Home Comforts and Virtual Adventures


Though we are all indoors keeping ourselves and others safe, we can still sample the delights of the region. With so much to experience and enjoy at your fingertips, there's plenty to keep you busy while cosied up at home.

The Titanic Experience, Cobh
Johnstown Castle in County Wexford
Left: Just like being there - try a virtual visit to the Titanic Experience, Cobh | Right: Johnstown Castle in County Wexford

Try a virtual tour

We've been doing our best to stay put and stay safe, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate the world's wonders... virtually. And with all the comforts of home to hand, there's no better way to get your fill of intellectual stimulation without all the hard work! See Ireland's Ancient East from your sofa thanks to these virtual tours.

If you're interested in travelling back in time, visit the National Museum of Ireland's Historical Collections online. This digital treasure trove provides endless fascination for amateur historians and features Ireland's Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections. 

Take a virtual tour of the Medieval Museum in Waterford to discover the stories and treasures of the Vikings, or get a taste of the Titanic Experience Cobh by visiting online to learn more about its ill-fated maiden voyage. If you love castles and their gardens, 'visit' Wexford's Johnstown Castle or Cork's Blarney Castle to fulfil your fairytale dreams.

As summer approaches, there are even new ways to tour much-loved cultural events. For regulars of Carlow Arts Festival, you can still enjoy ‘slices’ of the work on show, including a virtual reality cinema and a week-long live stream of new art.

You can also settle down to tour the National Library of Ireland’s online exhibitions. With each exhibition having a dedicated micro-site there’s a cultural fix for everyone. Explore content from wartime archives to the life and times of W. B. Yeats

Aerial view of Ballycotton
Catherine Fulvio in her herb garden
Left: Blue skies over Ballycotton, a 2019 Instagram highlight | Right: What's for dinner? Get ideas from Catherine Fulvio

Get inspired online

Soak up some stunning scenery with the help of the best Ireland's Ancient East images from 2019; or discover unique craftspeople, colourful characters and spellbinding storytellers in the region thanks to our Local Stories featuring the Master Glass Blower, the Sea Gardener, the Wicklow Wolf, the Hole in the Wall, and Meath's Magical Moments.

Provide artistic fun for the whole family with Creativity at Home, courtesy of Cork's The Glucksman museum and get stuck into great creative activities together. Maybe you have a young Picasso in your house and didn't even know it! 

Or look to the skies with the Blackrock Castle Observatory's Daily Astro Challenge and discover the joys of astronomy in your living room.

Throughout June, why not treat your ears to Music Network's The Butterfly Sessions showcasing and supporting Irish and Ireland-based artists. The National Concert Hall also bring international opera, Irish folk and alt-rock direct to your living room in their online series. You might also find the time to get to grips with Ireland's organ heritage with streamed performances from 'Pipeworks from the Organ Loft'.

When you 'return' from your exploration or have created a masterpiece worthy of the Louvre, treat yourselves to a homecooked meal. Try learning a new skill like breadmaking where the whole household can get hands-on; or create a collaborative feast where everyone can contribute their own signature dish. If you're looking for encouragement, Catherine Fulvio has some delicious ideas

With your mind (and tummy) full, it's time to sink into the sofa and think about your next virtual adventure in Ireland's Ancient East. 

We're all in this together, and we're all hoping that restrictions will ease before too long — in the meantime, you can still make the most of these fantastic online resources. Stay close at home, keep an appropriate physical distance from others and before you know it, you'll be enjoying real-life, in-person experiences again!

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