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TravelIreland Volume 1 Issue 1 May 2014

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Festivals in Donegal

Patrick Scott at Imma

SHOPPING IN KILKENNY National Stud Discovered 11th Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

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Welcome to Travel Ireland magazine which we hope you will enjoy reading during your stay. We also hope you will visit the places we recommend and explore our beautiful island as a whole. Ireland is full of history, myth and legends. It is a place full of historic sites to visit including castles, monastic settlements and museums yet modern and forward looking in its present day facilities and ethos. We are a fun loving nation who bids everyone a ‘Céad míle fáilte ‘or one hundred thousand welcomes and we hope you enjoy your stay and come back again soon. Publisher/Managing Director: John Carey Director: Paul Daly Design and Art Direction: Tim Evans Credit Control Manager: Nichola Thomas- nichola@ellenmediacom.ie Advertising: John Carey john@ ellenmediacom.ie 0879113732 Contributors: Patrick O’Neill, Lorraine Teevan, Peadar McMahon, Peter Sherrard, Marie Coyne, Norman Mc Closkey, Pauric O’Donnell We wish to particularly thank our advertisers for their support and Failte Ireland for their help and guidance in the production of this edition. Ellen Media Communications Limited. All rights reserved. Editorial content and opinions expressed in Travel Ireland Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. Ellen Media communications Limited does not accept responsibility for any Advertising content. All unsolicited manuscripts will not be accepted or returned. No material may be used in whole or in part without the publishers prior consent.

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features regulars Sporting Leinster -6 Gay Theatre Festival - 8 Patrick Scott - 12 Kilbeggan Whiskey - 15 National Stud 16 Kilkenny Shop 18 My Kingdom for a Dolphin - 23 Kylemore Abbey - 38 Donegal - 46

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Leinster - 5 Theatre Review - 10 Recommended restaurants in Leinster - 20 Munster - 21 Explore Munster - 27 Recommended restaurants in Munster - 31 Connaught - 33 Explore Connaught - 34 & 43 Recommended restaurants in Connaught - 44 Ulster - 45

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einster is the most easterly of the four provinces of Ireland and is definitely the most populated with the city and county of Dublin at its heart. The province is made up of counties Dublin, Louth, Meath, Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Kilkenny and Wexford. A quick over view of the province shows just why it is so popular. Dublin: The administrative , cultural, and economic capital of the country is one of the most exciting places to visit with a nightlife to rival London. Paris or Amsterdam,. The County of Dublin too has many fine places to spend your day at your leisure. Meath formerly known as the Royal County is the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland who had the area around the Hill of Tara as their base. Meath is also one of the most archaeologically important counties on the island with its Neolithic sites at Newgrange. County Wicklow has several world famous sites and attractions from Glendalough Monastic settlement to Powerscourt, but there is also an abundance of smaller, less well

Westmeath is a county which has at its heart the town of Athlone which is the most centrally populated area in Ireland. It is home to the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival, the oldest pub in Ireland and some of the finest golfing, fishing and health spas on offer. Louth is known as “the wee county” as it is the smallest county in Ireland but for what it lacks in land mass it makes up for in places to see. Louth is the home of the Cooley Mountains, the Boyne river which is famous for its salmon fishing and the beautiful Carlingford area. If it is a leisurely drive you seek Louth is the place to go. Carlow is where you will find three of Ireland’s key national walking routes – the South Leinster, the Barrow and the Wicklow Ways – Carlow is blessed with hundreds of miles of excellent and varied walking.. Laois is well worth a visit as you can try your hand at a range of activities from paintballing in the Stradbally Woods, western-style riding at Fossey Mountain, bowls at the only indoor bowls stadium in the Republic or tie a fly at the unique Irish Fly-fishing and Game shooting Museum .

LEINSTER The east coast province

known, but equally interesting places to visit and things to see..Offaly is situated in the centre of Ireland, nestled between the Shannon River to the west and the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the east and the Slieve Bloom mountain are a sght to behold.. u come across many world famous attractions such as the National Stud, NewbridgeSilverware and Maynooth College. Couple all these with Mondello Park motor racing, Fairyhouse and Nass horse racing courses and Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park .

Kilkenny voted Irelands Top Tourism Town for 2013 by Failte Ireland who are Ireland’s main tourism body,Kilkenny voted Cleanest Town in Ireland at end of 2013 by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), Kilkenny voted 9th friendliest city in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, and most friendliest city in Europe, couple these with a huge countywide cutural heritage and it is a must see for any visitor. Longford Situated in the basin of the River Shannon and the upper catchment area of the River Erne, it is ideally located in the heart of the Lakelands region. Within easy reach of many stunning and historic tourist attractions the countys’ accessibility to many of Irelands main towns and cities make it a prime location as a holiday base.. Finally, Wexford is famous for its glorious sandy coastline and together with County Waterford is known as ‘The Sunny South East’.. You can visit the oldest lighthouse in Europe which stands on the Hook Peninsula. There is some thing for everyone in Leinster!


Sporting Leinster Gaelic Games, Rugby , Soccer and Equestrian Sports

Leopardstown

Leopardstown Racecourse is one of the oldest racecourses in Europe. Built originally by Captain George Quin, it was modelled on Sandown Park Racecourse in England and opened in 1888. Unusually Leopardstown Golf Course and clubhouse is situated in the middle of the racecourse. Leopardstown also hosts both flat and jump races throughout the year, most notably the Irish Champion Stakes in September, the Hennessy Gold Cup in February and another 20 top class races throughout the year. Contact info at Leopardstown.com

Croke Park

Croke Park Stadium situated on the north side of Dublin is the headquarter and national stadium of the Gaelic Athletic Association . The Association was formed in the late 1800’s to promote the amateur sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling (the fasted outdoor ball game in the world),Camogie (ladies Hurling), Handball and Rounders. The Stadium was originally officially opened in 1913 and was renovated in 2004 at a cost of €260 million. At 82,300 the iconic stadium is the third largest in Europe. The complex also boasts a superb Gaelic Games history museum which is well worth a visit. More information on Croke Park guided tours is available at crokepark.ie. Photo: Norman Mc Closke

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RDS Aviva

The Aviva Stadium is situated on the site of the old Landsdowne Road Stadium on Dublin’s south side. The original stadium was an athletics ground which was handed over the Landsdowne Rugby Club in 1880. Since then the stadium has been renovated and renamed in 2010 and now has a seating capacity of 51,700 and built a cost of €410 million. It is the home of the Irish International Rugby and Soccer teams. Details of tours of the Aviva Stadium can be accessed by phone +353 (0) 1 238 2300 or email tours@avivastadium.ie.

The RDS (Royal Dublin Society) grounds at Ballsbridge was built in 1868 to host the Dublin Horse Show and it still hosts this world famous event to this day. It was renovated and expanded and is also now the home of Leinster Rugby with the new seating capable of holding 16,500 and an overall capacity of 18,500. The RDS HAS also featured some of the greatest musical artists in the outdoor arena over the years such as Bruce Springsteen , Paul Mc Cartney, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart. Returning to its fame as a show jumping venue, the puissance event at the Dublin Horse Show which takes place in August, is renowned as one of the highlights of the show jumping year. For more information on the Dublin Horse Show, visit dublinhorseshow.com.


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916, The Premier League, Margaret Thatcher, World War One are not the stereotypical themes you might expect from the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, but that’s exactly what the 11th programme promises in city centre venues from May 5th to 18th next. With a separate programme each week, themes like the 1980s, Marriage Equality, Oscar Wilde, Jean Genet, Divorce, music and stand-up comedy also pepper this diverse programme of drama, comedy and music, designed to appeal to all ages and straight and gay people alike. The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is the biggest of its kind in the world. “We are suffering from goodwill. So many people look at the event and go ‘well done’ and then self exclude themselves from it because they are not LGBT or they think they are not into theatre. This programme will appeal to many and we need help in convincing them, that as mainstream theatre

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is inclusive and relevant, so are we” said Festival Founder, Brian Merriman. “50% of our audience is straight, we attract tourists from abroad, but we need more people from all walks of life, to cross the threshold of innovative theatre, to support these great companies, who sacrifice so much to showcase their work at our Festival. We do not personally profit in anyway from our work, but I believe we all profit from this visibility, this diversity, this inclusiveness of all, regardless of their identity, in a unique artistic celebration of new voices, new work and new horizons in Dublin in May” he added. The vibrant 2014 programme reflects LGBT history as plays unpack the stories of the Great War in ‘For the Trumpets Shall Sound’. The New Theatre which hosts the world premiere of ‘Eirebrushed’ looks at the concept of a ‘flawed person’ being a hero in the context of Pearse, Casement, O’Farrell and Gore Booth, who along with Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench Mullen were among the many gay heroes of a struggle in

1916. The Festival ‘outs’ soccer players in ‘Away From Home’ – when an escort falls for his premier league client at Players Theatre in Trinity College. Marriage equality shines through in the retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk in the award winning ‘A Boy and A Bean’ from Australia and the other side of the coin ‘Civil Parting’ about divorce, from South Africa. Margaret Thatcher becomes the ‘Queen of Soho’ finding herself lost in Soho on the eve of Clause 28 and accidentally becoming a cabaret star. The 80s are also remembered in the cabaret ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ at Outhouse. In a year where transgender identity rights take another step forward, we also look at gender identity in a special matinee ‘child friendly’ play called ‘Aunty Ben’. The LGBT community theatre group ‘Acting Out’ presents their politically incorrect comedy ‘Tit’s Up’ in the LGBT Community theatre at Outhouse in Capel Street.


