Travel Digest with Barry Coughlan

Travel advice and ideas from Barry Coughlan

Serene parkland to explore

The high-end Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, has 170 acres of mature parkland to be explored this summer.

The estate is running special family summer offers including two-, three-, and five-night stays, with breakfast included each morning and one evening’s dinner thrown in as well.

The two-night package starts from €279 per adult sharing and includes a family pass to Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum. Call 056 7760088 or visit

Go wild with the whole family

A growing festival that celebrates what’s special about the rugged Comeragh Mountains on the Waterford/Tipperary border and the stunning surrounding hinterland has moved to mid-July so that families nationwide can join in the open air activities and fun events.

The Comeraghs Wild Festival now takes place between July 14 and 16 and features an extended programme.

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When the lions have left

New Zealand is currently in the news for hosting the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, but it’s winter over there, cold and damp.

However, New Zealand in summer is a different place with decent weather that’s more or less guaranteed. Riviera Travel has a 21-night package costing from €5,859 with a lot included. Flights via the UK, transfers, and a two-day stopover in Singapore, are included.

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Many sides to Monaghan

Monaghan Tourism has launched four self-guided itineraries to include attractions under various headings such as Big Houses and Hardship, Sacred Monaghan, Monaghan Food Trail, and Stories of Monaghan to last

from between two and three days. There are also a couple of upcoming festivals, Muckno Mania (Fairytale Festival) between July 6 and 9 and the Monaghan Country Music Festival between July 13 and 16. Details on

Bridge on the Costa Blanca

Bridge enthusiasts who also like a little sunshine are offered seven nights in the Costa Blanca between October 16 and 23.

The deal is available from Truevalue and is priced at €869 to include half board in the Hotel Kaktus Albir, a small resort hotel a few steps from the ocean.

Clients will also be offered five nights of organised bridge play.

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