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  • zucchini & carrot salad with red prawns and lemon vinaigrette

    Prawn Salad

    sometimes, the simplest dishes are the best. this dazzling chilli prawn salad recipe is full of colour and flavour, and can be on the table in 30 minutes flat. servings: 6 ingredients 4 medium courgette sliced into long strips 2 medium carrots sliced into long strips 1 banana shallot, diced 2 tsp pomace olive oil […]

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  • june bank holiday weekend 2023: what’s on in dublin

    there are plenty of things on around dublin this weekend for the bank holiday. take a look at our list below for some inspiration: bloom phoenix park   board bia bloom takes place from June 1st to 5th running from 9am to 6pm daily. bloom takes place across 70 acres in phoenix park. a beautiful […]

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  • vegan burger recipe for your next BBQ

    vegan burger

    Carrot and Kidney Bean Burger with Sesame Bun and Chilli Tomato Chutney If you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply looking to cut down on your meat try this highly tasty burger for your next summer BBQ. You need just a handful of ingredients – most of which you probably already have to hand. So dust off […]

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  • local coffee spots


    Get your coffee fix… Ireland is a country of loyal tea drinkers, we love our tea! And whilst Ireland continues to enjoy a ‘cuppa’ or several of the delicious beverage (the Irish average is 5 cups per day), the surge of a coffee obsessed generation has emerged. Dublin has recently been named the second most […]

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  • quirky experiences in the city

    vintage tea trips

    we’ve rounded up some alternative things to do in Dublin that are quirky (like ourselves) and a little off the beaten track. fancy a few cocktails in a carpark? ever had afternoon tea on a bus? for experiences like this and more, take a quick look at some of our suggestions. Walking Food Tours the […]

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  • goal setting for 2022

    Don’t bother with New Years resolutions this year as they rarely work. Pressure from what everyone else is doing coupled with the cold and dark days in January makes starting new challenges very difficult to follow through with. Instead, allow yourself some space (especially if you are quarantining!) to write down some goals for the […]

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  • shop local this christmas

    shop local Henry street xmas

    If you’re planning to shop local this Christmas but need some inspiration then let us help you with our recommendation of shops to support near us! Arnotts – Dublin 1 This department store is an iconic city centre spot. Located on Henry Street, one of the main shopping streets just off the Spire. The store […]

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  • things to do in dublin this halloween

    Mount Stewart_Social Media autumn blog pic

    We have put together a handy guide of things to do in Dublin this spooky season with something to suit everyone!   Luggswood Located at the foothills of the Dublin mountains you will find Luggwoods spooky Forest trail. The perfect day out for all the family – get dressed up and follow the trail to […]

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  • the perfect summer vegan recipe

    Black fig and apple salad with honey orange dressing  We love a tasty vegan recipe at the gibson! This black fig and apple salad is the perfect light dish for summer that’s healthy, sustainable and best of all delicious 🙂 Give this simple recipe a try and enjoy a light snack within minutes. Recipe serves […]

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  • discover phoenix park

    Phoenix Park

    Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed park in Europe of over 707 hectares and is twice the size of Central Park in New York City. It is home to the residence of the President of Ireland, Aras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the American Ambassador, Dublin Zoo and a beautiful herd of over 600 wild […]

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  • sandymount beach & village

    Sandymount 6

    Exploring Sandymount Beach is a fantastic walk to enjoy at any time of the day, but the morning sun can often be the best. The expanse of Sandymount Beach is at its best when the tide is right out, but of course it is equally as enjoyable when the tide is in.  The Coast Road […]

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  • dublin city walking tour

    Dublin City Sites

    Dublin is a walkable city. It’s flat, compact, and friendly. It’s an old city, built around the designs of a medieval town where walking and travel by horse and cart were the only modes of travel. Today walking still is the best way to get around with the added advantage of the Luas. My advice […]

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  • great south wall walk


    This is a decent walk, allow 3 hours (daylight) to enjoy this excursion, as it is a full-on walk.  Don’t even think about doing it if you have a dodgy knee or bad walking shoes, as you need to be in the full of your health for this one! It is a definite must if […]

