Weekend Break

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.

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.


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.


Totally ruined and spoiled rotten at Faithlegg House Hotel, Waterford

It’s a sad state of affairs when catching up with besties is reduced to an annual Yuletide knees-up.


Farnham Estate, a perfect place to indulge the senses

IF it’s a rejuvenating country getaway you’re after then do yourself a favour and take a look at Farnham Estate Golf and Spa Resort.


Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny is a place to chill out, with or without the kids

Despite growing up in the neighbouring county of Waterford, my trips to Kilkenny have been fairly infrequent, basically comprising a school tour and a hen weekend.

Muckross Park Hotel

Good enough for a queen is fine by me

Susan O’Shea sets up base camp at Muckross Park Hotel and comes away as liberated as a former guest, The Liberator.


Henry’s Boutique Destination: A hidden gem in West Cork with a growing reputation

It’s just a one-hour drive from Cork city to Henry’s Boutique Destination— one of the best kept secrets on The Wild Atlantic Way. 


Great escape packed with activities in Connemara, Co Galway

Esther N McCarthy relives her youth with a weekend in the Delphi Adventure Resort centre, this time with the family in tow.


Inspirational food for thought in Brooklodge, Wicklow

Joe McNamee basks in the comforts of Ireland’s only organic hotel, the Brooklodge Hotel & Wells Spa, in Macreddin Village.


Westport: The perfect location for an adventurous weekend

Caroline Delaney says coastal Westport is perfect for activities such as cycling, kayaking and hiking, and resting too, just before winter sets in.


Wicked fun for all is possible in Co Wexford

PLANNING a weekend that keeps parents and young children interested and content can be a challenge. 

Belle Isle Castle, Co Fermanagh

Break for the border and enjoy the beauty of the Erne county

Clodagh Finn says there is plenty to fuss about in the lakes, mountains and islands of County Fermanagh.


Getting back to the golden age of air travel

Kelly O’Brien did what one should do at the airport departure lounge in Dublin airport ... she lounged about the place.


Rejuvenate yourself at the Hayfield Manor, Cork

Vickie Maye refreshes herself, her husband and her marriage with a five-star overnight indulgence close to home. 


Putting mountain and map reading skills to the test in the Burren 

Manchán Magan signed up for a mountain skills course and explored the Burren with his new appreciation of map reading.

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Weekend break: Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne, Co Meath

Marie Toft enjoys an adventurous blast from the past in the historic surroundings of the Royal County.


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.