The Festival encourages new writing to identify the Festival as a place where Canada. and the ever popular ‘Theatre Shorts’ they will be heard, supported and The Festival presents two accounts programme has five shorts in the Cobalt showcased. Del Masterson premiere’s of historical gay writers in Israel’s ‘Jean Café with ‘Blue Boy’ by Mark Ward, his latest work ‘Two Sides Of A Coin’ as Genet – Son of a Bitch’ and it would not ‘Dear Madonna’ by Mark Power, ‘Grace does the prolific Alan Flanagan who will be complete without some Oscar Wilde and Maggie’ by Therese Prendiville, meet us at the junction of ‘Dupont and in ‘My Dorian’ from Starving Artists, a ‘Bitten’ by Penny Jackson and ‘Night’ by Davenport’ recounting the life changing university company from the USA. Colette Cullen, with storytelling theatre experience of a young Irishman in A small free programme is run from Northern Ireland, our first play alongside its nightly festival clubs and from Derry ‘Lesbian Style’ at Players this kicks off with ‘Show and Tell’ Theatre. and ‘Spoken Word’ curated by David A strong bond in gay theatre is that is Doyle in ‘The Harbour Playhouse’ in doesn’t need any translation if it comes Portobello. ‘T-Girls’ is a free play reading to Ireland from abroad. ‘Faggot (Jesus on Sunday May 11th in the Front Loves Me)’ deals with the struggle a Lounge, set on the drag scene in Dublin Canadian couple have with one being 1980s. All are welcome. influenced by religion and the other not. “In May 1964 - the 18th to be precise Gay icon Madonna’s music features in – retired dancer Joe Cino broke new ‘Chicken Fried Ciccione’ by last year’s boundaries by staging the first ever ‘gay best Actor J Stephen Brantley from New play’ in gay theatre. ‘The Madness of York. Lady Bright’ by Landford Wilson was Ireland’s stand-up comic Breda Larkin the trail blazer and exactly 50 years to is back with another hit ‘Other Women’s the night, our Gala night will celebrate Vaginas’ and direct from the legendary International Gay theatre in our awards Provincetown Gay Theatre Festival concert and ceremony titled in tribute ‘A comes ‘Two from Provincetown’: ‘A Night At The Café Cino’. Here we will Shining Attribute by Candyce Rusk and a present awards in the names of Wilde, short, ‘What to Throw Out’ by Kathleen Edwards, Mac Liammoir, Eve Gore Warnock. Booth, Patrick Murray and pioneering The Festival programme is full of gay playwright from the Cino days, musical treats. Renowned star ‘The Doric Wilson, in a celebration of what Late David Turpin’ will play his only I am sure will be a Festival of merit to 2014 Irish concerts in two ‘late nights’ begin our second decade” added Brian in the Cobalt cafe, the week after Stella Merriman. Bass presents a jazz version of some If you have never done it before, of composer Stephen Sondheim’s best you can book a show online at www. songs in ‘A Little jazz Night Music’. The gaytheatre.ie – top price is only 15 UK’s Exist Theatre combines original euros – matinees 10 eruos. You can music in their contemporary relationship read all about the evolution of this piece called ‘Man Enough’ and you unique festival in Brian Merriman’s book can camp it up big time in a backstage ‘Wilde Stages In Dublin – a decade of musical delight called ‘The Dressers’ gay theatre’ now on sale in the ‘Little from London, at the Teachers Club in Museum of Dublin’ and ‘Book Upstairs’ Parnell Square. on online on www.gaytheatre.ie. The Established in January 2000 or Zaytoon restaurants have ‘Bailiewick14-15 Theatre Company’ Box office is open in the Arlington two branches in 14/15 Parliament street and Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 1 - 01 677 3595 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 1 Camden St., Dublin 01 400 5006 Chicago, presents44/45 the Lr. ‘Pride Film and 2 - St., Hotel street. Temple Bar from April 28th from 44/45 lower Camden 44/45 Lr. Camden Dublin 2 Delivery Number 01 4005700 Play’ competition winner with the 12.00 -15.00 daily tel: 085 8719466 or They are casual diners offering delicious kebabs served award winning comedy ‘At the Flash’ at 24 hour secure online booking on www. with freshly made naan bread which is cooked in a Outhouse. Young Irish writers continue gaytheatre.ie. Welcome to Zaytoon, the home of traditional Persian clay oven. Often referred to as

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The Abbey Theatre The Abbey theatre in Dublin first opened its doors on the 27th of December 1904 and was founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. It is thanks to the patronage of Miss Annie Horniman, a pioneer of modern theatre (who later founded the Gaiety Theatre

in Manchster) that the premises in Old Abbey St were purchased. Tragically in 1951, the original buildings of the Abbey Theatre were damaged by fire. The Abbey re-located to the Queen’s Theatre. Fifteen years to the day later, on 18 July 1966, the Abbey moved back to its current home, designed by Michael Scott, on the same site. Today it remains a landmark theatre for some of the most exciting plays around.

Natalie Radmall Quirke as Olivia in Abbey Theatre’s new production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Pic: Sarah Doyle

ABBEY THEATRE CELEBRATES SHAKESPEARE’S 450th BIRTHDAY WITH FRESH AND PLAYFUL IMAGINING OF TWELFTH NIGHT Love is given a new awakening in the Abbey Theatre’s first production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in over 30 years. Shakespeare’s best loved comedy opens on the Abbey stage on Wednesday 30 April 2014Speaking about the production, Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre said: “We have brought together a talented group of actors and creative designers to work with us for the first time. I 10-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

am also delighted that Wayne Jordan is with us to direct his first ever Shakespearian play.” A great line up of young acting talent returns to the Abbey Theatre for Twelfth Night, including Lloyd Cooney (The Risen People), Muiris Crowley (currently in Sive) Elaine Fox (La Dispute), Gavin Fullam (Macbeth), Ger Kelly (The Comedy of Errors), Ruth McGill (Christ Deliver Us!), Barry John O’Connor (The Importance of Being Earnest), Natalie Radmall-Quirke (The Plough and the Stars), and Sophie Robinson (Juno and the Paycock). Well-known actors who bring a wealth of experience to this production are Nick

Dunning (The Cherry Orchard), Mark Lambert (The Dead) and Mark O’Halloran (An Ideal Husband). New young actors making their Abbey Theatre debuts are Conor Madden (The Boys of Foley Street) and Alex Petcu (freelance musician and percussionist). The Abbey Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Twelfth Night on the Abbey stage Performances Run: 25 April – 24 May, Previews: 25 – 29 April Opens: 30 April, Times: 7.30pm (MonSat); 2.00pm (Sat matinee) Ticket prices: €13-€40 / Concessions €13-€25, Booking www.abbeytheatre.ie, Tel: 01: 878 7222


Marty Rea in An Ideal Husband atthe Gate Theatre. Photo by Daragh McDonagh.

There is always a welcome at THE GATE!

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he Gate Theatre based in Dublin’s Parnell Square has been, artistically and architecturally, a landmark building for over 250 years. Established as a theatre company in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir, the Gate offered Dublin audiences an introduction to the world of European and American theatre and also to classics from the modern and Irish repertoire. The Theatre has a capacity of 371 people and a hearty welcome for all.

Wilde about finding ‘An Ideal Husband’! The Gate Theatre is delighted to currently present - An Ideal Husband By Oscar Wilde Regarded by many as one of Oscar Wilde’s most outstanding works An Ideal Husband is a comedic stage play which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, touching on the themes of public and private honour. Directed by New Yorker and Irish Times Theatre Awards Winner for Best Director

(of A Streetcar Named Desire) Ethan McSweeny. We are also thrilled to announce the collaboration of Costume Designer Peter O’Brien and Set Designer Francis O’Connor. Cast includes: Aoibheann O’Hara as Mrs Cheveley, Aoibheann has previously appeared in A Woman Of No Importance and Bedroom Farce in the Gate Theatre, and has also been on tour with the Gate performing in Hay Fever in Spoleto Festival Charleston, 2012.Lord Goring will be played by Marty Rea. Playing Miss Mabel Chiltern is Siobhan Cullen.Garrett Lombard takes one of the main male leads of Sir Robert Chiltern.Lorna Quinn once again takes the part of Garrett Lombard’s wife.Marion

O’Dwyer co-writer of Payback, plays the part of Lady Markby.Other cast members include: Simon Coury as Phipps, Paul Curley as The Vicomte de Nanjac, Maeve Fitzgerald as The Countess of Basildon, Elizabeth Moynihan as Lady Marchmont, Shane O’Reilly as Mr Montford and David Yelland as Lord Caversham. Tickets: Monday & Matinees: ALL TICKETS €25 | Tuesday-Thursday: €32 | Friday-Saturday: €35 |For further information please contact Aisling Quigley on 01 874 4368 or email: aisling. quigley@gate-theatre.ie Booking www. gatetheatre.ie or 01 874 4045.Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ Gatetheatre

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atrick Scott was an Irish artist, born in Kilbrittain, County Cork, in 1921 who died on the 14th of Februray 2014.He had his first exhibition in 1944. He trained as an architect and did not become a full-time artist until 1960. Unfortunately he died just two days before a major retrospective on his life was due to concurrently open at the Garden Galleries(IMMA)in Dublin and the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow. Scott was born in Kilbrittain, Co Cork, in 1921. He went to school at St Columba’s, Rathfarnham and studied architecture at University College Dublin. After graduating, he worked under architect Michael Scott. He became a leading graphic designer with the Signa Design Consultancy (set up in 1953 by Michael Scott and Louis le Brocquy), all the while continuing to test various ideas in his painting. On winning a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and representing Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in the same year, Scott became a full-time artist. The mosaics at the Busáras terminal in Dublin were designed by him as was the black and orange livery for the CIE trains . Scott’s earliest work, from the 1940s, consists of formally divided landscapes depicting imaginary birds and simplified compositions of familiar scenes painted with

thin layers of transparent pigment. Later work was inspired by the bogs of the Midlands and in the early 1960s he discovered the technique of painting on unprimed canvas which characterised his work throughout his life. Some say his work was influenced by his early training and practice as an architect, the angular lines and reductive forms of high modernist architecture reappearing on canvas to describe the natural world with an analytical precision. His paintings, drawings and prints are uncompromisingly abstract, distilling the artist’s environment into two dimensions with an austerity that is balanced by his frequent use of gold, silver and palladium leaf against subtle geometric tempera shapes and raw canvas, most notably in his meditative series of Gold Paintings dating from 1964 onwards. He was elected a Saoi of Aosdána by President Mary McAleese in 2007. The exhibition entitled Patrick Scott: Image Space Light’ falls into two parts. The IMMA (Irish Museum of

Modern Art) are hosting the first part of the retrospective up to 1970 while the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow brings it up to date. This is unusually an exhibition across the two venues, the IMMA part is running from 16th of February until the 22nd of June at the Garden Galleries and the Carlow part is showing at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art from the 16th of February until the 11th of May. IMMA: Admission: €5.00 full price, €3.00 concession (senior citizens, unwaged), under 18’s and those in full time education free. Admission free for all on Fridays. VISUAL: Admission is free.

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estling in the heart of the Westmeath countryside the town of Kilbeggan and its world famous whiskey distillery awaits the visitor who likes to partake of the nectar of the gods. Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, dating back to 1757 and a visit today lets you discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest. Start your tour in the oldest a part of the distillery which shows how it was in 1757 and discover how Irish whiskey was made in decades past. Discover the families that owned the distillery in bygone days and the importance the work of the local community played on what you see today. You’ll see the old mash tuns and fermenters, still in their original positions. You can also get close to the iconic waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery and kept whiskey flowing through Kilbeggan. A stroll across the courtyard takes you to the

present day, where whiskey is being produced in the traditional way - ancient traditions have been passed on from generation to generation, and the team are happy to talk you through what they are doing. See for yourself the traditional method of mashing in oak mash tuns, fermenting in Oregon pine vats and the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flowing from ancient pot stills - one of which is over 186

years old. Of course no visit would be complete without a taste of Kilbeggan’s finest. A visit to Kilbeggan Distillery is a unique experience not to be missed!

