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Best Video Games with Celtic Themes & Settings

Best Video Games with Celtic Themes & Settings

 When it comes to different cultures, some regions are home to highly distinct traditions and, as globalization takes its course, these traditions are coming into even starker focus. Those who live in Ireland or have visited are well aware that this island has some far-reaching cultural imagery, from pots of gold to fields of stunning green pastures.

But locals are just as aware that these symbols are only the tip of the iceberg. Behind easy-to-recognize icons like rainbows and shamrocks are more complex notions, such as the hawthorn or oak tree, along with the Celtic knot and Dara knot. Projects that explore the heritage of Ireland usually incorporate one or many of these symbols—but to varying degrees of success.

Recently, international filmmakers have started to take a closer look at their source material for these projects. Overwhelmingly, scripts are starting to be more inclusive of the diversity of Irish traditions, folklore, and heritage. But this trend seems to fizzle out when it comes to video games. Looking back, have there been any stand-out video game projects that have touched on the living culture of Ireland?


Short-Form Shout-Outs

Before we dive into the world of established PC and console titles, let’s explore the world of short-form games, such as slots and casual mobile titles. For fans of casino games like slots, there are tons of options that include Celtic themes and myths.

For example, many real money slots touch on symbols like the pot of gold and the rainbow, both of which might be attractive to players who enjoy Irish mythology—and feel like they have luck on their side. Other times, slots might take another approach to Celtic themes by adding music that features the harp, fiddle, and even bodhrán. These include titles like Lucky Emeralds and Slots O Gold Megaways.

Other games take a more literal approach. For example, racing games are an incredibly popular category in the sports simulation world. Titles like Need for Speed: ProStreet are now available for mobile gamers. This iteration takes players straight onto the track at Mondello Park in County Kildare. They’ll race around the hyper-realistic course where the annual British Superbike Championship and Rallycross takes place each year.


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020)

The latest installation of the Assassin’s Creed franchise took players back in time to the Viking invasions of England. As the story advances, they must further the protagonist’s presence in Britain. Eventually, this led to the action on the shores of Ireland. The game deals primarily with Norse traditions and history—but researchers also spent their time crafting a realistic look at Ireland in the 9th century. 

The chapter ‘Wrath of the Druids’ includes clan dynamics that many will find familiar, along with plenty of Dublin-based action that sheds light on the city’s earliest years. 

Ireland Hills and Hay - Celtic Themes and Settings

Clive Barker’s Undying (2001)

This video game is based on the horror story Undying by master writer, Clive Barker. While this PC game flew under the radar for many, it’s become a bit of a cult hit for horror fans. The storyline takes players straight to the coast of Ireland back in the 1920s. Players navigate as Patrick Galloway, a paranormal Irish investigator who must help uncover the reason behind a slew of supernatural horrors. In terms of storytelling, historical accuracy, and thrills, it’s a fantastic title that has stood the test of time.


Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (1996)

Opinions on the accuracy of Broken Sword diverge greatly. This point-and-click game takes players into the shoes of a conspiracy theorist researcher who’s on the trail of a Knights Templar-sized mystery. Over the course of his adventure, he stops over in Lochmarne. During his time there, players will recognize quite a few stereotypes at play—along with a few particularly well-placed exchanges. 

For example, players are educated on the inaccuracy of phrases like ‘top ‘o the morning’. Similarly, the game benefits from having an Irish illustrator on board, Eoghan Cahill, who was able to bring even more realism to the table.


Folklore (2007)

This action role-playing game is regarded as the most developed video game that draws on Irish mythology. The game is set in Doolin, a small village that’s hiding a big secret. Players navigate with two protagonists, both of whom must wander to the Netherworld to find the answers they seek. Along the way, there are tons of folktales, cryptids, and other callbacks to the island’s longstanding traditions—plus a really well-played metaphysical twist.

Best of all, the game includes a highly dynamic and memorable visual design. This truly lets players immerse themselves in the game-play experience. Keep in mind that not all of the monsters and folk creatures in this tale are part of Celtic mythology, while its Netherworld also seems to bear a lot of inspiration from East Asia. However, this game is still a top choice thanks to its more nuanced look at life and mythology in Ireland.


