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Publisher’s Note Welcome to the Spring 2018 issue of Go Wild Tourism Magazine, the publication that really brings the proposition of the Wild Atlantic Way to life.


s a publisher, it is an enormous honour to bring the wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way to our many readers - as we have done for the past three years - and we hope that you derive as much pleasure reading it, as we had creating it.

From all of the team involved in Go Wild Tourism Magazine, may we wish you a great Wild Atlantic Way holiday and a lifetime of memories. Slán Leat!

Good news - our Go Wild Food Experience issue for the Wild Atlantic Way is a finalist in this year’s Gourmand International Food Magazine awards, to be held in Yantai in China. So, maybe, by the time you read this issue, we may already have be crowned Gourmand World Magazine Champions! Look out for our new Go Wild “On the Lakes” coming soon in May, along with our Go Ancient East title in April 2018 specifically for Ireland’s Ancient East region. To our designer David Curtin, our journalists Jessica & Marguerite, our sub-editor Wendy, the darling Cleo in accounts (VIP!). Grainne Kilcoyne and Fiona Monaghan in Failte Ireland - and to the clients who continually support Go Wild magazines - a huge and very sincere THANK YOU!


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Contents 6: Minister Michael Ring Interview

40: Things to do in Cork

8: Welcome to Mayo

44: Feature on Donegal

14: General things to do

57: Irish Lighthouses

16: Seven great reasons to visit Ireland

60: Focus on Kerry & Star Wars

18: 60 seconds with Niall O’Callaghan

66: Shay Hunston Photography

20: A focus on Scattery Island

70: Wild Atlantic Beaches

22: Things to do in Limerick

71: Artist Kevin McNamara

26: Galway snippets

74: Things to see and do in Clare

32: Mayo Snippets

90: Wild Atlantic Way beaches

36: Interview with Kevin Culhane Cork Airport

95: Chat with author Louise McDonnell

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What we have in this country is just great, natural beauty Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring TD by Jessica Thompson




hen Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring last spoke to Go Wild, he was full of praise for Erris and County Mayo. His love for his home county certainly hasn’t changed, but the effect of that article, he said, was huge on Erris - as was the magazine in general along the Wild Atlantic Way. “What’s happening now since we did that magazine and some of the people saw that article is there have been a lot more visitors to the area,” he said. “Erris also won the best place to Go Wild. It was an Irish Times competition that they won. And from that, more and more people are now discovering it.” When the Minister was given the job of promoting the Wild Atlantic Way a number of years ago, people just thought it was something to keep him and the West of Ireland happy. Nobody

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beauty - nothing has changed in that. What we did Clew Bay, Co Mayo. was a bit of marketing, a bit of signage 02. Claggen Beach, and a few signature points around the placeBelmullet, Erris, Co Mayo. “This greenway is going along the canal from Dublin, the whole way down along the river Shannon and into and people started to go and actually look 03. Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. and see what we have in this country. Longford and they hope to connect that to the great

western greenway. So eventually we’ll all be connected from Mayo to Dublin” knew what would come of it, and the impact it had on Ireland has far surpassed the country’s expectations. But the Wild Atlantic Way has really taken off over the past few years and has, in fact, become one of the country’s most important routes for increasing tourism numbers. In fact, the popular west of Ireland route was a huge help in bringing a whopping 8.74 million tourists to the country in 2016. That was a 31% increase on tourism numbers just three years earlier. Incredible. “People didn’t think it was going to have the impact that it had,” Minister Ring explained. “But the infrastructure was there - the scenery, the

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04. Cliffs in Co Kerry. “And what we have in this country is just 05. Dún Briste (Broken Fort) &

great, natural beauty. People just love it. Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo. And more and more foreign visitors are coming now. And not alone the foreign visitors, but Irish visitors are now beginning to appreciate what we’re doing.” The Minister has yet to travel the whole Wild Atlantic Way from bottom to top, or top to bottom, but says it’s something he would absolutely love to do. And, as a huge fan of Kerry, chances are he’d start down that side of the country. “I love Kerry,” he said. “I love going down there. I love the Ring of Kerry. Whatever part of Kerry it is, when it’s a nice day and the sun is shining, or it’s not raining, or even if it is raining, there’s still something beautiful about Kerry. I love Kerry, and whatever part you decide to go to is just fabulous.”





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“What I have seen is that communities themselves have bought into the Wild Atlantic Way. They have a pride of their place. And now they see they have lots of visitors, they’re looking at ways they can improve that.

One thing Minister Ring is very quick to point out is the sheer number of little tea shops and businesses that have popped up around the place as a result of the Wild Atlantic Way. And God, he added, wasn’t it such a simple thing that was done to make this happen? “The infrastructure was already there. We didn’t bring in the view. We didn’t bring in the sea. We didn’t bring in the scenery. That was all there,” he pointed out. “What we did was we put up a bit of signage. We improved some roads. We brought the walks along the the way with the walk scheme, the Greenways. And that all helped to show off the infrastructure that we have.” A simple thing indeed. That was all it took, he said, for communities to start seeing the potential that tourism could bring to their area.

“In this country, we didn’t think tourism was as important as any other job. But it’s more important. If you were in Spain in the tourism industry, that’s the most important industry to be in, because people have jobs on a full-time basis. People are beginning to realise that the tourist season isn’t just 12 weeks of the year, but 52 weeks!” And, he added, activity tourism is becoming more and more popular, with bike hire businesses and tours springing up all over the country. In fact, as Minister for Rural and Community Development, Minister Ring is in charge of the Rural Recreation Scheme, IMAGE: COYLE which hasEVITA seen a number of beautiful walkways and greenways open up across the country - with some particularly gorgeous ones being worked on along the west coast. “Now we’re building on the Wild Atlantic Way because we have the Greenways from Westport to Newport to Mullranny, into Achill. We’re after doing a deal with Coillte in relation to land, so eventually those walks will go

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into Ballycroy. They’ll go to Bangor, they’ll connect into Ballycastle. It’ll be a fantastic walk when it’s all completed,” he said. Most recently, the Minister has been working with midlands areas like Longford and Leitrim. In February, he opened a Greenway in Mosstown, Longford, which he says is a great addition to the local community there and, in fact, to the rest of the country, as it will eventually link the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s Ancient East. “This greenway is going along the canal from Dublin, the whole way down along the river Shannon and into Longford and they hope to connect that to the great western greenway. So eventually we’ll all be connected from Mayo to Dublin,” he said. There is great opportunity in these greenways, according to the Minister, whose enthusiasm for the project is hard to match. And, he said, great credit should go to those who have helped along every step of the way - not least the farmers. “We’re dealing with the farmers who make their land available and we have to compliment them on that,” he sad. “This wouldn’t happen but for the cooperation from the farmers. We have a great walk scheme here. We’re trying to promote that this year and what they provide for their country, for their county and for their area is just unbelievable. “And they’ll see now the benefit for their community and the benefit for their country.”


Journey to the West coast of Ireland and once you meet the ‘Welcome to Mayo’ sign you’ll know that you have arrived at a unique place. Mayo really is wild and wonderful, with broad magnificent landscapes, storm carved coasts, majestic cliffs and hauntingly beautiful mountains - all set beneath massive and awe-inspiring skies.

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ight at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo embraces the Atlantic Ocean with many of the county’s unforgettable landmarks dotted along its coastline - majestic Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Achill’s unmistakable cliffs, the Stags of Broadhaven and the sea stack Dún Briste. Mayo’s Atlantic coastline is a playground for those with an adventurous spirit, offering world class deep-sea fishing, surfing, coasteering, kayaking and kitesurfing. For those who enjoy going off the beaten track, you can’t beat North Mayo or Erris – a region voted best place to go wild in Ireland! (The Irish Times). This area is a haven for walkers, anglers and golfers alike, with Ballina’s Ridge Pool on the river Moy renowned worldwide for its salmon angling, the Foxford Way walking trail and a championship course at the exceptional Carne Golf Links. The Great Western Greenway, connecting two of Mayo’s premier tourist locations (Westport and Achill Island), offers an award-winning familyfriendly biking and walking trail, with

02 stunning scenery, historic villages, ancient ruins, arts & crafts, the Gourmet Greenway and Mulranny’s famous goats to discover along the way. The rich heritage of Mayo means there’s plenty for the culturally curious to explore too. The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life located in Turlough (near Castlebar) tells the story of rural life in Ireland through the years, while the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina shares one man’s incredible collection of Irish historical material. Mayo’s religious heritage reminds us that the county was once a place of spiritual reflection for the religious, among them St Patrick, Ireland’s national saint.

A tour of Westport House, one of Ireland’s best loved attractions and once home to Grace O’Malley, the renowned 16th century Pirate Queen, offers a fascinating insight into history. County Mayo has its own international airport known as Ireland West Airport Knock. A true gateway to the west of Ireland, the airport serves more than 25 scheduled and charter destinations across Ireland, Europe, the UK and further afield. For further details and information on County Mayo please check out our website at

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05 01. The spectacular Dun Bhriste Sea stack at Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle.

02. The Crossing – Signature Discovery Point

incorporating the Myth Shrouded “Poll an Sean Tine” blow hole at Downpatrick Head.

03. The beguiling Diaspora Inspired Spirit of

Place Installation on the far western island of Inishturk.

04. Mayo hillwalking - for the adventurous explorer. 05. Wild Atlantic Kayaking off the North Mayo Coast.


Things to do and to see in Mayo The World Class Great Western Greenway, in the West of Ireland.

Belleek Castle Museum & The Marshall Doran collection A unique museum experience in Ballina. The Belleek castle tour includes an explanation of the origins of the castle and the history of its former owners, the KnoxGore family. The highlight of the tour is the Marshall Doran collection, which is one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland.

Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic-free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway, which closed in 1937.

Downpatrick head Standing proud and alone, this magnificent sea stack is the crown of Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle, Co Mayo. This stunning location in North Mayo is where millions of years of geological formation meets folklore legends and history both ancient and modern, including World War II and the birth of Christianity in Ireland. Now a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way, time spent here can vary from tranquil on a calm day to ferocious wind and waves on a stormy day and a myriad of experiences in between.

Michael Davitt Museum The Michael Davitt Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Straide in Co. Mayo on the N58 route between Ballyvary and Foxford. The museum is housed in the magnificently restored pre-Penal Church that was used prior to the enactment of the 1690’s Penal laws which were more commonly known as popery laws. The Michael Davitt Visitor Centre includes the beautiful surrounding grounds of Straide Abbey, which, together with parking and a picnic area, provides an ideal destination for one of the great family days out in Mayo.

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Marshall Doran Collection Belleek Castle, Ballina, Mayo

The Belleek Castle Tour includes an explanation of the origins of the Castle and the history of its former owners, the Knox-Gore family, the Earls of Arran. You will see private dining rooms, decorated in opulent romantic style, as well as the Medieval Banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada Bar and the Tween Deck. The highlight of the tour will be The Marshall Doran Collection, which is one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland. You will also see the Grace O’Malley room and the last wolf shot in Connaught. Tour times Available daily from 11am to 4pm. Admission Adults €10.00, Children €7.50, Families €30 (Group discounts available) Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland Tel: +353 96 22400

EXPLORE THE WONDER AND MAJESTY OF MAYO By Peter Stears Etched by the rolling waves since the birth of the island of Ireland, Mayo’s coastline has evolved into a paradise for walkers, swimmers, surfers and beachgoers alike

Old Head. Photo by Peter Stears

I’ve swam with turtles at Honolulu’s Turtle Bay on the North Shore of the island. I’ve enjoyed dinner al fresco beside glistening waters off the tip of Italy’s south coast - but nothing compares to the wonder and majesty that Co. Mayo’s coastline offers the world. Situated in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo’s coastline not only offers spectacular scenery but equally warm and friendly towns dotted along the route, where a decent meal and warm fire to sit around is easy to come by.

Louisburgh. Photo by Peter Stears

Set your base camp in Westport, a gorgeous town situated just off Clew Bay where amazing seafood is plentiful and a genuine

For those of you with a thirst for excitement, make your

seaside town atmosphere is easily felt. Offering spectacular sunsets

way to Carrowniskey beach where you can hear the roaring

from the harbour with the last glints of sunshine reflecting off

sound of waves crashing down before you see the beach.

Croagh Patrick - this is one town you do not want to miss. Carrowniskey, with its stony and sandy surface, is known by Twenty-five minutes away from Westport is the town of Louisburgh,

surfers far and wide as Mayo’s Mecca for surfing. Even if you are

a quaint place where many of the sights mentioned in this article

a complete beginner at surfing there are local companies where

are located, and home to Silver Strand Beach. Encapsulated by

you can rent boards from and try the waves yourself. Beginner

rolling mountains, covered in soft golden soft sand, and crystal

or professional, it is an experience that can’t be missed.

clear water, you cannot help but stop and admire its sheer beauty. If you are lucky enough to be at Carrowniskey in the third With the sun on your back, Silver Strand is a perfect place for a

week of August, you might happen upon the Carrowniskey

relaxing picnic at the beach. The dunes at this beach are scattered and

beach horse races. They are a guaranteed great day out for

offer fantastic spots to set up a tent and go camping for the night.

all the family and offer the chance to see a unique sport. The

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No trip to the coast of Mayo can be complete without visiting the mystical Achill Island, first inhabited 5,000 years ago, and which has also experienced the might of our very own Pirate Queen Gráinne Ó Máille. Not only does the island offer spectacularly beautiful views but it also rewards us with equally spectacular beaches, one in particular - Keel beach is a must-see. With perfect waves for surfing, Keel beach is the all-rounder that has something for everybody. If you are feeling particularly brave, get to the beach at 7am during the spring and summer months and bring your surfboard for a morning surf. Refreshing and clean Atlantic water is guaranteed to keep you invigorated for the rest of the day. Sit at the edge of the water and take in the sheer beauty as the sun rises. Equally, Keel beach offers the most spectacular sunsets illuminating the sky in a gorgeous orange glow that warms the sky as much it does the soul.

Carrowniskey beach. Photo by Peter Stears

The Coast of Mayo offers an extremely unique experience that many of us in Ireland are not aware that we have on our tradition was revived in 2010 after being on hiatus since 1982.

doorstep. The exciting mountainous terrain with Croagh Patrick looming over many spectacular beaches results

Oldhead beach has a lot to offer and is fantastic all-rounder.

in a beauty that is impossible to summate in words.

With a golden sandy beach perfect for family days out during the summer and brisk walks during the pring, a pier perfect

Lush green hills, jagged mountain edges, golden sandy

for pier jumping, and a not-so-obvious walking trail for the

beaches and crystal clear waters are the definition of

explorer within you, this really is a location for all.

what Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way have to offer.

Follow the trail from the beach into Oldhead wood and you will come out right at the edge of the coast. There is an unparalleled sense of freedom here, where it seems as if time stops and it is just you and the world. There are very few places that can give you this sense on earth, and even fewer that do it as well as Oldhead. While Mayo enjoys a stunning coastline, it is also steeped in history. One of the most notable connections is to the legendary Pirate Queen of Connaught Gráinne Ó Máille of the 16th century. Revered all around the coast of Ireland as a fierce and brave fighter, Gráinne had amassed a sizeable wealth of 1,000 cows and horses through pirating, marriage, and inherited property. In control of 200 men, she was one of the last clan leaders to fight against English soldiers attempting to seize Irish land under Queen Elizabeth I’s colonisation of Ireland. Seen today as a figurehead for international feminism, Gráinne lived at Rockfleet Castle after her marriage to Sir Richard Burke. Upon his death, Gráinne remained at the stronghold with her cattle and followers. Situated on an inlet from Clew Bay, the simplistic beauty of the architecture as well as the calmness of the bay surrounding it is entrancing. The west coast is without a doubt one of the most pleasurable driving experiences you will ever have. For the most part, you will have mountains to one side of you and a huge expanse of sea to the other side.

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Key Sites To Visit During Your Trip along the Wild Atlantic Way Malin Head Looking out over the North Atlantic from the mainland, Ireland’s most

Doolin Cave

northerly point at Malin Head feels a bit like reaching the end of the

Inside the Doolin Cave in County Clare, you will find the longest

world, with little separating you from the Arctic other than ocean –

free-hanging stalactite in the entire Northern Hemisphere.

you can even see the Northern Lights from here if you time it right.

A staggering 7.3 metre (23 feet) structure hanging from the ceiling, it was formed from calcium deposits from a single

Fanad Lighthouse

drop of water, dripping over thousands of years.

The crowning point of County Donegal’s Fanad Peninsula, is a lighthouse dating back to 1818. Fanad Head Lighthouse is one of

The Cliffs Of Moher

12 that make up Great Lighthouses of Ireland – a new initiative

As one of Ireland’s most visited sites, the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the

allowing visitors the chance to visit or stay in an Irish lighthouse.

Clare coast need no introduction. Providing views of the Aran Islands, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges, and Loop Head


peninsula, these spectacular cliffs are a natural national treasure.

Donegal’s largest town Letterkenny is known as the Cathedral Town, for having Donegal’s only Roman Catholic cathedral.

Bunratty Castle

It is also home to the Donegal Museum, set in a former

Clare’s 15th-Century tower house known as Bunratty Castle has

famine workhouse and officially recognised by the Irish

become another major tourist attraction, famous for its long history

government as the best of Ireland’s county museums.

(the site was originally a Viking trading camp in 970) and its medieval-style banquets – a tradition that has survived since 1963.

