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26
Jul

The Distant Call Of Sligo

There’s something special about the August Bank Holiday weekend. Perhaps it’s the knowledge there are but a few weeks left before Back To School signs mark the end of summer.

This week I have been peering up at the sky every five minutes awaiting evidence of the prophesied heat wave. Alas, the sky remains stubbornly cloudy and I appear to have a crick in my neck.
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20
Jul

South Wexford – Rain, Hail or Shine

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I spent countless summers in Wexford as a child, however when it came to writing about Wexford for the Time Out Guide I found myself a little perplexed. I knew all the places to visit as far as Rosslare, but rounding the headland onto the southern coast, I was oblivious.

Thus ensued another road trip. One rainy Saturday morning we set off in time to make the farmers market in Enniscorthy. I’d heard they did good coffee and tasty snacks, so we skipped breakfast in anticipation.What we didn’t expect was the sun to shine while we sat back and enjoyed fresh apple juice, muffins and delicious coffee. We agreed this boded well for our journey.
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15
Jul

Staycation or Vacation?

I’ve been asked a number of times why people should stay in Ireland for holidays rather than head to sunny mainland Europe where the wine flows freely and the food is a fraction of the cost. I’ve thought about this long and hard and I’ve come to the conclusion that while yes, food and wine in supermarkets in the likes of France and Spain are significantly cheaper than Ireland, dining out in popular European seaside resorts is not the bargain basement it once was.
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13
Jul

Hot Tips on Travelling Ireland

There’s so much to say about Ireland and you certainly can’t fit it all into ten minutes, but I tried my best on Ireland AM yesterday.

Click here to watch the interview

12
Jul

Ireland’s Hidden Gems

I was asked this morning on Ireland AM, TV3
about the hidden gems I found during my travels.Hidden gems tend to be places you stumble upon having taken a wrong turn or heard of through a local.
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10
Jul

Saving Private Bernard

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It’s not that I don’t like cats, but I prefer dogs. A dog wags his tail when you come home, lounges at your feet adoringly, rolls onto his back so you can rub his tummy and are generally loving companions. So when my boyfriend found a little stray kitten outside his work on Friday I agreed he should take it into his office, mind it for the afternoon and find him a home. Someone always wants a little ball of fur right?
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8
Jul

A Little Taste of Ireland

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For those of you who missed my interveiw with Myles on RTE 1 yesterday, you can listen to it below. I mention some recommended places to visit, great family destinations, gourmet get-aways and the places that surprised me the most.

To listen click the link below.

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Click here to buy the guide

7
Jul

Time Out Guide Ireland

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For those of you listening to me talking with Myles Dungan this morning on RTE 1 I hope you got some good ideas of places to go. I’ll write up some of the places I mentioned in a post later today or tomorrow. I’ll also continue writing snippets on all the counties over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! If you have any particular places you’d like me to start with just let me know.

The book for those of you wanting to buy it (and you should so you can explore your own country!) is out in all major bookshops now and should be hitting local bookshops this week. Alternatively you can buy it online:

Click here to buy the guide

Happy travels around our lovely island 🙂

6
Jul

Discovering Northern Donegal

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I’m going to write up some of my personal recommendations over the next few weeks on this blog. This does not mean you don’t have to go out and buy the Time Out Guide to Ireland. In fact, if anything it should spur you to buy a copy so you can rummage through for more detailed info. I’ll pick and choose particular places and sites, saving lots of the good bits for you to read in the guide.
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5
Jul

Sunny Moments in Dublin

What started off a dull, wet morning has turned into a beautiful one on Sandymount Strand….

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