Friday 30 September 2016

Breaks for the Young Urban Creative

Published 04/11/2015 | 12:25

Goodbye hipster, there’s a new tribe in town. Meet the ‘Yuccie’ - the Young Urban Creative who embraces city living, works in a dynamic industry like design and fashion and is fixated by social media and technology. The Web Summit in Dublin (November 3 - 5) is their perfect milieu.

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And when it comes to leisure time, there is no shortage of things for them to do in Ireland to excite their curiosity, rouse their creativity and send them home fully reloaded.

Go mountain biking

Ireland has some of the most spectacular mountain bike trails in Europe and the 14km marked way at Derroura near Oughterard in Co Galway is justly celebrated for the remarkable scenery it affords the rider, not least the Maam Valley and the Twelve Pins. You don’t have to lug your own bike there: Derroura Mountain Bike Hire will fix you up and provide all the information you need for this stunning stretch of Connemara.

Visit a craft brewer

The growth of the Irish speciality beer industry has been a great success story over the past decade with the Crean’s Brewery, Dingle, Co Kerry, typical of the remarkable new breed of beer-makers. They’re very happy to accommodate tours of their brewery where you can learn about the art of making craft beer and you can sample some of their wares. Dingle is famed for its restaurants, so there will be no shortage of places to eat.

Take a Dublin gourmet walking tour

The Ballymaloe-trained Ketty Elizabeth hails from France’s Loire Valley and is known to many as the lady behind the award-winning blog, French Foodie in Dublin. Resident in Ireland for 11 years, she has eaten her way through some of the capital’s culinary gems and her three-hour tours call to food and drinks businesses where participants can sample the diverse range of tasty goods on offer.

Wind in your hair in Dingle Co. Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way Route
Wind in your hair in Dingle Co. Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way Route

Enjoy a yoga retreat

Yoga sessions offer a short escape from everyday stresses and strains, but there’s nothing like a multi-day yoga retreat to fire up the batteries and get you motoring again. Hush Yoga is a popular centre in Dublin’s Lower Baggot Street and they run retreats in various parts of the country during the year. November sees them decamp to the magnificent surrounds of the Cliffs of Moher, Clare, where the studio offers unforgettable Atlantic views.

Learn to draw

Adult colouring books have become an unlikely publishing sensation. Rediscover another childhood love by picking up paper and pencil in drawing classes organised by Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library on November 15. One of Ireland’s finest museums, it’s located in the historic surrounds of Dublin Castle and boasts a fine Middle Eastern restaurant.

Try rock-climbing on Malin Head

The most unique way to experience Ireland’s most northerly point is by rock climbing at Inishowen. With the Atlantic waves crashing below and the splendour of one of the most rugged coastlines in Europe all around you, it’s an invigorating challenge for those with a head for heights. And with the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way starting just around the corner, it’s a perfect spot to begin a road trip to remember.

Build your own guitar

Great as it is to play your own instrument, imagine making one too from scratch? Such a feat is not as difficult you might imagine especially when under the instruction of the experienced craftsmen at Hill Picket Studio near Avoca, Co Wicklow. Guitars and violins can be made in a matter of days - even for those who are carpentry novices. They’ve also got short furniture-making courses for those who fancy a mini-break outside the norm.

Go surfing in Sligo

Yeats County is arguably the epicentre of the Irish surfing world and what better place to learn the skills required to ride a board? Strandhill Surf School, located on the beach of the same name and a short drive from Sligo town, is one of the most popular in the country thanks to its mix of courses for absolute beginners and experienced surfers - and the perfect waves that wash up on the shore.

Take a creative writing course

The Irish Writers’ Centre at the soon to be developed Parnell Cultural Quarter in the heart of Dublin’s northside boosts the most extensive range of creative writing courses in the country - for beginners or those keen to finesse their first novel. Be inspired at the Dublin Writers’ Museum next door and escape the bustle of the city with a book at the Garden of Remembrance, just a short stroll away.

Cook a meal with a difference

The cookery school at Howth Castle specialises in one-day courses for all abilities, and their classes are a far cry from meat-and-two-veg. Learn how to prepare sushi and sashimi or how about an introduction to the magical vegetarian food of India? A post-class stroll along the pier is a must for all visitors to Howth village and appetites can be sated at one of the numerous fish restaurants that line the seafront.

Causey Farm; Meath; Portrait; 2010
Causey Farm; Meath; Portrait; 2010

For more creative ideas for Yuccies, visit www.discoverireland.ie #thisisLIVING

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