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How Cork’s Spike Island went from Ireland’s Hell to Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction

By | 2018-04-27T13:06:19+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Attractions, Ireland's Ancient East, Munster, Museums, Spike Island, Touring Ireland|Tags: , , , , , |

Of all the profound changes Cork’s Spike Island has undergone during its recorded 1,300-year history, perhaps the most significant is that all those who go there now do so willingly. For a time, it was the largest prison on earth - housing 2,300 inmates - and a venue for the most squalid, inhumane internment imaginable. Enveloped [...]

As self-catering family holidays go, Cork’s Castlemartyr is among the very best

By | 2018-03-13T13:37:03+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Food & Drink, Hotels, Munster, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

I had the great pleasure of staying in Castlemartyr for one-week of self-catering. The party comprised me, my wife, our three-year-old son, Darragh, and our Golden Cocker Spaniel, Dexter. We had options when considering where to holiday. We could fly somewhere and enjoy some sun but honestly, the trials and tribulations of managing an active and [...]

Embark on a journey through the Munster Vales – Ireland’s historic heartland

By | 2018-03-08T10:02:28+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Attractions, Touring Ireland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

“An authentic slice of Ireland.” As sound-bites go, the people behind the Munster Vales could hardly have asked for anything better than the one provided by travel writer and broadcaster Fionn Davenport. Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1, Davenport fondly recalled his brief trek across Ireland’s newest tourism region. Encompassing Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick and Cork, the Munster [...]

How to Save Money on Family Road Trips

By | 2017-09-18T15:24:52+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: Activities, Attractions|

If you would like to fit in one last family vacation before the kids go back to school, a road trip is a great option. Having the whole family in the car together affords quality family time that some  vacations lack. Before you embark on your road trip, check out these money-saving tips. They will help [...]

Waterford could take centre stage on Ireland’s Ancient East in 2017

By | 2017-06-29T13:34:40+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Car Rental, Driving in Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East, Wild Atlantic Way|Tags: |

Since its initiation in 2014, the Wild Atlantic Way has emerged as a bona fide cultural and tourism phenomenon. The 2,500km meandering exploration of Ireland’s west coast - between Donegal and Cork - encompasses numerous sites of natural wonder, such as the Cliffs of Moher and the Skellig Islands, that were well established as tourist destinations. [...]

Best places to travel in 2017

By | 2017-06-12T15:48:42+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Categories: Top Travel Articles|

The Lions in New Zealand This year New Zealand will be a dream destination for rugby fans and adventure seekers alike. The country’s passion for the All Black’s will reach fever pitch when the British and Irish Lions play a three-test series against the World Champions in June and early July. Expect bedroom and camper van [...]

How to Have an Amazing Road Trip Experience

By | 2017-06-23T15:26:38+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Hotels|

Ireland is a wonderful country to visit; it has beautiful landscapes and its people are widely warm and genuine. In terms of infrastructure, Ireland has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and all the major cities and towns are supported by good quality roads. However, that is not the case in all of the [...]

Five Surprising Film Locations in Ireland that Double For Other Places

By | 2018-04-12T08:39:30+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ireland is well represented in film although you wouldn’t always realise it. The country has often doubled or other places, both on earth and in outer space, in Hollywood films. The beautiful landscape makes Ireland the perfect location to double as a number of places and in this list we have picked five famous films that were [...]

4 Best Restaurants in Galway

By | 2017-03-30T14:11:01+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Cuisines, Food & Drink|

Galway has a lot of amazing restaurants. From Italian to Indian and everything in between, there is a lot of choices. Sometimes, though, too much choice can be overwhelming. Here are 4 of the best restaurants in Galway that you should definitely visit. The Dough Bros If you looking for high quality, delicious pizza then look no [...]