The Magic of an Irish Christmas – Historical Yuletide Traditions

Historical Christmas Scene

There are many traditions surrounding this special season, but in Ireland, there are a number of superstitions and sayings that made it an extraordinary place to be at Christmas time.

Weather predictions

There are plenty of Old Wives’ Tales about the weather throughout the year and Christmas is no exception. Children would be delighted to see snow on December 24th because this meant that geese were being plucked in Heaven, ready for the dinner table. It was also a good sign because the colder the Christmas, the milder spring would be. However, if the night was temperate,

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Dreaming of a Valentine’s Weekend Wedding?

Valentines Day

We still have the 12th and 13th of February 2016 available for your dream Winter Wedding and we’ve put a Special Valentine’s Package together for these dates.

Weddings are all about romance, and few days of the year come more romantic than Valentine’s Day! February 14th is all about the love, and it’s the perfect time for you and your partner to tie the knot and celebrate in style with family and friends. This year, you can get married just before Valentine’s Day itself—enjoy the romance of the holiday for the entire weekend!

Whilst February may not have the heat of summer,

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Kippure Estate New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Years Wedding Wicklow

We still have the 31st December 2015 available for your dream Winter Wedding!  Enjoy a Special New Year’s Eve Package!

The New Year marks a new beginning; a start of a brand new year. As a result, it’s the ideal day to start your new lives together, as husband and wife.

Summer weddings may have the sunshine, but when it comes to winter ambiance, they simply can’t compete.  New Year’s Eve is a particularly magical time of the year when friends and family join together to celebrate; and having a New Year’s wedding allows you to harness this energy and turn it into an unforgettable wedding event.

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Barbeques in Winter? We Say…Why Not!

Winter Barbeque

When you’re thinking about festive entertainment this Christmas, a barbeque may not be something that springs initially to mind. Traditionally, barbeques are reserved for warm summer days…or are they?

The answer is a resounding ‘no’, according to Kippure Estate’s chef, Paul McGavin. When it comes to food, Paul is a master of the unique and unexpected. His big tip for creating a magical Christmas get-together with family and friends this year? Reach for the barbeque and enjoy an evening under the starry winter sky!

Here are just a few tips to ensure that your winter barbeque is an unforgettable festive occasion:

  • Give it some wintry flair.

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Retracing 55 KM of History

art o' neill challenge

Winter Walking in the Wicklow Hills

The epic Art O’Neill Challenge took place again recently (January 13th- 14th). The 55 km-route commenced in Dublin and ended in Glenmalure, passing through the nearby Wicklow Mountains National Park. Approximately 450 brave walkers and hikers wearing winter hats, waterproof pants and head torches, armed with emergency kits and GPS devices participated in this ultimate trek, retracing the steps of Hugh Roe O’Donnell and Art O’Neill from over 400 years ago.

Participants had the choice of walking or running the roadway and cross-country terrain. Walkers commenced one minute before midnight, a feat that typically takes between 12 and 16 hours. … Continue reading

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