Sliabh Liag Sliabh Liag’s cliffs aren’t as well-known as the Cliffs of Moher, but

Slea Head Drive

they are nearly three times taller. Europe’s highest sea cliffs at 601

Taking in some of Ireland’s most striking vistas, Dingle’s circular

metres, seeing them is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Slea Head driving route has so many fabulous stopping points that it’s impossible to pick just one. Travellers are advised to set aside at

Inis Meáin, Aran Islands

least a half-day to get the most out of this breathtaking journey.

The smallest of Galway Bay’s Aran Islands in terms of population, Inis Meáin is described as ‘one of the most important strongholds of

Skellig Micheal

traditional Irish culture’. An extension of The Burren’s karst landscape,

The site of a former monastery and featured in the recent

this beautifully remote area is a must visit for any tourist on the route.

Star Wars films, the larger of County Kerry’s two Skellig islands is as arresting in person as it looks on film.

Strandhill Strandhill, a surfer’s paradise, is the biggest coastal village

Mizen Head Signal Station

in County Sligo and one of its most scenic, nestled at the base

The southerly equivalent of Malin Head, the cliffs at Mizen Head have

of Knocknarea hill and looking out across the Atlantic.

their own visitor centre, where the brave can cross a startlingly high bridge and watch for seals, whales and dolphins in the waves below.

Kylemore Abbey A Benedictine monastery based in a 19th Century castle on a picturesque

Courtesy of Kate Phelan @ the culture trip

lakeshore, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is well worth visiting. As well as exploring the abbey itself, visitors can tour the entire 1,000 acre estate, including six acres of Victorian walled gardens.

Galway City Welcoming and colourful, the harbour city of Galway has everything you could possibly want from an Irish city, it is even set to be European Capital of Culture in 2020.

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EIGHT REASONS TO SEE IRELAND AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME With its scene-stealing natural beauty and multitude of things to see and do, Ireland is a dream tourist destination. But just in case you need any further convincing, here are eight reasons why everyone should explore the land of saints and scholars at least once.

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One of the world’s oldest languages

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Also known as Ireland’s Alcatraz, it has become major historic attraction. Spike Island was recently shortlisted as Europe’s leading tourist attraction for 2017 in the highly respected World Travel Awards.

The Irish language is one of the ten oldest languages still spoken today, said to date back to before AD 3–4, when primitive Irish was first inscribed on Ogham stones. Although you’ll probably have to seek out a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) community to hear it spoken fluently, it’s worth the effort to hear the ancient language still in day-to-day use.

Global experts on culture and travel recognise the many facets of the Wild Atlantic Way appeal - Donegal was officially named “the coolest place in the world” for 2017 by National Geographic and Ireland was recently nominated as Europe’s Leading Destination for this year in the 2017 World Travel Awards.

Ireland knows how to play to its strength and has worked hard to bolster the profile of tourist trails like the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,600-kilometre (1,600-mile) stretch along the west coast (plus parts of the north and south) that is the world’s longest defined coastal driving route.

World-class accommodation

There are some truly amazing places to stay in Ireland: such as amazing world renowned Bed & Breakfast’s, to Ashford Castle, voted the best hotel in the world, .

Its more recent troubled history

Ireland’s long history is both fascinating and tragic, particularly in regards to the many rebellions against British rule, which ultimately resulted in independence for the south of Ireland through the formation of the Irish Republic.

As one of the best-selling beers in the world, Guinness is Ireland’s most instantly recognisable export, and a huge amount of people want to see where it’s made – the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin was Ireland’s most visited paid tourist attraction in 2015, bringing in close to 1.5 million visitors. But no need to go to the brewery – the Guinness in Ireland is often said to taste significantly better than elsewhere (even Barack Obama says so).

Superb outdoor and adventure activities Expert hikers adore Ireland, and outdoor adventurers even named the summit climb of Croagh Patrick as one of the 15 best hikes in the world. There’s also Croaghaun Mountain on Achill Island – which at 688 metres (2,257 feet) is the site of the third highest sea cliffs in Europe – and Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s tallest peak. Another plus for adventure junkies – Ireland offers some of the best surfing in the entire planet: Bundoran was chosen as one of the world’s top 20 surf towns by National Geographic, and big wave surfing in County Sligo attracts professionals from across the globe.

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Niall O’Callaghan has taken up the role as MD of Shannon Heritage with a passion for improving the customer experience across all seven Shannon Heritage sites, whilst fulfilling a civic responsibly to maintain Ireland’s rich heritage. Niall comes with vast public and private sector experience, as a former Regional Manager at IDA Ireland, and Commercial Business Operations Manager at Unilever Ireland. Niall is a graduate of UL, a postgraduate of UCC with a Masters in Marketing and a keen sportsman - having represented Ireland in athletics. Favourite Wild Atlantic Way destination Dungaire Castle, Kinvara, Co. Galway. A picturesque location on the shores of Galway Bay, the castle interior is immaculately restored. The castle is set against a stunning backdrop, making it the most photographed castle in Ireland! What do you love most about the Wild Atlantic Way? Its rugged, unspoilt natural beauty. It is dotted with fantastic places to visit, eat at and explore that you cannot find anywhere in the world.

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Favourite County and why? Hard and all as it is to say as a Limerick man, it has to be Clare! No other county has such a breadth of attractions from the Burren to Doolin, the Cliffs to Loop Head. Your favourite get away from it all pub & why? Morrissey’s Pub in Carrigaholt. Best pint of Guinness on the Wild Atlantic Way, with a welcoming, lively and relaxed atmosphere. Your favourite get away from it all restaurant & your favourite dish It has to be VL Restaurant at

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Vaughan Lodge, Lahinch. Great location, great service and staff and the fresh Hake is second to none! Biggest opportunity to drive Tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way For me, it has to be leveraging all the great tourist assets that Co. Clare has to offer by all stakeholders working together to build an unmissable value proposition. Taking advantage of the already 1.5M+ visitors to Clare each year, by encouraging them to stay overnight and extend their visits to the likes of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park – is sure to have a huge commercial impact for the local economy.

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Scattery Island



ess than an hour from Limerick city, and located where the waters of the mighty Shannon meet the Wild Atlantic Way, lies Scattery Island - one of the least-known but most impressive visitor attractions anywhere in Ireland.

heritage sites which have suffered from overdevelopment and commercialisation, visitors to Scattery are offered free entry to the island’s new heritage centre and free walking tours by friendly and professional tour guides from OPW Heritage Services.

Last year, Scattery Island was selected as Ireland’s European Destination of Excellence for 2017 (EDEN award) and the award ceremoney took place in Brussels in March 2018. This was a significant win for the little-known island, and it now joins the ranks of other top tourism EDEN winners such as the Burren/Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head. Last year saw visitor numbers to the island grow by 300% as word spreads about the beauty of this little island located off the west coast of Co. Clare.

The free guided tours are very popular with younger visitors who can hear the legend of “An Cáthach” the monster who once ruled the island and learn about Brian Boru – the High King of Ireland who defeated the Limerick Vikings in a great battle on Scattery. Older visitors can discover the daily life and struggles of the local community who lived in this beautiful but isolated location until the 1970’s.

Although many tourist sites market themselves as being a ‘hidden gem’ a trip to Scattery is a unique visitor experience and one not to be missed on your Wild Atlantic Way journey. Scattery Island, also known as ‘Inis Cathaigh’ has a fascinating history and was once the home of legendry monsters, medieval saints, Irish chieftains, Vikings, adventurers’ raiders and traders. Today, the island is uninhabited and visitors can explore its ancient historic sites and experience its unspoilt natural beauty in peace and tranquillity without battling their way through gift shops and large busloads of tourists. Unlike some other

Visitors can explore the cathedral and churches of the ancient celtic monastery founded by Saint Senan in the sixth Century and marvel at the island’s round tower, one of the tallest and best surviving examples in Ireland, which has withstood Atlantic storms for over a 1,000 years. More adventurous day-trippers can also explore the abandoned ruins of the artillery fort on the south of the island which was built by the British army over 200 years ago to prevent Napoleon’s armies sailing up the Shannon towards Limerick. As well as these historic sites the island also has a lighthouse, the deserted village where the islanders once lived and beautiful semi-natural grassland which is home to an array of wild bird, animal

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and plant life which is of great interest to ecologists and bird watchers who visit. A seasonal ferry service operates between May and September offering regular, fast and comfortable ferry sailings to Scattery from Kilrush. This daily service departs Kilrush Marina and the full schedule of sailing times and further information on the service can be found on their website www.scatteryislandtours. com. The site also includes information on local accommodation and other tourism attractions in the area. Scattery Island offers tourists amazing panoramic views of the Shannon Estuary and in good weather is the ideal spot for a picnic. Packed lunch options are available as part of your booking to the island and full details can be found on the website. There are a range of short and long stay options available ensuring you can plan the perfect day out or you can also avail of the bespoke River Cruise and Island Visit day trips, custom designed to suit your requirements. To book your trip to Scattery Island and enjoy the experiences of one of the Shannon region’s real hidden treasures, phone Scattery Island Tours on (085) 2505512 or email Scattery Island - Yours to Explore

400 Years Of Fun – Waiting To Be Explored, There’s always something happening at Nelly’s




Durty Nelly’s can truly be described as one of Ireland’s landmark pubs. Nestling in the shadow of the magnificent Bunratty Castle and the adjoining Folk Park, it is the first stopping off point for generations of visitors to Ireland arriving at nearby Shannon Airport. Whether you’re just passing through on your way to explore the beautiful mid-west of Ireland or can spend a little longer with us, you’ll find that a visit to Nelly’s is an essential Irish experience – one that will provide a lasting memory of your visit to Ireland.

Bunratty, Co Clare, Ireland • Tel: +353 61 364 861 •

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Things to do and to see in Limerick Thomond Park

King John’s Castle King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick city. Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand new visitor experience at King John’s Castle. The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. This 13th Century Castle reopened in June 2013 following a multi-million euro investment. Explore the new visitor centre with state-of-the-art interpretive activities and exhibitions. Relax afterwards in the café – the perfect place to unwind while enjoying terrific views onto the castle courtyard and the Shannon river.

The Hunt Museum Exhibiting one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th century, including works by Renoir, Picasso and Yeats - the Hunt Museum is an all-round cultural experience. It reflects the diverse tastes and interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt.

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Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world. The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history and atmosphere, has been redeveloped and now boasts an increased capacity of 25,600.

NEW food hall FOR THE CITY Limerick is to get a retail boost with a new boutique food hall set to open in the heart of O’Connell Street. The first Alex Findlater and Co food and wine hall is set to open at 109 O’Connell Street, in a unit once occupied by the restaurant Chocolat. The 18,000 square foot development will include an oyster and seafood bar, an upmarket food area, and an elegant Bollinger jazz and supper club, complete with 300 wines from across the world. There will also be a Warbler & Wren coffee house as well as in-house coffee from Lavazza and Robert Roberts, and a full premium food retail experience, making the Alex Findlater and Co food and wine Hall the new go-to destination in Limerick for food and drink shopping, all-day dining and meeting with friends over exceptional coffee, great wines, and delicious dishes from a wide variety of carefully curated menus. It will be operated by the Savoy group, which also runs the five-star Savoy Hotel, the George Boutique Hotel, the Hampton’s Bar and Grill, plus Da Vincenzo, the Italian restaurant. Dr James Ring, the chief executive of the Limerick Chamber has welcomed the development. He said: “It’s important. We have a good mix in the city, but I think one thing which is lacking is the high-end offering. We cater well for the fast food type stuff, as well as the mid-range stuff. But I feel our options at the high-end are somewhat limited. This will be a great addition to the city.”

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Rugged coasts with pristine waters, golden beaches, looming cliff faces, dramatic mountains and glistening lakes, the wild west is a land of breathtaking beauty and extremes. The drama, the beauty, the untamed nature of the land and the people who live there have combined to create a magic unlike anywhere in the world...

GALWAY / CONNEMARA A fun day out with the kids

Why not visit the Connemara Pony Festival at the Showgrounds in Clifden August 16-18 Savour the tastes - from fabulous farmhouse cheeses at Sheridan’s, to the irresistible McCambridge’s food emporium – you’ll find something to your taste in Galway. Grab a window seat upstairs in McCambridge’s and watch the world go by while your taste buds are satisfied by a huge array of gastronomic offerings.

Traditional Music on Quay st A mecca of pubs restaurants and cafes, Quay St also has the best selection of live traditional music in bars such as the Quays, Tigh Neachtain and the Spanish Arch hotel

VISIT THE SPANISH ARCH A true Galway icon, The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 and overlooks the River Corrib. The arches were used to access the Quays from the town when Galway was a walled city and this is all that remains

Galway Crystal factory… Visit the stunning Crystal factory located just outside Galway City. It’s easy to pass a full day just staring at the amazing crystal creations... Galway Crystal was established in 1967 by a group of local business people from the Galway Chamber of Commerce. Through the years many well-known people have passed through the doors of Galway Crystal, from presidents to celebrities. Galway Crystal can be found in the most prestigious homes including our own Aras an Uachtarain.

Festival Capital Galway is a Festival town and there appears to be a different festival every weekend. Check out the local Fáilte Ireland tourist office on Forster Street for up to the minute information. Its great craic!

Galway Cathedral One of Galway’s most iconic sights and a must visit for every tourist to the city.

Galway Hooker Boats The Galway Hooker is a traditional fishing boat developed in the 18th century. Many of the boats have been restored by Hooker enthusiasts and can be seen during a festival in Kinvara Co Galway, which is a village certainly worth a visit

Ballynahinch Castle Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels. Voted #1 in Ireland by the readers of Condé Nast magazine. Set in a private 700-acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway, this authentic and unpretentious

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Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. Relax in your beautifully appointed bedroom or suite with wonderful views, wake up to the sound of the river meandering past your window before enjoying breakfast in the elegant restaurant, which was voted the best in Ireland in April 2017 by Georgina Campbell. Ballynahinch Castle is the perfect destination for an activity break or simply relaxing by one of our six open log fires. Expert guides are available to assist in every activity - on the sea, the mountains, rivers and trails or in the library exploring the rich culture of this spectacular region. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is located along the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland. This makes us a perfect base for touring this 2,500km (1,500miles) of amazing driving route from Donegal to Co. Cork. Local attractions in Connemara on the drive include Killary Harbour, Inish Bofin, Sky Road and Roundstone village.

Tours and Tastings

We enjoy sharing our love of Irish spirits with visitors. Our guided distillery tours bring you through our process of making whiskey and will help you understand why we are so passionate about pure pot still Irish whiskey. We set up our tours to be small and interactive, so that you can really enjoy the experience. If you wish to make a booking for the distillery tours and tastings, please visit, contact us directly on 096 74902 or e-mail

Winter Opening Hours

Monday to Fri – 10am - 6pm, Sat- 12noon – 5pm

Summer Opening Hours

Monday to Fri – 10am - 6pm Sat & Sun - 12noon – 5pm Guided Tours available please book online or call the distillery directly to make a booking

Guided Tours Available

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (Summer Only)

Wild Atantic Way PR People

Olivia Collins is managing director of Food PR, a niche, specialist PR agency dedicated solely to food-based businesses

Pam Finn or ‘PR Pam’ , has over two decades worth of business acumen She has worked in the media industry since 1999, including television,

Olivia set up her first PR and

radio and print, and has launched

marketing agency Those Two Girls

over 500 businesses through her

in 2004 and brings more than 20

company Think Public Relations.

years’ experience towards helping

Most recently, she has worked with

clients, among whom are some of

the famous Clarenbridge Oyster Festival, Connemara Mussel Festival

Ireland’s leading food champions, including top chefs JP McMahon,

and the award-winning Clifden Arts Festival. She is an advocate

Dylan McGrath and Andy McFadden.

for promoting arts, crafts and culture in Ireland and along the

Among her restaurant clients are JP McMahon’s trio of EatGalway

Wild Atlantic Way. She regularly works with businesses who

restaurants, including Michelin star Aniar, and top Cork restaurant

require assistance in the area of tourism. Pam is also a mentor for

Greenes. She also works with some of Ireland’s most innovative food

Enterprise Ireland and The Design & Craft Council of Ireland. For

initiatives, food producers and food businesses, including Galway

more information visit to or call 091 79 25 26.

West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy, Achill Island Sea Salt, Cuinneog and Esquires Coffee. She is also communications manager for Food On The Edge, the international food symposium. Olivia believes passionately in food producers and food

Lisa Regan Public Relations LTD is a niche public relations firm based in Galway

establishments that put excellence and quality first. These are the same values that she herself champions above all others, as a communications expert and lover of good food.

Lisa Regan Public Relations LTD is a successful public relations firm based in Galway. Since 2011, MD Lisa has been working

Galway-based Máirín O’Reilly, originally from Mayo, established Mór PR in 2003

with clients from start-ups, SMEs to multinationals on how to find your voice in a very busy world. With a unique take on social media, Lisa Regan will find a strategy that works for your online voice. Traditional PR streams such as TV, Radio and Print Media still play an integral part in building brand and this is a

Máirín works with clients in the

major passion for Lisa when aligning image, brand and voice.

West including The Ardilaun Hotel,

Galway Science & Technology Festival and, telling their story to highlight their brands. Máirín, who studied Irish and French in University, recently returned to NUIG to study Community Development. She is currently working with Oranmore & Clarinbridge Tourism Network on a collaborative marketing plan to highlight these villages full of heritage on Galway Bay with their quaint pubs, tearooms and restaurants, along the Wild Atlantic Way, as a great place from which to explore Connemara and The Burren. You’re guaranteed a peaceful night’s sleep in an authentic village setting in a choice of guest houses, B&B’s and hotels. Máirín also provides business mentoring, media training and marketing consultancy. and 087 2407903.

