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    The Guinness Storehouse Dublin City – Courage 2020

    The Guinness Storehouse Dublin City – Courage 2020 – 30th June

    Other Voices & Courage 2020 continues this week with musical guests The Murder Capital take to the virtual stage on Tuesday 30th June at 8pm at the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City.

    Other Voices is about bringing people together through music, and recognising the essential and powerful contribution that artists continue to make to our lives especially by giving strength and a sense of belonging to people at this time of national and global crisis. The global response to the first two live streams of ‘Courage’ season two has been hugely impressive, with James Vincent McMorrow, and Lankum showcasing their talents. 90,000 people tuned in to watch RTÉ Choice Prize winners Lankum perform traditional folk tracks.

    On Tuesday, June 30th at 8pm (GMT), the post-punk rock band will join the ‘Courage’ stream from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse.

    The Murder Capital released their debut album When I have Fears last year to critical and commercial acclaim both at home and internationally, earning a full five star review from The Guardian. Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals) the album features all four singles from the band thus far, ‘Feeling Fades’, ‘Green & Blue’, ‘Don’t Cling To Life’ and ‘More Is Less’. Following their biggest UK and European tour yet in early 2020 – selling out every show including their headliner at London’s The Electric Ballroom – the band have been working on their sophomore album.

    Watch the show live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & RTE Culture

    Guinness Storehouse

    Located in the heart of the historic St James’s Gate Brewery, The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s No. 1 tourist attraction. It’s the home of the Black Stuff – Dublin’s renowned black porter, and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse over 250 years of brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in the world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar, offering spectacular views of Dublin city. The Storehouse also combines shopping, excellent food options and lively music and entertainment in its main bar.

    Guinness Storehouse Exterior. (c) Tourism Ireland

    Once you’ve relaxed with your pint of Guinness and enjoyed the city views from the Gravity Bar, don’t forget that you’re in the Liberties, one of the beating hearts of the capital city. During the late 18th and 19th century, The Liberties was dominated by great brewing and distilling families, most notably the Guinness family, who from 1759 built and developed the world’s largest brewery at St James’s Gate. Renowned distillers Powers, Jameson, Millar and Roe were all located here, creating a Victorian cityscape of chimney stacks, mills, malt houses and bustling streets. The area even had its own harbour linking it to the Grand Canal, and a mini-railway through the St James’s Gate brewery to the River Liffey quays. The Liberties have obvious connections to brewing through Guinness but the area’s links to distillation may be less well known.

    Roe & Co Irish Whiskey distillery and visitor centre is located within the St James’s Gate Brewery’s iconic power station – a 1940s Art Deco-inspired building that powered the sprawling brewery complex right into the 1990s.

    Roe & Co Distillery. (c) Roe & Co.

    The Teeling Distillery, now located in New Market Square has links to the area since the 18th century when it was part of Dublin’s Golden Triangle. Today, they pride themselves on blending the science of distillation with the art of cask selection to create whiskey worthy of the area’s heritage.

    Beside the Teeling’s distillery on new Market Square is the Green Door Market and Dublin Food Co-Op, which provide Dubs with fresh locally grown produce and tasty street food. On Patrick’s Street, Jam Art Factory give Irish artists a platform, selling everything from prints to jewellery and ceramics.

    Another addition to the area’s distilling culture is the Pearse Lyons distillery. Transforming the former St James’ Church, its glass steeple and bespoke stained-glass windows (telling the story of the Camino) alone are worth a visit. Tours here run on the hour and they also offer more intimate experiences like whiskey and food pairing and cocktail experiences. For many pilgrims James Street and Thomas Street forms part of a well-trodden route that leads all the way to the North of Spain. The famous Camino de Santiago (St James) de Compostela has been attracting pilgrims for hundreds of years. The Church of St James on James’s street retains its connections to Compostela to this day.

    The Dublin Liberties Distillery is a working distillery and master distiller Darryl McNally has been creating some unique flavours inspired by The Liberties rich distilling tradition. Regular tours will take you through the whiskey distilling process, you can sample some of the house specials and the visitor centre includes a café and gift shop.

    Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been part of Ireland’s history for over 800 years and today is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin. Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint between 1220 and 1260, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral offers visitors a rich and compelling cultural experience and is one of the few buildings left from medieval Dublin. St Patrick baptized people here 1500 years ago. It is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is the largest Cathedral in the country. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1700s and he is one of many burials on site. The phrase “to chance your arm” originates from a feud that played out within the walls of St Patrick’s.

    St. Patricks Cathedral. (c) Tourism Ireland

    Taking Liberties

    Liberties were a feature of many medieval walled cities under Norman English control. There were also liberties in Cork and London. In Dublin, a number of Liberties were granted by the city’s first Anglo-Norman conqueror, King Henry II, each with different rulers to maintain a delicate power balance. So the Liberty of St Thomas Court & Donore was attached to the Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr (and later the earls of Meath), while the liberty of St Sepulchre was attached to St Sepulchre’s Palace, once the home of Dublin’s Archbishops (and now a police station).

    Founded c.1030 Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former heart of medieval Dublin and is officially claimed as the seat of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. Its 12th century crypt is Dublin’s oldest structure and the cathedral is famous for being the last resting place of Strongbow, leader of the Anglo-Normans who captured Dublin in 1170. You can arrange a guided tour of the tower of Christ Church Cathedral, which includes a chance to ring the bells, maintaining a tradition that goes back centuries.

    Christ Church Cathedral. (c) Tourism Ireland

    In the Dublin Liberties today, so much has changed, but so much is still the same. The Liberties is still full of its cast of charming characters and the same distinctive atmosphere remains in place, although some new additions are included in the mix.

    For a private chauffeur drive tour of the Liberties & Medieval Dublin, to further explore the music scene of the capital city or to set your sights on the beautiful scenery of Ireland don’t hesitate to contact Specialized Travel Services – We’re ready and waiting to hear from you – For further information complete the Contact form Or by email:

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