Since its opening in October 1996, The Irish Village has always been looked upon as a small piece of Ireland in the heart of Dubai. Designed in the form of a typical Irish village street, its authenticity comes from the use of Irish materials, such as Liscannor stone, and craftsmanship used in its construction, all of which have been imported from the Emerald Isle.
Employing over 24 Irish staff and serving traditional Irish food, The Irish Village is part of Dubai Duty Free’s Leisure Division and has great support from Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and George Horan, President. In fact, The Irish village concept was the brainchild of Colm and the street façade includes the Ballinasloe Post Office, a nod to Colm’s birthplace.
To bring another touch of Irish authenticity, a life-size bronze sculpture of three traditional Irish musicians was installed in the centre of The Village terrace. The sculpture, entitled “The Session” was commissioned by Irish artist Austin McQuinn and shipped to Dubai where it was unveiled by the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, T.D. The Irish Village outdoor area offers a spacious terrace overlooking the lake and lush gardens where patrons can enjoy the green settings on a family day out. We were honoured when a new extension was opened by Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. in 2014.
The food at the Irish Village has been awarded “Best Pub Food” by Dubai residents in top media polls over the years, including What’s On and Time Out magazines.
Over the years, The Irish Village has kick started the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dubai and over 100 Irish dancers, with ages ranging from 5-18, have performed to packed crowds. The venue is a big part of the Dubai community and is featured in many tourist guides as one of the “Best Attractions in the Emirate” and was named “One of the world’s great meeting places” by Newsweek Magazine.
The Irish Village continues to play a big part in the Irish community and is a sponsor of both GAA / Celts and Dubai Irish Society whose AGM is always held at the village. In recent years, teams from Gaelic Football – Donegal and Galway, and Tipperary Senior Hurlers have had events on our lawns. We also show the All Ireland Hurling live along with GAA.
This year The Irish Village was voted “Pub of the Year” in Dubai.
The Irish Village Shop was recently renovated and expanded and in addition to a wide range of Irish merchandise, now includes a range of Irish food products such as Clonakilty black and white pudding, butcher style sausages, traditional style sausages, dry cure rashers, oak smoked rashers and Tayto chips.
To celebrate the 20 years of award winning Hospitality, The Irish Village will host a free concert featuring “Sir Bob Geldof”. Sir Bob Geldof will also open the new Irish Village at Dubai Parks on 14th October. The second Irish Village will continue it’s policy of Irish service staff. As with the first one twenty years ago it has been designed by The Irish Pub Company in Dublin.
The tradition continues.
For more information, see www.theirishvillage.com.