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Things that add to the culture and well-being of the country.

  • 08-02-2023 12:31am
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    I was heading to Leopardstown on Sunday in the car and within 2 minutes I got bored of listening to the usual talking heads ranting on about politics and how awful everything is, so I decided to change the station over to Lyric FM.

    George Hamilton was presenting the Hamilton Scores. The music was fantastic; George is a recognisable and easy-going presenter with a wonderful voice, and the whole journey was a pleasure. I'm very much a lowbrow when it comes to classical music, but I enjoyed everything he played.

    Do the middlebrows of Boards have any other examples of things that add to the general well-being and culture of the country?



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,958 ✭✭✭kirk.

    Sulky racing

  • Registered Users Posts: 663 ✭✭✭POBox19

    Live Drive on Dublin City FM 103.20, not the actual traffic news but the music between the reports!

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,924 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    what I like culturally is a myriad of activities that you can engage in, compared to other places I’ve been to.

    Thriving scenes of film, live music, art, theatre, comedy are just five.

    we are ahead of lots of countries in a lot of categories.

    Some of the best nights I’ve had has been going to see a band on a whim and just having a blast.

    you’d struggle in other cities and countries to do anything similar.

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    Witnessed it happening once. Not sure it adds to the culture of the country, but I'm looking for better examples.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,574 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Gaelic football and Hurling , and any sport under the auspices of the GAA . Plus our Olympians

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  • Registered Users Posts: 347 ✭✭iniscealtra

    Traditional music sessions. People get together to play for enjoyment.

  • Registered Users Posts: 81,619 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Getting married to someone related to you who was less than 17 years of age because you were classed by Enda Kenny as a different race to Irish people.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 347 ✭✭iniscealtra

    John Creedon - raidió 1

    John Kelly - Lyric

    Neansaí Ní Choistealbha - RnaG

    Films/Trad/ documenteries - TG4

    RTE - some documenteries


    Gaelic games

    Festivals - Willie Clancy, Dublin Theatre Festival, anything supporting a decent amount of irish grown talent

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,865 ✭✭✭tabby aspreme

    At this hour of the morning, a Breakfast Roll

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  • Registered Users Posts: 81,619 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    They require a text from an Argos burner phone from left side news, they require a scan of a passport and a tax clearance certificate from any 'right' side news. #Designed to fail.

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 76,570 Mod ✭✭✭✭New Home

    All the Arts festivals, starting with the Galway one.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    The local radio death notices

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,696 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tabnabs

    Visited the NCH a while back to experience my first "classical" concert. Was fairly underwhelmed. The building was much smaller and less ornate than you would imagine and the size of the orchestra was pretty modest too. Maybe we don't do classical music very well despite having two state orchestras?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,548 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    The free museums in Dublin which include the National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Hall, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art as well as on the first Wednesday of each month, many OPW Heritage Sites offer Free Admission to independent/individual visitors and families.

    Not many cities offer this type of history, culture & art for free. The staff are amazing too.

    That along with some ethnic food in one of the ethnic quarters in the city makes a very cheap & culturally mixed day out in Irelands cultural epicentre.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,944 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    having functioning property and health care systems, probably does wonders for a country!

  • Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭CaboRoig

    TG4 documentaries are usually excellent.

    Our climate. We all whinge a little about the weather from time to time but our climate generally doesn't suffer from some of the extremes you see in other less fortunate parts of the world.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,548 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

  • Registered Users Posts: 791 ✭✭✭CreadanLady

    Bareknuckle boxing, batin' 7 colours of shíte out of your wife, dipshit haircuts, no tax/insurance/nct/licence. 80 convictions. Robbing lead off of church roofs.

    It's me culture boss.

    The MFV Creadan Lady is a mussel dredger from Dunmore East.

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    But the opening poster said wellbeing. I agree with that, and also decent public transport (which has improved in fairness).

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,522 ✭✭✭Tombo2001

    Greenways....they are good.

    The Wild Atlantic Way.

    Farmers Markets

    Food Trucks

    Do you mean this country or any country OP?

    One thing I think we miss a bit is a strong national cuisine. You go to places like Italy or Spain or Morocco or India and they have really interesting and good cuisine specific to that country. We lack that. Everywhere you go in Ireland, its something something and chips.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,888 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Spaces for the arts, music and dance of all kinds, esp in cities, and woefully under supply here.

    Appreciation of artists, we have a weird attitude towards this. Every time there's a festival there's roaring and shouting for artists but people would like them to perform for next to nothing. After the festival, people want them to 'get a proper job'.

    Historic buildings, again a weird attitude. A fair few 'bulldoze the lot for modhern schtuff' types in this country. Bet they make a bee line for the 'old town' area of a city on hols as it's usually nicest for tourists though.

    Right to roam to hike, wild camp etc, would be nice to have but people here can't behave themselves, take the piss and destroy the place, can't blame landowners.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,643 ✭✭✭✭Furze99

    Neighbours who stop and you have a chat with.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,748 ✭✭✭FortuneChip

    I guess Greenways are a very functional answer.

    We've some amazing scenery in the country, and the greenways add to that by making them more accessible.

  • Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭CaboRoig

    Any recommendations for some good ethnic food places?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,548 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    I do, hopefully it doesn't descend in to a squabble as often it does when people recommend food....

    Aobaba, Arisu, Takara, Hailan, Musashi, Hanoi Hanoi and M&L, all North Central Dublin.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 258 ✭✭It is a Dunne Deal

    The Fleadh Ceoil.