A Day in London – Travel Guide

A Day in London – Travel Guide

I recently had a full day in London with no plans other than to explore areas of London I had not been to before. London city is a wonderful spot to visit and I have been there about 23/24 times before (not really sure to be honest).

This time I wanted to see parts of London I had not seen so I started with a walk.

What to Do in London

Kensington Gardens

I had been to Hyde Park before but this time I entered from the Queensway side and on this entry you get to see Kensington Gardens. It is a really nicely laid out house and gardens, with cafe and a tour of the house. At times you would hardly believe you are in London or for that matter a capital city as the pas is very much reduced. The gardens with fountains are well worth seeing as they would be in full colour during the summer, even in Mid April they were impressive.

Kensington Gardens is one of the Queen-related places in London. The Kensington Gardens was first opened to the public in 1733, every Sunday night. The chief gardener, Samuel Milward, was appointed at St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace in 1738. At the moment, Kensington Palace houses the offices and residences of the Prince and Princess of Kent, The Duke and Duchess of Kent, and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. It is also the London residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

You don’t need an admission ticket to enjoy and explore the Kensington Palace Gardens. There, you can take selfies all you want, which you can post with Instagram hashtags for travel photography. However, if you want to explore the palace, you’ll need to get one so you could walk its royalty footsteps. Walking through the Kensington Gardens is safe at night. You can take the road that goes from the legendary Royal Albert Hall towards Lancaster Gate.

Kensington Gardens
Coffee and Cake in Harrods


A friend told me about the cafe at Harrods, saying that they served Arabic Coffee (something I have only had once but wanted to try again). I entered Harrods and was bombarded by an air of opulence and I could feel the money in my wallet shake with nervous tension. I made my way to the first cafe I could find, on the 5th floor, couldn’t see Arabic Coffee so ordered a cake and a cappuccino. It was only afterwards I found out that there are 5 cafes in Harrods and the one I was looking for was called the Mezzah Lounge … so maybe next time!

What and Where to Eat in London

London has many fine eateries, with thousands of restaurants to choose from. Below are 3 of my favourites which I tried on this trip. (I have new additions for this list which will come in late April 2019 or early May)

Joy King Lau

Located just off Leicester Square this authentic restaurant is normally full of local Chinese families enjoying lunch. The selection of Dim Sum and authentic Chinese dishes is excellent. Note that Dim Sum is only served until 5 pm and after that, there are 2 dim sum platters only available. The service can come across as abrupt but in reality, it is just the level of efficient service required with the level of business they get. If you are going, try the grilled Cheung Fun or the Steamed Pork Buns – delicious.

Eat Tokyo

I discovered this place by accident on the way to a West End show. The menu is very authentic and covers everything from ramen to sushi and sashimi – if you are enjoying a meal here, ask for the recommended plum wine which is all the way from a small town in Japan.


I last tasted good Vietnamese cuisine in Melbourne and finding Pho was a really enjoyable experience. The dishes are very enjoyable whether in a broth or as a stir-fry. Before you leave you to have to try a Ca-Phe (or Vietnamese coffee) it is a real eye-opener and now my absolute favourite coffee.


This restaurant is located in a really trendy part of town, James Street just off Bond Street. Cocochan serves Asian fusion and has a wide range of Dim Sum and main courses. if you are eating here, try one of the amazing cocktails or cocktails as they really compliment the food. I love the duck spring rolls here.


Located near seven dials in London, this pizza spot is amazing. Prior booking is probably needed on weekends. Without a booking, you may need to wait for anything from 60-90 minutes at peak times. It is worth the wait. The pizza is very good and you should try half and half.


The Emirates Greenwich Cable Car Experience

The Emirates Greenwich Cable Car is an exciting new attraction in London. The cable car flies between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. The relaxing cable car trip takes just over 10 minutes, however, during peak times it’s a bit faster. The gondolas accommodate ten people but at less busy times you can usually get one for your group. A new gondola arrives about every 30 seconds. You can use your Oyster card (best way to do it) a contactless payment card to pay for the trip. It cost me £7 for the return trip. Note, you must get off and re-queue on the other side when paying by Oyster or contactless Card. 

