Weekend break: Powerscourt Hotel, set in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains

Noel Baker chills out a luxurious bolthole in the foothill of the Sugar Loaf, surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. Life can be so sweet...

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Looking for a dirty weekend? Here are some romantic ideas

Stoke up romance and book a getaway together in Ireland, away from the madding crowds. Pamper yourselves in a spa, have your fill of love in a top class restaurant, or get dreamy under the stars on a romantic moonlight paddle.

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The Cliff House Hotel

You’ll have a whale of a time in Ardmore, Waterford

The Cliff House Hotel is renowned for its five-star class and excellent facilities. Esther N McCarthy joins the resident whale expert for a weekend with a difference.

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The world’s your oyster, find out what’s hot for 2015

TRAVEL and how we experience that longed-for getaway, be it in the sun, snow, wilderness or a city break, changes faster than those enticing last-minute holiday package offers posted in your local travel agency shopfront.

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Farmlands, crystal clear waters, mojitos, rum, music — all in a day’s cycling in Cuba

Elizabeth O’Neill joined an international crew circumnavigating the island of Cuba.

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Ever wished you could pack it all in and sail off into sunset? This family did.

Martina Tyrrell and her husband packed in their jobs, bought a boat and with some trepidation, sailed off into the sunset with their young family.

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The secrets to finding that cheap holiday

Research is key when planning a fulfilling — and financially viable — break. Among other things, it pays to shop around and be flexible in terms of your travel days, writes Tony Clayton-Lea.

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Stockholm

Stockholm is made up of 14 islands well worth a visit

Fascinated with Nordic Noir and Scandinavian street fashion, Michelle Doyle wasn’t disappointed with a visit to the Swedish capital where cool truly rules.

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Stockholm

Stockholm is made up of 14 islands well worth a visit

Fascinated with Nordic Noir and Scandinavian street fashion, Michelle Doyle wasn’t disappointed with a visit to the Swedish capital where cool truly rules.

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Freeride Horn Kitzbühel Powder Skiing

Ski, snow and some schnapps in Austria’s Kitzbueheler Alps

Alan Shortt quickly finds his feet in Austria’s Kitzbueheler Alps and discovers zooming down the slopes, arms outstretched, is the closest a man can get to flying without wings.

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Killary Harbour in Galway

The best of breaks in Ireland to boost the spirits

Explore the spectacular coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way, experience hot heritage in the South-East, feast on fabulous food festivals, or immerse yourself in inspiring art and design.

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