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  • your romantic city getaway

    stand up paddle boarding

    You’ve arrived at the home of First Dates! Time to drop off your bags and enter relaxation mode.. Start your day off by heading down to Surfdock, located in the Docklands and try out some stand up paddle boarding or windsurfing on the River Liffey. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before, Surf Dock have […]

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  • north wall quay & grand canal walk

    Graffiti in Dublin

    This is an excellent walk and only takes 35 mins if you don’t stop anywhere along the way. It’s a great route to explore parts of hidden Dublin and to come across some great local areas that show the old traditional Dublin sitting alongside the new shiny Dublin, where they co-exist very comfortably.   Get your […]

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  • 3 days in dublin for teenagers

    3 girls paddle boarding | Hotel Breaks Dublin

    One of the positives of the pandemic (and there are not many) is that it has forced us to look at some of the great attractions closer to home. With this in mind, we have created a sample agenda for families booking our Teenage Kicks Package to help you get a plan together for your […]

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  • girlie weekend in dublin

    St Anne street Dublin

    Any holiday is a good holiday but a trip with your besties is the ultimate need right now. To help you plan the ultimate girl’s weekend getaway we’ve chosen our favourite activities Dublin has to offer. So, pack your bags, round up your girlfriends and enjoy some all-important bonding time. No boys allowed, obviously. We […]

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  • make your very own honeycomb


    Ever wondered how to make your own honeycomb? It’s super easy and the perfect treat! You might even say it’s the bees knees 🙂 Try this simple recipe by our chef Igor and see how you get on. Ingredients: 200g of caster sugar 100g of golden syrup 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda Method: 1. Line […]

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  • a lockdown valentine’s day

    raspberry and white chocolate heart

    Finding it difficult to come up with a romantic plan for yet another special occasion during lockdown? We hear ya! You might not be able to wine and dine at an expensive restaurant or jet set off to Paris this year but sometimes the best experiences can end up being those closest to home! We’ve […]

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  • the perfect treat this veganuary!

    Vegan Banana Bread

    Have you been taking part in Veganuary this year? It’s a great chance to try out some new vegan recipes and start the year off right. Our chef’s vegan banana bread is a wonderful snack for afternoon tea. Using gluten-free flour and plenty of fruits and nuts makes this banana bread recipe the perfect treat […]

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  • time to get the baking hats back on!

    Tired of baking banana bread? We don’t blame you! Why not try our chef Igor’s delicious French Apple Tart recipe? Apple tart is a French classic, spectacular to present and fun to prepare. It’s the perfect winter dessert and the ultimate tasty treat. Serve simply with crème anglaise or a good quality ice cream. Serves […]

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  • gibson’s memorable moments of 2020…

    Well, 2020 has certainly been a year to remember! But in-between all the madness and Covid-19 mayhem there’s definitely been some memorable moments for the gibson too. While it’s been a year of adapting, it’s also been a year of making the most of your situation. Here are some of the gibson’s greatest achievements of […]

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  • let the festive baking begin!


    Want to wow the toughest and most honest critics of the house? Why not get the kids involved and make our chef’s festive treats this Christmas? These delicious goodies are two gibson favourites, easy to make and great for keeping the little ones entertained. Your house will be smelling full of warm winter rye while […]

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  • 5 scenic dublin walks, right on our doorstep

    Canal bank walk

    When walking has become the new going out, you need to make it worthwhile! We’ve come up with 5 crowd pleasing walks right on the doorstep of Dublin city and the Gibson hotel… 1. Great South Wall Walk The great south wall walk brings you all the way out to Poolbeg lighthouse. Sights include ships […]

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  • 8 steps to up your dating game this Valentine’s


    We’ve witnessed our fair share of dates at the gibson hotel and with it officially being the month of love we thought we’d pull together some of the most valuable insights from First Dates Ireland and take you through a dating crash course of do’s and don’ts! The gibson gurus are here to take you […]

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  • most romantic things to do in dublin’s fair city