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BallynahinchCastle Castleis set is setonona 700 a 450 estate Ballynahinch acreacre estate in the heart of Connemara withbedrooms 48 bedrooms & the inheart of Connemara with 48 & suites, all tastefully & invidiually decorated suites, all tastefully & individually decorated. The hotel’s restaurant is renowned for its excellence, which of course, serves

The hotel’s restaurant is renowned for its excellence, which of course, locally-sourced produce and locally-caught fish. It might be the height serves locally-sourced locally-caught sh.always It might of summer in Ireland, butproduce a seat by aand log fire in the cosy bar fi will be be the height of summer in Ireland, a seat byhotel’s a log fiown re in the cosy welcome after a day’s hiking orbut fishing on the salmon river bar will always be welcome afteratathe day’s hiking orbiking, fishing on the hotel’s and lakes. Other activities castle include hiking, game bird own hunting, walking a boat trip from tennis, salmon river and trails, lakes.cycling, Otherfly-fishing, activitiesandatlocally the castle include Roundstone Inishlaken, a deserted islandbird in Roundstone In fact, biking, hiking,topony riding and game hunting. Bay. In fact, there’s so there’sto sodo much do on the estate, lotsvisitors of visitors neverleave leave the the grounds. much ontothe estate, lots of never grounds.

Tel + 353 95 31006 Email Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

THE GALWAY RACES The world-renowned seven day Galway Races Summer Festival takes place on Monday 30th July to Sunday 5th August 2018, in its 149th year. Widely regarded as the highlight of the summer season in Ireland, Galway Races offers fantastic horse racing, live music and entertainment, stunning fashion, family fun and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over Ireland and abroad to experience first-hand the infectious sense of fun. The Galway Races - established in 1869 - is an internationally renowned state-of-the-art racing facility. The racecourse is a national cultural and sporting asset. The Galway Races is a recognised brand and is synonymous with the City of Galway and the wider region. It has been said about the festival that it once brought Galway City to a standstill, but now it brings the whole country to a standstill.

In terms of the action on the racecourse, the highlight of the week is arguably the historic Galway Plate, a valuable handicap chase that takes places on the Wednesday of the meeting. The day after that, the prestigious Galway Hurdle takes centre stage. The style stakes are high at Galway with fabulous prizes on offer through best dressed competitions over the week. The racecourse offers a great selection of hospitality facilities and continually strives to offer the race goer a wonderful race day experience. Over 145,000 people attended the Summer Festival Meeting in 2017 where betting turnover reached great heights once again. The total prize fund for the 52 sponsored races reached an impressive â‚Ź2 million. If you fancy a flutter while at the course, there are various options for placing a bet at the Galway Races; the Tote, on-course betting shops and on-course bookmakers. Turnstiles will open each day approximately two hours before the first race.

Connacht Whiskey The Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd is the result of a dream shared by four men, three Americans and one Irishman, to bring pure pot still Irish whiskey back to the West of Ireland after an absence of over 100 years.

that Americans needed more choices in what Irish whiskey they could buy in the U.S. They decided to build an independently-owned Irish distillery that would produce craft products of the finest order.

These men share bonds of family and friendship. They also share a respect of heritage and a commitment to Connacht, one of the most natural and unspoiled regions of Ireland.

They realised, however, that they needed more expertise in craft distilling, marketing, and sales to make their dream a reality, so they reached out to friends. Two friends joined them to make the dream a reality. The first friend was an award-winning master distiller who had won numerous international gold medals and also custom designed stills.

Like many Irish-Americans, the Stapletons were eager to reconnect with family in Ireland. Over tea one afternoon in an Irish B&B, the American Stapletons found cousins who had chosen to remain in Ireland. Both families, on either side of the Atlantic, had flourished. Recognising that no Irish companies were making Irish whiskey, the Stapletons decided that the Irish deserved to have their own distillery and

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The second friend had over 30 years experience in the complicated U.S. spirits industry. That friend’s mother happened to have been born and raised in County Sligo, 30 minutes from the distillery. This is the dream of four men who combine the best of what it means to be Irish and American.

Come and see our beautiful 1,000 acre estate • 6 Acre Victorian Walled Garden

• History Talks and Guided Tours

• Restored Rooms in the Abbey

• Woodland & Lakeshore Walks

• Gothic Church

• Café & Tea House: Craft & Design Shop

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Things to do and to see in Mayo Croagh Patrick

Ice House Hotel, Co Mayo Chill out at the Chill Spa, where everything is designed to take advantage of the views out over the River Moy. Rest your eyes on it while making the most of its thermal garden, outdoor barrel sauna and outdoor hot tubs. Forget the weather, and all your aches and pains, while up to your neck in bubbly – the hot tub kind, the other can come later. Inside, there are light and dark relaxation rooms and Voya treatments on tap.

Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Each year, The Reek, as it is colloquially known, attracts about one million pilgrims. On ‘Reek Sunday’, the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. At the top, there is a modern chapel where Mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers.

The Atlantic Drive on Achill Island Achill Island occupies an area of some 57sq miles but its actual coastline - including all the inlets and spars - measures over 80 miles. In some places, the roads follow (generally) the shoreline and two particular stretches of road have been designated as Achill’s Atlantic Drive.

Keem Bay Described as the last beach that you see before New York. The drive from Achill Sound to Keem Bay is absolutely spectacular as you drive along the side of a cliff for what seems forever but the jaw-dropping view of Keem bay when it appears in your eyeline is simply amazing

The National Museum of Ireland The award-winning National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is home to the National Folk life Collection and is a leading visitor experience in the west of Ireland. Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House, this award-winning museum provides a fascinating insight into the lives of our rural ancestors from the 1850s to the 1950s. The main exhibitions are spread across four floors of modern galleries in an purpose-built architecturally interesting building.

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...FIND YOUR WILD, THIS SPRING AT THE ICE HOUSE Perched on the banks of the Moy, with stunning views across the river and out to the Wild Atlantic Way, The Ice House whisks all stress away. It feels like a happening hotspot in a bubble that’s all your own. Think eclectic style, laid back buzz and brilliant flavour... all in a place of unhurried peace and easy natural beauty. A visit to the Ice House is an escape to the extraordinary.

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Gateway to the South of Ireland We caught up with Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport to find out exactly what it is that makes this airport so special... In 2017, a total of 2.3 million passengers flew through Cork Airport. That comes as no surprise considering the southern Irish airport is the country’s second busiest and best-connected, international airport, with connectivity to over 40 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA. And, with such a prime location at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s no wonder it’s the top choice for tourists who want to explore Ireland’s most scenic route. Tell us a little bit about your new Food Hall Our new food court is now located airside in the departures area, and replaces the existing restaurant, which was located landside. This now allows people the time to relax and dine in our departures lounge once they have gone through security.

Other changes to our food and beverage offering at the airport include the new Kinsale Café and Bar in the arrivals hall. Both the food court and Kinsale Café Bar are operated by Aramark and we are working closely with them, and local food producers, on menus that showcase the fantastic local produce from the region. Craft Lane, our new bistro bar operated by KSG Group, has replaced The Last Call in the departures section, while AMT Coffee is also in departures hall. We are continuously looking at ways to improve the overall passenger experience and these new changes are having a real positive impact. Do you have any new airline announcements for 2018? This year, we have already

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announced that one of the biggest airlines in the world, Air France is to begin services out of the Airport from May, with a new Cork to Paris-Charles de Gaulle route. The daily flight will not only link Cork to France, but also connect passengers from the south of Ireland to Air France’s extensive network of over 180 destinations worldwide via the international hub of Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The new service commences 26 May and runs through until 27 October. Ryanair has also announced the addition of a new twice-weekly service to Faro, Portugal this winter. Cork Airport is also delighted to welcome the expansion of existing services in 2018, with Iberia Express expanding its Cork to Madrid route by 5% this summer. It will operate twice weekly from 1 June to 15 September, compared to the 2017 service that operated from 2 June to 9 September. Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air is also expanding its service with increased frequencies, expansions and enhanced scheduling from the

airport this summer. Aer Lingus Regional will fly to Manchester 18 times weekly, as well as twice-daily to Birmingham. Following the successful launch to Newquay in Cornwall last year, Aer Lingus Regional will also extend this service for a longer season this year, and add an additional 6% seat capacity to the route. Volotea’s weekly service to Verona is also increasing to twice-weekly during the summer. The service will operate every Saturday from 26 May to 29 August with an additional flight on Wednesdays during peak season commencing on 27 June. Swiss is to expand its Cork Zurich service. The airline will operate three flights per week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - commencing in early May and running until the end of October 2018. What makes the Cork Airport team different to other airports? In 2015, Cork Airport unveiled its new brand identity with a new logo

and the message ‘Fly Friendly’. This underlines what makes Cork Airport unique; its network of routes, its award-winning customer services, and its position as the gateway to the south of Ireland. Our teams have fully embraced this ethos, and we were delighted that Cork Airport has been voted one of the friendliest airports in the world. In December, HappyOrNot shared its first airport report, and Cork Airport came joint second globally for customer satisfaction levels. We were also delighted last year to be named Airport Council International (ACI) Best Airport in Europe (under 5 million passengers) at the 27th Airports Council International (ACI) Europe General Assembly, Congress and Exhibition. These achievements would not be possible without the hardworking and dedicated teams at Cork Airport, who collectively provide an award-winning customer service experience, and work tirelessly to ensure the airport runs smoothly 24/7 365 days a year.

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What new developments do you have within the terminal to facilitate the needs of people passing through? We recently announced Shine Centre for Autism as our Charity of the Year for 2018. We also plan to work with Shine – a voluntary organisation and registered charity, which has worked with children and adolescents with autism since its establishment in 2001 – to build on our existing autism initiatives to assist children and families travelling through the airport. This includes the provision of autism specific books, commencing in the summer season, intended to help children with autism cope with new situations. These books will work as a visual aid and go hand-in-hand with our Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Travelling Through the Airport guidelines that are already in place, and found on our website at www.

Wild Atantic Way PR People

Niamh Murphy, owner ETC, the Events, Tourism & Communications agency

Renate Murphy, owner CAMEO Communications, servicing hotels and tourism clients

Niamh Murphy is one of the leading marketing specialists based in

CAMEO Communications is an

Cork. Her agency, ETC, specialises in Event management, Tourism

award-winning PR agency, delivering

development, and Communications marketing for a range of local

successful media campaigns for

and national clients including, Croke Park visitor attractions, Visit

corporates and businesses all over

Cork, Cobh Tourism, Clonakilty Blackpudding, Kilkenny Group,

Ireland. Led by Renate Murphy,

Cork International Choral Festival,, and the IHF.

CAMEO Communications represents a

The award-winning team offers a big agency experience with the

number of hotels and tourism clients,

senior day-to-day management that only a smaller agency can

as well as technology companies,

have. “We pride ourselves on our eye for detail, heart for service,

service businesses, investor and

and knack for meeting client objectives creatively.”

Enterprise Ireland backed startups, local authorities and government and educational institutions. From Presidential visits, government launches, to corporate jobs announcements and awareness campaigns, CAMEO has executed highly successful and valuable event and PR campaigns that deliver excellent results for our clients and ensure our position in the market as a leading PR agency. See for more information.

Deirdre Waldron - Fuzion Communications

In a nutshell, I’m a passionate, strategic and busy digital marketing expert and business owner from Cork!

Deirdre founded Fuzion

I set up Fuller Marketing on

Communications, a multi award-

the basis that there is simply

winning communications and

nothing on the market like the

creativeagency, in 2000 in her home

Third Party Marketing service

county of Kerry and works between

we offer. I spent the first 10

Fuzion’s Cork and Dublin offices.

years of my career working in media and marketing

She is one of Ireland’s leading

agencies in both Dublin and

communications consultants with more

Cork – it was this wealth of

than 25 years of industry experience in

experience that gave me the

the UK and Ireland and she specialises

confidence and the desire to go out on my own. Fuller Marketing

in Strategic Communications and

has grown X-fold since its inception in 2015 and we now have a

Reputation Management, working with a very diverse mix of clients.

client base of start-ups, sole traders, SMEs and multi-nationals. We essentially function as a marketing department for clients, or in

She is passionate about supporting women in business and in

support of their marketing department and deliver expert end-to-end

2016 Deirdre was President of Network Ireland, an organisation

solutions, designed to deliver results. Our solution is hassle-free and

driving the personal and professional development of women. She

does not have to be a lifetime commitment. I think that is a big draw for

is a regular speaker on topics such as Female Entrepreneurship,

businesses – that and the fact that we get results. Our clients get trusted,

Developing your Personal Brand and PR in a Digital Era.

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Escape to the unspoilt beauty of West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way

AT ECCLES HOTEL GLENGARRIFF YOU’LL DISCOVER THE PERFECT BASE Steeped in 250 years of history and heritage, Eccles Hotel sits at the gateway to the Beara Peninsula with panoramic views over Glengarriff Bay out to the wild Atlantic beyond. Enjoy an oasis of calm and a menu that celebrates the finest seafood, and a bounty of fresh local artisan produce. Then explore everything this wonderful part of the world has to offer. Golfing, walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, sailing and sightseeing... there’s something here for everyone. To book call +353 (0)27 63003 or visit

CORK THINGS TO SEE AND DO on the Wild Atlantic Way

The English Market

St Finbarre’s Cathedral

In the heart of Cork City and with an eye-catching fountain at its centre, this quirky roofed food market has been trading since 1788. Under the possession of the Cork City Council, it’s one of the world’s oldest municipal markets. Artisan breads, fruit, and freshly caught seafood are just some of the specialities on offer. In recent years, the market gained worldwide fame when Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain dropped by on her first-ever state visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

A leisurely 10-minute walk from St Patrick’s Street takes visitors to this Anglican Cathedral. If preferred, a bus journey (No’s 214, 208, 203) will shave a couple of minutes off the journey time. The eye-catching structure in French Early Gothic style was designed by William Burges and consecrated in 1870. It’s situated on a site where Christian worship has been taking place since the 7th Century. By its completion, in excess of £100,000 was spent on the building, an enormous amount of money at the time.

St Patrick’s St This has remained Cork’s main shopping hub. An easy couple-of-minutes’ stroll from The English Market and known locally as “Pana” the broad, curving street boasts many fine shops. Various architectural styles reflect change over the past 200 years or so.

Cork City Gaol Another of Cork city’s must-dos is the atmospheric and historic City Gaol, which opened in 1824 and closed in 1923. Originally the prison housed both male and female prisoners who committed crimes within the city borders. In 1878, the City Gaol became an all-female prison, which it remained until men opposed to the 1920 Anglo-Irish Treaty were incarcerated there in 1922-1923. The complex then deteriorated until its restoration and re-opening to the public as a tourist attraction in 1993.

Crawford Art Gallery A two-minute walk from St Patrick’s Street, art-lovers may like to take in this regional museum dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The gallery receives in excess of 200,000 visitors per annum and hosts a range of permanent exhibitions including 18th-century European and Irish sculpture, a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, and contemporary video installations.

Farmgate Cafe An unmissable experience at the heart of the English Market, the Farmgate is perched on a balcony overlooking the food stalls below, the source of all that fresh local produce on your plate – everything from crab and oysters to the lamb in your Irish stew. Go up the stairs and turn left for table service, or right for counter service.

Cork Opera House Given a modern makeover in the 1990s, this leading venue has been entertaining the city for more than 150 years with everything from opera and ballet to standup comedy, pop concerts and puppet shows. Around the back, the Half Moon Theatre presents contemporary theatre, dance, art and occasional club nights.

Franciscan Well Brewery The copper vats gleaming behind the bar give the game away: the Franciscan Well brews its own beer. The best place to enjoy it is in the enormous beer garden at the back. The pub holds regular beer festivals together with other small independent Irish breweries.

Triskel Arts Centre A fantastic cultural centre housed partly in a renovated church building – expect a varied programmeof live music, installation art, photography and theatre at this intimate venue. There’s also a cinema (from 6.30pm) and a great cafe.

Michael Collins House,


a new museum dedicated to Michael Collins and the history of Irish independence, suitable for all the family.


Interactive and audio visual displays suitable for all ages and level of knowledge.