After 7 pm, enjoy extended ‘Night Flights’ are a bit slower and more relaxed. There is a music backtrack as you watch the sunset over London, during the day there is a commentary.

Emirates Air Line Cable car is accessible to wheelchair users and cyclists and is open seven days per week. Don’t forget to arrive early and try the Emirates exhibit on the Greenwich side which does much about the airline industry.

Good London Hotels… Where to Stay in London

Finally, if you are looking for a nice spot to stay for a few days, I recommend the following London hotels;

  • Mercure Bloomsbury, London  – Excellent Service & Staff
  • Hilton Doubletree London Victoria – Nice Hotel, Excellent Service & excellent Location 3 minutes from Victoria Station
  • Park Plaza Hotel London, Victoria – Similar location to the Doubletree
  • Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria – Really plush high-class hotel with good value rates in low season

I find Victoria a great location as I usually arrive into London via Gatwick and the Gatwick Express terminates at Victoria, so I like the convenience.



I have outlined all the places in London which are mentioned above on this interactive map.

Joy King Lau

Joy King Lau
Address: 3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7437 1132

Pho, Covent Garden

Pho, 65A Long Acre, London WC2E 9JD, United Kingdom

Eat Tokyo

Eat Tokyo Address
27 Catherine St, Covent Garden, London

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London


Harrods Address 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK


Cocochan 38-40 James St, London W1U 1EU, United Kingdom

Homeslice Pizza

Emirates Cable Car Terminal

Fun Things To Do In London

1. Take a ride on the London Eye
It’s a 30-minute ride wherein you experience seeing London’s unparalleled views, overlooking the Big Ben and Parliament.
2. Explore the Houses of Parliament
Get to see the Parliament‘s iconic architecture. Also, you can attend the debates held at the House of Lords or House of Commons.
3. Shop and dine at Covent Garden
You can shop, eat, and drink at the Covent Garden, which is a district in the West End. Get to watch street performers and visit shops.
4. Take on the Millenium Bridge tour
The Millenium Bridge was built in 2000, which is a pedestrian bridge crossing the Thames River. This place was featured in Hollywood movies, such as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Harry Potter. ‘
5. Visit the British Museum
The British Museum is one of the world’s best museums that contains a vast collection of historical artifacts. Get to see a portion of the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon, and Egyptian mummies.

Connecticut Native brings his Queen Tribute Band to his Home Town

Connecticut Native brings his Queen Tribute Band to his Home Town

Bristol native Jeaux Archambeault also known as “J.J. Midnight” is excited to return to his hometown of Bristol to bring the music of Queen to the Rockwell Theater on Saturday, September 9th. The Connecticut Queen Tribute band has been going for many years and now runs out of Las Vegas, so this Connecticut Queen Tribute show is a return and a homecoming for Midnight and his brother Carl.

Archambeault’s fantastic Queen Tribute band, “Celebrating Queen”, will perform this Saturday, September 9th at 8 p.m. in the Rockwell Theater on Memorial Boulevard. This is the first concert in the newly refurbished theatre and is part of the “Downtown Live” series of concerts and performances scheduled for this year.

Connecticut Queen Tribute Band – Find out how to get tickets

Celebrating Queen Live at the Rockwell Theatre is the first concert by Celebrating Queen since performing a high-profile showcase gig at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas on August 19th.

The Celebrating Queen show at the Rockwell Theatre will be a show full of Queen hits, back-to-back; with all the Queen hits that you might expect from an awesome Queen Tribute. Songs like Now I’m Here, Don’t Stop Me Now, Bicycle Race, Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, One Vision, Hammer to Fall, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, and many more. There are not too many Connecticut Queen Tribute Bands so this will be a wonderful show for Queen fans and classic rock music lovers alike.