Web: www.kilbeggandistillery.com Tel: 00353 579332134

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The Irish National Stud

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he Irish National Stud is owned by the Irish Government and based in County Kildare just 45 minutes from Dublin, one hour from Waterford and two hours from Cork and Galway. It is a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. The original farm was purchased by Colonel William Hall Walker at the turn of the 20th century, but is now owned by the Irish people and is run as a commercial entity. Its management are working hard to maintain its competitiveness in a major global industry in which Ireland has long played a leading role alongside Britain, France, the USA and Australia. Without doubt the stars of the show on the stud farm are the six stallions, whose former performances on the track as top class racehorses have enabled them to spend the years of their retirement living life to the full. Some of racing’s most successful and regallybred mares are sent to Tully to be covered by these stallions and the results have been resoundingly successful. The complex also features the wonderful Japanese Gardens which were created in 1906 and are the finest in Europe. As part of the experience visitors are advised to follow the path called the ‘Life of Man. A recent addition to the facility is St Fiachra’s Garden, 16-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

symbolising the power of the Irish landscape. A spiritual haven inspired by the Patron Saint of Gardeners. Finally no visit would be complete without a tour of the Horse Museum ,a unique experience where the Sport of Kings comes to life. All in all the Irish National Stud offers you a unique experience that can be enjoyed at your own leisure or as part of a guided tour. Come to the Stud and share with us one of Ireland’s true treasures. Contact the Irish National Stud at 045 521617 or email: reservations@ instourism.net


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he Kilkenny Shop is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designed products, from fashion and jewellery to homeware, handmade crafts and crystal. For over 50 years, the Kilkenny Shop has been

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supporting home-grown Irish design talent and has given many budding Irish designers an invaluable kick start to their career, including household names like Orla Kiely and Aideen Bodkin. Wherever you’re visiting in Ireland, there is sure to be a Kilkenny Shop close at hand! There are currently 11 Kilkenny Shops nationwide, including locations in Nassau St,

Swords and Stillorgan in Dublin, Trim Co Meath, Newbridge Co Kildare, Cashel, Co Tipperary, Cork City, Douglas and Shanagarry in Cork, Killarney Co Kerry and Galway City, as well as two sister Christy’s stores in Killarney and Cobh, Co Cork. You can also conveniently shop online at kilkennyshop.com with delivery available nationwide and around the world.


Shopping at Kilkenny From stylish season fashion to handmade jewellery, dazzling crystal and hand-thrown pottery to contemporary interior design, you can be sure to find some wonderful Irish and internationally designed products to suit your needs at the Kilkenny Shop! The Kilkenny Shop is Ireland’s largest

From overseas

If you’re visiting Ireland from overseas, you can be guaranteed to find the best shopping

experience in Ireland at the Kilkenny Shop! Kilkenny offers customers the phenomenal shipping rate of just €29.95 to deliver anywhere in the world no matter how large your purchase may be and international customers can also avail of Kilkenny’s tax free shopping which can be processed in store. stockist of Orla Kiely, one of the country’s finest designers, stocking an extensive collection of her home and accessory designs across all stores. Kilkenny also boasts a stunning range of both Waterford Crystal and Newbridge Silverware, including the fabulous Lismore Collection and must-have new Mixology, Fleurology and Illuminology creations, all by Waterford Crystal. With the vast range of product on offer, you can be sure to find the perfect memento, big or small, to mark your trip or getaway!

Dining

Feast your senses on the culinary delights on offer from the Kilkenny Café, located upstairs in the Nassau St store and also in the Shanagarry Design Centre, Cork. The Kilkenny Café serves up delicious homemade Artisan Irish food at fantastic value, all prepared and cooked fresh on site every day by Kilkenny’s team of talented chefs. Serving an array of deliciousness from freshly baked scones and tasty salads to comforting hotpots and tantalising desserts, the Kilkenny Café

showcases the best of Irish food. And as an added bonus, most of the dishes served are coeliac friendly! If you’re in Dublin, why not check out the Kilkenny Café Nassau Street’s unmissable weekly Supper Club and Jazz Sunday Brunch events! Every Thursday from 5 – 7pm, the Supper Club serves up a delicious meal deal offering a main course for €12.95 and wine specials, topped off with live music

throughout the evening. And what better start to your Sunday than a fantastic Jazz Sunday Brunch, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast with Prosecco and tea/coffee for just €9.95 while relaxing to the tune of live jazz! Whether you’re planning to treat yourself with a sensational shopping trip or looking for a delicious culinary experience, complete your getaway with an unforgettable visit to the Kilkenny Shop, with store locations nationwide! Visit kilkennyshop.com for more info or to shop online wherever you may be.

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236 Lower rathmines road, dubLin 6 teL: 01-4977057

236 Lower rathmines road, dubLin 6 teL: 01-4977057


Recommended Restaurants Whether it is for an evening meal, a light snack or just a lunch, Travel Ireland recommends the following eateries in the Leinster area for their value for money, quality of service and superb cuisine.

Supermisssue

Dax

Langton’s Restaurant & Bar

23 Pembroke St Dublin 2 Tel 01 6761494 Beautiful French cuisine in Dublin’s Georgian quarter Only 5mins walk from St Stephens Green.

Peploes

16 St Stephens Green Dublin 2 Tel 01 6763144 One of Dublin’s most popular eateries and great for those pre -Theatre meals.

Dillingers

47 Ranelagh, Dublin 6 –Tel 01 4978010 American bistro style fare extremely well cooked and presented.

King Sitric

E Pier, Howth, County Dublin 01 8255235 One of the oldest seafood restaurants in County Dublin and it is very popular with the locals.

Yindees Downtown

John St Kilkenny City Tel : 056 7794614 The best Thai food in County Kilkenny. John St Kilkenny-Tel 056 7765133 This famous Kilkenny Hostelry has won numerous awards.

Kilkenny Design Restaurant

Kilkenny Design Centre-Castle Yard –Kilkenny City Tel 056 7722118. Overlooking the magnificent Kilkenny Castle this restaurant is perfect for couples looking for great food and wonderful ambience.

Chapter One

The Ballymore Inn

Pichet

Kafka

Whitefriar Grill

Casual Dining :

19 Parnell Sq North Dublin 1 Tel 01 8732266 Nestled on the Northside of the city this is fine dining at its best. Awards galore for this Michelin star restaurant. 14-15 Trinity St Dublin 2 –Tel 01 6771060 Classic Bistro food in the Modern style with Master Chef Ireland’s. Nick Munier at Front of House. 16 Aungier St Dublin 2 Tel 01 4759003 Certificate of Excellence Winner 2013 and the best Brunch in Dublin on Saturday and Sunday.

Roly’s Bistro

7 Ballsbridge Terrace Dublin 4 –Tel 01 6682611 One of the oldest most prominent eateries in Dublin.

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7 Castle house, South Great Georges St Dublin –Tel 01 4254052 Mexican food is taken to another level in this chic Dublin restaurant.

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Unit 2-3 Drury St Car Park Dublin 2 Tel 01 6799009 Probably the best seafood restaurant in Dublin.

Ballymore Eustace Co Kildare -045 864585 Great for group dining which is enhanced by a tranquil atmosphere with open fires and an extensive art collection. 236 Lower rathmines road, dubLin 6 teL: 01-4977057 This little gem cooks high quality bistro food at very affordable prices

Café Topolis

Parliament St Dublin 2 Tel.. 01 6704961..The home to the best Pizza in Dublin.

Zaytoon

14/15 Parliament St Dublin 2 Tel.. 01 677 3595 – If you are looking for somewhere quick to sit and eat this place has the best kebabs in town, cooked in a clay oven.

Juniors

2 Bath Ave Dublin 4- This little Deli/Bistro is a gem…. if going at lunch time be prepared to queue.


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unster is the most southerly of the four provinces of Ireland and stretches from Tipperary in the South Midlands to Waterford in the South East and from Clare Limerick, Kerry and down to Cork in the South.The entire area is famed for Irish traditional music, song and dance. There are many ancient castles and monasteries in the province; this coupled with the vast green countryside and three cities (Limerick, Cork and Waterford) makes Munster a must see destination for tourists. Bunratty Castle in County Clare is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Browse the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. You can explore at your own leisure or join in a

this year and commences with the International Rose Ball on the 15th of August and culminates in the selection of the 2014 Rose of Tralee in the magnificent ‘dome’ four days later. There is a packed programme of events during the week for all to enjoy. One of Munster’s most famous landmarks the Rock of Cashel, in County Tipperary is the historical seat of the Kings of Munster. The outcrop on which the Castle and grounds stand is one of the most photogenic scenes in all Munster. The spectacular group of medieval buildings are set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. Contact : Telephone No: 062 61437, Fax No: +353 62 62988..E-mail: rockofcashel@opw.ie. County Cork is well worth the drive as it has sandy beaches, Foto Wildlife Park, wonderful coastlines and a City nightlife to rival any of that in Europe. Travel from East to West or North to South in this sprawling county and

crystal production. County Waterford offers a dazzling 147 kilometres coastline, with 49 beaches, beautiful river valleys, lakes and two dramatic ranges of very accessible mountains. Visit Munster- you know it makes sense!

MUNSTER

Music, Castles, City of Culture, Rose of Tralee and Waterford Crystal guided tour with our experienced guides. At night time the castle is the impressive setting for the medieval castle banquets which are held all year round. Travelling down the coast and Limerick is the next port of call. This year Limerick has been designated as Ireland’s first City of Culture and it is all happening this year. From theatres to outdoor music events, museums to festivals, Limerick has an eclectic mix of sights and sounds to suit all tastes. County Limerick also incorporates the Foynes Estuary with its world famous Foynes Flying Boat Museum. The museum tells the story of the Pan Am Clipper aircraft which brought commercial flights from America to our shores, landing in the estuary itself. It includes the only fullscale model of a Boeing B-314 Flying Boat anywhere in the world. The Rose of Tralee is the most famous festival in Kerry this year and this internationally acclaimed festival comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a truly Irish experience. The festival celebrates its 55th year

there is a view, an historical point of interest or an adventure to explore. Finally at the extreme South East of the island of Ireland is Waterford. Which although it may be the last county on the eastern seaboard, it certainly is well worth the visit. Waterford is the capital of the ‘Sunny South East of Ireland’ and Ireland’s oldest city. The city and county is famous throughout the world as the home of Waterford Crystal . A visit to the House of Crystal visitor centre includes an opportunity to choose from the world’s largest selection of Waterford Crystal. The factory tour offers first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. County Waterford offers a dazzling 147 kilometres coastline, with 49 beaches, beautiful river valleys, lakes and two dramatic ranges of very accessible mountains. Visit Munster- you know it makes sense! Waterford Crystal . A visit to the House of Crystal visitor centre includes an opportunity to choose from the world’s largest selection of Waterford Crystal. The factory tour offers first hand access to all areas of traditional


Ashe’s Bar & Seafood Restaurant located on Main St is open 7 days

Lunch 12-3, dinner 5.30-9.30 Early bird menu available 5.30-7 2 courses 22.95 3 courses 27.50

www.ashesbar.ie 0669150989 We use only the freshest locally sourced ingredients, seafood a speciality. Try our west kerry lamb, ventry bay lobster, ballydavid crab, glenbeigh mussels & oysters.