Admission Prices

Opening Times

Adult €5 Senior Citizens/Students €3 Children (U14) €2 Family €12

Summer Opening Times (May to September) Tues - Sat: 10am to 5pm Sunday: 12pm to 5pm (last admission 4pm)

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Winter Opening Times Wed - Sat: 10am to 5pm (October to April)

Captivating Doneraile Come and explore one of Ireland’s best tourist attractions

A wildlife part in North Cork is one of Ireland’s bestperforming tourist attractions. While the natural beauty of the Doneraile park may be the main attraction for visitors – many more people are hearing about it now, thanks to a decision made a few years ago to simply count the number of people entering the grounds. The large entrance gates under the Triumphal Arch mark the formal entrance to the landscaped estate of Doneraile Wildlife Park. The park’s 166 hectares of land are full of mature groves of deciduous trees – and deer can be viewed from along the many pathways within the estate. Doneraile Wildlife Park was named as Ireland’s fourth-most-popular ‘free to enter’ attraction of 2016 by Fáilte Ireland, attracting over 480,000 visitors that year. This was an 11% rise on the visitor numbers of 2015. The annual Fáilte Ireland list of top attractions is eagerly anticipated within the tourist sector each year – and receives widespread attention from the national media. Alongside Doneraile in the top five for 2016 were much better-known locations like the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin city centre and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham. And though it’s regarded as a local treasure in Cork, Doneraile may not be a household name elsewhere in Ireland. The park made it into the top five ‘free to enter’ attractions in 2014, but fell out of the list in 2015. Interestingly, it wasn’t actually eligible for inclusion in the Fáilte list before

2014 – because no-one could be sure how many people were using the park.

superintendent Hugh Corrigan said. “There’s something in Doneraile for everybody; if you’re a walker, if you’re Myra Ryall of the Doneraile a landscape enthusiast, or maybe you Development Association have an interest in garden history. explained that her group, working The Georgian style landscape is alongside Cork County Council, very prevalent there, that is a major decided to install counters so they attraction in itself,” Corrigan said. would have a tally of visitors. A lot of work and investment has gone “That’s how we have the official into keeping up the historical beauty of data of the figures,” she said. Doneraile over the past few years and The majority of the garden design and this has helped boost tourist numbers. architecture of the park was completed 2013 saw the completion of conservation in the early 18th Century, when it works to the Triumphal Arch in was home to the St Leger family. Doneraile Park. The Arch was The estate is regarded as a perfect conserved following a survey that found example of an 18th Century the structure was in a failing condition. landscaped park in the ‘Capability “We’re trying to grow tourism in the Brown’ style. Brown was known as North Cork area. We have made one of England’s greatest gardeners. significant investment in Doneraile, with “It’s a beautiful sight and speaks for itself. playgrounds, walking routes and tea It draws in the crowds,” Doneraile Park rooms in recent years,” Corrigan said.

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Wild Atantic Way PR People

Based in HQ Tralee, County Kerry, Orla Diffily is a fashion and lifestyle PR & Events Consultant and also owns a top model and people agency, Upfront Model Management

Fiona Stack is General Manager of Radio Kerry Radio Kerry has been named Local Radio Station of the Year on five occasions. Radio Kerry also owns Shannonside /Northern Sound Radio which broadcasts to five counties in Longford/ Roscommon/Cavan/ Monaghan and Leitrim. Fiona was also Station Editor at Newstalk Radio for three years. Fiona was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2012 PPI Radio Awards, previous recipients include national broadcasters Gay Byrne and Marian Finucane.

Sue James: Arguably there has never been a better time to work in the food and drink sector in Ireland

A city girl at heart, (Orla was born and educated in Dublin), the Kingdom of Kerry captivated her soul when she came to work in Tralee for Kerry Group plc in 1992. She established her own consultancy Upfront PR in Kerry in 1995, and over the past 23 years has worked locally, nationally and internationally. In 2009, she founded Kerry Fashion Week, which, with business partner Paul Ruane, became Ireland’s premier fashion week. Orla also co-produced the Ireland

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An Unmissable Experience! Cobh, The Queenstown Story An informative and emotive story of Irish emigration. Learn about Cobh’s connection with Titanic and the Lusitania. Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. Open 7 days 9.30 – 5.30 (Sundays 11am) Tel 353 (21) 4 813591 Find Cobh the Queenstown Story on Facebook

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NOW SHE’S HERE From receptionist to boss: Deirdre McGlone on what it takes to be a successful Hotelier By Jessica Thompson There’s never been a better time for women in business in Ireland, according to Deirdre McGlone. And she should know - she’s one of the most successful business women in Donegal. An award-winning Hotelier, and Director of one of the county’s most luxurious and beautiful hotels, Harvey’s Point, Deirdre has worked hard over the decades to get to where she is now. It was in 1989 when Jody Gysling and his brother Marc opened the small hotel and offered a young Deirdre a summer job as a receptionist. But that summer turned into almost 30 years of a career, during which Deirdre - who married Marc - has seen the hotel go through a huge number of changes. “I enjoyed working out the front,” she said of her summer job in the late 80s. “I had to learn from the

beginning, because I was the first receptionist. So all the systems and procedures were learn-as-you-go.

waiting for a pint to settle! So that was part of the fun of it all. No two days were really ever the same.”

“Because it was a small place at the time, you could be doing reception and pulling pints at the same time,” she laughed, “ or helping out with breakfast, because it was just a small, close-knit set-up.”

The business has gotten bigger, better and busier over the past few decades, but the principles of the hotel and hospitality remain the same. Going “the extra mile with a smile” is the ethos of the staff, who work hard to ensure a good stay for every customer. And, Deirdre adds, it’s important to enjoy the work too.

Having started at the bottom and worked her way to the top, Deirdre learned so much about the importance of communication, presentation and first impressions, but also the importance of having a proper, accurate way of taking bookings and making sure details are correct. “Back then, reservations and reception were the same, but now they’re different departments,” she explained. “In those days, you could be checking someone in and taking a booking at the same time… while

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“I really love it. I get a great buzz out of seeing our customers happy and our staff happy and, of course, making some money to reinvest in the business is key as well,” she said. “Or mission statement is ‘happy customers, happy staff and sustained profitability’ and we believe that it needs all three elements to work in harmony so that the business continues to grow. And so it does. We’re growing all the time.”

Where will we go today?

NORTHER N STAR Barney McLaughlin, Head of the Tourism Unit of Donegal County Council, talks to Marguerite Kiely about how the county is going from strength to strength, the excitement surrounding the Irish Open and the why its people are Donegal’s greatest asset.


ith its rugged coastline,

2017 was the year when Donegal truly

stunning natural beauty

shook off the title of the ‘forgotten county’

and world-famous waves,

being named the Coolest Place on the

it’s hard to think of a county

Planet by National Geographic Traveller

that encapsulates the spirit of the Wild

magazine. Glenveagh Park alone saw

Atlantic Way more than Donegal.

its visitor numbers increase by 20,000 to 200,000. Barney also says that both

The northern-most county on the trail

European and U.S tourists are on the rise,

boasts something for all visitors, from

along with the Northern Irish market

walks in the wild to history, heritage and

which has remained persistently strong.

everything in between. According to Barney McLaughlin, Head of the Tourism

One event in particular that is sure to have

Unit of Donegal County Council, the

even more people flocking to the county

Wild Atlantic Way has been invaluable

in 2018 is the Irish Open. It’s the jewel in

to the county since its launch in 2014.

the crown of Irish golf, one of the biggest


sporting occassions of the year and this “The Wild Atlantic Way touring route has

July it will take place at Ballyliffin.

had a big impact on the whole west coast, and in Donegal in particular. It’s brought

Nestled on the tip of Inishowen Peninsula,

awareness to the county coastline but also

the club is widely regarded as one of

the wider tourism product that Donegal

the finest links complex in Ireland. It

has to offer. It’s also opened up the county

will place Donegal front and centre of

to larger number of tourists than we

international media attention and will

would have previously hosted,” he says.

be a priceless opportunity to showcase what the county can offer golfers.

The steadily increasing number of visitors

With Ireland lauded for its many world-

to the north-west of the country is an

class golf destinations, securing the

encouraging development, as traditionally

Irish Open is an accolade the county

tourists would drive from Dublin to

can be proud of. “There was a great

Galway and head south on their travels

partnership to secure the Irish Open

rather than north. “In the past you

between Donegal County Council and

would have seen the numbers stay below

our cross border partners in Derry and

the imaginary Galway-Dublin line,”

Strabane Council. Rory McIlroy played

he says. “But we have seen our market

a part in that also. It’s the first time it’s

share go from 7% to 14% according to

been in the county and we are hoping that

Fáilte Ireland, which is significant.”

it won’t be the last,” Barney explains.

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The one thing about Donegal is that it’s the people that truly make it coolest place because we are relaxed, laidback and we will always make everyone welcome. “Golf will be one of the primary

working lighthouse has self-catering

activities we will be promoting this

accommodation and can also be

year. Ballyliffin is one of the premier

booked for a romantic getaway.

courses we have but the county itself

As for Barney’s own personal hidden

has an abundance of golf courses.

gem, he has chosen Ireland’s oldest

Ballybofey, Bundoran, Dunfanaghy,

town. “For me it would be sitting

Donegal, Letterkenny and Buncrana

on The Mall Quay in Ballyshannon

are just some of the 18 hole courses

looking down the Erne estuary

we have on offer,” he says.

at sunset. I don’t think there’s a nicer spot you could be.”

However, if driving down fairways and putting greens tee you off, Donegal

And although it may have been

has plenty of other activities to keep

crowned the ‘Coolest Place On The

any tourist entertained. For lovers

Planet’ by National Geographic

of Ireland’s ancient heritage, Barney

Traveller, it is the warmth of its

suggests taking a visit to the Beltany

people that gives Donegal that

Stone Circle, one of the country’s

special something according to

largest and oldest stone circles which

Barney. “The accolade had a massive

dates back to the Bronze Age. For

impact and gave us international

those who want to take a walk on

standing. It came as a big surprise

the wild side, he recommends Sliabh

to get that recognition, but for the

Liag. “In the south west of Donegal

county, there’s no reason why it

you can head to Sliabh Liag and

should have! The one thing about

climb the cliffs, take in the breath-

Donegal is that it’s the people that

taking views and look out right

truly make it coolest place because

across Donegal Bay toward Mayo and

we are relaxed, laidback and we will

Ben Bulben in Sligo,” he remarks.

always make everyone welcome.”


For the love birds? They should only be heading in one direction says Barney, Fanad Lighthouse. Sitting between Lough Swilly and Mulroy


Bay, it has been voted one of the most


beautiful in the world. The magnificent


A wonderful landscape of parkland, woodlands, lakes and formal gardens set around a restored 18th century deanery.

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F O E T A TAS L A G E DON A Taste of Donegal Food Festival would

best of everything that Ireland has to offer

Shane Smyth, Gary O’Hanlon, Brian Mc

like to remind all our foodie friends that

- first class hospitality in award-winning

Dermott, Joe Shannon and Donegal’s own

it is our 10th Anniversary.

hotels, unspoilt wild and wonderful scenery,

local celebrity chefs.

outdoor attractions and pursuits, warm

There will be gin, beer and cocktail

welcomes and craic!

masterclasses, music, and street

This must-attend foodie event is a three day celebration of great food and drink located

entertainment for all and much more.

in a beautiful tented village on the pier in

Discover the biggest hidden gem along the

Donegal Town. It takes place from Friday

way when you visit our 10th Anniversary

You will be thrilled by our fantastic

24th - Sunday 26th August 2018.

of A Taste of Donegal 2018. Your taste-

fireworks display over Donegal Bay.

buds will be tantalised as you can taste and Its absolutely worth making the journey

purchase some of the finest food and drink

So put us on your to-do list for August 2018

North to visit “The Coolest Place on

available from 120 food exhibitors from all

and come along and Discover, Dine and

the Planet 2017” according to National

over Ireland and the UK.

Delight in Donegal Town.

in Ireland” by the popular website ‘Ireland

There will be cookery demonstrations by

For more information please visit

Before You Die situated along the starting

celebrity chefs, Neven Maguire, Kevin or our

point of the Wild Atlantic Way. It has the

Dundon, Catherine Fulvio, Edward Hayden,

Facebook page.

Geographic and “The most beautiful County

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Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has been delivering adventure activity courses and training since 1988 to children as young as 5 and adults as old as… we won’t say! Provision varies from one hour sessions to half day sessions, to full days to week long courses. Whatever your outdoor adventure interest may be, Gartan has the answer. Providing courses to schools, adventure holidays for families, training courses for individuals or something different for a group of friends, Gartan caters for everyone. Set in the heart of the ‘coolest place on the planet,’ on the shores of Lough Gartan in County Donegal and a stone’s throw from Glenveagh National Park, we are 15 minutes from the vibrant town of Letterkenny and a short drive to the stunningly beautiful Donegal coastline and the Wild Atlantic Way. Along with boasting the idyllic location for providing adventure sports activities, we offer both hostel and ensuite accommodation with home cooked meals after a long day on the water or in the hills. Courses and programmes are coordinated and delivered by National Governing Body qualified instructors with a wealth of experience to draw upon when working with participants so be assured that you’re in safe hands. We guarantee an action packed, fun filled and most of all, memorable experience when you visit Gartan.

Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Surfing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Climbing, Hill Walking, Orienteering, Team Tasks, Raft Building, Archery, Mountain Biking and more. If you’re interested in booking a course with us or finding out more about what we offer, please visit our website at Alternatively, drop us a mail at or phone 00353 74 9137032.

The Heart of Donegal Tweed


onegal has a long history of craft and design and is now known the world over for its Donegal Tweed. At the very heart of this flourishing industry is the Mulhern Family, who have made it their mission to ensure that the history and heritage of Donegal Tweed is maintained.

The Story of Triona Design

In the 1950s the thriving Tweed industry saw up to 60 weavers in the factory at the Mart in Ardara before the downturn of the industry forced its closure. Following the collapse of the local tweed industry, Denis Mulhern, a fifth generation hand weaver created Triona from the front room of his family home with the sole desire to maintain and preserve the tradition of hand-weaving in Donegal. In the 1980’s Denis had the opportunity to acquire the old Mart premises and bring the heart of Donegal Tweed back to life. The premises now houses the Triona Factory, Factory Store and is one of the county’s top tourist attractions as The Official Donegal Tweed Visitor Centre.

Experience the Donegal Tweed Visitor Centre

The Mulhern family now welcome tourists from across the world to the Triona Donegal Tweed Centre in

Ardara. A warm Irish welcome awaits you at the Visitor Centre where you can learn about the history of the Donegal Tweed industry while watching a Master Weaver showcase his talents on a working loom. Step back in time with a tour of the Weavers Cottage which is a replica of Denis Mulhern’s family home. Many hours can be spent here learning about the traditional methods that this family still uses to this day.

The Tweed

Many years ago the yarn was spun, dyed and dried by hand before the weft and warp was used to create the infamous Donegal Tweed. While still keeping the tradition and quality at the centre, Triona continue to hand weave all their tweed and are renowned across the world for created the purest tweed in

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a variety of colours. Their tweeds are inspired by the landscape of rugged Donegal and are also available to purchase in the Donegal Tweed Centre.

The Future

With the focus on heritage, quality and tradition, the Triona Donegal Tweed Visitors Centre is set to continue for many years. The Triona brand will continue to remain synonymous with Donegal Tweed, thanks to the dedication and innovation from the Mulhern family. Now recognised as an international brand with 2 retail stores and an Online outlet at, Triona is leading the way to keeping Donegal Tweed well and truly on the map.

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Things to do in Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way

Hike One Man’s Pass

Attend a Ballyshannon festival

Hike the trail along the ridge topping the cliffs, just beyond the viewing platform at the Granite cliffs of Sliabh Liag. Not for those who are afraid of heights.

For decades, the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival has attracted top musicians and bands during the August bank holiday weekend at the beginning of the month.

Take a week of classes covering Irish Gaelic language, Irish harp or whistle, archaeology, and more. At Glencolmcille Folk Village, thatched cottages reveal country life during different centuries.

The Wild Atlantic Craft Beer and Whiskey Festival, based at Dicey Reilly’s Bar, is on the same weekend and features tastings, brewer sessions, and tours of the on-site Donegal Brewing Company that produces seven craft beers.

Surf’s up See impressive late Neolithic dolmens The Dolmen Centre near Portnoo features two stone portal tombs dating back more than 4,000 years. Camera junkies - Driving from Glencolmcille to Ardara, pull off at the top of Glengesh Pass for a view of the road looping downward into what appears to be a Hobbit-like world below.

Competing with both counties Clare and Sligo for the mantle of Ireland’s surf capital, Donegal is home to some of Ireland’s best surf spots. If you haven’t surfed before check out any of the surf schools in Bundoran, Rossnowlagh or Dunfanaghy, they’ll get you on a wave in no time. Richie Fitzgerald, one of Ireland’s most famous big wave surfers, is a proud Donegal man.

Catch a wave Rossnowlagh hosted the European Surfing Championships back in 1985, and the reliable curls here make it an excellent destination for beginner and experienced surfers. You can watch big-wave surfing from the headlands at Mullaghmore in winter; the nearby Prowlers surf break can sometimes throw up waves reaching 55 feet high, attracting the world’s most extreme surfers.

NORTHERN LIGHTS Fancy a glimpse of the jaw-droppingly beautiful Northern Lights? Well Donegal definitely offers your best chance. Some of the best sightings of the Northern Lights have been in Inishowen, close to the most northerly tip of Donegal, with Malin Head, Dunree, Mamore Gap and Dunaff all suggested as some of the best spots to get a view of them.

Wild Atantic Way PR People

Offering outside the box thinking and business strategies, my clients gain an edge on the competition and stand out from the crowd

Sligo-based Marie Brouder is founder and Creative Director of Brouder Marketing since 2010 Specialising in creating strong

Hi, I’m Emma Boylan and five

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Former Irish Times and BBC journalist Trish Hegarty spent 14 years in the print and broadcast sectors before setting up Inis Communications in 2004

For two decades, Lesley Emerson of PR West has set the standard for PR and marketing in the West Lesley is particularly strong in communications and writing skills. She has a clear, succinct writing style and specialises in simplifying complex

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tourism and voluntary sector

Lesley Emerson, PR West, Westport, Co. Mayo

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across the island and Europe.