    Iveagh Gardens Dublin on sunny day

    dublin might not have the eiffel tower or water filled streets occupied by private gondolas, but we do have the spire, the river liffey and some of the best food, drinks and craic to be found in europe. couples looking to have a bit of fun together – dublin is the place for you. here’s […]

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  • romantic restaurants in dublin for your next date night

    couple enjoying romantic dinner restaurant

    our list of the most romantic restaurants in dublin dublin city centre might not have the same reputation as paris or rome when it comes to romance, but believe us, this old town is full of romance! below are our favourite ‘date night’ restaurants for romantic dinners and for getting you in the mood. our […]

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  • best ice-cream spots in dublin

    ice-cream cone

    now that summer has finally arrived and the sun is shining, we thought we would let you know where to find the best ice-creams in Dublin! 1. Murphy’s this famous Irish ice-cream is one of our favourites! made in Dingle, County Kerry with a store located on wicklow street make sure to visit on a […]

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  • our top summer music festivals

    concert crowd at a summer festival

    summer season is officially here which means it it time to hit the festivals. make sure to get your tickets before they sell out, here are our favourites! body and soul body and soul never disappoints. now in its 10th year, body and soul returns with the likes of talos, soak, kate tempest, dream wife, […]

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  • the gibson joins

    Stratocaster meeting space set up classroom style in the gibson hotel dublin

    located in the heart of the Dublin, within touching distance of the 3 arena and offering stunning views of Dublin’s port and the city centre, you’ll find the gibson hotel. a venue that will tick every box for whatever event you are planning, no matter how big or how small. the gibson hotel was amongst […]

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  • a day in malahide and howth

    Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin

    things to do in malahide if you have a few days in dublin and want to explore outside of the city we recommend that you visit malahide and howth for day trips, both towns are located north of the city on the coast. malahide is a 25 minute drive away from the gibson or you […]

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  • top 5 spring activities in dublin

    sharing plates of food and wine

    the chill has left the air and spring is finally here! if you are looking for something fun to do in the city, read our top 5 activities in dublin this spring! take a stroll in phoenix park the phoenix Park is the largest urban park in europe and contains a number of stately homes, […]

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  • st patrick’s day festival

    St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Dublin

    celebrate st patrick’s day in Dublin for this 5-day festival from the 14th until the 18th of March. using spoken word, music, visual art, literature, film, theatre, street performance and circus, this year st. patrick’s festival will celebrate Ireland’s world-renowned connection with storytelling at more than 50 events over five great days in Dublin. with […]

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  • a perfect day in dublin

    Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin, Ireland

    what should you do if you only have 24 hours in dublin? with so many cafes, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries, it can be hard to choose what to see and do. we have recommended our favourite places to visit in dublin. to see EPIC museum this is far from a classic museum and well worth […]

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  • 5 alternatives to new year’s resolutions

    Quit new years resolutions

    are you tired of having new year’s resolutions that you never stick to? if you don’t feel like making new year’s resolutions this year, fear not, here’s what to do instead that we think is a lot more fun! 1. create a bucket list bucket lists are exciting! why not jot down all the thing […]

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  • our christmas gift ideas 2018

    Christmas Presents

    we have put together our favourite christmas gift ideas for you so you won’t be rushing around grafton street on christmas eve! Under €50 For Her you can’t go wrong with charlotte tilbury makeup! the perfect christmas gift – a trio of mini lipsticks, one for every occasion over the silly season! €40 on charlotte […]

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  • our favourite dublin shops

    st anns church dublin city

    dublin city centre is bustling with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants so there is always something to see and do. if you planning to do some shopping on your trip, you will not be disappointed! we have put together a list of places not to be missed. from independent boutiques, department stores to vintage shops […]

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  • fun memories of halloween games & traditions

    Carved pumpkin for halloween

    halloween has grown over the years into a big celebration and is a lot more sophisticated these days (let’s not mention those costumes!!) but the traditions stay the same. let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about our favourite halloween games and traditions! 1. apple bobbing do you remember the apple bobbing? a […]

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  • for the music lovers – our top 5 gigs

    hotel near 3 arena dublin

    We are busy getting ready for concert season in the 3 arena, with so many amazing acts playing right next to the hotel. It was hard to choose but here is our top 5 favourite upcoming gigs! 1. kylie –  7th october Kylie is back again! She always raises the bar with her live performances […]

