Weekend Break

Prepare to be persuaded by beauty of Bath

Elizabeth O’Neill is delighted by the majestic city of Bath, the setting of Jane Austen’s novels and a world heritage site.

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Five-star Lough Erne resort in Fermanagh scores a hole-in-one

Stephen Rogers visits the five-star resort hotel that hosted the G8 summit in 2013 on the shores of Castle Hume Lough.

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A weekend break in the city that never sleeps

Cathy Desmond took a bite of the Big Apple some thirty years ago — and now that she’s back for more, she finds a calmer, quieter place.

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’Tis well for some to travel up the Wild Atlantic Way

Tommy Barker went halfway up the Wild Atlantic Way to dip a toe in the waters of Ennistymon Falls.

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Weekend Break: Mastering the art of relaxation and creativity in Cill Rialaig

Hilary Fennell finds the beauty of solitude and a quiet place to work at the Cill Rialaig artists’ retreat in south-west Kerry.

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Weekend break: We all headed home very happy campers from Kilkenny

Cormac O’Keeffe spends an adventure-filled weekend in the child-friendly, Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny.

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Easter Escape: why not look at Germany?

Cathy Desmond loves Munich and says there’s much more to the Bavarian capital than Oktoberfest —it’s a great place to visit now, especially with direct flights from Cork and Limerick.

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Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre: A thought provoking place of silence

Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre offers relaxation and stunning views as Hilary Fennel discovered over a week’s retreat.

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Weekend break: Limerick proves itself a real lady

Brendan O’Neill felt a sense of peace and wellbeing on a visit to the Treaty city.

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Weekend break: Bray and Greystones are well worth a visit

By this point in the year the days are getting longer, the nights are getting brighter, and the temperatures are edging into the double figures (just about).

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This is how to spend 24 hours in Belfast

Caroline Hennessy makes a quick visit to Belfast to see just how much food she can pack into 24 hours.

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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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A weekend break in Limerick city

Eoin Edwards spends a weekend in Limerick in a Georgian delight and savours all No 1 Pery Square has to offer.

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Explore the most romantic destinations for Valentine’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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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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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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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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Athlone’s friendly welcome a real winner

Athlone has a lot to offer, as Claire O’Sullivan discovered on a recent family trip to Hodson Bay Hotel.

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