Words: John Carey

DINGLE

MY KINGDOM FOR A DOLPHIN

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t takes four and a half hours of driving from Dublin, but well worth every minute as the scenery is spectacular. The first thing that spreads across the horizon is the sheer gargantuan of beauty that is the Magillacuddy Reeks, a mountain range that stretches into the Kerry terrain like a swan stretching out its wings upon a sleepy landscape. Every bend in the road heralds a new breathtaking scene change. We arrive in Dingle about tea time and promptly proceed to our lodgings, the popular Dingle Skelig Hotel on the edge of town and only a five minute walk to the Harbour. The view from the spacious room out on to the bay is nothing short of spectacular. After a nice relaxing jacuzzi in the leisure centre we put on our glad rags and head for the dining room. Dinner is a superb quality of fare to suit all tastes and great value. In Dingle there is a bar every ten yards you walk in any direction and these are no ordinary bars as they double up as grocery stores, so you can go do your food shopping and have a pint at the same time. After a nice leisurely stroll we happen upon Dick Macks pub, a quaint little watering hole with pictures of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey on the wall and old fiddles hanging from wood book cases.There is a guy on a tin whistle and another with an accordion belting out old Gaelic tunes while in the corner there are a group of Americans munching on pizza from one of the local takeaways and quaffing down creamy pints. The next day we head for the Slea Head Drive a ring road beginning and ending in Dingle. Taking the R559 south we arrive at Ventry harbour a beautiful horse shoe enclave with fantastic views and a long stretch of sandy beach very popular with windsurfers. Moving on from there we head west past Dunbeg Fort,with a steep cliff on one side and the roaring Atlantic on the other. We arrive at Slea Head peninsula which is marked by a stone crucifix and beautiful views of the Blasket Islands. We drive northwards passing Coumenoole Strand where part of the famous David Lean

epic Ryan’s Daughter was filmed. At Dun Chaoin you can get the ferry to the Great Blasket Island but we decide to continue on to Ballyferriter. After a scrumptious lunch in the Ceann Sibeal Hotel we head east taking in a number of Neolithic sites including the early Christian site at Reasc. Dingle is famous for its pottery and when on the Slea Head drive do pop in to Louis Mulcahy Pottery on Clogher Strand where you will find little gems at affordable prices. Another great place along the drive is Ballydavid as it leads out to a cliff top drive with dramatic views and crashing waves with

watch out for a few dozen sheep feeding off the mossy hillsides as they sometimes tend to cross the road. When reaching the pass itself you are greeted with the most spectacular views of the corrie lakes and the glaciated landscapes. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands off the coast of County Galway.Upon descending the other side of the pass youare greeted with a road so narrow that you can barely fit one car through and the sheer drop on the left hand side and cliff base on the other makes for a truely awesome adrenalin filled car journey you will never forget. One thing not to be missed on your visit

beautiful seabirds hovering below. Turning south we head past the base of Mount Brandon – the second largest mountain in Ireland. This is where - if you are a keen rambler you can find a pilgrimage route to the mountain summit. We now turn onto the main road back to Dingle and a well earned drink in the town before dinner. Restaurants are a plenty in Dingle but if you are looking for seafood then look no further than IntoThe Blue, a quaint no frills restaurant at the harbour with the freshest catch from the boats as they come in. The highlight of this trip for me was undoubtedly the 8th wonder of the world - Conor Pass. The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in all of Ireland and is a must visit for anybody visiting the area. Driving up to the pass from Dingle you know you are in the lap of the Gods - you might pass the odd cloud meandering around its many bends in the road. The views on the way up are simply amazing -

to Dingle is the Dingle Dolphin -- or Fungie, the name given to him by the fishermen. He is a fully grown, possibly middle aged, male bottlenose, Tursiops Truncatus. He weighs in at around one-quarter tonne (500 lbs.) and measures in the region of four metres (13 feet). During the summer months Fungie is often seen taking fish in the harbour mouth. The Dingle Boatmen’s Association run regular trip out to meet Fungi all year round and he obliges with spectacular jumps and loops alongside the boats, a truly amazing sight. The Boatmen’s Association comprises 8 passenger boats fully licenced by the Department of the Marine and manned by experienced and qualified crews. The boats leave Dingle Pier at regular intervals during the day, every day, all year round (weather permitting) on a 1 hour trip to see Fungie wild and free in his natural habitat. Telephone: (066) 9152626 Email: info@dingledolphin.com MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-23


DINNER

EVERYDAY FROM 5PM

BRUNCH

SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 10:30AM TO 4PM

LUNCH

THURSDAY TO FRIDAY 12:00 - 2:30PM AND OPENING ALL WEEK SOON

Travelling around Ireland, then why not drop into The Irish National Stud and Gardens

lunch craft beers

cocktails

pre-theatre

wine

early bird

group dining

celebrations saturday

sunday

ALL WEEK LONG

55 euro for two menu

brunch

dessert

“Ah sure it’s only bleedin deadly!” a local

16 Aungier St. Dublin 2

01 475 9003 www.whitefriargrill.ie

info@whitefriargrill.ie

From horses to horticulture we offer a unique experience than can be enjoyed at your leisure or as part of a guided tour. Come to the Stud and share with us one of Ireland’s true treasures. • World Famous Japanese Gardens • St. Fiachra’s Garden • Horse Museum • Lots of new born foals to see • Let off steam in our new playground • Enjoy our homebaking and locally sourced foods in the restaurant • Meet our Living Legends; Beef or Salmon, Kicking King, Moscow Flyer & Vintage Crop • Location: South of Dublin & the M50, off the M7, Exit 13 onto the R415 • Gift Shop • Open 7 days a week 9.30am - 5pm Tel: +353 (0)45 521617 Web: www.irishnationalstud.ie Email: reservations@instourism.net


Cliffs of Moher

Clare

Wild, Wonderful and Magical

O’Brien’s Tower

The Burren

Cliffs of Moher Ferry

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ounty Clare hosts an eclectic mix of the ancient and modern, beautiful inland scenery and a wild Atlantic shoreline. The county is the first port of call for travellers from the America’s as it has at its heart Shannon airport. The county town Ennis, has an abundance of top class accommodation and the tourist is also well catered for in the regional towns of Shannon, Scariff, Killaloe, Kilrush, Kilkee, Ennistymon and Lisdoonvarna. Ennis, is also well served by road and rail. The county features the unusual and unique lunar landscape of The Burren, an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. The Burren features an extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt’s pyramids, and is well wo rth a visit. The Burren Centre based in the village of Kilfenora is a great source of further information on this extraordinary area, contact them at info@theburrencentre.ie or call (065)-7088030 The Cliffs of Moher is another of County Clare’s unique features as they in all their unspoilt beauty stretch out over the Atlantic ocean towards the America’s. Located at the southwestern edge of the Burren,they rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometres to the north.[4] The tower is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs built in 1835.From the cliffs and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs rank amongst the top visited tourist sites in Ireland, and receive almost one million visitors a year. The cliffs have been used as the location for many film shoots including a scene called ‘the cliffs of insanity’ in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. A Visitors Centre built into the hillside near the cliffs is well worth a visit. Ireland’s top international cycling stage race for women will again be based in Ennis County Clare this year and will take in the sights of Munster’s Atlantic coastline over a total of 427km of racing. The event will once again be based in the county town of Ennis with race HQ the Inn at Dromoland for five days running from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th September with a variety of stages set to suit the individual characteristics of all road racers. Teams from USA, UK, France, the Netherlands and Ireland have already confirmed their participation in the ninth running of the event in its current guise and the 28th annual international women’s stage race in Ireland. So if your a cycling enthusiast this is the place to be then. Finally as with all our counties Clare too has an abundance of fishing lakes, top hotels and restaurants and a nightlife to suit all tastes. Coupled with beautiful resorts and beaches it is the perfect place to relax and let the cares of the world pass you by.

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Wine

WINE UNDER €10

Gardenos, Rioja DOC, 2013, 13.5% Vol.Bodegas Marqués de Reinosa, Autol, La Rioja, España

Review

A young full-bodied wine with good backbone and aromas. Made with Tempranillo and

WINE OVER €10

Garnacha it exhibits cherry and violet hues with some very pronounced ripe berry aromas, like strawberry and blackberry. With this superb wine’s aromas it feels pleasantly crisp with a black liquorice finish and at this price it’s a real bargain. Excellent match for all kinds of dishes, especially meat, Available from Tesco, €7.99

By Patrick O Neill WITH THE IMMINENT ARRIVAL OF THE SUMMER BBQ SEASON WE THOUGHT WE’D KICK OFF WITH SOME FANTASTIC MATCHES FOR THE GRILLED MEATS, CHARGRILLED VEGETABLES AND SALADS THAT WILL BE COOKED AL FRESCO THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. SO WE’VE GONE FOR TWO GLORIOUS SPANISH REDS; ONE FROM RIOJA AND ONE FROM RIBERO DEL DUERO. 26-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

PradoRey, Ribero del Duero DOC, Roble 2011, 15% Vol. Gumiel de Mercado (Burgos) España Made with 90% Tempranillo , 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot. PradoRey Roble matures in American and European oak barrels for a minimum of 6 months. Finally the wine ages in the bottle for 5 months. It shows an intense purple and red with wonderful violet shades. It is quite fruity though with an intense and fresh feel, with hints of blackberry and balsamic. It also displays some spicy hints on the nose due to its time in oak barrels. In

the mouth it is fresh and persistently fruity, round and balanced, though at the same time velvety and meaty with long aftertaste. A quite wonderful, complex wine that benefits from some breathing and decanting if you can stand to wait! This great Ribera del Duero, pairs perfectly with roasted meats, game or cured meats. AWARDS for PradoRey, Ribero del Duero: Silver Medal, Bacchus Awards 89 points – Robert Parker Available from: The Hole in the Wall, Dublin 7 and other reputable wine stores. Approximate value. €19.99


explore

MUNSTER

Blarney Castle

Cliffs of Moher

Blarney Castle, County Cork: 600 years ago Cormac MacCarthy, one of the great Chieftains of Munster built the present Blarney Castle. Although built as fortification against enemies, it is hard to believe that this remarkable piece of architecture, set in such a tranquil place would ever have been the scene of battle. Today it is best known throughout the world as the home of ‘the blarney stone’, which, legend has it, when kissed bestows great eloquence on the recipient. While you are there you should visit the extensive gardens and grounds around the castle which help it commune with nature.

Cliffs of Moher County Clare: Stretching for eight kilometres along the coastline and standing at 214 metres at their highest point the Cliffs of Moher give the visitor a panoramic view out onto the Atlantic Ocean . It is said that on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains, Loop Head , the Dingle Penninsula and the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry. When there, you should ascend O’Briens Tower (at the highest point) which has been used as a viewing point by visitors for centuries.