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The Great Lighthouses of the Wild Atlantic Way


or hundreds of years, lighthouses have helped seafarers find their way. Now they shine their light on the truly unique experience around the stunning coastline of Ireland. Featuring 12 lighthouses in breathtaking coastal locations, Great Lighthouses of Ireland offeres visitors from home and abroad the chance to visit or stay in a lighthouse. The May Bank Holiday weekend (4th - 7th May) kickstarts the summer and Great Lighthouses of Ireland will be celebrating this by inviting one and all for a weekend of family fun at Fanad, Loop and Valentia Lighthouses. It is a weekend to embrace the Wild Atlantic Way and discover the stories of the lighthouses and their communities to experience the wonders of life shaped by the sea and to meet with the people who are passionate about these unique places. Many wonderful lighthouses are dotted along the Wild Atlantic Way, offering opportunities to visit a spectacular place and experience the romance, history, tradition and heritage of these wonderful buildings. Many of the lighthouses along the coast offer guided tours led by Great Lighthouses of Ireland Guides and Storykeepers. A number of these guides are former lighthouse keepers who have a wealth of knowledge and great maritime tales and stories of life in a lighthouse.

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Way, the lighthouse sits on the site of the 17th century Cromwell Fleetwood Fort, which Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal guarded against the threat of invaders right up Fanad Head Lighthouse in County Donegal to the 19th Century - cannons can still be seen was voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses overlooking the harbour. The island is steeped in the world and is in an area regularly visited in history and 300-million-year-old fossilised by whales, porpoises and dolphins. Sometimes footprints of a dinosaur are visible from the you might even see the Northern Lights. lighthouse.


St John’s Point, Co. Donegal Located at the end of one of the longest peninsulas in Ireland, near where ships from the Spanish Armada were wrecked by violent storms in 1588. This area is recognised for its excellent diving and sea-angling. Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo The family of legendary pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, owned Clare Island during the middle ages and the ruins of a tower house by the island’s harbour is known locally as Grace O’Malley’s Castle. Clare Island Lighthouse and its buildings have been beautifully restored and the island offers plenty of opportunities to explore the remains of an ancient Cistercian Abbey, where many of the O’Malley clan are buried. Loop Head Lighthouse, Co. Clare There has been a lighthouse at Loop Head since 1670. Originally, it was a coal burning brazier on a platform on the rood of the cottage lighthouse where the light keeper lived. You can still see part of the old cottage on the site. Now a much-loved visitor attraction, Loop Head entertained over 27,000 visitors in 2017. From here, it is possible to spot whales, dolphins and seals and the rock ledges and caves of the dramatic cliffs are home to many seabirds. Valentia Island Lighthouse, Co. Kerry Situated on beautiful Valentia Island and looking out across some of the most spectacular sights along the Wild Atlantic

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Galley Head Lighthouse, Co. Cork Built in 1875, during the heyday of lighthouse building, Galley Head Lighthouse was the most powerful lighthouse light in the world at that time. The lightkeepers at Galley Head would have witnessed the loss of Lusitania in 1915 and sighted many British and German vessels during World War I and II. Ballycotton Lighthouse, Co. Cork This is one of the few black-painted lighthouses in the world and was built after Sirius - the first vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean - was shipwrecked here in dense fog in 1847. Today the island lighthouse is only accessible by boat, which makes a tour to this wonderful place very special. Lighthouse Keepers make fantastic storytellers “It wasn’t a job - it was a way of life,” according to Gerald Butler, who was a former lighthouse keeper and is the current lighthouse attendant at Galley Head Lighthouse. Lighthouse-keeping was a way of life for many families for well over 100 years. However, in the 1980s, advances in technology meant that lighthouses could be automated and there was no longer a need for permanent lighthouse keepers to be stationed on site. The last lighthouse was automated in 2012, but the stories of the lightkeepers need to be kept alive. Many of the lighthouses mentioned above offer tours and even accommodation. For more information, visit

Wild Atantic Way PR People

Petrina Hayes, Marketing The Savoy Group

Laura Ryan is Head of Marketing and Communications for Limerick City and County Council

Since taking on the role as Marketing Manager of The Savoy Hotel back in 2011, Petrina’s role has been overseeing the continued growth and development

She is responsible for developing

of The Savoy brand, as

and promoting Limerick to

well the marketing role

visitors, ranging from tourists to

for their hugely successful

international investors, through

Hamptons Restaurant.

dynamic ongoing campaigns across traditional and new media

Outside of this, Petrina is also

via the multi award-winning

the Corporate Sales Manager

website – currently

in The George Hotel, a sister

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property of The Savoy.

thinktank as one of the world’s top 25 tourism websites.

With a passion for marketing

Over the next 12 months, her

& sales, Petrina strongly

team will launch a new brand for

believes that if you believe

Limerick and continue to grow

in your product and service,

the momentum around the great renaissance that is happening in the

your guests will also!

Shannonside city at the moment. Limerick is now the fastest-growing Irish region for foreign direct investment outside of Dublin, with over 12,000 jobs created since 2013. She wants it to be the best-placed English speaking location to capitalise on post Brexit opportunities.

Group social media manager for The Savoy Hotel Group

Edwina Gore, MPRII, is the founder of Gore Communications

Jacinta Kahn believes that it is a very exciting time to work in PR and

Gore Communications is an agency

Social Media at the

helping organisations to communicate

Savoy Group. With a

with impact, internally and externally.

dedicated social media

Edwina is a trusted communications

department, Jacinta

advisor with over 20 years experience in

oversees the running

PR, marketing communications, internal

of 29 active social

communications and event management.

media platforms and

Over the years, Edwina has gained

with the continued

extensive experience across several

business growth

industries working for IBM Ireland, CARA

Jacinta expects to have

The Computer People, AE Consulting,

up to 35 platforms

UPC/Chorus, Lloyds Banking Group and Limerick Chamber.

operating online

She has a strong track record in devising and implementing

by the end of summer 2018.

communications strategies tailored to meet the needs of small, large and multinational companies.

Jacinta works tirelessly to ensure that each of their social

Voluntarily, she is communications officer for Network

media, PR and Marketing departments all seamlessly fit

Ireland and PRO for Network Ireland Limerick.

together and complement each other’s activities.

Twitter: @EdwinaGore

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The Irish Linen House is a family run business comprising of Founder and creator Greg Whelan, his wife Mary and daughter Marie-Claire. Greg studied at the Graton academy in Dublin, Ireland and worked successfully in the fashion industry for many years. In 2011, Greg decided to turn his creative hand to Tabletop design and so the Irish Linen House was founded. The product range comprises of 100% Irish linen table runners, placemats and napkins embroidered with unique designs. Colours range from fresh neutral tones to more vibrant and striking colour choices. As well as the superior quality and craftmanship, the distinguishing feature of this product is how Greg has given Irish Linen a new and exciting dimension. His inspiration spurs from characters and myths in Irish folklore as well as his love of celtic art. It is Greg’s unique ability to create embroidered designs that combine a traditional yet contemporary style that brings life to Irish linen. The product range through its versatility of design takes the market beyond individual homes to the wider home accessory and gift markets, and can also be tailored to meet individual customer expectations or produced to cater for a global market.

Bow Street Smithfieldof Founder and creator Greg The Irish Linen House is a family run business comprising The Irish Linen House is now wrapping the globe with several prestigious Whelan, his wife Mary and daughter Marie-Claire. Greg studied theLinen Graton academy in stockists aroundLINEN the world. The most recent range fromat the Irish House piqued the IRISH HOUSE create handmade tablerunners, placemats attention of US department store, BARNEYS NEW YORK as well as PETERS OF KENSINGTON in Dublin, Ireland and worked successfully in the industry forexciting many In 2011, Greg Sydney This isfashion rapid expansion and the provesfinest a very timeLinen. foryears. the brand. andAustralia. napkins made from Irish Greg Whelan, decided to turn his creative hand to Tabletop design and soGroup the Irish Linen House was founder and designer takes hisStores inspiration from Ireland’s Stockists in Ireland include: Five of the Kilkenny in Ireland; Arnotts; Christy’s Killarney; Treasure Chest, Galway; Dunbeg Golf Club; Seoidin in Ennis; Kilkenny Design Yard traditional celtic art and mythology. founded. and many more. Stockists Internationally include: Barneys, New York; Barneys, Chicago; Barneys, Beverly Hills;

Each piece of the collection is uniquely made fusing Peters of Kensington, Sydney Australia; Irish Linen Stores, British Columbia, Canada; Enrique historical The product range comprises of 100% Irish linen table runners, placemats and napkins Concha, Santiago,Chile and many more. elements with a modern, contemporary edge. Perfectly crafted, embroidered with unique designs.Upcoming: Colours range from fresh neutral tones to more vibrant and this luxurious range of linen will enhance your dining space to add The IRISH LINEN HOUSE will be at Showcase in the RDS as well as the NYNOW Gift Fair in New striking colour choices. York this coming January. character and elegance. @irishlinenhouse As well as the superior quality and craftmanship, the distinguishing feature of this product is how Greg has given Irish Linen a new and exciting dimension. His inspiration spurs from characters and myths in Irish folklore as well as his love of celtic art. It is Greg’s unique ability to create embroidered designs that combine a traditional yet contemporary style that brings Phone: +353 1 5329572 Mobile: +353 860339979 life to Irish linen.

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The ideal getaway


erry is the ideal getaway for the first-timer who wants to dip a toe into a world of adventure, or for the seasoned thrill-seeker looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush.

hot-spots from beach to reef point and offers a range of surfing experiences, from gentle beach breaks for the novice to world class breaks for experienced surfers in search of the big one.

Kerry has the landscape, the people and a host of activities that make for an unforgettable and exceptional adventure experience.

To enjoy Kerry from the air, experience the thrill of paragliding or see the stunning county from the comfort of a helicopter tour. Or feel like you’re on top of the world as you take in the amazing vistas while resting weary limbs after climbing Ireland’s highest peaks, Carrantuohill and Mount Brandon.

Stunning scenery and diverse local attractions compete for your attention as you explore Kerry’s cycle and walking trails and paths. The Kerry Way, The North Kerry Way, The Dingle Way and The Beara Way are some of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trails, and traverse through a variety of different landscapes and experiences. A stroll in Killarney National Park is a gem and you might encounter the famous Red Deer. Bike rental is available in most of the towns and some operators provide guided cycling holidays and mountain biking. Horse riding treks and lessons are available throughout the county from the many equestrian centres, with many offering riders the opportunity to gallop along one of the beautiful beaches, or take lesser-known trails and tracks. Kerry’s diverse coastline provides many surfing

The Skellig Experience The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre you can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in custombuilt, stone-clad, grass-roofed, prizewinning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry! Here, through recreations and models, you can study the works and lives of the Skellig monks of the early Christian period, their activities, their endurance and their dedication in gaining a foothold on a tiny, inhospitable, offshore island and creating a community there that survived for some 600 years. In The Skellig Experience’s 80-seat auditorium, through a 14-minute

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film presentation you can follow the footsteps of those Skellig monks, and wonder at the legacy of architecture that they left behind. The Skellig Experience Centre also offers – again through artefacts and realistic recreations – an experience of Skellig lighthouse – its history, its lightkeepers, and its service to mariners since the 1820’s. Mizen Head Visitor Centre An award-winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction, this authentic all-weather experience is a must-see with its spectacular location on high cliffs with swirling Atlantic Ocean tides. From the car park and visitor centre, the Signal Station is a ten minute walk along the path, down the 99 steps and across the Arched bridge, the Mizen is famous for its wildflowers and sightings of wildlife, dolphins, whales, seals, gannets, kittiwakes, choughs - the bird migration northsouth flight path is just a mile off shore. South, the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, Ireland’s Teardrop, was the last landfall seen by many emigrants to America and one of Marconi’s first telegraph stations. Indulging in your passion for adventure is easy in Kerry and limited only by your imagination.

The Lake Hotel

One of Ireland’s best welcomes is always waiting for you at The Lake Hotel in Killarney

The staff pride themselves on offering a truly Irish welcome, a tradition that has been fine-tuned over many years by the hotel owners, the Huggard family.


s a family-owned and family-run hotel, ensuring that all guests are comfortable and happy is our business. Start your day with breakfast in the elegant dining room, the Castlelough Restaurant and observe the wild deer stroll across the lawn. Unwind over morning coffee in the Piano Lounge and absorb the peace imposed by the presence of the lakes. Wander down to the ancient castle ruins and be surrounded by the freshest of air and a landscape that is untouched by centuries of visitors and admirers. As the light fades and colours change, enjoy an aperitif in the Devil’s Punch Bowl Bar before tasting the finest of Irish food in the Lakeside Bistro. There is something for

everyone staying with us, with Killarney town on the doorstep, just 2 km away; Killarney National Park adjacent to the property, several championship golf courses within a five mile radius and

wild deer and eagles residing on our grounds. Equally, this is the ideal setting for an essential escape from daily life with nothing to distract you from the panoramas outside the hotel windows.

Enjoy our breathtaking setting and a warm Irish welcome

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kellig Michael has long left an indelible

JJ Abrams, director of The Force

impression. More than 100 years ago,

Awakens, and Rian Johnson, who

that giant of Irish literature, George

Bernard Shaw, described this pyramidal sandstone island as an “incredible, impossible, mad place” that is “part of our dream world”. Its importance as an historic, cultural and geographical wonder was recognised in 1996 when it was awarded Unesco World Heritage designation. It was, adjudicators deemed, of “exceptional universal value”. But for many, this magical place -

directed The Last Jedi, were similarly enthralled by the breathtaking beauty of the place, with Abrams noting his delight that he was allowed direct in such a remarkable location. But when the new movie hits the screens,

The tower at Banba’s Crown also

it won’t be just the Skelligs that will take

captivates visitors - it’s to be found at

the breath away. Several dramatic coastal

the northernmost tip and this part of

locations right along the length of the Wild

the peninsula is named after one of the

Atlantic Way were filmed and will likely

mythical queens of Ireland. To its east,

be spliced together in the film’s final cut.

you’ll find Ballyhillion Beach, an unusual example of a ‘raised beach’ that has

and its smaller sister island - more than 11km west of Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula remained barely known. That changed at the end of 2015 when Skellig Michael featured prominently in one of the year’s biggest movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This wondrous place, with its distinctive beehive huts built by monks in the sixth century and only

It’s a testament to the spectacular, the makers of Star Wars found

McGrorys Culdaff and the Redcastle Hotel

what they were looking for from

& Spa are excellent choices for those

Donegal down to West Cork.

keen to explore this remarkable area. A number of the Star Wars crew stayed in

And visitors to the region will be

the Redcastle Hotel & Spa during filming.

able to savour the spectacular beauty of their surrounds, whether they’re

Loop Head, Co Clare

Star Wars aficionados or not.

Loop Head captures the essence of the

accessible to those who climb its 600 steps, looked resplendent on the big screen.

attracted much international attention.

elemental beauty of the region that

Wild Atlantic Way. Think panoramic Malin Head, Co Donegal, or

cliff views, magnificently wild scenery,

Ireland in miniature, as this mod northerly

remote beauty spots that little bit off the

Disney Lucasfilm - the production company

peninsula is known due to its distinctive

tourist trails, the warmest of Banner

behind the globally popular franchise - had

shape, is famed for its wild and rugged

County welcomes and sumptuous food,

coastline, its Blue Flag beaches and some

mostly culled from sea and land.

of the largest sand dunes in Ireland.

Its lighthouse is one of the great

been looking for somewhere otherworldly and they found it at Skellig Michael. The movie’s location manager Martin Joy captured its spectacular beauty when he noted: “We needed to find somewhere completely from another time and place. We were just blow away by it. It’s an extraordinary place. It certainly fed into our Star Wars universe.”

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beacons of the western coast and has Star Wars makers would have been

kept sailers safe for centuries; the first

transfixed by the strikingly named

lighthouse was built here in 1670. It’s

Hell’s Hole - a cavern 250-foot long

located in Co Clare’s most western

cavern in the cliff face into which

extremity and manages to feel both

the tide rushes with great force.

remote and accessible at the same time.

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Nearby, Ballyferriter was a popular

It’s on this magnificent peninsula

recreation spot for cast and crew and,

where you will find the Kerry

fittingly, there was a special three-day

International Dark Sky Reserve.

event, Fėile Star Wars on 14-17 December

Thanks to the absence of light

2017 to celebrate the area as a key location

pollution, visitors get to experience

in the beloved LucasFilm franchise.

the night sky just like our ancient ancestors would have. It’s a must for

Dingle is a foodie haven all year

astronomers and sci-fi lovers alike.

round and fine accommodation can Kilkee is an excellent point from which to

be had at Heaton’s Guesthouse and

Brow Head, Mizen Peninsula, Co Cork

explore the area, and the perfect way to

Greenmount House in the town.

