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Aside from its interesting pubs, good music, gorgeous scenery and fascinating history, the best part of any visit to Ireland is always the people you meet there, those that bring the local experience to your journey. A big thanks to these folks who helped us tour Dublin.

  • Glen Hansard

    Head of the Irish rock standard The Frames...One half of folk rock duo The Swell Season...Academy Award Winner for the movie, Once... Glen's skills both as a Dubliner, a former busker, and a musician served us well, as he escorted David and guests around Ireland. See them in this video as they walk the streets of Dublin together.

  • Niall Stokes of Hot Press magazine

    As a music journalism staple in Ireland, Niall Stokes has been at the helm of Hot Press since he founded it in 1977. Known the world over as a platform for the best of Irish music, Hot Press has won awards and an audience for its in-depth insight into music production, its impressive photojournalism, and the editorial skills of Stokes himself. Check out the Workman's Club, recommended by Niall.
  • Villagers Conor O’Brien


    A lot has happened for Villagers' Conor O'Brien since he released his debut record in May last year. Becoming a Jackal landed on several "Best of" lists for 2010, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and topped the charts in his home country of Ireland. Not bad, considering that O'Brien played virtually everything on the record and did the album artwork by himself. Listen to the live concert performance recorded at Gravity Bar at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
  • Foye Johnson, Bell X-1’s Manager

    Watch Bell X1 live performance from the Gravity Bar. Thanks to Foye Johnson for his help in Dublin.

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