Weekend Break

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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Kylemore abbey looks like a doll's house from the top of Diamond Hill which is a brisk few hours' climb to its 445ft peak.

Connemara: the best of the west

Martin Claffey enjoys a walking break in the stunning surrounds of Connemara.

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Stepping into a secret country hideaway

Step House Hotel, Co Carlow

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A world beyond the Big Apple

ONE of the crucial decisions before visiting the city that allegedly never sleeps is where to lay your head.

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Anne Neary of Ryeland House Cookery School.

To the waters and the wild

Cookery schools, river walks and wildlife parks — Kilkenny has a lot to offer, says John Tynan.

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The West awaits

Caroline Delaney got on her bike and followed the 42km Greenway trail in Mayo.

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Recipe for success at Nevin's cookery school

Brian Canty gets a taste for the easy-going ambiance of Neven Maguire’s cookery school.

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Newcastle, Co Down is a northern delight

AT ONE end of a magnificent beach running the length of the town, stands a massive, austere red-brick building, looking sideways out to sea.

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Why Dingle leaves us hungry for more

I DON’T think I’ve ever had a bad weekend in Dingle — and I’ve been visiting there since before Fungi, the Dingle dolphin made it his home.

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