The Ring of Kerry

Cahir Castle

The Ring of Kerry: The Ring of Kerry ( Irish: Mórchuaird Chiarraí)is not a ring in the conventional sense but a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry. Clockwise from Killarney it follows the N71 to Kenmare, then the N70 around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney via the N72. The scenery along this route is spectacular to behold and the route takes you through the Gap of Dunloe, the Bog Village, past Rossbeigh Beach, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Ogham Stones and many more visitor attractions.

Cahir Castle South Tipperary: Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles in Ireland and is sited on an island in the river Suir. Built in 1142 by Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond. it was granted to the powerful Butler family in late 14th century. The castle was enlarged and remodelled between the 15th and 17th centuries. It fell into ruin in the late 18th century and was partially restored in the 1840s. The Great Hall was partly rebuilt in 1840. The last Lord Cahir died in 1961 and the castle was vested to the Irish State. The castle is well preserved and has guided tours and audiovisual shows in multiple languages. MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-27


Limerick – let us take you there To Limerick Bus Station: From

Route Price*

Journey Time**

Dublin Airport Dublin City Tralee Killarney Shannon Airport Cork Galway

12/X12 12/X12 13 14 51 51 X51

3 hr 45 mins 3 hr 15 mins 2 hr 05 mins 2 hr 05 mins 30 mins 1 hr 50 mins 1 hr 20 mins

€31.35 €22.80 €32.30 €32.30 €11.68 €21.85 €21.85

*Online Adult Return Fare (includes 5% discount) ** Each-Way

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Limerick

City of Culture 2014

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he city of Limerick has been chosen by the Irish Government to become the country’s first ‘City of Culture’ and it is all happening this year. This ancient walled city which can trace its roots back to the Viking invasion has already begun to show its finest colours in previous months and with an entertainment programme which is designed to reflect its past present and future, there is still lots more yet to come. The programme aims to unlock and reveal Limerick’s cultural potential, to turn the city into a year- long national stage hosting acts, arts and events from the intensely local and community based to international acts which will perform for the first time ever in Ireland.

Some of the events listed for the coming months of the City of Culture celebrations are:

May-Denis Tricot -rendez-vous de Terre et Mer

French artist Denis Tricot gently transforms the riverside with his elegant sculptures into a temporary art gallery inspired by the immediate surrounding, His method is simple, yet monumental. He uses 3m lengths of poplar wood and creates the sculptures there and then.

April-July-Eva International 2014

Eva international 2014 takes place in Limerick City from 12 April to 6 July 2014 and will showcase works by Irish and International artists that were selected from over 2000 proposals from artists in 96 countries. The 2014 programme will also include a series of public events and projects especially developed for LimerickCity of Culture 2014 celebrations..www.eva.ie

June-Sir James Galway

On Saturday 21st June 2014 in University Concert Hall, Limerick, star performers from the worlds of classical and traditional music join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the music of Grammy-winning Riverdance composer Bill Whelan. The evening will feature the first performances of Whelan’s new work for the Internationally renowned flautist Sir James Galway.

Throughout Summer 2014

Drake and Hourigan Architects will create a unique Limerick Garden. to be showcased at ‘Bloom in the Park’ in Phoenix Park, Dublin in May and June.The Garden will then be lovingly rebuilt at a public site in the Medieval Quarter of Limerick City to serve as a catalyst for city centre regeneration but also as a place the Limerick citizens to enjoy.

The Pigtown Fling & The Music Bus

A unique music spectacular, The Pigtown Fling will produce a ‘home grown’ body of work based on diversity and fusion within Limerick’s expansive music circles that will leave a music support infrastructure in place post this City of Culture year. All in all the ‘City Of Culture’ has been a roaring success so far and you should check out limerickcityofculture.ie for more details. MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-29


Sea Kayaking at Old Head of Kinsale

Cork County

Wonderfully Eclectic

The Blarney Stone

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he County of Cork is the island of Ireland’s largest county by land mass and it is home to the city of Cork which is the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city. The city lies 158.7 miles south of Dublin and is a three hour road journey and a two and a half hour train ride but well worth the trip. The city reflects its history through its architecture, culture and leisure activities. Whether you choose to visit its art galleries, theatres and museums, or the famous Shandon bells or English Market, Cork has an eclectic mix for you to enjoy. The County itself stretches over 7,499 km² and hosts such wonderful attractions as 30-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

Foto Wildlife Park the Blarney Stone and Kinsale which has a reputation as the Gourmet capital of Ireland. West Cork has hundreds of inlets, tiny coves, safe harbours and beaches are just right for long active days in the salty air – learning to sail, surfing, diving, whale watching, islandhopping, bird spotting, kayaking on a saltwater lake in the moonlight, messing about in boats. It is also the part of this most southerly county where you can stand at Mizen Head, the last piece of mainland Ireland. If it is water sports you enjoy then West Cork is right up your street. Meanwhle East Cork too is the perfect location for your family break with Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland’s only wildlife park, is located just 10 miles from Cork City and has

The Jameson Experience more than ninety different species of animals from the four corners of the world where they roam freely in open surroundings. Midleton is the vibrant centre of East Cork and is located in the heart of a rich agricultural hinterland. It is renowned for its fine food culture and lively pubs and it has the largest potstill in the world and is where Jameson whiskey is distilled. With lots of blue flag beaches, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven is the oldest yacht club in the world. Youghal, a scenic port town, has an abundance of things to do. Golfing, family entertainment, riverboat trips, fishing and walking are all on offer. Cork is certainly a place you must explore for yourself to believe!


Recommended Restaurants Whether your on a day trip or Nash 19 Princes Street, Cork City: Based in the middle of staying for longer in Munster, Cork City’s business district, only a short distance from the famed English Market. This superb Travel Ireland recommends restaurant has as its motto, ‘ from the heart of the the following eateries and land, the mouth of the sea and the hand of the producer.’ It’s cuisine prepared with such delicacy restaurants for their excellent and presented with such care certainly more than cuisine , value for money and does justice to the company’s ethos of sourcing only the best produce. Tel 021 4270 880 friendly efficient service. Out of the Blue L’arco

Based in Ballyvaughan village County Clare this award winning Italian restaurant is well worth a visit. The fare is freshly prepared by two Italian chefs on the premises with much of the ingredients sourced locally. For reservations telephone 065 708 3900

Mc Leary’s

High St, Waterford City: This restaurant specialises in steak and seafood at its very finest. Its lunch menu is great value and its evening meals are scrumptious. Tel..051 853 444

Chez Hans

Moor Lane,Cashel,Co. Tipperary..Seafood at its best with that little extra that only Hans can bring to your palate...Tel: 062 61177

La Cucina

5 University Court, Castleroy, County Limerick: Simply one of the best places for a pizza in the country.Tel 061 333980

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Old Church of Ireland, Killorglin : As the address suggests this is a unique dining experience in a beautifully renovated church in the heart of Killorglin. This Tapas Bar was the winner of the best casual dining award in Kerry in 2012 and 2013..Tel.: +353 (0) 66 9762347

Dingle Harbour-(066) 915 0811-The most popular seafood restaurant in Dingle even Bono is a fan.

An Canteen

Dykegate St - 086 6603778. Simple locally sourced produce at affordable prices

Ashes

Main St Dingle-066 9150989 . Situated on an historical site this lively hostelry offers great fooddrink agus craic.

Gastropubs The Roadside Tavern

Kincora Road (Doolin Road) | Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare : Serving a superb range of Irish fare coupled with a great traditional Irish pub atmosphere this hostelry is worth stopping off at. Oh and while your there ask to sample their own lager, it is superb as well. Tel 065 707 4084

Jack Meades

Based on the outskirts of Waterford City it is renowned for its succulent steaks. Extensive lunch and a-la-carte menu from 12.30pm-9pm 7 days a week, including steak, chicken, fish and their very own traditional ribs and colcannon. Tel 051 850950


Beer review By Patrick O Neill AS OUR SUMMER’S ARE GETTING HOTTER EACH YEAR AND WITH THAT YOUR NEED TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST WITH A COOL REFRESHING BEER, WE THOUGHT WE WOULD RECOMMEND SOME FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.. AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION WE HAVE CHOSEN A REAL STAR OF THE CRAFT BEER WORLD. THE BEER WE’VE CHOSEN IS FROM THE ANCHOR BREWING COMPANY FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.

LIBERTY ALE, ANCHOR BREWING CO. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA. ALC VOL 5.9% Liberty Ale was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride on the night of April 18 1775. Revere set out to alert colonial militias that the king’s troops were about to embark in boats from Boston bound for Cambridge and Lexington. Revere spent the night riding through towns on the outskirts of Boston and arrived in Lexington around midnight where met with several other famous sons of Boston including a certain Samuel Adams. Liberty Ale was the first modern American single-hop ale and dry-hopped ale. Its distinctive bubbles, hop bouquet, and balanced character revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever. First introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale is brewed strictly according to traditional craft brewing methods, and uses only 4 natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water. The yeast used during fermentation produces many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavours and characteristics. A natural process called “bunging” creates a gentle carbonation and the practice of dry hopping (adding fresh hops to the brew during aging), revived by Anchor Brewing Co. creates its unique aroma. Today most good offlicences and supermarkets carry a vast array of North American craft beers – Liberty Ale ranks up there as one of the best in my opinion. At 5.9% Alc. vol and around €3.49 for one 12 US Fluid oz bottle it’s to be enjoyed rather than glugged! However because of its fresh lively aroma it’s perfect for the summer barbeque. Available from Supervalu

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he province of Connaught lies in the West of Ireland with its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The counties of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Roscommon make up this geographically diverse region with the Atlantic Ocean to its westerly boundary and the midlands of Roscommon to the East. It is the least populated with a population of just over 400,000. Historically, Connaught has retained its rich Gaelic heritage and today still has communities where the Irish language only is spoken amongst themselves but English is the primary second language. These regions are collectively called the Gaeltacht. The remote Aran Islands off the mainland of County Galway are also part of the Gaeltacht. The primary business centre of Connaught, and most densely populated area, is the thriving city of Galway to the south of the province although Sligo City, Carrick on Shannon, and Boyle are all fine business and shopping centres in their own right.

Connaught has some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside to be found in Ireland, including the spectacular mountainous landscape of Connemara, the lock gates and river banks of the Shannon Waterway, the famed Galway Bay and the historic glens of County Leitrim. Couple these with the beautiful Ashford Castle in Mayo near to Cong where the film ‘The Quiet Man ‘ was enacted and the natural serenity of Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon and a tour of this region is a must for all. For those interested in a religious experience Mayo is famed for Knock Shrine where on the 21st August, 1879, at about 8 o’clock, Our Lady, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist are reputed to have appeared. The apparition was seen by fifteen people whose ages ranged from six years to seventyfive and included men, women and children. The shrine has become so popular in modern times that the Ireland West International Airport was built especially in 1985 to cater for pilgrims and visitors to Connaught. The county also features the pilgrimage site

known as Croagh Patrick.Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick is said to have fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation. Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the picturesque town of Westport and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside with magnificent views of Clew Bay beneath. So, whether its water activities on the Atlantic coastline cruising on the Shannon Waterway, religious pilgrimages, chilling out amongst an unspoilt landscape or driving along roads where motoring is still a plesaure, Connaught has it all.

