IN IRELAND FOR CHRISTMAS?

Only a few days left to the big day. So few “sleeps” left. Sometimes we’re asked about things to do when visiting the Emerald Isle. We thought we’d give you a few ideas, apart from our favourite pubs like Doheny & Nesbitt’s, Mulligans in Sandymount and maybe Fish & Chips at Burdocks for some soakage!

CHRISTMAS EVE BUSKING — WHO MIGHT YOU SEE?

Last minute Christmas shopping in Dublin? Well, apart from the presents, there is a twist on Grafton Street. For years, buskers can be found belting out a tune over the hubbub of the crowds. But here’s the twist, some of the buskers are people like Hozier, Bono, Glen Hansard & The Coronas. All in aid of charity.

THE GOAL MILE CHARITY RUN

Fancy getting your Christmas day off to a healthy start? This short run, walk or waddle, is an easy fun event. 36 years young, families and friends have made this a Christmas Day tradition. Check out their site for one near you. www.goalglobal.org

THE WREN, THE WREN, THE KING OF ALL BIRDS

For decades the wren boys and now the Wren girls. A Stephen’s Day tradition, where we Irish,  dress-up in straw suits and a whole medley of colours. The idea is to “hunt” a fake wren and then put it onto a pole. The “mummers” will form bands and parade through cities, towns and villages all over Ireland.

FINALLY, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE TEAM AT THE JAMES JOYCE FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND SUPPORT.  THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE PUB.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

 

Pumpkin Pie

The Single most requested Dessert for Thanksgiving!!

Ingredients
500 g ready-made dessert pastry
1 large butternut squash , quartered and seeds reserved
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons maple syrup
6 tablespoons caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs , beaten
200 ml double cream

You can replace the Butternut squas

Method
Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.
Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.
Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.
Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool. Serve with cream or ice cream, if you’re feeling naughty.

La Virgen – A fantastic artisan beer

On these long hot days, there’s nothing better than a Virgen. This Helles-style lager is malty and has a spicy hop flavour, with a citric twist. Matured for 45 days at 0*C. We’re proud to work with this independent brewery, based a few miles outside the city centre and you can even visit the brewery and we’ll happily arrange a tour for you. It’s a great beer any time of day or if you are having Fish & Chips, or one of our traditional dishes, chill-axing on our terrace.

Thomas Barr

In 2014, Thomas Barr was a semi-finalist at the 2014 European Championships in the 400m hurdles. 

Barr won gold in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 University Games (Summer Universiade) in Gwangju, South Korea with a time of 48.78 seconds.

On 15 August at the Olympics in Rio 2016, Barr finished second in his heat of the 400m hurdles in a season best time of 48.93. The following day he broke the Irish record and won his semi-final to qualify for the final in a time of 48.39. He finished fourth in the final, again breaking the Irish record with a time of 47.97.

Thomas is also famous for being the brother of our very own Rebecca Barr.

Look out for Thomas competing in world championships in August. Good luck!!

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