Weekend Break

From Cork to Düsseldorf a rebel city with über-efficiency

With direct flights to Düsseldorf now available, Caroline Delaney popped over to sample life in this German riverside city.

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Weekend break: A room with a glorious view at The Europe Hotel, Killarney

At The Europe Hotel, you’re paying for the view. And it doesn’t disappoint, says John O’Mahony.

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Weekend break: Forest delights are well worth the short flight to Southampton

 

Ciara McDonnell travelled the quick journey to Southampton on the recently launched flights by Aer Lingus from Cork.

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Weekend break: Lusty Beg, Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh

 

Clodagh Finn visits Lusty Beg island on Lough Erne for some deep solitude and reconnection with nature.

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Weekend break: The Cliff Townhouse, St Stephen's Green, Dublin

Catherine Shanahan experienced Georgian Dublin at its finest at the Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen’s Green.

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Weekend break: Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

Claire O’Sullivan found unexpected zen on a family break in Kilkenny.    

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Weekend break: Dublin's child friendly museums

On the eve of the 1916 anniversary, Claire O’Sullivan took her kids to Dublin to tour the city’s child-friendly museums.

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Weekend break: Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

All eyes are on the capital this month. Caroline Delaney pays a visit to the city’s Fitzwilliam Hotel.

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Want to live like royalty? Ashford Castle in Co Mayo is the closest you’ll get

I’m on a tour of the castle. The manager is showing me the drawing room where the Guinnesses would dine. 

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Pampered in Paris: Relive the roaring twenties at Hotel Le Bristol

Woody Allen chose Hotel Le Bristol in Paris to capture the glamour of the roaring twenties in ‘Midnight in Paris’. After a weekend there, Deirdre Reynolds understands why.

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Viewmount House right at the heart of Ireland’s lakeland district

John Meagher visits Viewmount House and experiences VM, the restaurant that put Longford on the culinary map.

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Seville will ignite the passion

Tapas, flamenco and bullfighting are what make Seville so uniquely Spanish, writes Brian Canty.

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Castle Leslie is fit for a king

Noel Baker spied on Paul McCartney’s wedding at Castle Leslie – so who better to return and review the five-star destination.    

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Nice and easy on the French Riviera

The French Riviera has long been the playground of the rich and famous. Darragh Murphy experiences the high life – but on a limited budget.

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Reliving some very happy memories at the Ambassador Hotel, Cork

She chose it as her wedding venue 13 years ago, so who better than Susan O’Shea to check out the new, revamped Ambassador Hotel.

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Checking out the bright lights of New York

No one quite does Christmas like New York, with a wonderful festive feel and some cracking bargains to boot, writes Vickie Maye. 

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Embrace your Latin side with a trip to Galway

Looking for a night on the town? Galway’s bar and club scene is one of the best in the country, says Colette Keane.

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A retreat in a different league at the Faithlegg hotel, Waterford

David O’Mahony runs out of superlatives after a stay in one of Waterford’s finest hotels. 

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Staying on the right track in Frankfurt

Stephen Barry boards a train in Frankfurt for an Interrailing trip through Europe. 

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All aboard the Orient Express — in Galway!

After battling through the floods with family in tow, Glenlo Abbey was a sight for sore eyes for Esther N McCarthy

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