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This month we’re bringing you our favourite art exhibitions right in the heart of Dublin.   IMMA Collection Freud Project 2016 – 2021 The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has acquired 50 works by world renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922 -2011). IMMA is based at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham which is just a short… Read more »



Smock Allies: Scene + Heard 2017 festival takes place from 14th of February until the 4th of March 2017.  Now in its second year, the festival provides artists with the chance to showcase their new work across several live performance genres such as music, dance, theatre, comedy and spoken word. This innovative festival received rave reviews… Read more »



The Six Nations is almost upon us again and our boys in green will be feeling hopeful after being back to back winners in 2014 and 2015. Let’s all hope 2017 is the year for Joe Schmidt and his men. This year Ireland will play three of their games at home with two being played… Read more »



The Clarence Hotel sits right on the banks of the River Liffey, in the heart of Dublin city. From your bedroom at The Clarence, you are never more than a quick stroll away from a whole host of activities to keep you busy and entertained. When you want to get your blood pumping and heart… Read more »

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Festival season is about to kick off in the city! The amount of brilliant events to choose from is unreal and a testament to how Dublin has become a haven for festival goers. First up is the very amazing Forbidden Fruit festival in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, Forbidden Fruit, is… Read more »

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It’s been 100 years since The 1916 Easter Rising, an event which has shaped Irish history more than any other in our island’s recent history. The Rising has largely been credited with leading to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Such a milestone needs to be celebrated and remembered, so with that in mind here is a… Read more »

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The Clarence is right in the heart of Dublin city but if you fancy a day out, these two destinations are just 30 minutes outside the city on the train, so while you’re staying with us, head out to north county Dublin for the day.   Malahide: This beautiful seaside town is perched perfectly along… Read more »

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The country’s only mental health festival, First Fortnight, is back for another wonderful few weeks. The premise of the festival revolves around creating a safe space where people can come together and talk openly about mental health – without the pressures of doctors, institutions and other parameters which might cause people to feel awkward when… Read more »

Leopardstown 29-1-06.  The field for The AIG Champion Hurdle race past the stands with a circut to race (L-R) THE FRENCH FURZE, BRAVE INCA, HARDY EUSTACE, MAC'S JOY, ARCH REBEL, and SADDLERS WINGS and GODEN CROSS hidden.
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Whether you’re a seasoned racegoer or thinking of going for the first time, it doesn’t get much better than the Christmas races at Leopardstown. Almost 58,000 excited punters will cross through the gates during the 4 day festival, the busiest racing days of the year. Anyone who enjoys a day out racing will tell you… Read more »

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Metropolis by definition is the principal place, the capital or The Mother City. That is exactly what this brand new music festival is aiming to be when it arrives on the 7th November. A haven for music lovers, art appreciators and conversationalists. Taking place in the RDS, this two-day urban festival is focused on music,… Read more »

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Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival 2015 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Bram Stoker Festival is an initiative of Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland and is presented by Project Arts Centre.

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Culture Night 2015 takes place on Friday 18th September and we’re almost certain you’ll find something that sparks your interest. From whiskey tours and tastings at The Irish Whiskey Museum to a host of pop-up platforms at Airbnb’s European Headquarters to guided tours of Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the 9th President of… Read more »

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Providing a very welcome platform for fresh musical talent, Boxed Off takes place this September 19th at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath. With a focus on all things audio visual, the brand new festival boasts a fantastic line up of alternative and lesser known dance musicians and DJ’s. The format will be slightly different to the… Read more »

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Its festival season folks and one of the best festivals of the summer is just around the corner… Longitude Festival runs from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July at Marlay Park in Ballinteer just outside of Dublin City Centre. This festival has so much to offer, with mega hit headlining acts like Hozier, The Chemical… Read more »

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Well hello there friends of The Clarence, we hope you are all keeping well and excited for all of the fun and frolics that lie ahead for the remaining summer months! For this instalment of our blog we wanted to introduce you to The Beatyard Festival, now in its 10th edition and growing by the… Read more »

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The Clarence Hotel The Irish Museum of Modern Art is a must visit destination when you make the trip to Dublin, or even if you are a Dublin native, it’s a good way to show your mates that you’re not just all “cocktails and food” when you strike up a convo about the newest art… Read more »

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You guys are in for a treat this weekend… The always amazing Laya Healthcare City Spectacular is coming to town, July 10th – 12th. Located at Merrion Square, smack bang in the centre of Dublin City the festival is now in its 10th year and offers a jam packed weekend of fun and frolics. It… Read more »

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There’s loads to do in Dublin this weekend to celebrate all things American. If you really want to get in to the American Spirit then you have to do it the BBQ way. Bison Bar & BBQ on Wellington Quay is the only authentic Texan BBQ joint in the country and serves up some truly… Read more »



Taste of Dublin, June 11 – 14, 2015 Our very own Oliver Dunne from Cleaver East at The Clarence Hotel will be among the world-renowned chefs featured at this year’s Taste of Dublin foodie festival. The annual Taste festival is celebrating its 10thbirthday this weekend (11 – 14 June) at the beautiful Iveagh Gardens, only… Read more »

