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Do you want to see a spectacular 360° view of Dublin at Dusk that will get your heart beating?  Are you looking for the perfect Insta-moment? 

Due to popular demand, the Ericsson Skyline Dusk Tours return to Croke Park from Thursday, November 21 and will run every Thursday – Sunday at 4pm until February 2.

These thrilling evening tours take place on the roof of the iconic Croke Park Stadium, an incredible 17-storeys above the pitch, giving you stunning panoramic views of the glittering Dublin Skyline as it moves from twilight to darkness.

Visitors will not only enjoy unparalleled city views from Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform, but you will also gain interesting insights into all of Dublin’s celebrated landmarks – not to mention the architecture and design of the iconic sporting stadium itself.

Informative and passionate guides will treat you to tales from the city’s rich history and tell some local winter tales. And there will be plenty of fantastic photo opportunities, making it the perfect Christmas gift idea for the Insta-lover in your life.

Visitors will also get complimentary access to the GAA Museum, which vividly illustrates the story of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day. And you can also test your GAA skills in their Interactive Games Room.

Your ticket price also includes a complimentary hot drink or cocktail in The Croke Park hotel’s Sideline Bistro & Bar, located just across the road from the stadium, where you can relax after seeing the sights.

The Ericsson Skyline Dusk Tour, which lasts 1.5hrs, is a great idea for a Christmas gift, a work night, friends outing, a romantic date night, or even a surprise proposal.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and wrap up warmly.

Tickets are available to book online at €20 for adults, €18 for students and seniors, €12 for children, €52 for a family of 4, or €60 for a family of 5. Please note, children must be 1.2 metres (approx. four foot) or taller to take the tour. Parking is available at The Croke Park hotel or in the GAA Museum.

Booking is essential as these limited-edition tours sell out quickly. For more booking and ticket information, visit www.crokepark.ie/dusk  


When you sit down and think about it, you'll probably find you spend far more time sitting in front of a screen than you actually realise.

That 30-minute commute spent flicking through Twitter on your phone, followed by a full day's work in front of the computer… it all adds up. Yet even after eight hours staring at a screen, most of us want nothing more than to flop on the couch after work and zone out in front of Celebrity Big Brother.

Ireland's screentime is well above the recommended amount, with new research by Core Media and Ignite Research showing that even children are watching on average four hours of TV and online video every day. That's DOUBLE the maximum recommended limit. 

So next time you're planning a relaxing night with your other half, why not switch off the telly and try something different? Here are a few of our favourite date ideas that DON'T involve your couch and remote control…

1. Check out some comedy
The International Bar on Wicklow Street was the kick-off point from some of Dublin's best comedy acts, from Des Bishop to Fred Cooke. There are shows every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night with tickets available for a €10 on the door on the night. Head along and who knows, you could see a big name – or the next big thing.


2. Experience the best music in a mystery venue
Sitting rooms, rooftops, attics and clothes shops are just some of the spots that have played host to Sofar Sounds, a music collective offering "amazing music in intimate venues." Their next date is February 24, so sign up and head along to check out a few amazing acts in a mystery venue somewhere in Dublin.


3. Get fit together
Whether it's joining a local running club or getting out for a walk together, there's no nicer way to spend an evening than all wrapped up out in the fresh air. Plus, exercise = endorphins, which are known to strengthen the bond between couples. Win.


4. Become pet owners – just for the day
If you two would LOVE a dog but can barely fit a goldfish in your apartment, why not check out a dog-borrowing service like Borrow My Doggy? You'll get to take care of someone else's adorable pooch for a few hours, walk them, play endless games of 'fetch' and drop them back to their owner.


5. Cook a meal together
Rather than banging out a chicken stir-fry in ten minutes flat, pick a recipe for something you both love, stock up on ingredients and prepare it together. If you know you're likely to want to kill each other after five minutes (we've been there), then put one person on cocktail-making duty and the other on food.


6. Dance like no-one's watching (literally)
You know the absolute buzz you get from dancing up a storm in your sitting room to some random Spice Girls song? Well, the folks at Soda Bread Box are all about that. You can head along to their dance nights every Monday, pay a fiver on the door and dance for an hour in TOTAL darkness to some seriously epic tunes. Their rules? "No lights, no alcohol, dance your socks off."



Dinner, movie, dinner, movie, long walk on the beach (who actually does that?), dinner and then a movie again – is this your dating life?

We were bored just writing that, so we picked our five favourite alternative dates for you can try out.

1. Drive-in cinema
Ok so technically this is only available in Cork, but hey, it’s a small island – road trip!

2. Mini-golf
Available indoors or outdoors (for those two days of sun in July), you’ll have hours of fun challenging your date in mini-golf.

3. Hiking
There are countless beautiful walks in the countryside, so let’s get out there and stretch the legs, get rid of the phone and really get to know each other. You should probably save this one for when you’ve known the person for a while. Blind date in a forest? No thanks!

4. Snowboarding
Snowboarding? In Ireland? Get out of it. But yes, really in Ireland. Check out skiclub.ie and extremesports.ie for more details.

5. Cookery Classes
What could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner that you made yourself? Even better, it won’t be fish fingers and waffles and you won’t burn it because there is adult supervision in the shape of your chef teacher, yay!