Friday, May 31, 2013

Lansdowne Hotel Comedy Night, Comedy Club Dublin, Dublin Comedy Club, Father Ted, Joe Rooney

Lansdowne Hotel Comedy Night 21st June 2013 with Father Ted’s Joe Rooney, Tickets €10, Bar is open for food from 18:00, Show starts at 19:30.

Comedy Special: €9.95 for Main Course + Pint or Glass of Wine.

Tickets: €10 per-person and can be bought directly from the Lansdowne Hotel or from

The Lansdowne Hotel has a long tradition of providing new and innovative entertainment for its guests and visitors. The recent Heineken Cup, Rabo Pro 12 Final, Amlin Challenge Cup seen the Lansdowne Hotel play host to thousands of Rugby fans who were treated to out-door BBQs, the Guinness Area 22 Team, Live music, and so much more. This ability to adapt to the needs of its patrons has made the Lansdowne Hotel a home from home for many thousands of repeat guests and patrons over the years.

The Lansdowne Hotel is a family business headed by Helen, Michael and Frank Quinn, that family focus has allowed the Lansdowne Hotel to become much more than a place of business, it is a welcoming Oasis in an ancient city that plays host to both national and international guests and patrons. The Lansdowne Hotel delivers comfort, personal service and a welcoming hospitality, to all who walk through its doors.

The Comedy Club is a new and refreshing addition to the entertainment calendar at the Lansdowne Hotel, it’s about lifting spirits and getting those Irish eyes smiling.

Lansdowne Hotel

Set in the heart of Georgian Dublin, we are just a short stroll from the Aviva Stadium, the RDS and Dublin city's main shopping and business district.

Dublin is fast becoming one of Europe's favourite capital cities to visit - that blend of old and new that is apparent everywhere, the youthful vibrant population, the broad range of sights and services on offer and of course the friendliness of the locals, are all part of the appeal of Dublin.


The Lansdowne Hotel is a small and friendly family owned Hotel with 40 en-suite bedrooms including two suites and two executive rooms. All rooms are tastefully designed, bright and spacious with warm furnishings to help insure our guests have a relaxing and restful night’s sleep. All rooms are equipped with hairdryers, cable TV, free wi-fi, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, writing desk, table and chairs. Irons and ironing boards are available on request.

Guests can choose from a variety of rooms. Double bedded rooms, single rooms, double and single bedded which are inter-connecting, and twin rooms.

Druid's Restaurant

Celtic mouldings and fine tapestries from the Book of Kells adorn the walls. The imaginative use of specially designed lighting creates the perfect atmosphere.

Druids Restaurant serves breakfast each morning Monday to Friday 7.30am to 10am. Breakfasts are cooked to order from fresh produce sourced daily.

Saturday/Sunday 8am - 10.30am

Also available for Private Parties and Meetings

The Den Bar

Downstairs at the Lansdowne Hotel Dublin you will find one of Dublin's finest drinking emporiums "The Den Bar". Relax and enjoy a drink of your choice or choose from our bar food menu while savouring the atmosphere of this exciting meeting place - popular with business people and tourists alike. 'The Den' features a unique collection of sports memorabilia of interest to sport enthusiasts particularly the rugby fraternity. We are proud to present the biggest rugby tie collection in the world. The Den Bar serves carvery lunch daily and for the late weekend risers we have brunch on Saturday's and Sunday's.

Thursday have live music with the Thatched Cottage in the Bar and Traditional Musicians - Craic Agus Ceol.

There is a FAB FRIDAY promotion running where the Carvery is €5.00.

Bar Food Dinner Menu
Served from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Homemade soup of the day, served with brown bread €3.50

Tasty Vegetable & Beef Spring Rolls on Mixed Leaves, Sweet Chilli Dip  €5.50

Golden crisp salmon cake with rocket leaves, pesto mayo €5.50

Spicy chicken wings € 5.50

Basket of chips with: Cocktail Sausages €6.00 or Chicken wings €7.50 or  Scampi €7.50 or Chicken Goujons €7.00                       

TASTY SNACKS : (all served with pesto, mayo, sweet chilli dip)
Nachos with melted cheese €3.50
Potato wedges €3.50
BBQ Baby ribs €6.00


Grilled pork & leek sausages,
chive mash and rich gravy €10.95

Den Tower Burger, Fillet of Chicken or Beef Burger topped with tomato, fresh onions, Crispy Bacon, melted cheddar & Garlic Mayo €10.95

Grilled Fillet of Salmon, with fresh herb couscous, ratatouille & lemon butter €10.95

Pan Seared Rib Eye Steak (8oz) with Caramelized Onions, mushrooms served with Chips and pepper sauce €14.50

The Den salad, grilled BBQ0 Chicken fillet, seasonal leaves, roasted cashew nuts, sliced peppers & balsamic dressing €8.00

Stir fried noodles with king prawns, vegetable, soy sauce & ginger €8.00

Tex-Mex Enchiladas, juicy Chili Minced Beef Wrapped in Tortilla with Melted Cheddar Sour Cream, Salad & Chips €10.95

