Life & Culture

Irish Play
Inspired by nature, heritage and story – a culture we are proud to share

Ireland is a place of stunning natural beauty and home to a people known for passion, humour and imagination. Steeped in history and mythology, ours is a creative tradition expressed through art, music, dance, theatre, literature and film. We relish the opportunity to play, to share, to compete and to challenge ourselves. We value our sense of community and we embrace difference. We believe that work must harmonise with life. Ireland – a great place to live.

Get Ready for Irish Culture to Light Your Inner Spark

From giants of literature James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to luminaries of film like Saoirse Ronan and Lenny Abrahamson and world-famous bands such as U2 and Thin Lizzy, Ireland has made an outsized impact on culture around the world.

While our culture lights our own inner spark, we’ve always been proud to share it with others - to educate, entertain, inspire and learn from the rest of the world. Here are some of the cultural delights taking place in Ireland that promise to inspire and excite you.

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1st

Country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote

10th
most peaceful country globally (Global Peace Index 2017)
96.9%
of Irish people say they have someone to rely on (EuroStat)

 

Comhaltas

Globally promoting traditional Irish music and culture.

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Citizen's Information

Providing information on public services and entitlements in Ireland.

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Creative Ireland

A five year all-of-Government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy. 

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Culture Ireland

Promoting Irish arts and culture worldwide. 

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 

Promoting and protecting Ireland’s heritage and culture, and advancing the use of the Irish language.

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Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Shaping the safe and sustainable development of transport, tourism, and sport.

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Foras na Gaeilge

Promoting Irish language on the island of Ireland.

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GAA

Developing and promoting Gaelic games at the core of Irish identity and culture. 

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Government of Ireland - gov.ie

The central portal for online government services, allowing citizens the ability to search and find all government services in a single, convenient manner. 

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Irish Film Board

Supporting and promoting Irish film, television and animation, and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country.

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Sport Ireland

Planning, leading and co-ordinating the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

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The Arts Council

Working in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

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The Heritage Council

Nurturing and advising on Irish heritage.

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