West Cork’s rugged coastline

unwind after a long, bracing hike is with a

features a host of strikingly beautiful

seaweed bath at the Kilkee Thalassotherapy

Skellig Coast, Iveragh Peninsula, Co Kerry

headlands, none more so that Brow

Centre. There’s accommodation here too,

The trailer for The Last Jedi boasts awe-

Head and it’s easy to see what

and at the Stella Maris hotel in Kilkee.

inspiring footage of Skellig Michael

attracted Star Wars to the region.

and features the celebrated ‘wailing

There’s an old Marconi signaling

Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

woman’ rock at the cliff edge. As Skelligs

tower here and Crookhaven village is a

Long-renowned for its beauty and

is a renowned bird sanctuary and

short drive away. It’s long been prized

captivating scenery, this jewel in the

only accessible to small craft, visitor

by sailing enthusiasts thanks to its

Kingdom’s crown had its own Hollywood

numbers are strictly limited. But it’s still

seafront restaurants, cafes and pubs.

moment. Its spectacular beaches, including

possible to appreciate how magnetic it

Inch Strand, featured in David Lean’s

is from the mainland and to immerse

Nearby Mizen Head offers breathtaking

epic masterpiece, Ryan’s Daughter.

yourself in the world of Star Wars.

views with its spectacular bridge

But it will have its moment in The Last Jedi

The picturesque village of Portmagee

Fastnet Lighthouse. It’s known as

too because it was here, on Ceann Sibéal

is where most boats depart to visit

‘Ireland’s Teardrop’ because it was

(Sybil Head), that the crew recreated the

Skellig Michael in the summer months.

the last glimpse of the country that

beehive huts that are found on Skellig

During filming, the cast and crew stayed

emigrants saw on their journey to

Michael. This elemental headland, with its

here and many were smitten with the

the New World in the 19th Century.

700 foot cliffs, was deemed suitably wild

Moorings, the much-loved pub where

when it came to recreating the Skelligs,

Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill)

There are some glorious beaches

and had to be done as filming opportunities

immersed himself in the social life of the

here, including Galley Cove and the

were limited on the island itself.

area and learned to pull the perfect pint.

vast strand at Barleycove Beach.

and lighthouse looking across at

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eltic Whiskey Bar & Larder is a premier venue for Irish and international whiskey. For the non-whiskey drinker, we offer Irish gin, craft beer, an extensive wine list and a creative cocktail menu. Fresh, locally sourced food is served daily until 9:45pm. At the rear of the bar, is the Irish Whiskey Experience, which educates our customers about the history of Irish whiskey, the distilling process and the different Irish distilleries. Voted Visitor Attraction of the Year by Icons of Whiskey International 2017.



SHAY HUNSTON My name is Shay Hunston, I’m a freelance photographer following the 2,500km route of the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to Donegal, taking black & white portrait photographs of the people living in the towns, villages and remote locations amongst the stunning beauty of this diverse and ancient landscape set against the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. In towns and villages along the route, I’m staging exhibitions of the photographs plus people’s thoughts, experiences and sense of place. Upon completion of the project, I will produce a book of photographs and all the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the RNLI. I’m overwhelmed by the positive response I’ve received so far, everybody loves the project. Ireland is indeed a stunning beautiful country but its the people that are the real gems, their kindness and generosity of spirit has been amazing. I’m constantly receiving offers of help, encouragement and support along the way. The project is a celebration of these wonderful people living on the west coast of Ireland, an open minded, independent, welcoming, tolerant people - a people free in spirit and wild at heart, living on the edge of the world. The opportunity to travel the route from Cork to Donegal and to put together a collection of their photographs inspired the project. The Wild Atlantic Way is a massive success story for the west coast of Ireland. Tourism figures are increasing year after year and are exceeding projections. Locals are starting to establish small businesses to cater for the increased number of tourists.

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Mick O’Callaghan - Schull, West Cork .

Rachel Dare -

Bantry , West


N oel McCar thy - Sheep’s Head, West Cork. Caroline O’Donnell - Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Things to do in MAYO & SLIGO on the Wild Atlantic Way

Eagles Flying/Irish Raptor Centre

Gourmet Greenway The defunct railway from Achill to Westport was converted to the Great Western Greenway for cycling the Clew Bay coastline. Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a traffic-free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.

The Mulranny Park Hotel The 4* star GN Mulranny Park Hotel is perched on a unique site overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain beyond. Its location on the Great Western Greenway on the most scenic section of the Wild Atlantic Way route makes it the perfect cycling and walking holiday base. This is the ideal base for walking, cycling and as a wedding venue or just a relaxing break and a proven place as one of the best wedding hotels in Ireland.

Kelly’s Kitchen Newport Shauna Kelly is one of the legendary Kelly family of Newport, and she shows the same dedication to good food that has characterised her family for decades; a dedication that has made them a bulwark of the burgeoning food culture of County Mayo. Ms Kelly leads the front-of house team in The Kitchen, and of course she happily serves up the iconic Kelly’s pork products for breakfast, and also offers a host of lovely things throughout the day. Kelly’s Kitchen is a must-stop for anyone travelling the Greenway, for that morning coffee to rev up your cycling legs, to a hearty lunch before you get back on the bike. Excellent service means you won’t want to leave.

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Nestled in the green hills of south Sligo, Ireland’s largest sanctuary for raptors and owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on more than 27 acres of mature parklands near Ballymote. Currently it is the home of more than 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. Altogether there are more than 450 birds and animals, encompassing nearly 100 different species, in the centre. The Irish Raptor Research Centre was established in 1999 as an institution for research on birds of prey and in 2003, parts of the area were opened to the public. Now Eagles Flying is one of the major tourist attractions in the northern part of Ireland, attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually to see the spectacular bird shows with eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls.

Spend a day at Ireland’s best seaside surf village Strandhill is having its day of glory. Hipsters abound with flat whites and surf boards. A day out at Strandhill (especially Sundays) is a must for any visitor to Sligo - if only for the people-watching. Any visit to this buzzy surf village has plenty of activity and entertainment options. Our favourite list: A coffee at Shells, climb the huge sand-dune then run down into Shelley Valley, visit the Strandhill People’s Market, walk the Killaspugbrone loop, and finish by watching sunset from the prom.

Drive to an island Get your tide times right and you can have a day of wandering around the stunning Coney Island, which is nestled in the bay between Strandhill and Rosses Point. The island is accessible by boat from the pier at Rosses Point, but the most popular route is by way of Cummeen Strand when the tide is out. This strand is exposed at low tide and is marked by 14 stone pillars for a distance of 5km leading to the island. Wind the windows down and get the amazing coastal air on your drive out.



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Find you r perfect beach on the Wild Atlantic Way

Once visited, it’s never forgotten. That expansive stretch of sand, those powerful Atlantic waves, the backdrop of some of the Kingdom’s great mountains. Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula never fails to captivate, irrespective of the season. And, as any film lover will know, it’s a movie star in its own right - having looked especially resplendent in David Lean’s epic, Ryan’s Daughter all those years ago. Now, this beloved place on the Wild Atlantic Way has been named by TripAdvisor users as the highestrated beach in all of Ireland.

Atlantic Way can stake a claim to be the spiritual home of Irish surfing - and Sligo certainly punches above its weight when it comes to spectacular options in which to catch that perfect wave. Mullaghmore has long been adored by surfers and all water-sports lovers - and its wonderful stretch of beach, replete with sand dunes, is justly loved. Depending on the time you go, you may feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Make sure to look out for the gothic edifice of Classiebawn in the distance.

For no-filter Instagram photos Keem Beach, Achill, Co Mayo To get to this magnificent beach you And, for good measure, another have to drive across the breadth of of the region’s glorious beaches, Achill Island - it’s a journey that you at Inchydoney, West Cork, is will want to take slowly, and not just TripAdvisor’s second greatest to give way to the mountain lamb that in Ireland. It, too, has seduced call the place home: the scenery is generations of visitors. truly spectacular. And your first sight of Keem will be glorious too. You’ll The Wild Atlantic Way has countless be on the coast road, high up, and the beaches - many celebrated around turquoise waters below could be from the world; others something of a the Mediterranean. It’s impossible to best-kept secret. And there’s a huge resist taking photos here - and selfies variety too - a beach for everyone, that will make friends envious. no matter what you’re looking for… For Connemara devotees For getting away from it all Dog’s Bay, Galway Ballymastocker, Co Donegal There’s something very special about Once named by the Observer as the sand here, on the beach that the second best beach in the world has been named as TripAdvisor’s (behind a tropical paradise in the third highest rated in Ireland. As Seychelles), this glorious gem in one of its user wrote, “It could be the Donegal crown feels a long way California, such is the whiteness from the stresses and strains of of the sand”. Unlike many of the the modern world. Located on the other great beaches along the Wild western side of Lough Swilly between Atlantic Way, Dog’s Bay is secluded. Rathmullan and Fanad Head, it You have to go looking for it - and manages to feel both accessible and that’s all part of the charm. And secluded. A walk here can revive yet, it’s just a five-minute drive the senses, especially when you’re from the picturesque fishing village drinking in that mesmerising vista of Roundstone. It’s located in a towards the Inishowen Peninsula. proud Gaeltacht area as well as the beating heart of the gloriously wild For water sports thrill-seekers Connemara - one of five National Several counties along the Wild Parks at the Wild Atlantic Way.

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For geology enthusiasts Fanore, Co Clare Not only is this Blue Flag beach an especially striking beauty spot but it’s also one of the nine sites of geological importance that comprises the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. The area was awarded this world-recognised designation in 2011 and a visit to the long, unspoilt stretch of shoreline right next to the buzzing Fanore village puts you at the centre of this special place. The singular landscape of the Burren will soon be coming into its own when its famous wildflowers start to bloom. It’s one of the few places in Europe where Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean flowers grow side-by-side. For history buffs Derrynane Beach, Co Kerry Whether you’re taking a restorative stroll or a bracingly energetic walk, there’s something brilliantly elemental about time spent on Derrynane. There’s a lot of beach for everyone to enjoy - even on the hottest summer days. And its located next to a place of historic intrigue: Derrynane House is the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, and much of it remains just as it was when the liberator was a small boy. It’s gardens are justly celebrated too - there’s so much to explore whether you’re a keen horticulturalist, or not. For children and the young-at-heart Garrettsown, Co Cork Generations of families have been drawn to this beautiful beach in rugged West Cork. It’s got sand for digging holes and building that perfect sand castle, rock pools for shrimp -‘fishing’ and bathing, and large dunes to explore and play hide-and-seek. There are fine views of the Old Head of Kinsale and if you’ve all worked up an appetite on the beach, there’s a huge choice of great food to be had in Kinsale. It’s just a 15-minute drive away and it’s long been regarded as Ireland’s food Mecca.

IRISH ARTIST, KEVIN MC NAMARA Moves To The West Of Ireland To Paint The Wild Atlantic Way By Rachael Montejo


tanding on the edge of the cliffs in Fanore, hundreds of feet above sea level, artist Kevin Mc Namara takes a moment to appreciate the view. Then he weighs his canvas and easel down to protect his work from its subject. It is the wild ocean and incredible beauty of the landscape along the western Irish coastline that initially drew Kevin and his wife Rachael to Co. Clare. Here, they purchased a home and built his new studio, perched high on an elevation near the well-known surfing town of Lahinch. Kevin’s studio overlooks a sweeping valley that leads down to Lahinch Bay, with a hint of the Cliffs of Moher in the distance. “It just doesn’t get much better than this,” he says. Kevin recently began a series of coastal paintings, which includes a striking piece of the Cliffs of Moher. This is a dark, atmospheric painting that presents the viewer with the dizzying sensation of height and foreboding the cliffs can instil. Kevin, in explaining his method and intention, says, “The tonal scale and lively paint marks evoke a sense of the hardness of those rock faces. I am working to convey a visual effect while using loose and vibrant brush marks – working the plasticity of the oil paint to maximum visual effect. I want the viewer to have a sense of the actual experience of seeing the cliffs, hearing the sea, and the seabirds frantically flying about the cliff face.”

Kevin learned a great deal about exacting colour in his earlier career as a background painter at various film animation studios, including Bluth and Walt Disney. He believes, however, that ‘nothing replaces painting from nature or from life. Everything changes, and quickly too, which brings out the creativity to achieve a desired effect through the intense study of colour and light. “Working directly in nature and with each subject,’ Kevin explains, I aim to build up rich tapestries of paint through heartfelt and well-understood relationships of colour and light.” Kevin loves creating enthusiasm and emotion in his work, and these qualities are in abundance along the powerful and majestic coastline that Kevin and Rachael now call home. To learn more about Kevin’s work, schedule a visit to his studio, attend a workshop or view some of his paintings, please email him atkevinthecolourpainter@ or visit his website at

Bonus editorials Top of the Rock Drimoleague

The Milk Thistle Kitchen

Have some fun at West Cork’s favourite glamping site. The Top of the Rock is a unique farm accommodation centre in Drimoleague in the heart of West Cork’s finest walkways. The farm supports 60 cattle, a herd of intelligent goats, black sheep, white ducks and a donkey called Patty. There is a walkway right around the farm which includes a beautiful stretch of the River Ilen with a conservation area for wildlife and native woodlands. A popular interactive family farm tour called ‘Farmhands’ is offered on Saturdays and Wednesdays. There are seven glamping pods and a walking centre built into the old farmyard, which gives everyone the opportunity to get up close and personal with the beauty of West Cork.

The Milk Thistle Kitchen is a newly-opened daytime restaurant located in the old Mungret College, Limerick surrounded by lush parkland, fantastic walkways and the very popular children’s playground. Run by chef proprietors Denis Cregan and Mary Lane, it opens Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm. It offers an extensive breakfast menu and a fresh healthy lunch menu with an emphasis on locally produced homemade products. It also prides itself on producing its own jams, chutneys, breads and pastries. It is a child-friendly, familyorientated restaurant with something for everyone. Well worth a visit.

The Falls Hotel At the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and at the gateway to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and Burren Geopark, the Falls Hotel & Spa is nestled in a wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh in Ennistymon. It is a wonderful base for exploring this area – and a haven for outdoor pursuits including hiking, cycling, surfing and, pot holing... Their leisure centre is a wonderful place to relax after a day outdoors!

Cobh Heritage Centre Learn about the Irish Emigration story, trace your ancestors, hear about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, and immerse yourself in Irish naval and military history at Cobh Heritage Centre. This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural Centre is situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story. Cobh: The Queenstown Story. GPS 51 50 55.68N 8 17 57.72W

Padraicins Galway While you are travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way and the ol’ tummy starts to rumble, then a quick stop in to the beautiful Padraicins restaurant in Furbo Co. Galway is the answer to your prayers. Offering some of the best seafood dishes, an extensive all-day restaurant menu and honest pub grub fayre using local food produce, - all whilst overlooking Galway Bay - this is a little piece of heaven to enjoy on your Wild Atlantic Way journey. Located just 10 minutes from Galway City on the coast road to Connemara. Pop in and get a genuine Irish welcome from the Padraicins team.

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The Cliffs of Moher The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited site - with good reason. They are not just beautiful and majestic, they are awe-inspiring. They are good for the soul. Time stands still in their presence. The new visitor centre built in to the side of a hill is magnificent.

Scattery Island Located approximately one mile off Kilrush, Scattery Island is home to a monastic settlement founded in the early 6th Century by St. Senan who was born locally.

A few miles north of the Cliffs of Moher lies the scattered village of Doolin. One long extended street flanked by countless B&Bs, guesthouses and hostels, Doolin doesn’t sound very inviting, but it is. What Doolin has that no other town or village in Ireland has is three great pubs with quality traditional Irish music sessions seven nights a week, 363 days a year.

Michelin Star Pub in Co. Clare The Wild Honey Inn with Aidan and Kate McGrath

Explore the Burren

A Co. Clare pub has become the first ever pub in Ireland to win a Michelin star, following the unveiling of the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2018 in London this year. The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare is run by chef Aidan McGrath and his wife, Kate. McGrath has been running the pub for nine years. The Michelin judges say McGrath’s cooking “has a classical French base that delivers on flavour”. McGrath said at the ceremony that the win was down to his classical training while also “fine-tuning things over the years”.

The Burren is a tough one to describe. It’s basically a barren limestone area in the northwest corner of Clare. It was formed some 350m years ago while still under water. The rock twists and swirls and occasionally whips itself into conical hills.

In The Irish Times’ 100 best places to eat 2017, Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary’s wrote of the Wild Honey Inn: “The Wild Honey Inn is that great combination of a pub full of character and a kitchen that cares about putting the food of the Burren onto plates.”

An exhibition of the history of the island is housed in the visitor reception building, which is situated near the pier, a 2.5km boat trip from Kilrush Marina - www.

The inclusion of Wild Honey Inn brings to 13 the number of Michelin starred restaurants and pubs on the island of Ireland, two in the north and 11 in the south.

Visit the Aran Islands Located just 10km off the coast from Doolin, the Aran Islands are like a microcosm of Ireland through the ages. From the Bronze Age stone forts of Dun Aengus and Dun Ducathair (to name just two), to the monastic settlement of Teampall Bheanain, to the Irish-speaking fishermen and farmers of today, the Aran Islands will transport you to another Ireland, one obviously ancient and yet most definitely living and thriving in the 21st Century.

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“Trace the music & history of The Kilfenora Band at The Burren Centre.”

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The Burren Centre Discover the unique magic of the Burren Region in ‘A WalkThrough Time’ exhibition at the Burren Centre. We invite you to explore the flora, fauna, geology, music legends, archaeology and natural history of the Burren in the Burren Centre. We offer our excellent presentation in German, Dutch, Italian and French.

The green, green Wild Atlantic Way 10 great shots that show just how amazingly ‘green’ the Wild Atlantic Way is

Instagram has become firmly established as the place to post your favourite photographs. It’s the photosharing site where you can be the envy of all your friends. And it’s the repository to store those stunning reminders of a great holiday or mini-break. With Instagram’s emphasis on the beautiful and spectacular, it’s no surprise that the Wild Atlantic Way features prominently. Instagram users have posted more than half a million photos using the tag #wildatlanticway since the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way.

