Discover the magic of Madrid

Madrid has proven so popular with Irish tourists that flights will be increased from Cork Airport this summer. Michelle Darmody visits the city.

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Looking for a holiday with a difference? Look no further

Looking for a holiday with a difference? Award-winning travel writer Isabel Conway rounds up the hottest travel trends and destinations for the year ahead.

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Tennessee to Mississippi - Where civil rights history meets rock ‘n’ soul

Fifty years after Martin Luther King was assassinated, new museums and memorials are highlighting the civil rights movement, writes Isabel Conway, as she travels from Tennessee to Mississippi.

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Pack your bags, 2018 has something for everyone

Need inspiration for your holidays in 2018? Ciara McDonnell has the best deals for families, couples, cruise seekers, adventurers, walkers, solo travellers - and everything in between.

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Fancy a five star offer at 10 year ago prices? Check out Lough Eske Castle

Donegal’s only five-star Hotel Lough Eske Castle is celebrating 10 years in business and to mark the occasion are offering cutsomers the same 2007 nightly rate they opened with ten years ago.

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Sunshine breaks to combat winter's grey days

Looking for some winter sun? Beat the post-Christmas gloom with Ciara McDonnell’s last-minute sunshine offerings.

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Nine hot additions to Ireland’s tourist offering

Looking for a staycation with a difference? From new menus to room revamps, Ciara McDonnell uncovers the hotels offering that little bit extra in 2018.

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Even when you’ve had your fill, you’ll return for more

So where to go in Italy? There’s no contest says Annmarie O’Connor — the Emilia Romagna region, a northern province known for its medieval cities, rich gastronomy and unstudied elegance.

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Winter wonders: Where to find the best festive experiences this Christmas

Once upon a time, Santa was a quick visit in a department store, at the end of a day of shopping. How times have changed. From Beyond to Winterval, Ciara McDonnell and Vickie Maye round up the best festive experiences. 

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The best New Year's Eve destinations

Ciara McDonnell rounds up the best New Year’s Eve destinations around the globe – so you can get planning for next year.    

 

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Don’t want Christmas to end? Try a Twixmas staycation

Don’t want Christmas to end? Try a Twixmas staycation, writes Ciara McDonnell.

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Plan a great escape for Christmas

The period between Christmas and New Year is fast becoming peak season Ciara McDonnell has the best options abroad for a Twixmas break – so you can start planning for next year.

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Dining destinations: The best places to stay and eat in Ireland

Want to take a break where good food is guaranteed? Ciara McDonnell has her rundown of some of the best dining destinations Ireland has to offer.

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Icelandic cool in Reykjavik

Almost a decade after Reykjavik was forced to reinvent itself, it remains wonderfully weird, perhaps more than ever, writes Cynthia Rosenfeld.

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Boutique shopping amid Gorey details

Leave the hectic city centres and forget about Fifth Avenue — Gorey, Marlfield House, and Esmonde St have it all, writes Carolyn Moore.

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Travel Digest: TUI deals, Croatia, Hotel Kilkenny, Canary Islands

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TUI has 2018 options for those interested in Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Italy, priced from €499. 

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Looking to get away for Christmas? There’s still time...

Santa in the sun? Ciara McDonnell checks out the best deals. 

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When you aren’t home for Christmas

Let others do the hard work for you this Christmas and take a festive break at an Irish hotel. We check out what’s on offer    

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Bright lights, big city – and the best shopping

Planning a pre-Christmas shopping trip to Dublin with the girls? Ciara McDonnell rounds up the best hotels for a perfect girls’ weekend in the capital.

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Skiing with your children? Here's all you need to know

Want to try a skiing holiday with your children? Mareike Graepel has all you need to know...

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Paradise found with five-star luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives offers truly five-star luxury with a range of all-inclusive packages, writes Barry Coughlan

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A walk on the wild side in the Austrian Alps

Rita de Brún took an Austrian Alps adventure trekking along the Hohesalve and Wilder Kaiser Nature Reserve.

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Irish cities set to glow this Christmas

Cities in Ireland are catching up with the European mainland when it comes to festive markets, says Ciara McDonnell

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Wonderlands: Ten European Christmas markets worth visiting this winter

Thinking of visiting a Christmas market this year? Ciara McDonnell looks at some of the best Europe has to offer.

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Dubrovnik, the getaway for sea-lover, history buffs and Game of Thrones fans

Croatia’s UNESCO protected heritage city is the perfect getaway for sea-lovers, history buffs and Game of Thrones fanatics alike writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

 

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The Camino's Santiago de Compostela not just for walkers

The Camino’s endpoint, Santiago de Compostela is also a great weekend break, says Michelle Darmody.            

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Ski resorts to suit all tastes and budget

Ski season kicks off in earnest this month and Catherine Murphy has selected a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Separate ways: Honeymoons with a difference are a growing trend

What happens when your fiancé’s team qualifies for the Euros on the cusp of your wedding day? You take separate honeymoons, of course. While her new husband went to France, Irene O’Brien headed for Canada. And, as she discovered, they weren’t the only couple opting for a honeymoon with a difference

 

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There's more to Munich than Oktoberfest and beer

As Munich celebrates another Oktoberfest, Conor Power visits the city and finds it has far more to offer than beer-soaked streets. Expect history, culture, fine food and shopping on a visit to the annual festival

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From chocolate workshops to horse riding, Kenmare is great for kids

From chocolate workshops to horse riding, Kenmare is one of Ireland’s best holiday destinations for children, writes Vickie Maye

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Walk the steps of the Bronte sisters in the town of York

Geoff Power visits the North Yorkshire landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters and Bram Stoker, and visits the medieval town of York, a haven for anyone with a sweet tooth. 

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Crosshaven House a holiday destination unlike anything in Ireland today

With its private cinema and ‘posh dorms’ it’s no wonder the newly re-opened Crosshaven House is topping travel editors’ must-see lists, writes Vickie Maye

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A purrfect break in the land of the Cats

Esther N McCarthy and family travelled from the Rebel County to Kilkenny to discover fairy trails, a plunge pool with a difference and a heap of hurling history            

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How TV shows are giving us travel inspiration

Movies have long had the power to spark tourist trends, but changing viewing habits and increased TV production values mean it’s the small screen that’s now inspiring serious wanderlust, writes Carolyn Moore

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A cruise with a difference on the Danube in central Europe

Aida Austin explores the Baroque heritage and scenic landscape of central Europe with a luxurious river cruise on the Danube.

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Experiencing the ultimate sun salute in Fuerteventura

 

A week’s yoga and pilates retreat on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura offered good food, new friendships, sunny weather, swimming, hiking, and other activities, for Hilary Fennell.

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