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  • All Ireland Football Final Dublin vs Tyrone


    And we go again This Sunday the white pluming smoke synonymous with the Vatican’s decision to elect  a new Pope will make way for the plumes of blue haze that will surely consume the Dublin faithful in Hill 16 for the annual All-Ireland football Final. Yes, Pope Francis brought the masses to the Phoenix park […]

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  • 5 steps to up your dating profile game

    first dates Ireland

    Update So………here’s the lowdown. First Dates season 4 has literally just wrapped shooting at the famous stalwart of love coda eatery.  Cupid’s checked out of the honeymoon suite and his arrows seem to have been very hit and miss this year, too much love potion cocktail man, come on! A few of you have taken […]

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  • Summer Festivals – the ultimate survival kit

    festival image

    The month is August, the year is 2018, the word of the summer is festival. Let’s do this thing.   set the scene It’s go time. You wake up with a little help of your alarm clock and it’s game face time. A quick shower and two tactical weetbix later it’s time to check the […]

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  • top 7 signs you’re Irish.. Dublin heatwave edition #SoDamnHot

    heatwave featire pic

    Sun-seekers rejoiced when Met Eireann said the mercury is going to reach a welcome 27C this weekend. While we’re more used to rain coats than raybans in Ireland, a sunny spell can leave some of us with dilemmas on how to act as the temperatures soar. So on that tropical note, here’s the gibson hotel’s […]

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  • World Cup Office 11 / meet the team editon

    gibson 11 image

    World Cup Fever! #gibsonworldcup Calling all office football teams.  The World Cup has kicked off at the gibson hotel. We reckon our gibson side has that winning mix of youth and experience, guile and panache. Our office team are togging out in this latest #meettheteam world cup edition. So on that note, here are a […]

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  • pre concert drinks? sorted!

    Gibson Dublin Hotel near 3 Arena

    best before & after your concert nights The new hemi bar drinks menu offers a killer mix of top shelf classics, unique summer shorts and specialty cocktails. How does an elderflower gin & tonic sound? This cracker is made with a beautiful harmony of floral elderflower notes and gentle bitterness of the Thomas Henry tonic […]

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  • BBQ Dublin: bbq season

    barbecue dublin

    BBQ Dublin: sun’s out buns out   Last Friday the gibson turned up the heat as the hotel launched it’s favorite BBQ offering. Answering that age old summer time question, where to BBQ in Dublin? The chefs fired up the grill to answer the call. Offering everything from new potato salad with honey & mustard mayo […]

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  • #DUBZONE18 : a Dublin GAA Q & Q

    dublin gaa come to town

      Throw In   Wednesday evening saw the return of dubzone, the true blue fanzone event to the gibson hotel. The event marked the long serving partnership between the hotel and Dublin GAA. Entitled #DUBZONE18 the evening saw 2FM’s very own Robbie Irwin take hold of the microphone as designated master of ceremonies. Representing the boys […]

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  • Things to do in Dublin City: our top 5

    things to do in dublin city

    5. the general post office (GPO) #historyiscool The famous GPO in Dublin is the headquarters of An Post, the Irish Post Office, and Dublin’s principal post office. Sited in the centre of O’Connell Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, it is one of Ireland’s most famous buildings, and was the last of the great Georgian public […]

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  • 9 things we learned from snowmageddon

    snow dublin

    Bread Just bread… the elusive crusty staple of our kitchen. Yeah, remember that stuff….well when you were in a tug of war with your granny for the last sliced pan in tesco you knew things were serious. #breadgate Wet feet all day errday Dry feet?  Unless you are one of these guys who carry around […]

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  • dublin’s coolest hotel just got cooler… literally!

    snow dublin

    dublin’s coolest hotel just got cooler… literally!   Last week the gibson hotel certainly lived up to its mantle of the coolest hotel in the city. Sheeted in a white blanket of snow which lasted for almost 5 days. The famous green branding of the gibson hotel briefly was tinged with a deep shade of […]

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