Weekend Break

The vitality pool, an outdoor heated pool, is an infinity design, boasting stunning views of the hotel grounds.

Park Hotel Kenmare - a real-life Downton Abbey

IT’S JUST a 90-minute drive from Cork city to the Park Hotel Kenmare — the undisputed jewel in Kerry’s crown.

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The ingenious Wild AtlanticWay runs from Mizen Headin West Cork (pictured) toMalin Head in Donegal'sInishowen Peninsula.

The ultimate road trip

Want to discover the Wild Atlantic Way? Tommy Barker checks out the most southern point, at Mizen Head in West Cork, and the most northern — Malin Head in Donegal.

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The Medieval Museum at Cathedral Square in Waterford

The Wonders of Waterford

IT MAY be the country’s oldest city — celebrating its 1,100th birthday this year — but as a tourist destination Waterford city has, perhaps unfairly, suffered from a perception as the poor cousin of the likes of Dublin and Cork.

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Dublin calling: Exciting times for a visit

If you haven’t been to the capital lately, it’s an exciting time to visit, writes Pól Ó Conghaile.

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From the moment you enter the spa at the five-star Fota Island Resort, it's like being in a secret world where you glide effortlessly from one serene experience to another, as body and spirit are restored — you can even walk on water here.

Fota Island spa hits the right spot

As the Irish Open golf championship returns to Fota Island, Dan Buckley samples one of the resort’s other highlights — the spa.

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The Belfast Bred Food Tour is led by a chef who claims to have cooked on the RMS Titanic. Barney is his name, and his 2½-hour tour is a performance piece during which he searches for ingredients to recreate the ship's launch menu.

Eat your way through a short break with food tours and trails

With more food tours and trails in Ireland than ever, there’s never been a better excuse to eat your way through a short break, says Pól Ó Conghaile.

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Many gateways to the Burren

County Clare’s Burren is more than a bunch of rocks, Pól Ó Conghaile discovers. Caves, country houses and chocolate factories are just the start of its surprises.

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The natural hot springs of Bath have always been a feature of the city. The Victorians discovered beneath their city a system of baths, complete with a drainage mechanism that still works to this day.

Bristol/Bath: A tale of two cities

ALTHOUGH the greater Bristol area has a population similar to that of Dublin, its centre is far more low-key but with a delightful buzz where the up-and-coming appears around the corner from the sedate and elegant. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Warm welcome to Belfast city

I ALWAYS associated Belfast with the eight-hour gruelling road trips of old. Today though, thanks to the motorway, it’s four hours from Cork, door to door. OK, so with two kids in the car we all felt the last half hour of driving — but it was worth every second of it.

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With so much to see and do, Galway is a tourist paradise. Whether it's Eyre Square at the heart of Galway city; opposite, Sarruga Dragons at the city's Arts Festival or Shop Street, the city, and beyond, has plenty to satisfy all tastes.

Best of west will put your stamina to test

From food to festivals, culture to shopping, Galway has it all and that’s before you even step outside the city. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Edinburgh: Easy on the eye, a joy to navigate, plenty of free galleries and with five Michellin-starred restaurants in a city of near 2,000 eateries.

Edinburgh: easy on the eye and a joy to navigate

WITHIN a couple of hours of my first visit to Edinburgh, it became clear this was a really visitor-friendly city.

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Travelfox Cruise Deal of the Week

A 4 night taster cruise on board Princess Cruises sailing of their newest ship THE REGAL PRINCESS along with 1 night Venice hotel stay.

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Hotel Westport - a perfect break for all the family

Hotel Westport offers an excellent children’s club as well as fine dining and outdoor activities.

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Muckross Park Hotel is set in Killarney National Park

Killarney key to the Kingdom

WHEN visitors come to Ireland there are some things I feel it’s my duty to share. Taytos, obviously, Barry’s Tea and Clonakilty black pudding.

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Westport House, Co Mayo, which was visited by 130,000 people last year.

Protecting a pirate’s treasure at Westport House

TO SAY that Westport House has been in the family for generations doesn’t quite capture Lady Sheelyn Browne’s impressive lineage — her connection to the 400-acre Co Mayo estate goes right back to her 14th great-grandmother, the “most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland”, pirate queen Grace O’Malley.

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Wined and dined in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport

BY THE time we had got three-quarters of the way to Westport, our phone sat navs were locked in battle.

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Windsor Castle with the 'long walk' leading up to it will be the centre point of President Higgins' state visit to Britain.

Hanging with royals: The alluring 'small town' of Windsor

As President Michael D Higgins prepares for his first state visit to Britain, Conor Power takes a look at Windsor Castle, the preferred home of Queen Elizabeth, and finds there’s a lot more to see in the town.

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The Roe Park Resort in Limavady, Co Derry

Northern Ireland still a pleasure after 30 years

FOR the young solo English backpacker, Northern Ireland during the Troubles had a certain curious allure.

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Glenlo Abbey Hotel, just two miles from Galway City, is perfect for people who 'want to get away from it all' without actually travelling deep into the wild west.

Luxury with a friendly touch at Galway’s Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Glenlo Abbey Hotel, just two miles from Galway City, is perfect for people who ‘want to get away from it all’ without actually travelling deep into the wild west.

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Kellys Resort Hotel and Spa, Rosslare.

Rosslare: a getaway for all the family at Kelly's Resort

LET’S face it. It isn’t easy to find a hotel that will welcome you open-armed when you step up to reception with an eight- year-old, two-year-old and a baby. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A scene from Ted Fest on Inis Mór in February of this year.

Rock up to Tedfest for a blast

IT BEGAN with a four-hour car ride, a ferry full of merry priests, nuns, bishops and hairy babies, and it got stranger from there. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Barberstown Castle is a luxurious castle-type accommodation in the heart of the vast county bordering Dublin.

Kildare: Bring out the artist inside you

From woodturning to pottery, Barberstown Castle is a great base to exercise your creative skills.

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