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Connemara

Inishbofin

Connemara, County Galway: Connemara is one of God’s gifts to this world with unspoilt natural beauty , rolling hills, leafy glens and crystal clear mountain streams all overlooked by towering majestic mountains. Travel from the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. This wonderous landscape is bounded on the west, south and north by the Atlantic Ocean. Connemara’s land boundary with the rest of County Galway is marked by the Invermore River which flows into the north of Kilkieran Bay.

Inishbofin island, County Galway : Inish Bofin (island of the white cow) is situated seven miles off the Galway coastline and is an extremely popular tourist attraction.The island is 5.7km by 4km. Inishbofin has three official looped walks of varying difficulties, each offering spectacular views of the island’s wild Atlantic scenery. The island also has several safe award winning sandy beaches and its clear waters make swimming, snorkelling and diving a joy. Two of the beaches on Inishbofin have been awarded the ‘Green Coast Award’ and are prized for their exceptional water quality and their natural, unspoilt environment.

Shannon Waterway

Glencar Waterfall

With Summer fast approaching what better place to celebrate the return of the sun than the glorious Shannon Waterway. Travel along the banks of this beautiful lough and experience the picturesque villages and welcoming waterside towns packed with plenty of outdoor activities for parents and kids alike. Cruise the waterway from Cavan to Limerick and stop off en route at Ballyconnell, Ballinamore, Carrick on Shannon, Athlone and many more places inbetween and beyond. With a wealth of history and traditional culture on its shores the Shannon Waterway gives you the opportunity to let the world pass you by as you drink in the serenity of Irelands Lakelands at their best. 34-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

Glencar Waterfall County Leitrim: Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. As you reach Glencar which straddles the border between counties Sligo and Leitrim with its dramatic steep cliffs, you will notice a series of waterfalls cascading from the heights. Glencar waterfall is perhaps the most dramatic descending from a 50ft rocky headland into a deep pool below in a haze of white spray. From the car park it is less than a 1km walk along a paved path to the waterfall viewing area. This provides a wonderful vantage point from which to view the waterfall which is particularly spectacular during wet conditions.


Galway

‘The City and county of the tribes’ Galway- ‘The City and county of the tribes’

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Galway known locally as ‘The county of the tribes’ is one of the jewels of the west of Ireland. Galway City was originally formed from a small fishing village located in the area near the Spanish Arch called ‘The Claddagh’ where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay. Galway later became a walled town in the year 1232 after the territory was captured by the Anglo Normans lead by Richard De Burgo. The town walls, some sections of which can be seen today near the Spanish Arch, were constructed circa 1270. A charter was granted in 1396 by Richard II which transferred governing powers to 14 merchant families, known locally as the 14 tribes of Galway.

If your based in Galway City or just visiting late in the evening, take a walk down Shop Street to the Latin Quarter near Quay Street and you’ll find plenty of old world bars where you can sit by a turf fire and join in the craic. Galway is a unique experience that you really should not miss!

Galway City today is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city and is renowned as the party capital of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and a long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café/ bar culture. The city is also well known for its many festivals throughout the year with huge crowds gathering for the annual Galway Arts Festival, Galway Races and numerous other events. Old Ireland is present too with turf fires and traditional music featuring in many pubs to compliment your enjoyment of a well earned pint of Guinness. Visitors are advised to take an evening stroll along the promenade and watch the sunset over Galway Bay or watch the salmon fishermen in the River Corrib from the perfect vantage point of the Salmon Weir Bridge. On sunny days your options are endless in this county. The clean beaches in Salthill draw crowds of swimmers and the city streets come to life with buskers and street performers. With Connemara on your doorstep a visit to Kylemore Abbey or Ashford Castle while taking in the magnificent mountains and lakes of Connemara National Park on your way is also highly recommended .The rugged scenery, clear waters, expansive mountain ranges and winds sweeping in off the Atlantic makes Galway a perfect place for lovers of the great outdoors.. For the more adventurous the Rusheen Bay windsurfing school is just five minutes from Galway City centre. The City and County have wonderful restaurants, quaint bars and lots to keepby you occupied such as golf, The Claddagh Night angling, equestrian trails, and a superb number in Galway City

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alway known locally as ‘The county of the tribes’ is one of the jewels of the west of Ireland. Galway City was originally formed from a small fishing village located in the area near the Spanish Arch called ‘The Claddagh’ where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay. Galway later became a walled town in the year 1232 after the territory was captured by the Anglo Normans lead by Richard De Burgo. The town walls, some sections of which can be seen today near the Spanish Arch, were constructed circa 1270. A charter was granted in 1396 by Richard II which transferred governing powers to 14 merchant families, known locally as the 14 tribes of Galway. Galway City today is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city and is renowned as the party capital of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and a long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café/ bar culture. The city is also well known for its many festivals throughout the year with huge crowds gathering for the annual Galway Arts Festival, Galway Races and numerous other events. Old Ireland is present too with turf fires and traditional music featuring in many pubs to compliment your enjoyment of a well

earned pint of Guinness. Visitors are advised to take an evening stroll along the promenade and watch the sunset over Galway Bay or watch the salmon fishermen in the River Corrib from the perfect vantage point of the Salmon Weir Bridge. On sunny days your options are endless in this county. The clean beaches in Salthill draw crowds of swimmers and the city streets come to life with buskers and street performers. With Connemara on your doorstep a visit to Kylemore Abbey or Ashford Castle while taking in the magnificent mountains and lakes of Connemara National Park on your way is also highly recommended .The rugged scenery, clear waters, expansive mountain ranges and winds sweeping in off the Atlantic makes Galway a perfect place for lovers of the great outdoors.. For the more adventurous the Rusheen Bay windsurfing school is just five minutes from Galway City centre. The City and County have wonderful restaurants, quaint bars and lots to keep you occupied such as golf, angling, equestrian trails, and a superb number of top quality hotels and guesthouses. If you’re based in Galway City or just visiting late in the evening, take a walk down Shop Street to the Latin Quarter near Quay Street and you’ll find plenty of old world bars where you can sit by a turf fire and join in the craic. Galway is a unique experience that you really should not miss!

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hereas Ireland was once known as ‘The Land of Saints and Scholars’ Mayo could rightly be called ‘The County of Pilgrims and the Wonders of Nature.’ This westerly county bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on its western seaboard has unspoilt beauty unlike anywhere else in the country.Mayo is the home of two pilgrim sites with Knock Shrine where The Virgin Mary is reputed to have appeared to fifteen people in 1879. Since that time the shrine at the little church has become a world renowned pilgrimage site. The Ireland West International Airport nearby was opened in 1985 originally to cater for the many hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visiting the shrine every year. Many miracles have been acclaimed at shrine over the years. Mayo also caters annually for pilgrims who climb Croagh Patrick ( a mountain above Clew Bay near Westport) every year. It is an arduous trek to the summit of Croagh Patrick which is known locally as ‘the reek’, but well worth it to view the wonderous scenery from 2,500 feet. Legend has it that it was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the pilgrim custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation. Those who climb it whilst saying prayers are said to receive many favours. Each year, The Reek, as it is colloquially known, attracts about 1 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 other traditional Pilgrimage days are the last Friday of July which is known locally as ‘Garland Friday’, and August 15th which is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. Inishturk is a quaint beautiful island located 9 miles (14.5km) off the coast of Mayo. Admire its wall-like cliffs facing the Atlantic Ocean and the ruins of the old signal tower 722 ft above sea level. Inishturk is a great place to go for a quiet break. The island has a population of less than one hundred people. There are many places of interest to visit on the island. Inishturk has a lovely harbour with a new improved pier, fine beaches and many

where pilgrims and sightseers view the wonders of nature

interesting archaeological sites. Near Ballycastle and beneath the wild boglands of North Mayo lies the Céide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world, consisting of field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs. The stone walled fields, extending over thousands of acres are almost 6,000 years old, the oldest known in the world. They are covered by a natural blanket bog with it’s own unique vegetation and wildlife. The Ceide Fields Visitor Centre has won several awards, including the Gold Medal for architecture. It is located beside some of the most spectacular cliffs and rock formations in Ireland and a viewing platform is positioned on the edge of the 110m high cliff. Visitors are advised to wear weather protective clothing and footwear suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Achill island off the Mayo coast is also well worth a visit. It is the most inhabited of the islands and it has many festivals throughout the year including its famous Seafood Festival in July. For more information on the island contact Achill tourism on 098 20705. Mayo has many other attractions too such as the towns of Castelbar, Ballina and Westport who all have wonderful restaurants, traditional Irish pubs and first class hotels. So,whether its religion, archaeology, history watersports, or just viewing the wonders of nature Mayo has something for you to enjoy.

Croagh Patrick

Keem Bay on Achill Island

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f it is peace and tranquilty amongst the beauty of both nature and architecture then Kylemore Abbey has to feature on your itinerary. The story of Kylemore which spans over 150 years is one of love, happiness, heartbreak and prayer in one of the most beautiful settings on earth. The Castle was built by Mitchell and Margaret Henry from 1867 to 1871 on the site of the Kylemore Lodge where they had stayed on honeymoon and had both so fallen in love with the place that they returned and settled there. Forty years under the guiding hand of Mitchell Henry, turned thousands of acres of waste land into the productive Kylemore Estate. He developed the Kylemore Estate as a commercial and political experiment and the result brought material and social benefits to the entire region and left a lasting impression on the landscape and on the memory of the local people.

