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Slieve Russell Hotel

The iconic Slieve Russell Hotel is certainly popular and draws families, golfers, tennis players, wedding parties and nosey journalists from across Ireland and from much further afield.

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Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa

As I walked down the Lough Eske Castle steps the following day, I felt I had been in ‘a friend’s home’, where the live egg station breakfast cook seemed to know everyone’s names

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Kilronanan Castle Estate and Spa

It was good fortune that brought me an hour early to the Drawing Room Bar so that I could sample a glass of Guinness, served with that the special care and magic that you only find in Ireland.

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G Hotel Galway. Ireland’s glamourous celebrity magnet.

Mad Max meeting Royal Ascot with a light dusting of Vegas stardust comes to mind entering the G Hotel Galway wandering from a glitzy silver grey grand salon hung with two hundred enormous glass ball light installations into a lipstick pink lounge displaying Andy Warhol print fabric covered chairs.

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Going back to County Clare

It’s easy to become nostalgic and here I am 40 plus years later going back to County Clare on a return journey re-exploring those childhood landmarks

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Kilkenny. Friendliest city in the world?

Kilkenny, only 90 minutes south of Dublin has been voted one of the friendliest cities in the world. It was also Ireland’s tidiest town in 2014. No wonder. Locals talked to us nonstop about nothing and everything and I never saw a stray ice cream wrapper or a crumpled greasy chip bag during my stay in this beautiful medieval masterpiece along the ‘Ancient East’ route.

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