2. Emery Celtic Cross, Killea, Co Donegal - photographed by Gareth Wray

All six regions along the 2,500km route have been captured and the vast collection of photographs is a treasure trove capturing the sheer variety of the Wild Atlantic Way in all the seasons.

Named after its creator, the late Liam Emery, this spectacular sight visible to those flying overhead, is created by the planting of two different species of pine trees. The outer trees are evergreen but the ones that form the shape of the 100m Celtic cross drop their needs in winter and turn this striking gold colour.

Anyone who searches for #wildatlanticway images will be struck by how green is the predominant colour of so many. It’s not just the mountain sides and the valleys that look resplendent in green, but - on occasion - the Atlantic too. It’s a reminder that there’s a perfectly good reason why Ireland and the colour green are forever entwined.

3. Benbulben, Co Sligo photographed by Ian Mitchinson

It’s arguably Ireland’s most distinctively shaped mountain and an icon of Yeats county. The poet himself was drawn to this special place and he immortalised it in the line “under bare Ben Bulben’s head”. He is buried in its shadow and today many poetry lovers make the pilgrimage to Drumcliffe cometary to see his final resting place.

1. Murder Hole Beach, Co Donegal photographed by Tom Archer

Donegal is justly famed for its brilliant beaches, but this intriguingly named one is perfect for those seeking somewhere completely off the beaten track. It’s not the most accessible beach on the Wild Atlantic Way and local knowledge is usually required - but you’ll feel as though you have the place to yourself.

4. Mullaghmore Head, Co Sligo - photographed by Conor Flanagan

Yeats County is on the itinerary of surfers everywhere and

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the waves are especially huge off this rugged headland. It’s no surprise that some of the biggest names in surfing have brought their boards here - the waves have been known to rise to 15 metres. It’s a perfect area to explore on foot, too, and the gothic edifice of Classiebawn is a key part of the scenery.

8. Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare - photographed by Bernard Geraghty

5. Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo - photographed by Iain Miller The sea-stacks that lie off the Connemara coast have long intrigued visitors, and Dún Briste is especially famed. They evoke the great passage of time and the sense that the Atlantic has hewn the coastline here for millions of years. For daredevil adventurers, climbing rocky towers like these put all their skill and fearlessness to the test. It’s little wonder lovers of the Great Outdoors feel so drawn to the Wild Atlantic Way.

The most storied cliffs in the entire country are usually photographed from above and at a distance, but this worm’s eye view captures the sheer size of these much adored natural wonders. Seamus Heaney loved this part of the Wild Atlantic Way and a line from his Clare-set poem, Postcript, seems apt: “Catch the heart off guard and blow it open.”

9. Skellig Michael, Co Kerry - photographed by Valerie O’Sullivan

6. Clifden, Co Galway photographed by Ferghus Foyle

The otherworldly sight of this fabled mountain has captivated viewers for generations - including the monks from the early centuries of Christianity to chose to live there. In recent years, Skellig Michael has become a global icon thanks to being featured extensively in the latest Star Wars movies. The film-makers were looking for somewhere out of this world - and they got their wish.

“Even the ocean is green in Ireland!” reads the caption on this sumptuous photograph and it’s true that from certain angles and at specific times of the year, the Atlantic takes on a spectacular greeny hue. Clifden is the ‘capital’ of Connemara and the perfect place from which to explore the undulating landscape of this beloved national park.

10. Allihies, Co Cork - photographed by Chris Hill

7. Loop Head, Co Clare photographed by Jordan Drennan

The giant letters that spell out Ireland as Gaeilge date from the early decades of aviation. Together with an identifying number, they were a pre-GPS navigational aid. The location of this one - at the tip of Loop Head - offers a reminder that you’re in the very extremity of Ireland. Next stop, America.

The last village at the end of the picturesque Beara Peninsula lies between mountains and the jagged Atlantic coast. It used to be celebrated for copper-mining and remnants of that industry still dot the hillside here. The Allihies Copper Mine Museum commemorates the area’s mining heritage - one that can be traced back to the Bronze Age.

Bonus editorials Good Honest Hearty Food

Waterford Crystal

This sums up what the Texas Steakout is about. From the very start, we wanted to make the restaurant homely and comfortable so the use of more recipes from your Grandmother’s kitchen was a better option than food that people at that time were unfamiliar with. The Texas Steakout Restaurant was established almost 29 years ago and since its opening has remained one of the top favourites on the Limerick dining scene. Located in the very heart of town, the ‘Steakout’ is a meeting place for people from all walks of life. At the ‘Steakout’ we cater for all varied tastes not just for meat lovers. We also have an excellent choice of Chicken, Vegetarian and Fish dishes. And then there is our Mexican Menu – the likes of which you would have to travel to Central America to get anything better!

The House of Waterford Crystal is in the heart of the Viking Triangle in Ireland’s Ancient East. The guided factory tour is a unique and captivating experience, that allows visitors to understand each stage of production. Every year, the House of Waterford Crystal melts 750 tonnes of crystal using traditional and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques. Visitors can witness how Waterford Crystal is crafted from initial design, right up to the final engraving of the piece. On completion of the tour, visitors can see the largest retail showcase of Waterford Crystal in the world. For further details visit or call 051 317000.

Louis Mulcahy Pottery listed as a ‘must-see’ attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way Louis Mulcahy Pottery is a hive of activity where Ireland’s preeminent potter and well-known poet has established a showroom, café, pottery experience and workshop – offering tours and hands-on experience during the summer season. The thousands of exquisite pieces in the showroom, designed by Louis, are an artistic reflection of his picturesque surroundings. Inspired by the blue of the sea, the browns of the hillside, speckled with the purple heather and the roaring red sunsets, Louis’ large vases, urns, bowls, lamps, masks and druid figures are a must-have for the discerning buyer. Louis’ business, nestled at the foot of a mountain and overlooking the wild Atlantic of Clogher strand, has been built up over 40 years, and is renowned worldwide. The workshop, showroom and café are open seven days a week throughout the year.

The Absolute Hotel In a small city with a big heart, you’ll find the award-winning 4 star Absolute Hotel Limerick. Rated as the number 1 hotel on TripAdvisor in Limerick, and included, in the top 10 Best Hotels in Ireland by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018. The hotel is a five-minute scenic walk along the quays to the thriving retail core of Limerick city centre featuring department stores and unique boutiques alike. To find out more visit Call +353 61 463600,c or email

The café, which started off as a 12-seater space, has expanded yearly to meet demand and has won a reputation for serving local, beautifully presented food in inspiring surroundings. Dingle crabmeat, Dingle Peninsula cheese, and local spiced beef all feature on the menu and daily specials include savoury tarts, mackerel paté and a chilli-crab sandwich. Café favourites include Raspberry and dark chocolate Brownies, Kerry Apple Cake, freshly baked scones and brown bread. Gluten free options are always on the menu. The café is recommended by Georgina Campbell and McKenna’s Guides. All this has contributed greatly to making a complete experience for visitors to this centre of excellence, half way along the Slea Head drive of the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Waterville House and Golf Links Award winning Boutique Hotel of the Year Waterville House & Golf Links, Waterville, Co. Kerry Tel: 353 (0)66-9474102 Fax: 353 (0)66-9474482 Web:

Come and see how we make whiskey, here in Dingle

Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Artisan Pot Still Gin & Vodka

We’d love to see you, so here’s how you can contact us to arrange a tour:

Distillery tours Daily: 1 June - 31 Aug.: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

1 Sept. - 30 Sept.: 12pm, 2pm & 4pm

1 Oct. - 28 Feb.: 2pm & 4pm

1 March - 31 May: 2pm & 4pm

Tel. 353 66 4029011 Email: Facebook: @Dinglewhiskey

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The Dingle Whiskey Distillery The Dingle Whiskey Distillery proudly sits on the edge of Dingle town along the Wild Atlantic Way. As Ireland’s first purpose-built distillery in over 100 years, we have a passion for creating flavoursome, high quality spirits. You can enjoy the result of our tireless technical and historical research in our world-class Dingle Gin, Dingle Vodka and Dingle Whiskeys.

Bonus editorials Shannon Ferries

Céad Mile Fáilte @ Durthy Nelly’s

From early morning, as the mist descends the Shannon Estuary to the Wild Atlantic Sea, to the setting of the sun in the late of the evening, Shannon Ferry will take you and your vehicle on this memorable 20 minute journey across the estuary; linking the iconic tourist destinations of the Banner County of Clare to the Kingdom of Kerry. This is a lovely experience for visitors who would like a short break in their journey to relax as they sail across the majestic Shannon Estuary. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, which in the summer, can sometimes swim so near the ferry, as if just to entertain you.

If you wanted to define a quintessential Irish pub, you’ll find it hard to find a better example of it than Durty Nelly’s in Bunratty Co. Clare. They have been part of the landscape at Bunratty for almost 400 years, and today they continue to be the favourite ‘watering hole’ of both locals and visitors alike. Famous for their food, famous for their drink, but most of all, they’re famous for the warmth of the welcome and the sense of fun and conviviality that’s such a part of their make-up.

As the only vehicle ferry trip on the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, this invigorating journey allows you experience the rugged nature of land and sea as you breathe in the fresh salty sea air that encapsulates Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Now it’s even easier and much better value with our online booking.

The Red Door Country House

Gartan OETC Gartan OETC has been delivering adventure activity courses and training sessions since 1988 to children as young as five and adults as old as…we won’t say! Providing courses to schools, adventure holidays for families, training courses for individuals or something different for a group of friends, Gartan caters for everyone.

The Red Door Country House is a traditional Irish gem nestled on a four-acre site overlooking Lough Swilly along the Wild Atlantic Way in Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Built in 1789, the tradition of a country house is today cleverly combined with contemporary luxury and style. You will be met with warmth from both the open fires and the friendly team before you savour award-winning cuisine sourced from only local suppliers. Email: 00353 74 9137032

Kylemore Abbey Looking for the perfect day out in the West of Ireland? Well in that case look no further than Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, one of Ireland’s best-loved and most iconic tourist attractions and home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920. At Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore the six-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000-acre estate. The beautiful Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giant’s Ironing Stone. Go Wild Magazine - Spring/Summer Edition 2018

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Bonus editorials Hamptons on Henry Street

McCambridge’s - Purveyors of fine foods and wines since 1925 One of a handful of local businesses still trading on Galway city’s main shopping thoroughfare, McCambridge’s of Galway was selling artisan foods and specialty coffees long before they become the ‘in thing’. For generations of Galwegians, the store run by Natalie and Pat evokes special memories - whether of the annual trip in with Granny to buy the ingredients for a Christmas cake and pudding, or of browsing the shelves of exotic-looking products you would never find anywhere else and inhaling all the wonderful aromas.

Hamptons Bar & Grill is a New York-style restaurant, located next door to the Savoy Hotel. At Hamptons they are proud to have custom designed their own wood-fired Robata ovens and grills, unique to Limerick and Ireland. Built to ensure the maximum in flavour and succulence in all steaks, chicken and seafood, they use the best beech wood charcoal which imparts its unique signature in a slow release formula. All meats are marinated overnight in their secret recipe rubs and dressings before being grilled or roasted for your delectation.

Ballymaloe House A visit to Ballymaloe House is a taste of the best Irish hospitality on offer on the island of Ireland. Family-owned, the Allen family first opened their doors to the public in 1964, inviting visitors to dine in a country house. The farm and local suppliers provide the freshest seasonal produce and although only 30 minutes from Cork city and airport, you’ll be transported to an Irish country haven of relaxation. Expect to feel like Ballymaloe House is your home during your stay, and enjoy a warm welcome, delicious fresh food, and comfortable surroundings. During your stay, visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School, home of Jameson Whiskey, Fota Wildlife Park, or enjoy coastal walks and fine golf courses.

Clew Bay Bikes The original and best bike operator in the West, the Platinum Package is the ultimate Great Western Greenway experience, combining both land and sea. This package includes everything from our other packages and also includes a return boat trip via private fishing charter across Clew Bay watching for seal colonies, dolphins, and perhaps try your luck at catching a few mackerel on the way back. This tour is small and intimate with groups of no larger than 12 people. As this is a special tour, we do need to have a minimum of six passangers to operate the tour. Please don’t worry if your group does not have six as we can add you to a waiting list and hopefully add some others to your group and make a few new friends. Please ask the staff if you have any questions about this tour. This tour is subject to both tides and weather.

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Escape Limerick Escape Limerick is Limerick’s #1 rated fun activity on TripAdvisor! An escape room is real-life game, where you and your team are locked together in a room for one hour. By interacting with your surroundings and working together, you solve puzzles to figure out your escape! Our mission is to get people thinking outside of the box, communicate and collaborate. Our rooms are unique in that they are each inspired from a period of Limerick’s history. Which of our three rooms will you choose: Troubled Waters, Frank McCourt’s Classroom or King John’s Dungeon?


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Bonus editorials

Top WIld Atlantic Way Hotels The Savoy Hotel: Beyond Your Expectation Perfectly placed and set within vibrant shopping and theatre district of Limerick City, The Savoy is Limerick’s most celebrated and glamorous 5* luxury hotel. With 92 lavishly appointed rooms and suites which feature luxurious marble bathrooms and all the little extras one could hope for. For relaxation or exercise, indulgent spa treatments, gym, and a private pool are also available. The Savoy is a destination for food lovers and drink connoisseurs alike: a choice of five stylish restaurants and bars offer something to suit all tastes. Dine informally in the New York Style Hamptons Bar and Grill, where an imaginative extensive menu of sustainable, fresh fare is on offer from lunchtime until night. The Savoy Restaurant on the first floor with its distinct relaxed atmosphere and elegant, airy décor, is just perfect to enjoy dinner with friends and family, or have a tasty working lunch with colleagues. Surrounded by some of Ireland’s most scenic landscapes, The Savoy provides the perfect location from which to discover, and be a part of, life in Limerick. Explore many famous Irish landmarks, theatrical and sporting events, only a short walk or taxi-ride away from your base at The Savoy.

Inchydoney Island Hotel Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa combines a stunning location, contemporary accommodation, unique seawater therapies and sumptuous dining to create a most special getaway. We invite you to wake to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, walk hand in hand along the beach or simply enjoy the view from your ocean view balcony or terrace. Inchydoney Beach was voted Ireland’s Best Beach for the last 3 years by Tripadvisor and we invite you to enjoy the view from your room as you wake up to the sound of the sea. Our hotel is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle and whether you are staying with a loved one, children or friends, our aim is to help you create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Couples and those travelling with friends can enjoy our wonderful Lounge on the third floor, with views over the ocean. Unwind with a glass of wine and a book or catch up with friends over a game of Chess. Families staying with smaller guests, will enjoy our Childrens Lounge, which is adjacent to the Lounge. Children can enjoy our Giant Connect 4 game, the Xbox and a host of boardgames, books and puzzles. Older Children will enjoy our Netflix Room where they can spend an evening with friends watching the latest movies. The Snooker Room on the second floor is very popular with young and old alike.

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The Maryborough Hotel Cork Nestled in 18 acres of 300 year old listed gardens and woodland The Maryborough is an oasis of luxury just minutes from Cork city. Boasting 93 deluxe rooms and suites, 2 AA Rosettes, onsite leisure club and award winning ESPA Spa, this 18th Century mansion with contemporary extension is a perfect destination. At the gateway to tour East and West Cork and surrounded by fantastic attractions and activities, The Maryborough is the ideal touring base to soak up all that Cork has to offer.

Eccles Hotel Glengarriff, your gateway to West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way Steeped in over 250 years of history and heritage, ECCLES Hotel in Glengarriff offers an idyllic taste of West Cork. Located directly on the Wild Atlantic Way, one look at the sparkling sea views that stretch out across Bantry Bay and Garnish Island to the Atlantic beyond and you’ll know why it was an inspiring retreat for distinguished guests like WB Yeats, Maureen O’Hara and Pippa Middleton. Relax in a charming setting that’s beyond compare. Explore all the amazing things to do in the surrounding area. Taste a menu that celebrates the finest local artisan producers and enjoy the warmest of West Cork welcomes with live entertainment every week. For best rates and great Spring and Summer Break Offers visit www.

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Featured Hotels TOP Wild Atantic Way HOTELS

Castlemartyr Resort The Luxury 5 Star Resort in Cork

The George Hotel

Located in County Cork, the luxury Castlemartyr Resort

and the commercial district. A luxury hotel that will not

consists of a grand 17th Century country manor house

disappoint, we boast an eclectic mix of contemporary

that sits adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle.

style and comfort in a premier central location. Our

The 5-star hotel includes a 10 treatment room Spa, a

guests experience the perfect match of cutting edge

fitness studio, and a Ron Kirby designed golf course.

cosmopolitan boutique hotel-style along with an

The hotel offers 103 guest rooms, suites

unparalleled standard of service, and our accommodation

and self-catering accommodation.

is sure to impress even the most discerning traveler.

The George Hotel Limerick is a luxury hotel located on O’Connell Street in Limerick. This popular hotel is right in Limerick city centre, close to shopping, entertainment

The spacious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, an en-suite bathroom, luxurious furniture, flat-screen TV, and

If you are visiting Limerick on business or looking to hold

stunning views of the luxury 5-star hotel & grounds.

a meeting in Limerick City we offer competitive business

The hotel offers four dining options: the Bell Tower

rates. If you are looking for great value Limerick Hotel

Restaurant serving modern Irish cuisine with a twist,

Deals we feature great value midweek and weekend

our Italian casual dining restaurant, Franchini’s, the

hotel breaks. If what you want is some girly glamour

relaxed yet elegant Knights Bar, and our informal

in the heart of Limerick City, our boutique hotel offers

Clubhouse offering a lighter dining option.

great value Hen Party Packages – the perfect choice for a hen-party in Limerick. Our downtown location is ideal for you to enjoy the post-match fun if you are visiting the home of rugby to watch Munster play in Thomond Park.