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This June bank holiday weekend will see revellers descend on the Irish Museum of Modern Art for the yearly celebration that is Forbidden Fruit. Since it began in 2011, the festival has brought thousands of music and arts lovers to Dublin to celebrate everything from bands and DJs to comedians and poets. Located on the… Read more »



At The Liquor Rooms underneath us here at The Clarence, the art of the cocktail is presented against the backdrop of prohibition era style chic, a boldly designed multifaceted space that has developed a close relationship with arts communities at national and local level. Like mixing a cocktail, making a craft is a sensitive thing… Read more »



Enjoy the best of what Dublin has to offer this St. Patrick’s Day.Take part in one of the greatest and widely recognised celebrations the world over! The Dublin festival has grown to be a much loved and eagerly awaited event on the Dublin calendar and will take place this year from the 14th to the… Read more »



The renowned Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is back and will run from the 19th – 29th March all across Dublin. JDIFF will be screening Irish premieres and presenting over 120 films from all over the globe. The festival is noted for creating a unique relationship between the film community and the public through a… Read more »



Getting into the swing of 2015? It’s time for round two of the New Year celebration! From February 14th – 28th Dublin will mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese and is often referred to as the Lunar New Year. The celebration itself is… Read more »

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than by celebrating the love of Dublin City? A special one day programme will take place this February 14th thanks to Dublin City Council and Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Friends and lovers can celebrate the cultural heart of Dublin by taking part in events around the city from… Read more »

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Tradfest started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin, hoping to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has… Read more »



Throughout the month of December some of the hottest names in music are scheduled to play shows in Dublin. Over the Christmas season world – class acts such as Morrissey, Kasabian, Elton John, Madness, Peter Gabriel and Imelda May will be headlining the 3Arena. The Olympia Theatre on Dame Street will host Irish phenomenon Hozier,… Read more »



Undoubtedly one of the coolest new additions to Dublin city centre, Raglan is a great new independent retailer on Drury Street that offers a unique and bohemian shopping experience. The store blends a combination of coffee and clothing in a fresh, engaging, urban space. Drop by and have a peek at the edgy, hand-picked lifestyle… Read more »

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Christmas officially kicks off at St. Stephen’s Green this Thursday 13th November with the opening of the first ever traditional Christmas Market in the city centre. More than 60 traditional wooden chalets will line the exterior of St. Stephen’s Green Park, all the way along to Merrion Row, selling a gorgeous selection of unique, handmade… Read more »

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  BRAM STOKER FESTIVAL 24th – 27th October The Bram Stoker Festival is back with a bang to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’. This year the festival intends to infiltrate the very crevices of the city, awakening the dormant gothic that sleeps in the… Read more »


We are delighted to partner with the Tiger Dublin Fringe, which takes place in venues across Dublin from September 5th to 20th.   As Premium Hotel Partner, The Clarence is offering a 10% reduction on room only rates for the duration of the festival (bookings from September 5th to 20th inclusive) To book a room,… Read more »


Using instant communication like social media platforms to work with the weather and organise events with a difference, Happenings is a Dublin & Limerick based cultural events company that like to give Irish people an alternative option to the pub. Their mission is to bring people together in a public space through inspirational events at… Read more »


Merrion Square is a beautifully designed Georgian Square, located right in the centre of Georgian Dublin and an absolute must see if you are a visitor to Dublin. Smaller and slightly lesser known than the central St. Stephen’s Green Park, the picturesque Merrion Square is also home to a delicious lunchtime market every Thursday from… Read more »


The Winding Stair (named after the Yeats poem) is located on Lower Ormond Quay, just across the River Liffey from the Clarence Hotel and is one of the oldest surviving book shops in Dublin. The front of the shop holds new books, while the back houses an array of second hand ones. They stock an… Read more »


Temple Bar is packed with pubs to cater to all your musical needs. Bars like The Temple Bar and Oliver St John Gogarty’s serve up a helping of live traditional music most nights. The Palace, often sees a gathering of traditional musicians playing upstairs. Our advice? Stroll around, soak it up and stick your head… Read more »


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Located beside the hotel on East Essex Street, Indigo & Cloth is one of our closest neighbours. The ground floor has a great selection of magazines, Irish and in-house products such as Caman & Co prints which make great gifts. The menswear collections on the first floor which include Norse Projects and Oliver Spencer are… Read more »

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If you’re paying us a visit this summer, make sure to take a stroll around town and enjoy the brand new Sunday market planned from June to September! You can meander around especially pedestrianised areas of the city and peruse market stalls full of fashion and food as well as enjoying performance areas for the… Read more »


This weekend, Dublin will welcome back Forbidden Fruit, one of the city’s newest and most exciting music festivals. Set in the gorgeous grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, it’s only a short stroll away from The Clarence. Featuring one big open air stage and four tented indoor areas (including a newly added Comedy… Read more »