Weekend break: Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin

Rita de Brún is impressed by the four star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, which has been lovingly refurbished recently.

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When is the best time to book your holiday?

Tony Clayton-Lea says time is of the essence if you don’t want to be left behind - and early booking is crucial when it comes to popular sun destinations.

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Kinsale’s warm welcome and warm food make it ideal to visit

THE waitress in Kinsale’s cosy cafe, Poet’s Corner, confides: “if you were to listen to all the chat and gossip in here, you would have enough material for ten novels.”

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A trip to expensive Norway is worth the price

Norway may be expensive, but the experiences of getting up close with whales and catching the sacred Northern Lights are most definitely worth it, writes Manchán Magan.

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Paris is spoilt for choice when it comes to cakes and pastry shops

Here are 10 of our favourite places to buy cake in the French capital, Paris.

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Time to enjoy a holiday without the kids

Mairead Robinson enjoys the sheer bliss and luxury of a child-free holiday.

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Explore the most romantic destinations for┬áValentine’s Day lovers

Tony Clayton-Lea explores the most romantic destinations to wine and dine your beloved and (re)ignite the passions.

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Aghadoe Heights distinctly unpretentious

There are lots of reasons to go to a spa.

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Camping in France ’our kind of holiday’

Although a late convert, Eoin English is smitten with family holidays ‘en France’.

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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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Angel Falls, Venezuela

Are you looking for a trip of a lifetime? Take a trip to Venezuela

Lucy McCarthy, 16, stepped out of her comfort zone to immerse herself in a two-month trip of a lifetime. It proved to be a class adventure.

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