Toasted steak sandwich with fried onions, tomato relish & melted cheese €8.50

SIDES:  Buttered Vegetables €2.50
Portion of Chips €2.50
Mixed Leaf Salad   €2.50

All served with fresh Cream or Ice Cream

Warm Apple pie €3.50

Baileys Cheese Cake, toffee sauce €3.50

Warm chocolate Brownie €3.50

Monday, May 27, 2013

Dublin Horse show 2013, RDS, Blossom Hill Ladies' Day, Accommodation near RDS

Dublin Horse show 2013, RDS, Blossom Hill Ladies' Day, Accommodation near RDS

The Horse Show is a Dublin institution and runs this year from the 7th to the 11th of August. A celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse, the Dublin Horse Show has the best show horses and the best international show jumpers compete for honors.  It is one of Ireland's largest events, a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.

Since it was first held in 1864 the Horse Show has become a Dublin institution. A celebration of Ireland's affinity with the horse, from the best show horses to the best international show jumpers. It is one of Ireland's largest events, a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.

Blossom Hill Ladies' Day

Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show will takes place on Thursday of Show week. There are prizes for best dressed lady, most creative hat, most colourful outfit and best dressed man.


The first show was held in 1864 under the auspices of the Society, but organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland.

There were 366 entries in the first Show with a total prize fund of £520.

On the 28, 29 and 30 July 1868 the first show was held and organised by the Royal Dublin Society on the lawns of Leinster House. The Council granted £100 out of the Society's funds to be awarded in prizes. It started as a show of led-horses and featured ‘leaping' demonstrations.

The first prize for the Stone Wall competition (6ft) in 1868 was won by Richard Flynn on hunter, Shane Rhue (who sold for £1,000 later that day).

Ass and mule classes were listed at the first show!

In 1869 the first Challenge Cup was presented for the best exhibit in the classes for hunters and young horses likely to make hunters.

In 1870 the Show was named ‘The National Horse Show', taking place on the 16-19 August. It was combined with the Annual Sheep Show organised by the Society.

1869 was the year ‘horse leaping' came to prominence. There was the high leap over hurdles trimmed with gorse; the wall jump over a loose stone wall of progressive height not exceeding 6 feet; and the wide leap over 2 ½ ft gorse-filled hurdle with 12 ft of water on the far side.

The original rules for the leaping competitions were simply ‘the obstacles had to be cleared to the satisfaction of the judges'.

The prizes for the high and wide leaps were £5 for first and £2 for second with £10 and a cup to the winner of the championship and a riding crop and a fiver to the runner up.

In 1881 the Show moved to ‘Ball's Bridge', a green-field site. The first continuous ‘leaping' course was introduced at the Show.

In 1881 the first viewing stand was erected on the site of the present Grand Stand. It held 800 people.

With over 800 entries in the Show in 1895, it was necessary to run the jumping competitors off in pairs - causing difficulties for the judges at the time!

No lady was allowed to ride in any jumping competition until 1919.

A novelty class for women was introduced in 1919. In 1920 women were able to compete freely.

Women were permitted to compete in the international competitions from 1954 (an international rule).

In times past the Ladies Hunter Classes for ladies riding side-saddle in traditional costume (veil and habit) were judged on the Thursday of the Show. As a result Thursday became Ladies' Day.

In 1925 Colonel Zeigler of the Swiss Army first suggested holding an international jumping event. The Aga Khan of the time heard of this proposal and offered a challenge trophy to the winner of the competition.

In 1926 International Competitions were introduced to the show and was the first time the Nations' Cup for the Aga Khan Challenge trophy was held.

Up until 1949 the Nations' Cup teams had to consist of military officers.

Six countries competed in the first international teams competition for the Aga Khan Challenge trophy - Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Ireland. The Swiss team won the title on Irish bred horses.

The Swiss team won out the original trophy in 1930. Ireland won the first replacement in 1937 and another in 1979, Britain in 1953 and 1975. The present trophy is the sixth in the series and was presented by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1980.

There was no Nations' Cup held in 1952 due to the Olympic Games.

The first Grand Prix (Irish Trophy) held in 1934 was won by Comdt.J.D. (Jed) O'Dwyer, of the Army Equitation school. The Irish Trophy becomes the possession of the rider if it is won three times in succession or four times in all.

The first civilian rider to take part in the Nations' Cup was Peter Robeson on Craven A. He was also a member of the winning British team that year.

The first timed jumping competition was held in 1938. In 1951 an electric clock was installed and the time factor entered most competitions.

In 1976, after 50 years of international competition, the two grass banks in the Arena were removed so the Arena could be used for other events. The continental band at the western end of the Main Arena was added later.

Shows have been held annually except from 1914-1919 due to WW1 and from 1940 - 1946 due to WW2.

In 2003 the Nations Cup Competition for the Aga Khan Trophy has become part of the new Samsung Super League under the auspices of the Federation Equestre Internationale.

The Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show is Ireland's largest equestrian event, and one of the largest events held on the island.

The show has the third largest annual prize pool for International Show Jumping in the world.