Algarve appeals to all

The Algarve is really popular among Irish tourists and with fewer British travellers due to Brexit, the Irish are even more welcome this year.The town of Armacao de Pera, where the Holiday Inn is located is a former fishing village now a resort, not far from Albufeira and just one hour from Faro Airport [...]



running from the shadows

Running From the Shadows

A story of childhood abuse and how one woman faced her past, and ran towards her future By Stephanie Hickey In Running from the Shadows Stephanie Hickey tells, in her own words, how she survived abuse at the hands of a trusted family member and of how running, a simple physical activity helped her achieve mindfulness, but [...]


Pat Coldrick plays at Theatre Royal

After a hugely successful 2019, including a sell-out show with the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Pat Coldrick is taking to the highways and byways of Ireland for a nationwide tour this year. Pat Coldrick is an Irish classical guitarist and composer who has been working for the past six years at home [...]



The grandeur of Granada

Granada is a charming city situated at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Spain. The Alhambra is by far the city’s most famous attraction and, on a visit to the city last October, it was abundantly clear to see why. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, courtyards, terraced gardens, fountains [...]


Sizzling Seville

Seville was selected by Lonely Planet as the top city to travel to in 2018. During a recent visit to the Spanish city, it was clear to see why the capital of the Andalusia region attained such an honour. The city is the sun-soaked cultural capital of southern Spain and, impressively, is home to three different [...]


Perpignan, well worth a visit

Perpignan, a city with a population of just over 122,000 is a southern French city near the Mediterranean coast and the border with Spain. Though settlement in the area goes back to Roman times, the medieval town of Perpignan seems to have been founded around the beginning of the 10th century. Historically, it was part of the [...]