Weekend Break

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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