Ultimate guide to Tayto Park with young children

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When I was first contacted about going to Tayto Park, I turned down the offer with the explanation that I thought my five and three year old were too young for it. I had for some reason a notion that it was all rollercoasters and things more suited for teenagers through to adults. Well how wrong was I! When I looked into it more and spoke to friends who had visited it I was assured there was more than enough to keep my two ladies happy for hours. Continue reading

Discovering Cork – Fitzgerald’s Park

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Ages ago now I had a post on my Facebook page where lots of other Mum’s suggested places to hit for with kids around Cork. Suggestions came for near and far, from model railways to beaches, parks to playgrounds. My aim this summer is to discover them all. When the big lady started school I think I had underestimated the commitment involved in a child going to primary school and really felt I hadn’t made the best of our free time last summer. Granted I was akin to a sweaty whale Continue reading

Beauty essentials for summer holidays

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We travel most often lately by car and boat so this isn’t going to be a post about how to pack all your necessary bits into a small suitcase. I don’t do travelling light anymore but I’d like to think I pack more cleverly. I don’t get much, if any, time to put any sort of a face on when I’m away and I like that, it gives my skin a well needed break to heal and repair. So here are my must haves on top of all the other sh*te I pile into my makeup bag on a routine basis. Continue reading

Eurocamp La Pointe St. Gilles Campsite Review

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And so it’s back to reality after a wonderful holiday away. Our first week easy spent in England with my parents in law and after that we hit for Brittany, taking a fair chance as it’s climate, much like it’s countryside, is like Ireland, damp and green. After all the travelling we had done we wanted to pick somewhere that wasn’t going to result in a long drive with the ladies so we chose Sunelia L’Escale St. Gilles or La Pointe St. Gilles in Benodet Southern Brittany that was less than a two hour drive from Roscoff. Continue reading

A weekend in Paris

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Ah Paris, one of my favourite cities in the world. Apart from the pure beauty of the surroundings I find it a really nice city to be in. The metro is easy to use, no one is ever rushing or pushing you our of the way. Really the French don’t bother too much with tourists which is the way I like things. I’ve been to Paris now about ten times and each time I discover something new even if I revisit the same spot over and over. My sister currently lives there so I’ve been taking full advantage of that and visiting her and her boyfriend as much as I can. And it’s brilliant to visit this way as I get to see another, perhaps less touristy, version of Paris even if we did spend the whole day doing touristy things! Continue reading

Hotel Westport – the perfect family getaway

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One of the real pleasures of being off at the moment is being able to take the lovely Eithne from Hotel Westport up on an offer of a couple of nights away last minute. It’s nice to be able to break up the weeks from time to time especially when the big lady is just in playschool. Easy to find close to the heart of the town, we landed in Hotel Westport and upon the big lady’s incessant request hit straight for the pool. She absolutely adores swimming and I haven’t managed to fit Continue reading

Leahy’s Open Farm

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Given that we both met while working in Agriculture and it’s still a large part of life living in the country, a trip to an Open Farm is always going to appeal to us. So when the Catriona invited us down to visit Leahy’s Open Farm in Dongourney just outside Middleton, Co. Cork we LEPT at the chance. It’s somewhere we had heard lots about as it’s a really popular place with families all around Cork and further afield. Never ones to let a little wind and rain deter us we headed down the first weekend in February to check it out.
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Camping with kids in Ireland

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So this weekend we braved the rain and the wind to flex our camping skills (in my uncles back garden!) with the 3 year old and the 14 month old in tow. It was a first run at camping in Ireland with kids for three out of the four of us, my husband being a seasoned camper but myself and the two girls having pretty much never stepped inside a tent in our lives.  We got a tent recently with the intention of hitting for places like west Cork and Kerry over the summer, the idea of being able to just pack up the car on a Saturday morning and go camping with the toddlers where the sun was shining without having to worry about accommodation really appealed. So our annual family gathering in Dublin was the perfect place to test the waters with our camping abilities. Continue reading

Afternoon Tea – Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

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I had the pleasure of attending my friend’s hen party recently in Lyrath Estate Hotel just outside Kilkenny. We went for Afternoon Tea as part of our package and it was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends that I had not caught up with in a while. We were really impressed with the spread that was laid on for us and it is safe to say we were all pretty full afterwards. Starting from the bottom there was a lovely selection of sandwiches including an open egg mayonnaise sandwich and smoked salmon and cream cheese on brown bread. Continue reading