Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature
and the arts.
Amongst Irelands most famous sons and daughters are
Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett
and W B Yeats. More modern day writers include Roddy Doyle,
the 1993 Booker Prize winner, Edna OBrien and Joseph O' Connor.
a special attraction for the Irish and the music of the Irish
has travelled well throughout the world having a major influence
on musical development in many areas of the world. Having
influenced other peoples music, it, like many modern
day emigrants, has returned home and in its developed form
has influenced the original Irish music which had been left
at home, bringing together blends of jigs, folk, rock, blues
and jazz to create a truly global mix of modern day sounds
in todays Ireland.
music, which nowadays would appear to cover
anything using the fiddle, flute, bodhran, tin whistle, guitar
or banjo, is available in virtually every town in the land.
There will undoubtedly be a pub with a session
going on with some combination of these instruments.
famous contemporary Irish musicians well worth listening to
would be Van Morrison, Paul Brady, Mary Black, Sinéad
O' Connor, Christy Moore and well known bands are U2, The
Corrs, Clannad, The Fureys and, of course, The Dubliners.
more popular in Ireland than in many modern European countries,
and is relatively well patronised. Tourist offices always
detail currently showing and forthcoming concerts and theatre
productions. Some of the main theatres are:-
Belfast Waterfront Hall
(353) (0)28 9033 4400
Cork Opera House
(353) (0)21 274308
The Gaiety, Dublin
+353 1456 9569
O2 Arena, Dublin
(353) (0) 1 819 8888
Druid Theatre, Co. Galway
(353) (0)91 568660
The Theatre Royal, Limerick
(353) (0)61 417688
Wexford Opera House
(353) (0)53 912 2400
and art galleries
in every major town in Ireland reflecting and depicting the
rich cultural mix and history of the islands inhabitants.
Again, tourist offices both north and south, have details
of the numerous locations and any special exhibitions. More
details are available from Heritage Ireland, Tel:
(353) (0) 1 260 0055