Kilronan Castle In a secluded corner of the famous West of Ireland, through a set of magnificent medieval gates, at

Ballynahinch Castle

the top of a meandering driveway through an

Casual country elegance is how you can best describe

ancient forest, on the banks of an extraordinarily

the great yet unpreten­tious Ballynahinch Castle.

beautiful lough aside 40 acres of lush green

Ballynahinch Castle offers a more low key luxury of caste

estate, lies something straight from a fairytale.

and beauty. All rooms are tastefully and individually

Lovingly transformed from the ancestral home

decorated, with superb views of the 700 acres of

of a royal family, this is somewhere the elegance

wooded grounds, mountains and the peaceful and

of old mixes seamlessly with the comfort of new.

breathtaking lake. It might be the height of summer in

This is a breathtakingly beautiful place where time

Ireland, but a seat by a log fire in the cosy bar will always

stands still so you can hear the quiet. This is a once-

be welcome after a day’s hiking or fishing on the hotel’s

in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a uniquely Irish

salmon river and lakes. In face, there’s so much to do

experience. This is Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa.

on the estate, lots of visitors never leave the grounds.

House of Waterford Crystal Since the House of Waterford Crystal manufacturing facility and visitor experience opened in June 2010, it has welcomed over one million visitors into its haven of crystal creativity and innovation


ocated on the Mall in the heart of Waterford City in Ireland’s Ancient East, the House of Waterford Crystal brings a visit to Waterford to a whole new level as visitors can witness the creation of crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces right before their very eyes. Every year the House of Waterford Crystal melts down more than 750 tonnes of crystal and produces pieces using traditional manufacturing techniques. The factory tour is a unique and captivating experience that is sure to enthral visitors of all ages, both national and international. The tour lets people go behind the scenes for over an hour and see exactly how Waterford Crystal pieces are made, and they can witness every stage of production, from the initial design stage right up to the final engraving of the piece. On the tour, visitors first visit the mould room where they witness the mould making, a technique that has remained

unchanged throughout the centuries, as the Master Blowers shape the molten crystal flawlessly with the use of wooden moulds and hand tools. The next part of the tour is truly magical, as visitors enter the blowing department where they see glowing balls of crystal transformed into majestic shapes as they are put through the 1300-degree furnace. The Waterford Crystal pieces are afterwards hand marked for precision and accuracy, and they are subsequently cut, sculpted and engraved. Visitors get a behind the scenes sneak peek of the highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing and see the high standards that the House of Waterford Crystal has for each and every piece that leaves the factory. The crystal is inspected at each stage of production, so each piece no matter how small goes through six inspections, and if it fails to reach the Waterford Crystal standards at any stage, it is smashed and returned to

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the furnace to be re-melted so that the piece can be started again. Some of the best-known trophies and prizes around the world have also been handcrafted in The House of Waterford Crystal, including the annual Peoples Choice Awards, the Solheim Cup, the Irish Open trophy and the Vincent Lombardi trophy. The House of Waterford Crystal is also home to the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world; so for that special indulgence or a gift for any occasion, why not indulge in one of the designer Waterford Crystal pieces by John Rocha, Jasper Conran or Jo Sampson. For further information visit Tel: + 353 (0)51 317000 Facebook: House of Waterford Crystal/Twitter: @WaterfordCrystl Instagram: @waterfordcrystalfactory

Bonus editorials Book of Kells by Irish Linen House

Spring is in the Air At Belleek Pottery We are a shaking off the winter blues at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre and getting ready for a busy Spring and Summer season. Our tour guides are waiting patiently to take guests on the 30 minute guided tour of the pottery where visitors have an opportunity to see first hand how handcrafted pieces are carefully created by the crafts men and women that work at Belleek. From design to completion visitors get a real sense of the intricate work that takes place at Irelands oldest working pottery. For younger visitors, The Bloomfield Trail is the perfect way to enjoy a tour. A map detailing points of interest along the tour keeps children occupied and interested. Once you have completed your tour, there is ample opportunity to browse the Belleek Collection in the museum. Our audio visual theatre tells the extended story of Belleek and its history. ONE SIXTY a photographic exhibition which was recently launched in 2017 tells a very special social history story and is a favourite with visitors and especially with those who have a connection to the pottery. Before leaving, take a little time to relax in the elegant surroundings of our restaurant where you can enjoy freshly baked scones or a light lunch. For that all important gift, you will find something in our showroom which is stocked with a wide selection of home and giftware, including some visitor centre exclusives that can only be purchased at Belleek Pottery. Check our website for tour times or call Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre on + 44 (0)28 6865 9300. You can also keep up to date with other events at Belleek Pottery by checking out Belleek Pottery on Face Book.

The nine piece collection designed by Irish Linen House and inspired by the Book of Kells hangs proudly alongside the Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin. Inspired by the illuminations in the Book of Kells ,Irish Linen House has created nine exquisite pieces which capture the intricacy of the Book. With a combined total of 2,292,073 embroidered stitches, the collection has been created on the finest Irish Linen. Each piece takes its design from various pages of the Book, It’s intricacies, knots and links are regarded as ‘’the work of an angel and not of man’’. It’s iconic and inspiring flourishes, spirals and tracery have been referenced in the artwork.

Bus Eireann Expressway Expressway services operate 22 routes and link every major Town/City and Airport in the country, providing direct and regular services making it the quickest way to an unrivalled number of destinations. Our modern fleet of comfortable coaches offers a cost-effective alternative to the hassle of increasingly restricted car parking, car access in town centres and motorway tolls. Other benefits when travelling Expressway are free Wi-Fi, extra comfort seats, free charging points and hourly services on main routes.

Michael Collins House Michael Collins House, Clonakilty is a museum dedicated to Michael Collins and the story of Irish independence; offering an insight into the life of ‘The Big Fella’ and much more. History is brought to life through guided tours, interactive displays, audio visuals, original artefacts and much more. An affordable, educational and entertaining experience that is suitable for all ages. For more information contact 023-8858676, email info@michaelcollinshouse. ie or visit

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At the Heart of the Wild Atlantic Way

The Gateway to The Cliffs of Moher & Burren Geopark

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With bracing Atlantic winds, breathtaking vistas and miles and miles of undisturbed beaches, the Wild Atlantic way is a beach-lover’s paradise


01. Barleycove, Co Cork IMAGE: RAYMOND FOGARTY

One of West Cork’s most beautiful beaches, Barleycove is the ideal spot for families, with its many sand dunes providing hours of fun for kids. Officially declared a Special Area of Conservation by the EU, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the stunning views and discover the natural wildlife of the area.

02. Dogs Bay, Roundstone, Co Galway


With its crystal clear waters and over a mile of white sandy beach, the crescent shaped Dog’s Bay (beside Gurteen Bay), is one of Galway’s best beaches. Ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. IMAGE: RAYMOND FOGARTY

03. Fanore Beach, Co Clare Stunning views, golden sand and with a certain wildness about it, Fanore beach is great for surfing, body boarding and swimmers. It’s also a botanist's dream, with its proximity to the Burren.

04. Inch Beach, Co Kerry

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Breathtaking scenery and with over four miles of beach, Inch is an ideal spot for walkers. Made famous for its scenes in Ryan’s Daughter, Inch Beach is popular with surfers, anglers and swimmers. IMAGE: RAYMOND FOGARTY

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05. Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co Cork

With its blue flag status, Inchydoney Beach is the ideal spot for swimming in the calm, and surfing when the wind is up. Inchydoney is yet another of Ireland’s most stunning beaches, with miles of sandy beach to walk or jog along and take in the breathtaking views.



06. Keel Beach, Achill, Co Mayo

Surrounded by stunning vistas of the Minaun cliffs, green fields and the Atlantic, this 4km beach, also known as Trawmore Strand, is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Expect lots of windsurfers, bodyboarders and surfers living it up on this Blue Flag beach

07. Ballymastocker, Co Donegal

Voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by readers of the Observer Magazine, Ballymastocker, on the shores of Lough Swilly, is a spectacular mile-long beach of beautiful sand and stunning views. Never over-crowded, this Blue Flag beach is one of Ireland’s top gems.



08. Silver Strand,

Malinbeg, Co Donegal This horseshoe-shaped secluded beach is an ideal spot to relax and take stock. With stunning views and protected from winds, Silver Strand is a beach lover's paradise with its golden sands and peaceful ambiance.



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Belleek Castle A unique property with an interesting past, Belleek Castle, Ballina, County Mayo, sits in a woodland on the banks of the River Moy Paul Doran and Maya Nikolaeva operate the boutique hotel, restaurant and museum on the property, which Paul’s father, Marshall Doran, bought in 1961.


arshall Doran (1916 - 2017) was a colourful character, with a career as a merchant marine officer and as a hotelier; he was also a collector and restorer of antiques. Born in London and raised in Bournemouth, Marshall stowed away on a ship bound for America when he was 16. It was the first of countless ocean voyages around the world until 1952, when he settled in Jersey. There, he used the cash he earned as a sailor, smuggler and antique dealer to put a mortgage for the Hotel Revere and Candlelight Grill. The business thrived in Jersey, while Marshall’s passion for collecting antiques demanded that he find a place to store them. The property was originally a country house built in 1831 for Sir Francis Arthur Knox-Gore (1803-1873), and designed in the Neo-gothic style by architect John Benjamin Keane. The estate remained in the Knox-Gore family until 1941, when it was sold to the Beckett family of Ballina. Jacob Francis Beckett had planned to turn the estate into a race course and stud farm but died before he could realise his dream. It was then sold to Mayo County Council. When Marshall bought Belleek Castle, he began the monumental task of restoring the former manor house and converting it into a hotel and medieval museum. Marshall never lost his love for the sea. Many of his architectural works carried a nautical theme, including the Spanish Armada Bar which he modelled on the captain’s quarters of a Spanish Armada galleon. The bar was built out of salvaged timber from the wreck of a ship in the Spanish Armada fleet which floundered in Streedagh Bay, County Sligo in 1588.

The Marshall Doran Collection The Belleek Castle tour includes the story of the origins of the castle and the history of its former owners. Visitors learn about the life of Marshall Doran, and can see the private dining rooms decorated in the opulent romantic style, as well as the Medieval Banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada Bar and Tween Deck. The highlight of the tour is the Marshall Doran Collection, one of the finest collections of antiques, Jurassic fossils, medieval weapons and armour in Ireland. The medieval armoury collection is second to none and visitors are able to handle some of the weapons and experience a little of what it might have felt like to use them.

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The armoury contains a wide range of medieval weapons from around the world, including 16th Century Scottish broadswords and claymores, 17th Century Flemish crossbows, Japanese Samurai armour and katana swords, Persian axes, Persian axes, Spanish rapiers, seventeenth century pata swords and katar daggers from India. There are several full sets of armour dating from as early as the 16th Century, such as that used for jousting, and there is a fine collection of helmuts. The visitor can also see curiosities such as the bed of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen, which was bought from Westport House and the last wolf shot in Connaught. Guided tours are available daily from 11am untill 4pm. For more information on the tour, visit

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Located on the Wild Atlantic Way between Louisburgh and Leenane the award-winning Glen Keen Farm caters for Groups and Coach Tours with seasonal opening for individual visitors. Guests can enjoy Sheepherding Demonstrations, Traditional Turf-Cutting experience, Irish Music, Bodhrán classes, Wool Spinning, Guided Walks to ancient ring forts and private Mountain Hikes. Nestled at the base of the Sheaffrey mountain range and Mweelrea, Connaught’s tallest peak, Glen Keen, one of Ireland’s largest farms, is the celebration of the Irish story!

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3rd – 8th April 2018, Letterkenny

15th – 17th June 2018, Letterkenny

28th July – 6th August 2018, Dungloe




6th – 8th April 2018, Moville

22nd – 24th June 2018, Bundoran

9th – 13th August 2018, Gaoth Dobhair



Inishowen Peninsula Shore 2 Summit Adventure Race - 7th April 2018 Quadrathon Challenge, 16th – 19th August 2018



4th – 8th July 2018, Ballyliffin Golf Club

18th – 26th August 2018, Throughout Donegal



11th – 29th July 2018, Countywide



24th – 26th August 2018, The Pier, Donegal Town

4th – 7th May 2018, Ardara MACGILL SUMMER SCHOOL

22nd - 27th July 2018, Glenties THE ROSSES WALKING




25th – 28th May 2018, The Rosses



27th Sept – 7th October 2018, South & SW Donegal

27th – 29th July 2018, Arranmore Island




20th – 21st October 2018, Buncrana

31st May – 3rd June 2018, Ballyshannon


3rd – 6th August 2018, Ballyshannon

For more information, go to

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L coach.

ouise McDonnell lives in west Sligo with her husband and two children. She is a social media author, speaker, trainer and

Last year, she published her first book; Facebook Marketing, The Essential Guide for Irish Organisaitons (The Liffey Press). Louise explains that social media wasn’t an option when she went to college - she studied Languages and Marketing at Sligo Institute of Technology. Louise was introduced to the world of Digital Business while working for one of Ireland’s earliest eCommerce businesses, EDI Factory (now Celtrino). We were based on Dame street and only one PC in the office had dial up internet access. We have come such a long way since then. Now the internet and social media are so much part of our lives. Louise started helping businesses use social media as a marketing tool in 2009. “Back then, it was revolutionary to be using social media for business. I worked as a mentor on Fáilte Ireland’s emarketing panel and helped businesses create digital marketing strategies.”

Louise also developed social media training courses and started delivering them for Local Enterprise Offices in the north-west. Louise explains the moment the seed was sown for her book. “Two years ago, after a training course in Leitrim, one of the participants suggested that I should write a book. Initially I laughed it off but then I considered all the experience I had gained from working with small businesses. I knew the issues they faced, the difficulties they had with social media and what they needed to do

It wasn’t until third year, while on Erasmus in a French college, that I encountered someone using email. That was the early 90’s and email was a big discovery! to get results.” Louise’s book was launched in November 2017. “I’m very proud of the book. It’s all about creating a strategy so it won’t date. It’s very practical and is packed full of

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examples of Irish businesses succeeding with Facebook. There’s a section on case studies which features a hotel, leisure centre, destination marketing group, make-up artist, butcher, GAA club and fashion boutique and ecommerce store.” “I believe that Facebook is one of the most powerful marketing tools. Every day in Ireland there are 2.3 million users, that’s more than Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram combined. If businesses are strategic with the content they publish, they can reach their audience and build brand awareness. The advertising platform on Facebook is what separates it from all other networks. Small businesses can use sophisticated targeting features and use paid ads to ensure their content is seen. It’s all in the book!” Buy “Facebook Marketing, The Essential Guide for Irish Organisations” in any good book store or on,, Amazon, Book Depository etc.

Louis Mulcahy Pottery


isted as a ‘must-see’ attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way, Louis Mulcahy Pottery is a hive of activity where Ireland’s pre-eminent potter and well-known poet has established a showroom, café, pottery experience and workshop – offering tours and hands-on experience during the Summer season. The thousands of exquisite pieces in the showroom, designed by Louis, are an artistic reflection of his picturesque surroundings. Inspired by the blue of the sea, the browns of the hillside, speckled with the purple heather and the roaring

red sunsets. Louis’ large vases, urns, bowls, lamps, masks and druid figures are a must-have for the discerning buyer.

The workshop, showroom and café are open 7 days a week throughout the year.

food in inspiring surroundings. Dingle crabmeat, Dingle Peninsula cheese, and local spiced beef all feature on the menu and daily specials include savoury tarts, mackerel paté and a chillicrab sandwich. Café favourites include Raspberry and dark chocolate Brownies, Kerry Apple Cake, and freshly baked scones and brown bread. Gluten-free options are always on the menu. The café is recommended by Georgina Campbell and McKenna’s Guides.

The café, which started off as a twelveseater space, has expanded yearly to meet demand and has won a reputation for serving local, beautifully presented

All this has contributed greatly to making a complete experience for visitors to this centre of excellence half way along the Slea Head drive of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Louis’ business, nestled at the foot of a mountain and overlooking the wild Atlantic of Clogher strand, has been built up over forty years and is renowned worldwide.

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“Myrtle Allen Is The Holy-Grail, The Mothership. She’s Where Modern Irish Food Began” Allan Jenkin, Observer Food Magazine

“Irish country house cooking with a classical twist, utilizing the freshest fruit and veg from the walled garden, sublime fresh seafood from Ballycotton, superb local meat and one of the finest wine cellars in the country, all served in delightful surroundings” Gillian Nelis, Sunday Business Post #GreatIrishRestaurants

Ballymaloe House, Cafe, Shop & Grainstore Shanagarry East Cork P25 Y070

For restaurant and bedroom bookings call 021 465 2531

Ideally located in the heart of Limerick City Your gateway to The Wild Atlantic Way

Go wild Magazine - Issue 11  

Ireland's most recognisable tourist magazine is back with it's eleventh edition. This season we have lots of interesting things to do and se...

Go wild Magazine - Issue 11  

Ireland's most recognisable tourist magazine is back with it's eleventh edition. This season we have lots of interesting things to do and se...