1. The Dead Dinner, James Joyce House, Dublin Like the sound of having dinner in the setting that inspired one of the greatest short stories in the world? At the James Joyce House in Dublin’s historic Usher’s Quay, you can do just that. This is not just dinner… this is dinner in the dining room where Joyce set his famous novella, The Dead. The tradition of the house is that a place is always set for the unexpected visitor. Guests are encouraged to tell stories, recite poems or sing a song, if they feel like it. Book your date with The Dead 1. Titanic Meal at Rayanne House, Belfast The ship was lost over 100 years ago, but you can still savor the taste of Titanic at the resplendently Victorian Rayanne House. The world-famous Taste of Titanic menu is a five-star, nine-course meal that was served to first-class passengers on the ship of dreams. First-class meal at Rayenne House Everything is masterfully prepared by chef Connor McClelland, think roasted pigeon and saffron champagne vinaigrette. And the view? Choose the right room and you could have a bird’s eye view of the lough where Titanic first set sail. Even better, work up an appetite at the splendid Titanic Belfast exhibition nearby. Dine on a first-class meal 2. Plucked-from-the-garden-produce at Hidden Ireland Want the family hospitality of a B&B in a luxurious private home? Then you’ll love Hidden Ireland. Local, fresh and homemade food is the motto of all Hidden Ireland homes. Take Hilton Park in County Monaghan, dine on a carefully crafted meal, with ingredients straight from the family herb garden. Or try Ballyvolane House, where in-house chef Teena Mahon will treat you to slow-cooked game and rare breed meat. Ready to experience some Hidden Ireland Treats? Three to Try Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, County Galway Classic Irish literature in a medieval setting on the shores of Galway Bay: an intimate four-course dinner followed by stories and extracts from literary greats such as Yeats, O’Casey and Synge. La Peniche, Dublin Dine on fine food while floating along Dublin’s Grand Canal, and learn about some of its intriguing history. If the sun’s out, dine on deck and take in the city's views. The Boatyard Restaurant in Dingle, County Kerry Get nautical with a fresh-from-the-sea meal on the marina and soak in the Wild Atlantic Way scenery: Fungie the dolphin might even pop up to say hello. 3. Food and folklore at The Brazen Head, Dublin Welcome to Ireland’s oldest pub, once the haunt of literary legends (James Joyce and Jonathan Swift) and revolutionary giants (Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins). The Brazen Head had its humble beginnings as a coach house in the 11th century, and while we don’t know how much of that original structure is still intact, the history is written on its timeworn walls. Traditional music at the Brazen Head pub The food, however, is whatever you fancy – traditional or contemporary. Tuck into dinner by candlelight while you relax into a night of magic and myth courtesy of Ireland’s most renowned storytellers. Fancy a night of food and folklore? 4. Game of Thrones feast at Castle Ward, County Down Grab your broadsword: you’re about to be transported to Westeros at Castle Ward, a wonderful collision of Gothic and classical architecture. You will be greeted by the castle Maester at the entrance, and escorted to the armory to don your party attire. After that, it’s time to break bread with fellow diners, feast on a roasted hog and wash it all down with a pitcher of Winterfell’s finest ale. And in true Game of Thrones party spirit, you can expect plenty of live music and re-enactments. Would you like to experience a feast of Westerosi proportions? 5. Medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, County Clare Ascend the castle steps, cross the drawbridge and take your seat in the magnificent 16th century Great Hall. Sink into a spectacle of medieval songs, music and reenactments as you sip from a goblet of mead and feast on a scrumptious four-course meal. Fancy being King and Queen for the evening? You might just get chosen for a seat at the head of the table. Oh, and watch out for the scoundrel, who will reveal himself during your meal. He’ll have to be relegated to the dungeons… Ready to get all medieval at a banquet?