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Currently Kylmore is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order who first came there in 1920 after their abbey in Ypres, Belgium was ruined during World War I. Despite the tremendous upheaval of their travel to Connemara, the nuns founded a boarding school for girls at Kylemore which soon became known worldwide as an optimum place of learning. Over the years the nuns also restored the Abbey, the Victorian Walled Garden and the Gothic Church to their former glory. Today, Kylmore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden welcome thousands of visitors every year who discover for themselves the magic, tranquillity and beauty of one of the emeralds in the Emerald Isle. General Enquiries & Booking Enquiries T: +353 95 52001 E: info@kylemoreabbeytourism.ie


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Leitrim

Waterways and untold beauty

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estling between Cavan and Sligo, County Leitrim is a place to escape to and let the cares of the world go by. There are several beautiful lakes of which the best known are Lough Gill, Lough Allen, Lough Garadice, Lough Glenade, Lough Rynn, Lough MacNean and Lough Melvin the western shores of which are in County Leitrim. Water based activities are to the fore in this county with a population of just 25,000. Carrick-on-Shannon, the county town of Leitrim is the cruising capital of the river Shannon and the town boasts a beautiful modern marina and is the most northerly hire base on the Shannon.Carrick on Shannon’s marinas are well worth a visit, particularly during the peak summer season where a large flotilla of cabin cruisers and river craft of all sizes are active on the river. The town is lively with a great selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The area boasts many talented musicians, providing lively sessions in local pubs nightly. As the river makes its way south through the county it passes through the lovely villages of Drumsna, Dromod and Rooskey which also have wonderful riverside bars and restaurants.Indeed Carrick-onShannon nestles on the most scenic stretch of

Glencar Waterfall

the Shannon and is gateway to the ShannonErne Waterway, Lough Key,Lake and Lough Allen via the picturesque villages of Cootehall, Knockvicar, Leitrim, Drumshanbo and Keshcarrigan. The beautiful Glencar Waterfall is 50ft high and is situated in Glencar Lough, 11km west of Manorhamilton and served as an inspiration to the poet William Butler Yeats. It is very impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road although none is quite as romantic as this one. Picnic facilities and an information kiosk are on site. County Leitrim is widely acknowledged as an anglers’ paradise and has hosted numerous national and international angling competitions. The many unpolluted lakes and rivers in County Leitrim support a huge population of wild fish. Coarse fish species include bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, tench, pike, perch and eels. Game fish species include wild atlantic salmon, sea trout and brown trout. The county also has a reputation for friendliness and hospitality and the visiting angler can be assured of special attention in comfortable accommodations. From Luxury Castles to self catering cottages, Leitrim has places to stay to offer

Parkes Castle on Lough Gill

all tastes and budgets. Lough Rynn Castle is one of Irelands most luxurious Castle Hotels, the ancestral home of the Clements family and the legendary Lord Leitrim, it is one of few Irish estates that can trace its history back to royal families. This secluded Castle is majestically set on the shore of Lough Rynn, surrounded by over three hundred acres of breathtaking scenery, lush green pastures, ancient forests and historical points of interest. Lough Rynn Castle retains all the splendour that underlines its ancient history, historical documents, artefacts, furnishings, open fires, wood panelling, decorative stone, glass and plasterwork. Lough Rynn Castle offers its guests splendid walkways through the walled gardens and meandering corridors. The commitment is to provide the highest level of comfort and service, and you will enjoy old world elegance with modern day comforts. The entire facility comprises over 300 acres of an Ireland that is idyllic, rich in history and charmed with natural beauty. The development comprises a luxury 52 bedroomed Hotel, together with World Class Spa and Leisure facilities. So why not escape to the country. Relax amongst the wonders of nature and sample unhurried life amongst the beauty of rural Ireland.

Garadice Lake on the Shannon


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leadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the world’s biggest traditional Irish music festival, takes place in Sligo, Ireland, from August 10th to 17th August 2014. In recent times this annual internationally renowned music festival has attracted over half a million visitors to such diverse places as Cavan and Derry. Sligo too is gearing up for a similar influx and plans are in place to ensure the county expresses itself in the music, art, and poetry of its people, made so famous by WB Yeats. From clear lakes and

The county of music, culture and ocean views

the weather. Let the ancient sites, spectacular landscapes and rolling waves inspire you. The stories, trails and adventures will open your mind and invigorate your body. Let Sligo set your spirit free this year. As already mentioned William Butler Yeats

rivers to dramatic mountains, Sligo is a place that will stimulate all of your senses, whatever

the Nobel Prizewinning poet has a close affiliation to Sligo and so loved the county that his wish was to buried there in the shadow of Ben Bulbin mountain. So when he died in France in 1939 plans were made to

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Music in Drumcliffe with Vogler Quartet and Guests 2014 - Classical, Choral and Opera A festival of chamber music with the Vogler Quartet joined by Irish and international guest artists on the May Bank Holiday Weekend, in the magical setting of St. Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Sligo.

Date: 03 May 2014 To 05 May 2014 Location: Ballinafad, Co.Sligo.

Date: 02 May 2014 To 05 May 2014 Location: Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo Telephone: +353(0)719144956

Date: 03 May 2014 To 04 May 2014 Location: Sligo Town, Co. Sligo Telephone: +353(0)7191615

South Sligo Walking Festival - Walking Three guided walks each day of the festival over country roads, hills and mountainous

Sligo Races - Horse Racing Sligo Racecourse, in the heart of Yeats Country, boasts one of the most scenic

An Post Tour of Sligo Cycle - Cycling A cycle through the spectacular Sligo scenery on the May Bank Holiday weekend with a family fun day on Saturday and a 60k, 100k or 160k cycle on Sunday.

exhume his body after World War 2 and these were fulfilled when he was laid to rest in his beloved Drumcliff in 1948. Sligo boasts many fine top class hotels and restaurants, traditional and modern pubs, and clubs. Fresh fish and sea food from the Sligo coastlines is created into culinary feasts

at reasonable prices in the host of venues throughout the county. As well as the Fleadh, Sligo boasts festivals galore and the famous Sligo Races or for those seeking a more leisurely break it has some of the finest fishing and beaches in the country. locations in the country and is an ideal venue to savour the atmosphere of an Irish race meeting. Date: 04 May 2014 also 21st of May Location: Sligo Town, Co. Sligo Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival - Traditional Music and Dance This unique festival celebrates the oldest Irish traditional art forms in dance, music and song. From door dancing to village pageants, the performances and workshops encourage strong artist audience interaction. Date: 09 May 2014 To 11 May 2014 Location: Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-41


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Ashford Castle

Knock Shrine

Drive 45 miles north of Galway on the west coast of Ireland and you come upon one of the most enchanting places in the land, Ashford Castle. The entrance to the castle is over a stone bridge protected by turrets at either side. The Norman castle dates back to 1228 when it was founded by the de Burgo family, and since then it has had many owners including Sir Benjamin Guinness (of the brewing family). Ashford Castle has been used as a high class hotel since 1939 and today is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. It offers fishing and lake cruises along with a falconry school and equestrian centre. The hotel which can accommodate 150 guests in its 83 rooms also has its own 9 hole golf course and a health and beauty centre.

Knock Shrine, County Mayo has been a site of pilgrimage since 1879 when The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared at the gable of the church in the village. Today it has a modern basilica and facilities for the one million or more visitors from all over the world who come to pray each year. The Shrine grounds incorporates five churches, including the Apparition Church, Parish Church/Old Church, Basilica, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Chapel of Reconciliation. Other facilities include a Religious Books’ Centre, Caravan and Camping Park, Knock House Hotel and Knock Museum and Café le Chéile. All of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens of approximately 100 acres creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.

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Kylemore Abbey

Mullaghmore, County Sligo: Mullaghmore is one of the surfing capitals of the Irish Atlantic coastline and recognised as one of the top surfing destinations in the world. Indeed, On 8 March 2012, surfers and windsurfers from all over the world rode waves up to 15 metres (49 ft) high off Mullaghmore Head. The area is also safe for bathing and has all the modern facilities that you could wish for to make your stay enjoyable. Mullaghmore is overlooked by the majestic Ben Bulbin mountain.

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway: Few places on earth have the tranquillity and beauty of Kylemore Abbey and its majestic walled garden. The Castle and grounds were originally built between 1863 and 1868 by Mitchell Henry (an English financier and politician for his wife Margaret. In 1875 Margaret died, aged fifty, of a fever contracted in Egypt. After this Mitchell did not spend so much time at Kylemore. He died in 1910 and later the castle was bought by the Benedictine nuns in 1920. In 1996, they began restoration works on the Victorian walled garden. The garden was re-opened in 1999 and won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award in 2002. The garden comprises of roughly 6 acres and is divided in two by a natural mountain stream. The eastern half comprises of the flower or pleasure garden, glass houses and gardeners’ houses, the kitchen garden makes up the other half of the garden and is predominantly given over to the growing of food. This is a gem and should definitely be at the top of any visitors list. MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-43


Recommended Restaurants a great reputation for seafood which is Everyone likes good food unsurpassed throughout the land. Tel: (098) at the right price and 26730 Travel Ireland recommends Cullens at the Cottage the following eateries in Cong, County Mayo. Connaught where you Take a short stroll from Ashford Castle and you reach this delightful culinary experience. will experience culinary Serving everything from steaks to seafood, delicacies, great service and a you will not go away disappointed. Tel: 094 9546003 wonderful atmosphere.

Aniar Restaurant

53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City This top class restaurant has the enviable accolade of being Galway’s only Michelin starred restaurant, having been awarded their prestigious star in September 2012. Give your taste buds a treat here. Tel: 091 535947

Ard Bia

Long Walk, Spanish Arch, Galway City This restaurant has gone from strength to strength since winning Food & Wine magazine’s Best Regional Restaurant Award a few years ago. The eclectic arty dining room overlooking the Corrib in the historic Spanish Arch area is renowned for its delicious food. The building also has a local gallery upstairs with some fabulous artwork to browse and chat about over coffee. Tel: +353(0)91 56111

An Port Mor Restaurant

1 Brewery Place | Bridge Street, Westport, County Mayo . This is an intimate, friendly restaurant with

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Rugantino Restaurant

Rockwood Parade Sligo. The spaghetti carbonara is absolutely delicious but then again so are most things in this small but extremely well run restaurant. The Italian theme makes for a taste bud sensation rarely sampled elsewhere. Tel: 071 9149884

Seaview Restaurant and Wine bar At the Waterfront Hotel, Cliff Road Enniscrone.County Sligo. This restaurant literally overlooks the breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean in Killala Bay and the view adds to the enjoyment of the experience of dining. Whether you choose a steak or their seafood speciality makes no difference as both are excellent and served by pleasant courteous staff . Tel: 096 37120

The Oarsman

Bridge St, Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim The Oarsman has a lovely homely atmosphere and its braised steak is mouth watering. Couple all that with keen prices and it is hard to travel this way without calling in. Tel: 0719621733


Three beautiful Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland. The Ancient Irish province of Ulster was partitioned in 1921 and six of the counties in it now make up Northern Ireland . In this section we look at the three counties in the Republic of Ireland and what they have to offer.

ULSTER Céad mile fáilte County Donegal

(Irish: Contae Dhún na nGall) is a county in the northwest of Ireland.. The name “Donegal” comes from the Irish, meaning “the fort of the foreigners”. The county consists chiefly of low mountains, with a deeply indented coastline forming natural loughs, of which Lough Swilly is the most notable. The famous mountains or Hills of Donegal consist of two major ranges, the Derryveagh Mountains in the north and the Bluestack Mountains in the south, with Mount Errigal at 751 metres the highest peak. The Slieve League cliffs are the second highest sea cliffs in Europe, while Donegal’s Malin Head is the most northernly point on the island of Ireland.