Celebrating Queen has performed its Queen Show in Connecticut many times before but has also performed across the world since 2007. They are the Foremost Tribute to the Music of Queen. This is a homecoming Bristol natives Jeaux and Carl Archambeault as Celebrating Queen bring their show to their hometown. You can get your tickets for Celebrating Queen in Bristol Connecticut by visiting

Celebrating Queen Live in Bristol Connecticut 9/9

Celebrating Queen at the Rockwell Theater on September 9th


The Everybody Sings Project

Recently, Jeaux has found a much higher and greater purpose for performing music after he was seriously injured after being struck by an SUV and knocked off his bicycle in Sarasota Florida. This led to him having some serious brain injuries, the symptoms of which include depression, anxiety, and memory issues.

Jeaux has recently stated in a TV interview that “Singing releases an incredible amount of natural endorphins. Singing makes you feel good, it lifts depression, it helps with your memory. If I didn’t have singing, I don’t know what I would do”.

Jeaux and his brother Carl Archambeault also run the 501c3 Everybody Sings Project charity. With the Everybody Sings Project, they have been able to go to different schools and social projects across the nation to promote the health benefits of singing. Jeaux put it as follows, “We may not be curing cancer, but we are doing some great things to help people improve their lives.” We are delighted also to have Shane McDonald on the team as a member of the Board of Directors. The motto of the Everybody Sings project is Singing is Breathing. More information on the Everybody Sings Project can be found at


About Celebrating Queen

The Celebrating Queen band is comprised of Jeaux Archambeault aka JJ Midnight on lead vocals, his brother Carl Archambeault aka CJ Midnight on Voicestravarius, Darrell Craig Harris on Bass, Steve Burchell on Guitar, James Sloan on Percussion, and Queen Keyboard player Shane McDonald on keyboards & as Musical Director for our shows.

Sky Premium: Elevating Hotel Experiences to New Heights

Sky Premium: Elevating Hotel Experiences to New Heights

As a hotel manager or owning a holiday home, you strive to provide your guests with exceptional experiences that leave an impression. In a competitive industry, it is crucial to stay ahead by offering unique entertainment as well as innovative services. That’s where Virgin Sky Premium comes in—an exclusive high-definition TV program designed to enhance the stay of discerning guests. We will explore the benefits of Sky Premium for hotels and for holiday homes. We will discuss how Sky Premium can elevate your guests’ experiences to new heights, boosting customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The Essence of Sky Premium

Sky Premium is a distinguished high-definition TV service that caters to affluent travellers seeking unparalleled luxury. Virgin Sky Premium will keep guests entertained with over 100 TV channels including Sky Sports HD. By partnering with Sky Premium, your hotel can tap into a network of high-net-worth individuals, creating a unique opportunity to attract holiday seekers. Especially at Virgin Sky Premium for Business offers guests top packages such as.

  • Sky Sports HD
  • Premier Sports
  • BT Sports

Your guests will never miss the Heineken Champions Cup and the Premier League while on their travels or for a relaxing stay! There are many benefits having Sky Premium in guest’s hotel rooms or in the pub. It has been estimated from that due to offering Sky Premium for guests’ hotel revenue can increase by selling the extra few drinks when a big football game is on and 69% of business guests say they would pay extra for a hotel room offering Sky channels.

Sky Premium for hotels and for business The Benefits

With Sky Premium channels, your hotel can unlock a host of advantages that differentiate it from the competition. Firstly, members receive personalized concierge services, ensuring their every need is met promptly and efficiently. In the tourist industry, a hotel or restaurant may offer premium services such as late check out, discounts spa treatments or top-notch gourmet food yet offering your guests, and offering customers Sky Premium channels is necessary! Especially for a restaurant or pub when the Premier League is on, this is a premium service for your guests. There are even pubs and hotels with signs outside letting travellers know they offer Sky Sports.

Secondly, with Sky Premium, your property gains exposure to a global network of affluent travellers actively seeking unparalleled accommodations as well as sports enthusiasts. 

Offering Virgin Sky Premium channels (over 100 channels for different audiences for your guests, your customers will be spoilt for choice) as well as a five-star premium service is key. These perks not only delight guests but also incentivize them to choose your hotel over competitors. 

Elevating Your Hotel’s Reputation

Hoteliers partnering with Sky Premium not only enhances the guest experience but also elevates your hotel’s reputation in the industry.

