest this Friday, entrance to The IV Terraces is free so are your drinks between 4.00 p.m and 6.00 p.m.
ONLY if you register your name on our Facebook event pageÂ http://www.facebook.com/events/341773885894268/
See you on Friday 8th June at 4.00 pm Cheers!
Top chefs to serve up a Taste of Ireland in Dubai
Â Â Â Innovative contest showcases finest Irish food products in the UAE
15 April, 2012, Dubai, UAEâ€“ The ingenuity and innovation of the regionâ€™s top chefs will be put to the test as they go head to head in the new Taste of Ireland Green Box competition.
The launch of this exciting initiative, which will showcase some of the finest Irish products on the market, was announced in Dubai today under the auspices of the Irish Embassy in the UAE and the Irish Business Network.
Open to all chefs working across the region, the green box contest is being arranged with the support of The Emirates Culinary Guild.
This innovative format is the ultimate test of creativity and sees entrants being supplied with a box of premium ingredients which will include a wide selection of Irish foods, ranging from beef and seafood to oils, honey and dairy products.
The competing chefs must then use these ingredients to create the most inventive and mouthwatering menu, which will then be submitted for judging. A panel of expert judges will select the top 12 submissions with the shortlisted culinary teams being invited to showcase their menus at a Gala Dinner at the Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel on Thursday, 24 May, 2012.
This exciting occasion is expected to be attended by a combination of Irish and UAE dignitaries, food industry opinion leaders, sponsors, members of the trade and consumer media and the general public.
Based on the performances of the 12 culinary teams, a winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner with the champions being awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Ireland, to meet with the sponsoring producers of the key ingredients utilised in their winning dishes.
The Taste of Ireland Green Box competition is fully supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) and Enterprise Ireland (the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets).
Â Guns N’ RosesÂ is an AmericanÂ hard rockÂ band, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. With vocalistÂ Axl Rose, lead guitaristÂ Slash, rhythm guitaristÂ Izzy Stradlin, bassistÂ Duff McKagan, and drummerÂ Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member
In 1987 and one year after its release, Guns N’ Roses’ debut albumÂ Appetite for DestructionÂ No. 1 on theÂ BillboardÂ 200, with the hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine. This album has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, of which 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S
In 1993, the cover albumÂ “The Spaghetti Incident”Â was the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan.
In 2008, after more than a decade of work and many lineup changes, Guns N’ Roses released the long-awaited albumÂ Chinese DemocracyÂ which, at an estimated 14 million dollars in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history.
Guns N’ Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity ofÂ rock ‘n’ roll, at a time when popular music was dominated byÂ dance musicÂ andÂ pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a “hedonistic rebelliousness” reminiscent of the earlyÂ Rolling Stones.
Nice Boys- the official tribute of Guns Nâ€™ Roses- will be playing The Irish Village on Thursday 17th May. Ticket Â AED 100, available at the doors.Â Show starts at 9.00 p.m.
The Story of the Rose of Tralee:
Mary O’Connor lived in the middle of Tralee town in a thatched cabin with her parents and siblings. Her father was a broguemaker, and her mother worked as a dairymaid. Mary was very beautiful with dark long hair and soft shining eyes.
Being the daughter of a broguemaker and dairymaid meant that she was destined for work as a maid or house-help. When she was 17 she started working as a kitchen maid for the Mulchinock household in Tralee.
The Mulchinock’s son William was a dreamer. In the eyes of his family he was good-for-nothing, and even worse: a poet.
When he met Mary, he was transfixed by her eyes, her grace, her long dark hair and delicate skin.
Mary and William began to meet each other every day. One night beneath the pale, silvery moon William asked Mary to marry him. However, William’s family disapproved of him seeing Mary; she knew that their union could never be, as it would force him to turn his back on his family and he would begin to regret the day he’d ever met her. She declined his offer of marriage.
William refused to give up. He wrote a song for Mary (the Famous Rose of Tralee song) to convince her otherwise. But Mary still refused to marry him.One night there was a fight in the village and William was accused of killing. He had to flee and so made his way to India where he worked as a war correspondent.
But in 1849, some six years after leaving Tralee, his name was cleared and he could return to Tralee. He stopped off at The Kings Arms in Rock Street for a drink before planning to visit Mary in nearby Brogue Lane. There he saw a funeral coming down the street. When asking who it might be, William was told it was for a local girl from Brogue Lane, a lovely and fair young woman named Mary O’Connor – the Rose of Tralee.
William was devastated and his heart broken. There was nothing left for him but to visit Mary’s grave on the outskirts of town. He never got over Mary’s death, and despite marrying and having children with an old flame he refused to forget her.
William moved with his family to New York in 1849 but returned alone six years later to Tralee and lived the rest of his life in Ashe Street. He died in 1864 at the age of 44 and at his request was buried at the graveyard in Clogherbrien next to his true love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.
Mary O’Connor’s grave can be visited at the graveyard in Clogherbrien by taking the Fenit road out of Tralee and then on the right hand side.Â
Â ”Don’t go to work early”…Â It sounds like a joke but Jack Daniel’s real story about that day he arrived to work early doesn’t have a happy ending, thus the advice:
It’s told that one morning, Mr. Daniel arrived very early to his office, in Lynchburg Tennessee -home of the whiskey-. He tried to open the safe but couldn’t recall the combination and no one was yet around to help him out.
In his frustration he gave the safe a hard kick which resulted in breaking his toe and leading to the blood poisoning that made him sick and eventually took his life in 1911.
So moral of the story: “Don’t go early to the office!”
Â The Symbol of the Shamrock
In ancient Ireland the Shamrock was thought to have magical powers and the number 3 was considered a powerful number. Legends say the leaves will stand upright when a storm approaches and that no snake will be found among them.
When St. Patrick came to Ireland he used the Shamrock to symbolize the meaning of the church’s teaching on the Trinity.
Shamrocks will be exported by millions early next month, from Ireland to the rest of the world, to be worn on St Patrickâ€™s Day -17th March also Ireland National Day!
The word Shamrock comes from the old Irish word “seamrog”Â which means “summer plant.”