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Recently we launched #OvationInspiration on Twitter – every Friday we put the spotlight on our favourite things going on around Ireland – restaurants, cafes, festivals, books, plays, music, pop-ups, gigs, independent shops, markets… Anything that catches our eye, hidden gems that the regular tourist might not know about it! The idea is to inspire our readers of great places to go, see or listen and to showcase Ireland as the cultural hub that it is… we aren’t known as the land of saints and scholars for no reason!

Keep an eye out @OvationIreland each Friday for fun little bits and pieces for culture vultures to enjoy over the weekend… We would love to see other people hop on board – what inspires you? See something you just HAVE to share – let us know and use #OvationInspiration. See below for some of our recent #OvationInspiration’s to get your creative juices flowing or to see what some of our team have enjoyed over the past couple of months…

 

Body and Soul – this is a music festival with a difference, this weekend gathering celebrates the summer solstice and involves some of the top names in mindfulness, food and entertainment as well as some excellent local and international acts. Located on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, this is known as one of the best festivals in Ireland. Between yoga sessions, bonfires, raves in the forest, sampling the finest food in the secret garden and hot tubs in the woods – safe to say I’ll be back!

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Lilliput Stores – an independent publisher and book store in Dublin’s hipster heaven; Stoneybatter. This is a real hidden gem but worth the visit, the shop is teeming with the works of Irish writers and the best of modern Irish writing. Why not pop across the road to the Liliput Stores, an artisan deli with one of the best coffees on the Northside of the city!

Asador – a BBQ restaurant worth raving about, located in Haddington Road in the affluent Dublin 4. Meat and seafood are grilled over charcoal in an open kitchen in this upscale restaurant, this was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while!

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Rolling Donut – Doughnuts have exploded on the scene in Ireland and with a huge range to choose from (Revolution, Aungier Danger, Offbeat, Dublin Doughnut Company – we’ve sampled them all!), our number one choice has to be the original – The Rolling Donut. This is a family owned business, a Dublin institution which has been on the go since 1978 but have recently opened up a bigger shop in the city centre serving up some of the best doughnuts around. Try the Molly Malone or the Dubliner – you won’t regret it!

Tram Café – In April of this year, a restored tram appeared in one of the Dublin’s squares and has been renovated into a small little café. The Tram was originally built in 1902 in Philadelphia but was recently found in a field in Co. Cavan. A man called Dave spotted it and suddenly had a vision! Now it sits in Wolfe Tone Square just off the busy Mary St. shopping district and has been renovated into a café, this quirky and quaint tram will transport you back in time with its old-world charm while you sip your coffee!

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Follow @OvationIreland and @CR_Ovation for more of our #OvationInspiration!