Weekend Break

Sowing the seeds for a family break

Esther McCarthy takes the family off for an impressive weekend of food and fun in the Hideaway of the Year for 2014.


Weekend break: Discovering a hidden gem in Roundwood House

Unusual entertainment, eco walks and epic dining provide weekend attractions in Roundwood House, says Joe Dermody.

Ballynahinch Castle

Tranquil break on the old estate of Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara

AT TIMES it is forgotten that business is about people and in Ballynahinch this is very much the case. 


T2 Heathrow: a new bright departure

Anyone who has flown from Dublin, Cork or Belfast into T1 in Heathrow will recall how long a trek it was to arrivals. Well say goodbye to all that, and hello to the bright, shiny T2.


A weekend break at Clontarf Castle

HAVE you ever wondered what it might have been like when banquets were held in fairytale castles, and the mead flowed freely for ladies and lords of the manor? 

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Time out in the Irish capital

WE ARE that stereotypical Cork family that never leaves the confines of the county to venture to the bright lights of Dublin.

Carrig Country House Hotel just off the Ring of Kerry: 'It's as if the natural landscape defiantly resisted my uninterrupted 'hotlines' to cyberspace to get me to stop, breathe, and ground myself between earth, sky, water and mountains

Switching off from it all in County Kerry

I LEFT the cyber world with all its virtual distractions and came back down to Earth — not with a crash, but with a gentle soft landing — at Carrig Country House Hotel, off the Ring of Kerry.


Beara essentials in Castletownbere

IT’S OFTEN been said that we have a lot in common — Hollywood hunk Colin Farrell and I. Apart from the obvious similarities — the simmering intensity, the brooding good looks and the sheer natural talent — we have another thing in common after my recent visit to the scenic Beara Peninsula in West Cork.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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


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.

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

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.


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.


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.