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Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature and the arts. Amongst Ireland’s 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 O’Brien and Joseph O' Connor.

Music holds 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 people’s 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 today’s Ireland.

Traditional 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.

Some 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.

The theatre is 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:-


 
Theatre Telephone No:
Belfast Waterfront Hall (353) (0)28 9033 4400
Cork Opera House (353) (0)21 274308
The Gaiety, Dublin (353) +353 1456 9569
O2 Arena, Dublin (353) (0) 1 819 8888
The Druid Theatre, Co. Galway (353) (0)91 568660
The Theatre Royal, Limerick (353) (0)61 417688
Wexford Opera House (353) (0)53 912 2400
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There are museums and art galleries in every major town in Ireland reflecting and depicting the rich cultural mix and history of the island’s 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 

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