Sky Premium’s strong brand identity and commitment to excellence align seamlessly with hotels aiming to establish themselves as leaders in luxury and relaxing hospitality. By association, your hotel’s reputation is enhanced, attracting like-minded guests, and positioning your property as a top choice for discerning travellers.

In today’s competitive hotel industry, Sky Premium offers a unique opportunity to elevate your hotel’s guest experiences by providing exclusive benefits, personalized services, and memorable moments. Whether you are a marketing manager or a hotel manager considering offering Sky Premium with Virgin Media, this will give guests be it couples wanting a Netflix getaway, or sports lovers gathering to enjoy the moment. Offering TV channels is essential to any hotel. They are providing guests with the best experience and give them the home and away feel. You can cultivate customer loyalty, enhance your reputation, and tap into a global network of affluent travellers. Virgin also offer a resolute business TV support team in the unlikely event of something going wrong. Embrace Sky Premium and watch as your hotel rises to new heights in the realm of luxury hospitality.

Loko Waterford – Dog Friendly​ Restaurant Waterford

Loko Waterford – Dog Friendly​ Restaurant Waterford

Loko Waterford, Restaurant Review: Dog-Friendly Restaurant, Waterford

Loko Waterford is located on the Dunmore Road about 10 minutes from Waterford city centre in Ireland. The restaurant is located on the same retail park as Ardkeen Quality Food Stores. Loko is quite a large restaurant which spans over three floors. The decor is very trendy indeed with lots of quirky and interesting items decorating everything from the ceiling to the lampshades. You will also find some great pieces of art hanging on the walls.

I had been to Loko a few times before but I recently heard that they allowed dogs. With the recent change of legislation in Ireland, more and more restaurants are allowing dogs inside. As a dog owner, this is great as there is no more having to leave the dog at home, eat in the freezing cold in the outside area of a restaurant or just having to eat a take away in the car (all because a restaurant won’t take a dog … well done to Loko on that stroke of genius). Some restaurants treat you as if you wanted to bring your pet rat inside … those restaurants need to change with the times! Some restaurants say ‘we are dog friendly’ and then put you in a covered outdoor area but Loko actually bring you inside.


Booking a Dog-Friendly Table at Loko

So we booked a table for 2 humans and one dog. On arrival, we were greeted and shown to the doggy friendly area downstairs. We were given a water bowl for the dog and menus. You will find lots on the menu for you to enjoy. I do like seafood, and there is normally quite a selection on their menu. On this occasion, we had the monkfish scampi and the roast chicken. The Roast Chicken was superb as it came on a bed of mash, with onion gravy and large dumpling style balls of delicious stuffing. The scampi was light and perfectly cooked with a really crunchy panko style coating. 

During the meal, the owner came down to see if our dog would like to try some doggy beer. “Bottom Sniffer” is an alcohol-free, non-carbonated doggy beer. Apparently, the label says that it is the ultimate doggy refreshment which will help make your dog the leader of the pack and will have other dogs sniffing their bottoms with jealousy! (a marketing text which would work for this beer but probably would not work for Budweiser)

Of course, we enjoyed dessert afterwards, Bread and Butter Pudding and a brownie as far as I recall.

Loko is a very trendy and very enjoyable place to eat, with a menu which will suit almost every diner and welcomes everyone, including the canine members of the family. We really enjoyed our meal and we will certainly be back again soon.

The only thing is that the portions are on the larger side and for me, I would need to be hungry, even for some of the brunch items. (but hey, that’s just me)

On other occasions I have also enjoyed the PoBoy Seafood Baguette, the Sting Onion Rings and also the most amazing cinnamon rolls with icing that you have ever tried in your life. The staff are very friendly and there is a lot to enjoy and savour at Loko Restaurant Waterford.


Loko – Photo Gallery 

Contact Loko Unit 1 Ardkeen Shopping Centre Dunmore Road Waterford Phone: 051 841 040 Twitter: @loko_ie Facebook: Instagram: @lokowaterford

Loko, Ardkeen, Waterford

Loko, Ardkeen, Waterford