County Cavan

meanwhile is the county of beautiful fishing lakes, Lough Erne flowing the middle of it and a musical tradition like no other on the island. It is literally awash with things to do from boating, to fishing, to theatre , traditional pubs and wonderful hotels. Cavan is only just over an hour away from Dublin on the new M3/N3 motorway and an ideal place to chill out away for a weekend or longer break.

County Monaghan too is only

just over an hour from Dublin and can be accessed from the M1 motorway. Historic towns like Carrickmacross and Clones which are famous for their lacemaking, Castleblayney with the beautiful Lough Muckno Leisure park and Ballybay with its world renowned Wetlands Centre are all worth a visit. Monaghan town hosts both the County Museum and the beautiful grounds of Rossmore Park. All three counties are geared towards the famous céad míle fáilte (one hundred thousand welcomes) which is the trademark of our nation as a hospitable people and which is guaranteed in Ulster.


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op into the car and follow the Wild Atlantic Way touring route to Donegal’s hidden gems of amazing holiday experiences, colourful people and outstanding natural beauty. Nestling as it does on the most north westerly point of the island of Ireland this county is rich in beaches,glens and mountains not to mention a people whose friendliness and Cead mile Failte (one hundred thousand welcomes) is legendary. Here are some of the outstanding attractions that make this county unique.

Malin Head

Dip into history or look up at the night sky from Ireland’s most northernly point

you make your way around the 100-mile circuit of the scenic Inishowen peninsula. Those with an interest in military history will want to see Fort Dunree Military Museum near Buncrana. Further along,you will find Doagh Famine Village, an outdoor museum,which provides a thought-provoking look at the area from the tragedy of the Famine in the 1840s up to the present day.

Sliabh Liag Drink in the best views in Europe

A narrow road twists steeply up from Teelin to the dramatic Slieve Liag cliffs and mountains. From the viewing point, you look across one of the finest panoramas in Europe that will set your heart racing. The nearby cultural centre, Tí Linn, is run by Paddy Clarke, a rich source of information on the area and its archaeological heritage.

Golden sandy beaches and rolling farmland threaded by narrow roads set the scene in the secluded Fanad peninsula squeezed in between Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay and leading to remote Fanad Head. Families can enjoy a day of watersports at picture-postcard resorts such as Rathmullan or Portsalon. Take your pick from spinning for mackerel off a pier, learning to fly-fish for rainbow trout, hire a pedalo or paddle a kayak. If you are feeling energetic, why not saddle up and gallop along the shores of Lough Swilly on the pristine Rathmullan Strand. As you drive around this thrilling peninsula be prepared for delays on single track roads; your path may be blocked by a herd of heifers and you will be reduced to cow-speed; don’t forget you are in north Donegal where the motto festina lente ‘hurry slowly’ applies and where life moves at an easy pace.

An Grianán Aileach

Awaken your mystical spirit

Fanad Head Hire a pedalo at Portsalon

Catch a cloudless evening and you may be enchanted by a night sky display of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. The celestial light show, with its ghostly wispy rays of dancing colours has been seen hanging like a fluorescent curtain over Malin Head – what better reason to go than to witness this astonishing sight. As 46-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

Perched 800 ft. above sea level, on a spectacular hilltop in Inishowen, the Grianán of Aileach fort is a former home of the Irish High Kings. Sweeping views take in patchwork fields and lakes as well as the wider hilly countryside. At the nearby Old Church Visitor Centre you can enjoy the latest multimedia technological exhibits surrounding the mythical Tuatha De Danann Race of Gods and Warriors.


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Jewel of the Wild Atlantic Way

Glenveagh National Park Look out for golden eagles

The largest tract of land in the wildest part of Donegal, Glenveagh National Park incorporates moorland, mountain, lakes and woods within its 40,000 acres of wilderness. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of soaring golden eagles which have been reintroduced into the area or chance upon a shy red deer.

Donegal Garden Trail

Donegal’s exposed coastline is home to many unusual plant species at over twenty gardens public and private - dotted along the coast.

Surfing in Bundoran Ride the Waves

against a backdrop of dramatic scenery and beaches, the reefs around Bundoran are world renowned, producing the optimal wave size. Donegal Adventure Centre in Bundoran -– the largest of its kind in Ireland – provides expert tuition from qualified instructors in the tricky art of staying up on your board. If you are new to surfing, a good place for beginners is Rossnowlagh, a few miles north.

Golfing Outdoor tonic

As a golf tourism destination, Donegal with premium seaside courses takes some beating. Many championship 18-hole courses are set in areas of natural beauty and Bundoran Golf Club, founded in 1894, co-hosts the West Coast Challenge each year. During the 1950s it was the home of the ‘Master Golfer’ Christy O’Connor Senior. At Murvagh, on the shores of Donegal Bay, Donegal Golf Club was named by Golf World as one of Ireland’s top 10 club.. With one of the longest courses in Europe, it suits the big hitters. In the north of the county, Ballyliffin Golf Club has two fine championship links and comprises 365 acres of dune land. In 2006 Sir Nick Faldo re-designed the Old Links course.

Glencolumbcille Folk Village Museum In the south of the county, Bundoran has become the unrivalled gung-ho centre of surf culture hosting world class competitions. Regarded as the top spot by the black-clad brigade, it is a place where wave-riding runs deep in the veins of some locals’ blood. Set

There are few better places better to delve into the past than at Glencolumbcille Folk Village. This clachan, or village, comprises eight thatched, whitewashed cottages showcasing three specific years of Irish culture: 1720, 1820 and 1920. New exhibitions house a fisherman’s cottage and a traditional pub-grocery and shoemaker’s shop. Potter around this reflective place and you will find a sweat house (an early Irish sauna) replica lime kilns and mass rocks.

Festivals

For a truly memorable holiday experience attend any of Donegal’s many festivals which include cultural, activity and special interests. Renowned for their hospitality, natural curiosity and friendship the people of Donegal would love you to spend sometime in the county they love so well. Dungloe Walking Festival Dungloe....2 May - 5 May Siuloid Thulach Beaglaigh Falcarragh....2 May - 4 May Laghey Blast Festival Donegal Town... 4 May - 6 May Cup of Tae Festival Ardara.... 2 May - 5 May Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival Ballyshannon... Date: 29 May - 1 June The Northwest Garden Show... Castlefin....Date: 24 May - 25 May For additional information on these attractions, activities, events and accommodation options for every budget go to : www.govisitdonegal.com MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-47



Monaghan A place among the Drumlins for everyone

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ounty Monaghan lies one and a half hours from Dublin and is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets! Here the Drumlin County as it is known reveals an unspoiled landscape, wildlife, beautiful scenery, and lots to do for both local and visitor alike. This is the county where the famous Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh was born and is buried in Inniskeen graveyard. The county which boasts it is the home of Irish Country Music and the home of the world renowned Carrickmacross and Clones lacemaking.

It is the county where Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in the beautiful Castle Leslie on the 11th of June 2002. Castle Leslie

Estate’s uniqueness, character and charm can only be felt, not described. We recommend you come and experience a romantic getaway in Ireland so that you can sample the renowned hospitality which makes Castle Leslie one of the finest luxury hotels in Ireland. Located in the village of Glaslough, near Monaghan Town, and considered to be one of the finest Castle Hotels Ireland has to offer, Castle Leslie Estate is just 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 from Belfast. Following extensive restoration over the past decade, the Estate has been all but transformed to its original glory. Today, this luxury hotel in Ireland boasts a variety of accommodation, dining options and a diverse range of on and off-site activities. It is the perfect location for a romantic adult break, a family activity holiday or a business meeting or celebration. It is also a magical and captivating setting for those romantic Irish Castle Weddings. County Monaghan is also a fisherman’s paradise with a multitude of lakes and rivers with direct angler access. Characterised by a natural drumlin landscape, the County and it’s surrounding neighbours - Cavan, Fermanagh, Armagh, Tyrone and Louth - provide easy

access to quality fishing, interesting sightseeing and lively night-time entertainment. Coarse anglers will find good stocks of bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, tench, pike, eels and perch. Game anglers can enjoy salmon fishing as well as wild, brown and rainbow trout fishing. Many fishermen return annually to enjoy the calm and current of the waters, the thrill of the catch, the joy of the trophy and the telling of the tale of the one that got away

among Monaghan’s beautiful hills. Monaghan has these and so much more to offer, including a county museum, two modern theatres, beautiful public parks and excellent hotels and fining dining establishments. so why not check it out on the MonaghanTourism website or contact them direct on 047 73718. MAY 2014-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-49


Cavan

Explore County

- it is worth it!

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s you drive into County Cavan you may feel this is just another county in our beautiful country but how wrong you would be for beneath the surface lies a thriving cultural, sporting and tourist based environment that has no need to openly boast of its presence. Cavan is in fact buzzing with lively towns and villages, award-winning restaurants, contemporary hotels, outdoor adventure, canoeing, mud buggies, and a vibrant arts and theatre scene. Spectacular scenery, championship golf courses, walks, cycle routes, museums, heritage and cultural centres, excellent angling, sparkling lakes, cruising and many more activities.

Cavan County Museum

Situated on extensive grounds, the magnificent 19th Century building houses the material culture of County Cavan and surrounding area. Its exhibition galleries feature unique artefacts dating from the stone age up until the twentieth century, material spanning over 6000 years of occupation in Cavan. Why not visit the Cavan Crystal showroom. The factory is no longer open for tours, but visitors can explore the extensive showroom. Choose from tableware, furniture, textiles, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, wood, 50-TRAVEL IRELAND MAGAZINE-MAY 2014

linen, ironcraft, candles, sculpture and paintings. You could treat yourself or bring a gift of this unique crystal home with you. Cavan Crystal’s Designer, Seamus Comac, is an artist who has been working with Crystal since 1974. He has designed and engraved Hall of Fame Awards in California, which were presented to Clint Eastwood, Bette Midler and Betty White, among others.He has also designed and Hand Engraved many unique commissions for corporate events, sporting events, wedding gifts and for special presentations for Cavan Crystal.If you would like to commission a bespoke piece of crystal for a presentation or award please contact us at info@ cavancrystaldesign.com or phone 047 70696.

Cavan

Cavan is also famed as the source of the beautiful Lough Erne which rises from the earth in Cavan and is a vital part of the Shannon/Erne Waterway system. You can hire a cabin cruiser in Cavan and literally meander at your leisure all the way to Limerick on Europe’s longest navigable inland waterway taking in the beauty of your surroundings as you go. Alternatively you can travel in the opposite direction on the system from Belturbet to Belleek in County Fermanagh. If you do choose a boat trip it will be an experience you will never forget as you commune with nature on this unspoilt waterway which boasts all sorts of wildlife, fish and historic buildings along its route.


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Blarney Castle & Gardens Renowned for bestowing the gift of eloquence Take the time to enjoy our magical CASTLE GARDENS

Open all year round 5 miles from Cork Open Monday- Sunday 9-6 www.blarneycastle.ie info@blarneycastle.ie

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